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AYS Auditions for 2014

For YouRockNYC’s rockin’ West Coast students, the American Youth Symphony will be auditioning in June 2014. That may seem like a long time from now, but that’s actually just about the perfect amount of time to start thinking about your audition pieces and putting a plan into action. Take a look at the link below and consider sending this to a friend if it isn’t right for you. Also, happy Thanksgiving!

http://aysymphony.org/for-musicians/audition-information/

E-Books, PDFs and other free Music

Enjoy the free music below for ukulele and guitar: 

About 14 or so great free Uke songs including U2, Everly Brothers, Beach Boys and more. 

Very cool breakdown of how to transpose songs, plus many free PDFs such as Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, The Glory of Love and more for ukulele.

Great free book of PDFs for guitar, very extensive and well done!

YouRockNYC contributes to WikiHow Articles

Wanna learn how to jam over Skype or find vintage Christmas albums? We’ve got you covered at WikiHow. If you like our articles, share them, post them on your Facebook page and let us know. You can also write your own. What is that voodoo that you do so well? Sharing knowledge is always a valiant move!

In the meantime, please enjoy a photo of a handsome man holding a guitar.

Here’s your teacher Jessica D. sharing a “5 finger roll” technique on her ukulele. Here’s one about playing the D chord on the ukulele. People also often ask about different styles of strums, so here’s a video about how to do a reggae strum. You can find many other videos like this via eHow on YouTube alongside these videos. Enjoy!

Nelly, a vocal student who came to NYC from France to study music at YouRockNYC and with other music teachers is turning 33. She is celebrating in a beautiful and unique way — by making an album featuring different artist’s snippets of music and sound. The details are below. Nelly has used her music to inspire her in ways that carry over into her every day life. Can you think of ways to let your love or interest in music inspire your life? Maybe it’s creating a CD mix for that special someone (something many of us haven’t done in a long time!), painting a portrait of one of your favorite musicians or photographing musicians at a local open mic, there are many ways for music to carry over into your day to day. Read what Nelly has done, below. Send her an email to say happy birthday or give her a song to use for her project at “contact at nellycity dot com”. Happy birthday, Nelly!
Hey musicians & music lovers/makers/testers/and so on !In 15 days, I turn my “33Rpm Year” !So, be a part of the “33T.our’s.project”, 
while sending your favorite track, a mix, a song, a line, a beat, a pan’s concert or whatever that I could add to this special Mix. 
I will press a vinyl record with those sounds to celebrate this musical-special-next Birthday…(you can post / link / send through this page or by e-mail or carrier pigeon before the Apr.12th. !).I will press another vinyl record and then explode it in 33 pieces… One of those Life’s slices could be for you… Let’s see !This year will definitely be grooooovy !
 
ViN’lly.

Nelly, a vocal student who came to NYC from France to study music at YouRockNYC and with other music teachers is turning 33. She is celebrating in a beautiful and unique way — by making an album featuring different artist’s snippets of music and sound. The details are below. Nelly has used her music to inspire her in ways that carry over into her every day life. Can you think of ways to let your love or interest in music inspire your life? Maybe it’s creating a CD mix for that special someone (something many of us haven’t done in a long time!), painting a portrait of one of your favorite musicians or photographing musicians at a local open mic, there are many ways for music to carry over into your day to day. Read what Nelly has done, below. Send her an email to say happy birthday or give her a song to use for her project at “contact at nellycity dot com”. Happy birthday, Nelly!

Hey musicians & music lovers/makers/testers/and so on !

In 15 days, I turn my “33Rpm Year” !

So, be a part of the “33T.our’s.project”, 
while sending your favorite track, a mix, a song, a line, a beat, a pan’s concert or whatever that I could add to this special Mix. 
I will press a vinyl record with those sounds to celebrate this musical-special-next Birthday…

(you can post / link / send through this page or by e-mail or carrier pigeon before the Apr.12th. !).

I will press another vinyl record and then explode it in 33 pieces… One of those Life’s slices could be for you… 
Let’s see !

This year will definitely be grooooovy !
 
ViN’lly.
Featured student: Zach Jones, Brooklyn

I’m so proud of YouRockNYC student Zach Jones with his new video! It really shows his skill and style as a musician. His tagline is, “Sad folk for sad folks”. What’s your tag line? Do you have any videos you’d like to share? If so, please do!

The song “I Will” by The Beatles - Ukulele Chords
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Check out this song I tabbed: “I Will”, by The Beatles. Want your favorite song tabbed? Email yourocknyc@gmail.com with a link to the music of your favorite song or ANY song; a song you wrote or a song you are humming out but don’t know the chords to. I will listen to it, sound out the chords and send you a tiff or jpeg version of the tabbed music emailed back to you for only — $5!! WHAT??!?! It is a simple version, as seen above, like “I Will” but it’s good enough to get you strumming. What is a tabbed song? What does that even mean? 
 
 
From ukulele-tabs.com:
What is a tablature ?

