PlayRecord.Net Community Mailer Issue Six

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

To the sixth edition of the Community Mailer...



This edition of the mailer we are focussing less on playing music and more on listening to music. Listening to music is a tremendously important part of being a musician and is great even if you don't actually play an instrument. Most people have at least a few songs or tunes which they love for whatever reason - maybe it reminds you of a good time in your life, or maybe it just makes you feel happy 8~)

If you do play then listening can form an integral part of your continuing progression as a musician as you hear new and different musical ideas in differing contexts, often inspiring you to take a new slant with your own playing and maybe create something totally original.

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

Site News
We have added a few more sections to the resource section of PlayRecord, most notably including an all new free lyrics search page in the same style as the free tab search page - with a collection of search boxes allowing you to search the top lyrics sites all from one handy page.

Also well worth checking out is the new Free Music Guide which is an introduction to getting music files from the web for free, including links to download the best media players and file sharing programs available at the moment.

General News
A new filesharing program called Earth Station 5 has been released by a group based in Palestine. The software has been written in response to music and film industry groups' attempts to litigate and prosecute people using filesharing software to download and share copyrighted music and film files. This software has many built in security and privacy features which mean that people can not uniquely identify you or your computer. The software also gets around the common practice of ISPs blocking filesharing programs by randomizing the ports used.

Being so new, the program is still a little quirky to use and doesn't have the extensive user base of Kazaa, but if Kazaa is terminated or otherwise compromised then i wouldn't be surprised to see this program stepping into the breach.

with the exclamation "Resistance is Futile", it looks like despite the best efforts of industry groups, filesharing is here to stay and as networks and programs get shut down, new ones will spring up in their place.

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
With all the great things that filesharing has brought to the web, it has also got its nasty under belly which you need to be aware of and protect your self against. This site has a brief overview of the hazards involved with filesharing and has a few links to tools to help you out.

It is imperative that you have decent antivirus software such as Norton Antivirus ensuring that real time file protection is enabled and you schedule a regular full system scan. It is also worth running a program such as Spyware Search & Destroy periodically to make sure nothing has slipped through and installed itself on your system.

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Guitar News

Site News
We have a few new guitars appearing at the moment including a few more appearing in the matt black "Gothic Black" finish, notably including a Gothic Black R500 and a Gothic Black edition of the already very Metal I300 Super Strat electric guitar.This finish is a dull matt finish which catches the light in a different but appealing way to the standard glossy finish and would look espacially at home in a Metal line up.

Whilst we are on the subject of Metal, anyone living in or near Leeds take note:
Friday 5th September - SCHRöDINGER are playing at the Cockpit. SCHRöDINGER has a few of the PlayRecord boys in it, and they are definitely worth checking out if you like your Metal...

General News
Hendrix named guitar God

Jimi Hendrix was the greatest guitarist in rock history, according to a list of guitar greats produced by Rolling Stone magazine. Hendrix set his guitars and the rock world alight with his versatile and vigorous performances before his death in 1970 aged 27.

He beat Duane Allman - from the Allman Brothers - to the number one spot on the Rolling Stone list. But only two women were listed in the top 100 - Joni Mitchell at 72 and Joan Jett at 87. BB King, one of Hendrix's idols, was at number three while Eric Clapton was in fourth place. In fifth place was Robert Johnson, who died aged 27 in 1938 and is credited with being one of the most influential blues musicians. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder also made it into the top 10.

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
Coming back to the Metal theme, we have collected you together a few places where you can get guitar lesson sets online. The first is, the online home of Troy Stetina, a guitarist, producer and author of guitar related books.

If you don't want to pay for your lessons then check out the collection of Metal resources at, loads of lessons, licks and excercises to get you rocking out and keep your fingers working out for ages.

If you have the techniques sorted and want to have a go at playing a few Metal tunes then check out this Metal tab archive which has bass, drum and guitar tabs for loads of different Metal acts. It doesn't actually have a search function on the site, but with a concentrated collection of Metal Tabs arranged alaphabetically it is still worth a look.

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Percussion News

Site News
Hello again, time for more drum news! We have put some more cool new products on the site, heres just a couple to keep you going
STAGG, 4 Piece pro jazz kit with 18" bass drum brown(lacquered)
Arbiter flats 4 Piece drumkit
Arbiter Flats 5 Piece kit with 20" bass drum we bring you more superb arbiter kits, with their unique tuning method and a beautiful jazz kit from Stagg to get the taste buds going

The Stagg, 4 Piece pro jazz kit with 18" bass drum brown(lacquered) pro drumkit,with lacquered 33% mahogany drums and a bass drum with maple hoops. You can funk it up with this tight sounding,great looking kit

For the percussion player who has not got much space in the house, the perfect drum kit. Arbiter flats 4pc drumkit like the flats lite kit ,the f420 kit uses one screw advanced tuning and comes with chromed steel counter hoops. These truly are great portable drumkits, you can pack the lot away in two bags. You will never have to drive the van home and miss out on getting drunk at your gigs...

Another kit from the flats range has been added to our products Arbiter Flats 5Pc kit with 20" bass drum is like the ,f420 but comes with a crisp 14" shallow body double headed snare drum.

