Mastering Syncopation

So much of the music we play on piano and keyboards has easy rhythms, allowing for smooth coordination between the hands. But there are times when you will encounter a piece of music, or even just a section within a song, where the rhythm gets a little more complicated and your two hands need to…

Top Baseball Video Games

In 1961, inventor John Burgeson created the first-ever computerized baseball simulator game. In the decades since, there have been literally hundreds of video games released that, at least in part, are based on his concept. And although every baseball fan can’t play in the majors, anyone can practice their sliders and home-run swings on their…

Maria Finkelmeier’s Multi-Sensory Music

Yamaha Artist and percussionist Maria Finkelmeier’s “Superhero Butterfly” is a dazzling fusion of live music performance, visuals and technology. Inspired by her daughter’s Halloween costume, the multidisciplinary piece celebrates the beauty of holding multiple identities as truth. Finkelmeier, like her work, has many identities: digital media artist, sonic explorer, musician, composer, educator, entrepreneur. A trailblazer…

Cellos Rock!

When you think of cello and its distinctive mournful tone, you probably think of classical music. What many people don’t realize is that it’s equally well-suited for pop music. In fact, many modern (and even some not so modern) record-makers have turned to and rely on this beloved four-stringed instrument for its richness and depth…