PlayRecord.Net Community Mailer Issue Four

The fourth edition of the PlayRecord.Net Community Mailer (ISSN 1743-1476)

To the fourth edition of the Community Mailer...



In music, one of the most important skills is to be able to play in time. The timing of music is one of the most fundamental elements, and yet is often overlooked by the novice musician as an area that needs work - with more effort put into learning chords and scales, or mastering the riff from that tune all your mates love so you can impress them.

To help you all on your way to musical nirvana we have added a midi metronome to the resource section of

Simply choose your preferred tempo and either a drumming style or metronome click and play along, trying to make your notes coincide in time with the beats of the metronome or drum beat. - check it out

Remember: We are more than happy to answer any questions or queries - no matter how simple, just e-mail for a fast and friendly response.

General NewsGuitar NewsPercussion News

Recording & Hi-Tech NewsDJ News

Orchestral, Wind & Brass News

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General News

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General News
A recent study has linked musical training with improved verbal memory in children. The results were published in latest edition of the journal - Neuropsychology. Thes tests invloved taking 90 boys, half of whom had a few years of musical training and half of whom had no musical training. The results showed that the boys with musical training had better verbal memories, which they propose is linked to functions in the left hand side of the brain.

However, the results are not conclusive because ther is always the possibility that students with better verbal memories are more inclined to study music. - Either way it means us muso's are brainier than the tone deaf masses ;-)

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
This site is a directory with links to all sorts of music related resources. There is a lot of information related to classical composers, but there is also a lot of links to commercial music resources including agents, unions, publishers etc etc. I would recommend this site as a first port of call if you are researching anything music related.

This is another site with lots of links to international industry bodies such as publishers and rights societies.

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Guitar News

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We are having a bass guitar theme this edition:
We have just finished off the latest page in the articles section, an introduction to the bass guitar. This has been written by our resident bass specialist to help people who are new or looking to get into playing bass to learn your way around the instrument ...............

Also - we have a special offer on at the moment on the digitech RP50s and BP50s. These little beauties are fully featured modelling multi FX units with amp and cabinet simluation, compression, EQ and a whole host of other high quality effects - all for the price of a single stomp box. The RP50 is for the guitar and the BP50 is for the bass - with special bass effects such as fretless simulation, amp sim and compression - a must for bassists looking for something beyond the standard clean bass tone.

General News
Former Boo Radleys bassist earns honours degree

HE WAS once the bassist of a band with a number one selling album - but now he has something different to celebrate. Tim Brown has just collected his first class honours in teaching secondary education at John Moores University.

Mr Brown played the bass for the pop band The Boo Radleys. The group had a string of hits in the mid-1990s including the top ten hit Wake Up Boo! Their album Wake Up was also a hit making the number one spot. But after seven albums the band decided to call it a day.

The 34-year-old has already got a job at Park School in Birkenhead teaching IT. While doing teaching experience at Park School the headteacher invited him to come back and work once he had graduated.

Read the full story here

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
In this edition we have looked for some tutorials and articles bassists to have a surf through so you can achieve your full potential as a bassist.

This site is a goldmine for bass guitar tutorials, with well explained introductions to the basic elements such as tuning, right through to music theory.

This introduction to chords & scales is well worth a look for the intermediate bassist that wants to further their understanding of the relationship between different notes with a view to more advanced writing and improvistion.

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Percussion News

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Hello again! This is Ben, the drummer here @ Playrecord.Net. Theres been some cool new stuff up on the site this month, including bags for the Arbiter flats, an entire range of heads from Evans and new sticks from Regal Tip to name a few!

Arbiter flats are revolutionary and a drummers dream. Small, compact, sound great (the most important bit) and cheap (for a drum kit!), and now you can keep your beloved Flats free from damage on the go with these new carry bags from Arbiter. There are 2 bags for the flats lite. 1 x bag for the hardware & 1 x bag for the drum heads. So, with another bag for your cymbals - you can carry your entire kit into a gig in 3 bags! Drummers with no car take note!

A new range of drum heads from Evans is available, including kick drum, snare (resonant & batter) & tom heads. These are proffesional heads at competitive prices. For a guide to tuning and reskinning a kit - please see the Drum guide available on this site in the articles section or click here.

