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How the RIAA Works

Known for its Gold and Platinum Record awards, the Recording Industry Association of America's goal is to promote and protect the music industry. But how does that mission lead to a lawsuit against a 12-year-old girl?

How to Sharpen Your Music Listening Skills

Would you like to know how to sharpen your music listening skills so that you listen to music rather than just hear it? This article shows you how to sharpen your music listening skills.

How Music Sampling Works

Have you ever heard a brand new song on the radio and realized that it sounds familiar? Chances are the producers sampled a drum break or a bass line from a classic song, reworking it into a completely new piece.

How to Make a PVC Pipe Instrument

Playing music isn't expensive when you make your own PVC pipe instrument. Learn about how to make a PVC pipe instrument in this article.

How Auto-Tune Works

Have you noticed in recent years that a lot of pop stars sometimes sound like singing robots? You've probably heard of the pitch-correcting software called Auto-Tune -- and its effect on modern music.

How Multitrack Recording Works

Have you ever listened to a song and wondered how the artist was able to make so many different sounds come together onto one recording? Since the 1950s, multitrack recording has made recording music easier -- and a lot more interesting.

How One-hit Wonders Work

The very term conjures up images of red balloons, burning beds and Eileen and Mickey spinning right round like a record. How do artists become one hit wonders?

5 Questions That Still Linger After Michael Jackson's Death

Known as the King of Pop and beloved by millions, Michael Jackson died at his home in California on June 25, 2009. Though his heart failure was ruled a homicide, questions still linger after his death.

Top 10 Beatles Singles

For a week in 1964, the Beatles had 12 songs on Billboard's Hot 100. See our list of the Beatles' top singles.

10 Bands Named After Places

Some musicians love a place so much they name their band after it. See our list of 10 bands named after places. Can you guess what bands made the list?

Music Festival Pictures

Music festivals are a great way to see your favorite bands alongside your fellow fans. See scenes from some of the major music festivals around the country.

How Guitar Chordal Fills Work

Chordal fills help make ordinary guitar chords sound unique and fascinating. Learn how to play chordal fills in this section.

How to Play a Guitar Lick in 3 Easy Steps

Learning guitar licks can help you on your way to becoming the rock star you've always dreamed about. Learn about playing guitar licks.

How to Play 4 Guitar Licks

Learning these 4 guitar licks will have you well on your way to becoming a rock star. Learn about playing 4 guitar licks.

How to Learn Guitar Chord Transitions in 4 Easy Steps

Chord transitions are explained in this article from HowStuffWorks. Learn about chord transitions.

How to Play the 12-bar Blues

12-bar blues is taught on the guitar in this collection of videos. Find out how to play the 12-bar blues.

How to Play Basic Guitar Chords in 6 Easy Steps

Basic chords are presented to help you learn how to play the guitar. Learn about playing the guitar with this basic guitar chords.

How Booking Agents Work

Booking agents secure work for many different types of artists. Read this article to learn more about booking agents.

How Music Mixing Software Works

DJs use music mixing software to help them produce hot beats. Read this article to learn about music mixing software.

How do they remaster CDs and DVDs?

The process of remastering CDs and DVDs has become increasingly popular as we move further into the digital age. Read this article to learn all about the remastering process.

How Recording Engineers Work

There's a reason why your favorite band's album sounds so good. Recording engineers are the backbone of album recording sessions. But what exactly happens behind the scenes?

How Concert Tours Work

Going to see your favorite band's concert tour can be a rush. But there's a lot more that goes into putting on a concert tour than you can imagine. What happens behind the scenes?

How Becoming a Roadie Works

Being a roadie for a major rock band might sound cool, but there's a lot of hard work involved. What does it take to become a roadie?

How Pro Tools Software and Hardware Works

Pro Tools software and hardware makes it easy to mix music on your computer. Learn all about Pro Tools in this article.

Pro Tools Mixing Tips

Pro Tools makes it easy to mix music, but there are several mixing tips that make the process even easier. Check out this article to learn about Pro Tools mixing tips.


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