Category Archives: Recording & Technology

Tuning Your Banjo Head Using A Drum Dial

What is a drum dial and how can you use it to set up your banjo head correctly? Fretmentor student, Justin Lambert, explains the process of tuning your banjo head with a Drum Dial, in today’s guest blog. Drum Dial … Continue reading

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To Pedal or Not to Pedal – Part I

Experimenting with Pedal Boards Part I By Andrew Bauman After years of playing the acoustic guitar, I finally branched out a few years ago and bought my first electric guitar. My “starter” amp came with some built-in effects – distortion, … Continue reading

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Music Festivals – While On The Road

Are You a Fan of Music Festivals? If so, I have something for you.  Keep reading to learn more. In Southeast Florida, each summer there is a popular waterfront music festival that attracts people from all over the country and … Continue reading

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Recitals, Video & Nerves

Does A Videotaped Music Recital Assist A Student? I remember when I was in high school and had to give a demonstration speech.  It was videotaped. Right from the beginning, I hated the thought of having to demonstrate something in … Continue reading

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Digital Recorders – A Useful Tool?

Should you throw away that cassette recorder? What is a hand held digital recorder? How does a portable recorder differ from a computer’s music digital interface?  These are some of the questions you may have when you start exploring recording … Continue reading

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To Record or Not to Record

Musicians of all types can benefit from recording their music. The beginning banjo, guitar or mandolin student may cringe at the idea of listening to themselves on tape. It is sort of like listening to your own voice, which I … Continue reading

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Learn Banjo, Guitar & Mandolin with a Webcam

When I first started to learn a fretted instrument, my choices for instruction were limited.  While there were plenty of guitar instructors, it was very difficult for me to find a qualified banjo or mandolin instructor.  Today, many options are … Continue reading

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