Andrea Bensmiller

I wanted the title of this piece to be When You Crash. AND Burn. AND Spontaneously Combust. But that was way too long. So I settled for this. At least the flames part seems like it’s gonna get the...
We've hit the last piece of the Circle of 5ths, and probably the most confusing part: minor keys. So come on in and get the lowdown...So, we've done the pieces of the circle of 5ths that explain the...
I promised you guys a primer on the Circle of 5ths, so...away we gooooo....Probably one of the hardest things to get a grip on for young musicians is the key signatures and how many sharps and flats...
Singers: do you know what a glide, a swoop, and a fry are?All are vocal “stylisms” (vocal effects) for use in different musical styles. Sing Anything - Mastering Vocal Styles is a book/CD/website...
In my last blog, we looked at learning the I, IV, V and VI minor chords in the key of C. The truth about most pop, rock, and country music is it is built on only a few chords that we use constantly....
Part 2 of Andrea's blog about learning music quickly covers some basic harmony...   The thing about learning music is the more disconnected you are from the system of music you are, the harder...
Teaching for the past couple years has taught me a lot. I have students with lots of talent, and students with seemingly very little. Same goes for playing out with people. But I’ve noticed a few...
Congratulations! You got hired. First things first. Here's your set list...Live2Play blogger Scott Woodward wrote this great blog about being a hired gun not too long ago. Go check it out. Everything...
Some nights when I’m really totally fried like crazy I watch Hulu on my computer. People who know me know that I don’t really watch much TV. In fact, right now, I don’t even own a TV. I know that’s...
I’ll be honest...I was dreading having to go to NAMM this year. But I learned something really important.For a few reasons, but the primary one being that last year’s show was a drag. It was the...