We also have another load of Regal Tip drum sticks up on the site, including percussion sticks, Timbale sticks, JOJO sticks, and an even wider range from Regal Tip. Click here to check `em out.

General News
Nottingham Drum Centre are holding a marching and military drum workshop on Wednesday 1st October 2003 at 7:45pm, featuring the talents of one of Englands top professional drummers, Craig Blundell. Craig was a leading Royal Marines drummer for many years and wrote much of the music still in use by the RM corps of drums.Also appearing will be Dave Wright,one of the countries top pipe band drummers,demonstrating the new Aquarian Chieftain drumheads. This event will be very educational and we ask attenders to bring a practice pad and sticks. This is a great opportunity for cadets etc to brush up their rudimentary skills and take advice from a world renowned drummer. There will also be ample time to ask questions etc.

See below for the link to Nottinghams web site where this information originated.

Scroll down the page to see a table containing links to loads of different lesson areas. There is also a load of links to drum notation sites. there is enough content to keep even the most dedicated surfing drummer occupied for days.

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
Click here for a link to Carl Palmers site for Drum Clinics in the UK. Drum Clinics are fantastic events where 'super-professional' drummers hold special events and show off techniques, tips, beats, fills, products etc.
Check out here for Nottingham Drum centres site - where special events, clinics and shows are advertised.
Click here for a beginners guide to African hand drumming, the full basics and all on-line! Also see here for a style analysis site!
Interested in becoming a drummer? If you are thinking about taking up the drums, or if you are a new recruit to the way of the drummer - then you will find this online aptitude test both useful and amusing. There is even an audio loop so you can hear what it is supposed to be like.
More experienced drummers will find the collection of lessons etc on the Vic Firth web site useful, including this tutorial on paradiddling, including sound files.
Click here for a link to musician magazine which is a site that will track down any music publication you could want.
Also try here for a similar site for any drumming publication and magazine / book.
Last this month, try this site for all you ever wanted to know about drummers, lessons, artist forums, CD's etc. Happy hunting!

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Recording & Hi-Tech News

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Nowadays, many people who want to get into recording also have some sort of home computer which they would like to make use of in some way in their recording process - even if it is just a case of using the computer to burn off the final CD. However, you don't want to have to take your computer with you every time you want to record something, you need something portable, reliable and easy to use...

This is why Fostex designed the MR-8, a compact flash based digital multitrack which will also connect up to your computer via USB to transfer the audio for editing, mastering and CD burning.

With software for Windows and Mac OS to manage the transfer available to download here

For a very limited time only....

these little beauties are only £319.99 (rrp £349.99) -
with FREE Headphones and Bag!!!

General News
EMI To Release first DVD-Audio disc : Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The latest tactical move in the ongoing high resolution audio format war will be made this Monday when EMI (the label who in the U.K. released Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on hybrid SACD) will release the highly anticipated Pet Sounds album from The Beach Boys on DVD-Audio.

Pet Sounds is frequently cited as one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of sound recording. It is certainly among the most influential records in rock history. And it is often mentioned - in the UK especially - as "The Greatest Album of All Time."

The DVD-Audio release offers the complete original line-up of songs in both mono and stereo, as well as 5.1-channel surround. More precisely, the material is presented in Advanced Resolution Surround, Advanced Resolution Stereo, Advanced Resolution Mono; and for home theater enthusiasts with DVD machines that don't support the DVD-Audio format, there is DTS 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - playable on any DVD player.

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
This issue we have been searching out a few articles on techniques and tips regarding vocal recording. The first has been made by DPA microphones with a few celebrity photos, and an overview of some interesting alternative mic placements to deal with specific issues such as excessive assonance or nasal tone.

Sound on Sound magazine's website has a more general look at vocal recording in in this article, dealing with issues such as psychological issues in extracting the best performance from the vocalist and the importance of the mix that the vocalist hears on their headphones.

The guide, though bursting with ads and popups, (try this to block pop-ups), has a detailed description of the different issues involved in vocal recording.

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DJ News

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Gemini effects 7000 10"professional effects mixer.

The Gemini FX-7000 is a nice,sturdy reliable mixer, typical of the Gemini range. but the best things about this model are the array of effects that can completly change your sound. if you are an experienced club/bar dj or a beginner in your bedroom, you like me will have hours of fun playing with all the different sounds you can create. with a massive 16 effects to toy with, they even throw in an extra 9 preset reverb effects, allowing you the freedom to sound out the venu you are playing.

