The History of the Saxophone

Reading through the history books, the saxophone remains one of the most remarkable instrument ever to appear on the music scene. It has been many decades since its invention, but the sax still stands out. The relaxing, sophisticated, romantic, and sensual sound the sax produces strokes your nervous system in an exciting way that you…

The History Of The Clarinet

Instruments have always played an essential role in music since their advent, tens of thousands of years ago. As much as music can be done with simply the human voice, there is just a magic about instruments accompanying the human voice that only your heart can understand.  Much of the knowledge behind older instruments is…

The Controversial History Of The Banjo

History can be a hard thing to discuss, because, inevitably, you probably weren't there to see the events unfold as they did.  This is especially true when we're talking about the history of one particular musical instrument with a somewhat checkered past – the banjo. The banjo, as we know it, dates back 400 or…

Bill Monroe – Mandolin Masters Series

Bill Monroe is a very important figure in the world of mandolin. He helped create bluegrass music, earning him the title Father of Bluegrass. A Bit About Bluegrass Style Bluegrass is encompassed by the genre of country music, taking root in Irish, Scottish and English music while incorporating elements of jazz. These traditional music styles…

5 Famous Jazz Mandolin Players

Mandolin takes 20th century root in American bluegrass and jazz style, both of which utilize tight improvisation and quick movement. With this article we take a look at five famous mandolin players who make/made significant contributions to the jazz mandolin style.  1. Jethro Burns Kenneth Charles Burns earned the name Jethro after touring as comedic duo…

SX Country 4 30G NA Banjo Review

This lightweight, 4-string, SX Country 4 30G NA Banjo is a beautiful instrument that can be used for jazz or Irish music. They're also used in some reggae and Moroccan songs. The banjos with 4 strings are tuned in intervals of fifths, and they're in the same family as other instruments tuned in fifths like…