The Glockenspiel – Orchestral Mallets

The name glockenspiel means “bell play” in German. It refers to the sound of small bells. Indeed, the very first instruments to bear this name consisted of a set of exactly that. They were either played by a group of musicians, a style which is called...

The Xylophone – Orchestral Mallets

The term xylophone derives from two ancient Greek words which mean wood and tone. Its name has been in use for decades. A series of wooden bars of different lengths arranged according to pitch and struck with mallets essentially comprise this instrument. Nowadays, the...
Make Your Piano Sequences Sound More Realistic

Make Your Piano Sequences Sound More Realistic

Acoustic pianos are renowned for their rich, textural sound and wide dynamic range. Although creating a realistic piano solo can be challenging, a few techniques can make your piano sequences sound more natural. I have created a relatively short sequence in our...

The Contrabassoon – Woodwind Instruments

In Austria and Germany, records of the contrabassoon’s precursors exist as early as 1590. At this time, the increasing popularity of doubling the bass line resulted in the development of lower-pitched dulcians. Octavebass, quintfaggot, and quartfaggot are some...
5 Things One Should Know To Be A Happy Musician

5 Things One Should Know To Be A Happy Musician

As musicians, in today’s commercially grueling and competitive world, we tend to lose perspective. We cease to see the larger picture and are always stuck in our petty issues. Day’s pass in self-doubt, and we are never satisfied. Here are five things one should know...