Recommended Tools For Musicians
Here are a few carefully selected products that will help you on your musical journey. We ONLY recommend products that we personally use.
Transcribe! - Amazing software to slow down and learn the songs you love
With this software, take your favorite recordings, easily loop sections, slow them down, change the key and start improving fast. Michael Brecker endorsed Transcribe, saying "I use Transcribe! to assist with the process of transcribing. It is a great piece of software and I would recommend it to every musician."
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DB-30C Dr. Beat Metronome - A full featured portable metronome
We should all be practicing with a metronome a lot of the time, but most of us don't. Well, what if there were an easy to use, portable, full featured metronome that became a part of your daily practice? It's called the Db-30C, and it's awesome.
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Zoom H2n Recorder - Record your practice, your lessons, and your heroes
The Zoom H2n recorder is f%*ng awesome. We use it to record practice sessions, lessons, rehearsals, and pretty much any concert we go to. It can discreetly fit in your jacket pocket and has exceptional recording capacity. Worth every penny.
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AKG K240 Studio Headphones - Perfect headphones for the jazz musician
These headphones are incredible for the money. You'll hear EVERYTHING happening on the recording as if you're in the room. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars for a great pair. These are under a hundred bucks and they're everything you need and more.
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The Jazz Piano Book - Master essential piano skills
Every serious musician needs some basic piano skills and Mark Levine's Jazz Piano Book is a great place to start. It doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner or amateur player, he holds your hand the whole way, building you up from two-note voicings to tritone substitutions and block chords. Check it out!
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The M-Audio Axiom Keyboard – An inexpensive must have keyboard
Let's face it, who has the room or the budget for an expensive grand piano? One of the most important tools you can have in the practice room is a quality midi-controller keyboard. Whether I’m studying chord progressions, transcribing solos or learning tunes the M-Audio Axiom is a great solution
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The Akai LPK25 Mini Controller - A transcriber's dream
Have you ever wanted to transcribe a jazz line or the chord changes to a jazz standard while chilling at a coffee shop? With this mini controller, you can transcribe, learn tunes, and compose music wherever you go! I use this tool almost every single day. It's my work horse. Fits in a backpack and goes everywhere, ready to get the job done.
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The AKG Perception microphone – A versatile mic at a fraction of the cost
You're a musician. At some point you’ll need a recording of demos or audition tapes. Having an inexpensive yet versatile microphone like the AKG Perception 220 has allowed me to attain fairly high recording capabilities without breaking the bank.
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