The Newport Jazz Festival – A Brief History

In 1954, Newport, Rhode Island hosted the “First Annual American Jazz Festival.” It was the first time that live acts travelled and gathered in one place to perform live jazz music for an audience. An estimated 12,000 people packed themselves into the Newport Casino to see the world’s biggest names in jazz of the day:…

How to Mic a Banjo for Live Recording

Once you've started to master the banjo or when you've been playing for a while, you'll want to record your music. In fact, you might want to record after a few weeks of learning to compare to when you're a few months or years into your craft. This will give you the chance to look…

Is Banjo Easier or Harder than Guitar?

When talking about the difficulty level of playing the guitar versus playing the banjo, it will depend on a few factors. This includes whether you've played any stringed instrument before or if you're a complete beginner to world of instruments. The type of banjo will make a difference in the ease of learning. With the…

Facts About Hardwell

Robbert van de Corput, aka Hardwell is more than just your average EDM artiste. Over the years his sound has evolved from just being heard in clubs, EDM festivals and underground parties. He is now a big name on the mainstream front and chances are that, even if you’re not an EDM diehard, you have…

Best Banjo for Folk Music

Every banjo from the 4-string to the 6-string has a place in music where it's most common. For example, the 4-string can be tuned to play Jazz or Dixieland music. Traditionally, folk music is played with a 5-string. That certainly doesn't mean that other instruments and playing styles can't be used for the genre of…