General News
Chili Pepper drummer for workshop

Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith headlined Slane Drummers 2003 in the SFX Theatre, Dublin on Friday 22 August. The workshop, which took place the night before the Slane concert, was hosted by Graham Hopkins from Halite.

Also performing was Feeder drummer, Mark Richardson, Hopkins and Paul 'Binzer' Brennan, who plays drums with Halite, Mundy and Bell X1.

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

a couple of online drum magazines for you to check out this issue...

vintagedrummer features loads of vintage drum news from around the world. in depth interviews with your favorite drummers past and present

drummerworld has everything on this site, like video clips, merchandise, tips, news and stuff to look at and drool over!

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Recording & Hi-Tech News

Site News

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, as a tool that combines the portability of a portastudio with the power and convenience of editing and mastering on a computer..

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

We have managed to get some more of these little beauties at a great price

these little beauties are only £299.99 (rrp £349.99) -
with FREE Headphones and Bag!!!

General News
Korn are to produce their next album themselves
After the disappointing sales of their last album 'untouchables' Korn have decided to return to a dirtier, more Metal sound which is not over produced. hopefully they will produce something more akin to their first two albums which defined a new Metal sound with their bassy chunky and tight riffs and emotive vocals from Davies.

"[Our last producer] wanted everything perfect, and that's not making a rock band. You want some screw-ups and stuff."
Korn's Jonathan Davis

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
Want to be a record producer?

here are some tips for getting your music to sound good enough to compete with the big labels, get your recording sounding as good as possible.

If you want to go a step further, why not enrol on one of these online courses about using the major software packages, and some other music production related courses.

Learn about the legal side of producing records here.

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DJ News

Site News
The CS-19R mixer by Gemini want a rotary club mixer, but don't want to spend a fortune? check out the CS-19R mixer by Gemini. this is professional stero club pre-amp mixer, 5 channels with gain control and those great rotary dials to play with in the mix... great!

new products this week,

Don't forget to keep checking the site for new products and accessories, for people in the dj world.

General News
tiesto release
last years dj magazine top 100 djs winner tiesto is due to release a new single as a taster from his new album,. the high-octane 'traffic' single is out on Nebula this month.

If you donít know Tiesto by now, then you must have been hiding under a very large rock. Tiesto has been sparking dancefloors worldwide for the past few months on the heels of his amazing new release Nyana, including the recent Sony Duel Play Tour with Nettwerk labelmate Noel Sanger. For Nyana, Tiesto has taken a new approach to the two disc release and compiled one disc that showcases his amazing ability to play before thousands of festival fans and a second disc that harnesses the intimate power of a club. The outdoor disc is pumping with Tom Manganís Chutney (Size 9 Reinterpretation)and the pulsing title track which is an original masterpiece showing a polished progression for Tiesto as he continues to elevate his production skills. Tiesto has included several tracks with stellar vocal talents, including Sinead OíConnor, Jan Johnston, and Tina Arena. The expansive sound harnessed in the outdoor disc is only compounded by the intimacy of the indoor disc. The heart of the indoor disc is the inclusion of tracks from Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden projects Andain (Beautiful Things) and Motorcycle (As The Rush Comes (Exclusive Demo Mix)). With Nyana, Tiesto gives an insight to his ever-expanding world as he incorporates a sampling of both sides of this well-rounded DJ who can rock the crowd whether its fifty of five thousand.

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
Here are few generally interesting DJ related sites for your surfing pleasure:
fans will love this,log on to the forum and talk to ninja tunes and fans. 349 seperate threads were posted in just one day alone. thats whole individual discussions.
a magazine for the professional mobile and club dj. dj times specialize in directing djs with their careers, in fields such as night club work, mobile work and remixing. the includes charts, news, interviews, record rewiws....
check this sneak preview of the new look and feel website, and check out the new releases and register yourself to stay up to date with their latest developments.

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Orchestral, Wind & Brass News

Site News
We have updated the Free Sheet Music page on playrecord with a search function for two of the best free sheet music sites on the web. There are many sheet music sites out there which want a subscription or for you to pay for downloads, but free ones seem hard to come by, so these two resources are a great addition to the site.

General News
Orchestral musicians are to be trained to protect their ears from the noise of their own instruments and those of other players. The legal limit of sound exposure is 90 decibels but the sound of a symphony orchestra playing a big classical piece at treble forte has been measured at 98dB.

Orchestras are now preparing for an EU directive which will reduce the maximum sound level to 85dB, a drop of 20%. Many players use earplugs during performances and clear plastic acoustic screens are used to protect players who sit in front of brass players or percussionists, whose instruments have been known to register 140dB.

A report from the Association of British Orchestras showed that as well as deafness, players could suffer from damaged frequency discrimination, tinnitus or diplacusis (in which the pitch of a single tone is heard as two different pitches by the two ears). But some players refuse hearing tests, fearing their careers may end if any defects are revealed. The ABO says it wants "to take care of our musicians today and ensure that they are still able to function in the future".

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

Take a look at the Classical section of, this is a great resource for finding new pieces and composers for your listening pleasure. You can search by typing into the search box, or you can navigate the directory of sections arranged under periods, composers and genre.

There is also a Music Glossary which has information on most musical terms and jargon - an amazingly useful resource altogether...

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.