On any standard external FX-unit - ie redsound or the kaos pad, you typicaly up to 7-8 effects and are paying about £200 for the privalige and you have to fork out for you mixer aswell. The Gemini FX-7000 is £229.99 including delivery, with delay, echo, ping-pong echo, reverb, pitch up, pitch down, filters1 and 2, brake, auto pan, flanger, phaser, rotary, ambience and the 9 preset reverbs including hall, room, and plate.also a 3 channel mixer, paramiter adjustment, reversable crossfader amd all the other standard gemini touches. You do the maths.

General News
Chris Coco Turns Playboy

chillout dj/producer chris coco joins forces with Hugh Hefners Playboy empire, via US imprint surge, to release a mix cd called 'chilling at the playboy mansion', released last may.

following in the footsteps of Dimitri from paris, who mixed the acclaimed 'live at the playboy mansion'series,Radio 1's coco is the second dj to be linked with playboy

"what they said was they wanted one really mellow mix and one thats more up; so there's two mixes,"says coco.

"i've done one that you put on before you go out that starts off loungey with tosca and stuff then gets a bit more electro house with Tiga's 'Hot in here'. the other one is for when you get back from a night out and you have a new lover to get smoochy with".

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
Here are few generally interesting DJ related sites for your surfing pleasure:

MissXS - flying the feminine flag in the world of hard dance music, Miss XS's site has loads of links, bio etc - it even has an online radio broadcast on wednesday nights, 9-12.

Worldwide FM is one of the longest running UK dance music webcasters. Dedicated to underground house music, with a calender choc full of high quality shows this site is well worth a look and a listen.

Compost Records have launched a remixing competition for their artist Daniel Magg. With a choice of three songs and a prize of an official Compost Records release.

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Orchestral, Wind & Brass News

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We have another new edition to our Wind section @ PlayRecord.Net, the Stagg Piccolo Silver Flute. This is a brand new flute from Stagg, including durable black case and professional finish, this is a fantastic piccolo flute to play. Also new is this tiny German system Flute, also from Stagg which is perfect for beginners to the Wind instrument world who want to start playing without forking out for an instrument that they are unsure about playing. This goes for the princeley sum of £4.99!

General News
Striking arts workers forced the last-minute cancellation of a chamber music concert last night at the Pablo Casals Festival at Prades in the French Pyrenees, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

The disruption was the latest in a series of actions by the intermittents du spectacle — unionized performers and backstage personnel who are engaged for limited terms on a project-to-project basis rather than as permanent, salaried employees of an institution — protesting changes to their unemployment compensation plan mandated by the French government. The increasingly bitter labor dispute has plagued arts festivals all over France this summer, forcing the cancellation of such renowned events as the opera festival at Aix-en-Provence, the theater festival at Avignon and Radio-France's music festival in Montpellier.

A group of about 30 intermittents sat down in front of the main door to the church in Prades where the concert was to be held, attempting to block the audience from entering, according to the AFP report. After most of the audience went in by another door, the protesters threatened to disrupt the performance if it took place, forcing festival director Michel Lethiec to cancel the program just as it was about to begin.

Lethiec's announcement of the cancellation infuriated the audience. As they left the venue, attendees shouted insults at the intermittents, who reportedly had to wait in backstage areas for over half an hour before being able to leave the area in safety. The Prades festival, which was founded in 1950 by Casals himself, does not employ any intermittents and organizers had hoped it would proceed without any disturbances, according to AFP. It opened (without incident) on Saturday 26 July and is scheduled to run through 13 August.

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...

Orchestranet is a site devoted just to the Orchestra as a whole on the internet. For everything Orchestral - check it out here!
BC Orchestra & classical is an amazing site, that has all the information you could want regarding Conductors, orchestras, Classical gigs, shows, events, music, CD's, DVD;s, Vinyl, interviews. A premium site and a must for all fans.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is also a classy site and is host to the best Orchestral players in the country. Check this out for a lowdown of whose who, when they are playing and all and sundry regarding the RPO.

Check out this great selection of guitar, drum and general music accessories we have put together for you - free guitar tablature search, online metronome / drum machine to play along to and we even have an online guitar tuner for you.