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ProSoCoustic Wave Pro


Take Control of Your Room The new ProSoCoustic Wave Pro Series—announced at the 2021 NAMM Show—offers a blend of absorption and diffusion in one product. The diffusor pattern inside each panel allows greater absorption efficiency in the same amount of space. Wave Pro panels include machine screw inserts for easy installation, are mold and moisture […]




Yamaha MSP3A Powered Monitor Speaker


Authentic Sound, Compact Body Announced at the 2021 NAMM Show: The Yamaha MSP3A Powered Monitor Speaker features a 22-watt built-in amplifier and twisted flare port for clearer bass. With a variety of inputs, controls, and optional support brackets, the MSP3A is ideal for small studios, post-production, monitoring electronic instruments, and surround reproduction. Includes mounting points […]




Blanchard Caverns Fantasy (for Euphonium, Tuba, and Piano)


Named for a three-tiered cave system owned by the US Forest Service, this fantasy musically explores the wonders of this “living” cave. Flavored with jazz harmonies and intricate counterpoint, the piece by T.O. Sterrett of Local 802 (New York City) brings you the shimmer, wonder, and majesty of this grand work of Nature. Blanchard Caverns […]




Berklee Harp: Reading, Improvisation, and Arranging for Pedal and Lever Harpists


In her latest book, harpist Felice Pomeranz, of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), teaches both pedal and lever players how to become a better improvising harpist. Learn basic chords, chord symbols, and harmonic progressions used in a wide range of music, as well as how to play in styles such as jazz, blues, swing, bossa nova, […]




Charles E. Ives Piano Studies: Shorter Works for Piano – Vol. 2


Alongside his symphonies, chamber works, songs, and two major piano sonatas, Charles Ives wrote a number of short, groundbreaking works for solo piano. This second volume of The Complete Shorter Works for Piano of Charles Ives is the first publication of the complete extant studies for solo piano. Charles E. Ives Piano Studies: Shorter Works […]




Madonna of Silence


This drama for trombone and orchestra reflects the inner turbulence of Michelangelo’s drawing Madonna del Silenzio on which the work is based. The trombone takes on many roles: from the quiet, inner voice of the Madonna as she gazes in contemplation at the child, later singing a hymn and, towards the end of the work, […]




DK Multi


Combo Drum Key GrooveTech’s new DK Multi is a four-in-one drum key multi-tool designed to combine style with functionality. The centerpiece is a drum key socket optimized for proper fit on the tension rod nut for minimal free play. What separates the DK Multi from other drum keys is the addition of three hex wrenches—2mm, […]




Growling Sax Red Lava Special Edition Saxophone


Hot Like Fire The Growling Sax Red Lava Special Edition Saxophone by Victory Music Instruments is designed to meet the needs of the most demanding musician, with great intonation, sound, and ergonomics. The brass Bb professional tenor saxophone’s features include: high F#, Italian pisoni pads, blue steel springs, enlarged bell, matte black body and lava […]




How to Make First Chair: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Your Goal


How to Make First Chair guides musicians step-by-step through the preparation for successful auditions and performances. Musicians of all ages and abilities will gain knowledge of how to pace practice sessions, understand what judges listen for, and how to be prepared for anything on audition day. How to Make First Chair: A Step-by-Step Guide to […]




Modern Drummer Legends: Alex Van Halen


This installment in the Modern Drummer Legends series about drummer Alex Van Halen of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), includes Van Halen’s three Modern Drummer cover stories, transcriptions of classic Van Halen tracks, beats, and fills, a deep dive into his unique snare sound, and a 2020 interview. Modern Drummer Legends: Alex Van Halen, Modern […]










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