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Introducing the Two Minute Classic

I have been writing music for a while now, and a friend recently proposed a very intriguing idea.  Let’s be honest, the attention span of the average Youtube viewer is around 1 to 2 minutes, unless you are Taylor Swift, in which case you get 20 to 25 minutes from the same obsessed teenagers daily.  And equally as fleeting (on a grander scale) is the ever changing library of electronic “instruments” and sounds people use to make music.  Yet and still, when someone really wants to tug at those heart strings, they fall back onto piano, violin, cello, or some other stringed instrument.  So how does a musician hoping to maximize his Youtube views go about it?

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Enter the Two Minute Classic

Just enough of a popular song to make you appreciate how it was redone, but not enough to bore you when creativity fails and you have to repeat a musical idea.  Anyone else sick of the 5 minute cover video with the 50 second intro apologizing for not being that good at guitar, or sick at the moment, or any of that other nonsense no one cares about?  Get to the song already.  And then when they do, it’s a pseudo-emotional, slower version of the song, because nothing says “musician” like the same open guitar chords capo-ed to be in the right key, strummed in the most familiar pattern known to man.  But it works for some people…they are at least musical enough to add harmony…and record with a microphone that wasn’t an accessory on a cell phone.

Below is my first installment into this Two Minute Classic idea: pop song, classical instrumentation, abridged to give you enough of a taste without filling you up.  Enjoy.

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OneRepublic – Counting Stars, Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City.

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Save Rock and Roll – Fall Out Boy ( Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Piano ) Cover by The Last City

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Justin Bieber – Bad Day (From Heartbreaker – Guitar and Violin Cover by The Last City)

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My Chemical Romance – I Don’t Love You (Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City)

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Justin Timberlake – Amnesia (Cover by The Last City)

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OneRepublic- Love Runs Out (Cover by The Last City)

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Damien Rice – What If I’m Wrong (Acoustic Cover by Adam from The Last City)

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Ed Sheeran- Sing (Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City)

5 Tips for Better Stage Presence

Any internet search on “stage presence” will get you a long list of repetitive common sense, surrounding a few gems of wisdom.  I’ll cut to the chase and give you a quick top five of tips I stumbled across through my experiences. Granted I’m no performing master or professional, but I’ve done enough shows to catch a few things I wish I’d known before the first one.

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1)  Record Yourself – This combines being prepared with gaining confidence in your movements.  I would bet my left leg that once you see the film and how you actually look, you’ll rethink a thing or two.

2)  Wear Light Colored Shoes – A minor detail yes, but if you’re the kinda guy who moves his feet a lot, the bright colors make your movements look even more exaggerated.

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Top 5 Tips For Guitarists

I’ve spent hours online searching through hundreds of articles on how to get faster, better, and more accurate at guitar, and gotten the same message repackaged over and over again:  play scales slowly, then build speed.  And yeah, that’s sound advice, but boring.  Now, over the course of weeks and months, I’ve found a few things that hindered and helped me keep guitar alluring.

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1)  Not Neglecting The Pinky:   He’s a weak little piggy, but somehow manages to hold his own on most pentatonic scales.  The problem came when adding more major and minor scales.  Luckily I stumbled across a few exercises to help with it.

2)  Using thicker picks: Some of you may have figured it out faster than me, but switching just from mediums to hards made scales much easier, especially on acoustic.

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