A tablature is a method of writing down music played on stringed instruments using ASCII characters and numbers. It’s a visual representation of the instrument’s fretboard. The 4 lines correspond to the strings of the instrument, A ukulele tablature is made of 4 lines representing the strings of the instrument, with numbers showing where to fret the strings. Extra symbols shows how to play the notes. Tablature is more or less the general name given to online sheet music, often just made of chords & lyrics. 

How To Get Your Music Heard - 10 Great Tips via Digital8Track.com

This list of ways to send out music came into my inbox via www.digital8track.com, and it has some good tips so I thought I’d pass it on to my students who are out there working to try to get their music heart. If you aren’t a current student but would like to consult with me about your music project, please email me at yourocknyc@gmail.com. I’d love to help!

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10 Tips For Indie Artists: How to Effectively Send Out Music

Now you all know how important it is to pay attention to the small details in this business. There is no room for carelessness when it comes to your music. When sending emails, you need to be professional in order to get the response that you’re looking for.

This is one business where you usually only get one chance to prove yourself, and you wouldn’t want to mess up that chance with a tiny mistake like sending out an unprofessional email. Here are a few tips to make sure your emails are as professional as possible:

1. Always put a subject that gives the receiver a clear idea of what’s in the email.

2. Always introduce yourself and be sure to leave your contact info.

3. Don’t CC a bunch of people on the email. If you are sending it to a few people BCC so that everyone’s email addresses are not visible.

4. When forwarding a message, delete the previous info that shows who it was already forwarded to. (You don’t want everyone in your business.)

5. Do not send a whole album or a mixtape full of tracks. Pick 3-5 that show you at your highest potential and send those.

6. When sending music to a DJ, radio station, etc.—always be sure to send the ‘radio edit’ (clean version) first, as well as the explicit version. You don’t want to limit yourself. You want to be able to have your music played in clubs as well as on the radio, etc.

7. It’s usually better to send a link to your songs instead of sending an MP3. You don’t want the person to have to download your track before they even hear it. Pay attention to how the sender wants to receive music, some people specifically ask for links. If you are sending to a Gmail account, you might be safe sending MP3’s but you are always safe sending links.

8. Try to personalize each email instead of sending a generalized mass email. (Save that for your mailing list!) You will always get a better response talking to each person directly instead of sending the same message to a bunch of people and hoping that someone responds. #GetPersonal

9. Always have a pretty clear idea of what you would like to accomplish with that person before you send the email. If you want them to just listen and give their opinion, let them know. If you need help with promotion, tell them. Never just blindly send someone music without a goal in mind.

10. Always… ALWAYS proofread your emails before sending. Good grammar is more important than you think!

-If you follow these few small steps you will be on your way to getting a much better response!

Couples Ukulele Lesson For Valentines Day!
Wondering what to get that special person in your life for Valentine’s Day as a substitute or maybe an addition to the classic “jewelry”, “chocolate” or “dinner out” stand bys? 
How about a couples’ ukulele lesson? 
Learning ukulele with a friend is easy, fun and romantic. Bond over bar chords! Reignite the romance with your favorite rock hit! Strum your ukulele strings and your lover’s heart strings, simultaneously! Feel the awakenings in your musical abilities AND your amorous spirit as you strike the A chord together!
Reserve your Valentine’s Day couple’s ukulele package today.Each package contains: 
2 - glasses of wine (red, white or rose)
2 - soprano ukuleles (red, white, pink or black)
2 - folders containing ukulele chords, sheet music and lyrics(songs optional - your choice or we can advise)
1 - plate of delectable sweet treats
1 - 60 minute ukulele lesson for 2
TOTAL: $175 (own ukuleles forever)or: $100 (rent ukuleles for the lesson)  
Lessons take place in our lovely lower east side music studio. This special will run for the entire month of February, from 2/1 to 2/28. Hours of couple’s ukulele event depend on availability: Sun - Sat, 10 am to 10 PM. If you enjoy the couple’s lesson, continuing lessons are an option, at a reduced rate.
Please call 646-300-9276 or email yourocknyc@gmail.com TODAY to set up your appointment and for more info. 

Couples Ukulele Lesson For Valentines Day!

Wondering what to get that special person in your life for Valentine’s Day as a substitute or maybe an addition to the classic “jewelry”, “chocolate” or “dinner out” stand bys? 

How about a couples’ ukulele lesson? 

Learning ukulele with a friend is easy, fun and romantic. Bond over bar chords! Reignite the romance with your favorite rock hit! Strum your ukulele strings and your lover’s heart strings, simultaneously! Feel the awakenings in your musical abilities AND your amorous spirit as you strike the A chord together!

Reserve your Valentine’s Day couple’s ukulele package today.
Each package contains: 

2 - glasses of wine (red, white or rose)

2 - soprano ukuleles (red, white, pink or black)

2 - folders containing ukulele chords, sheet music and lyrics
(songs optional - your choice or we can advise)

1 - plate of delectable sweet treats

1 - 60 minute ukulele lesson for 2

TOTAL: $175 (own ukuleles forever)
or: $100 (rent ukuleles for the lesson)  

Lessons take place in our lovely lower east side music studio. This special will run for the entire month of February, from 2/1 to 2/28. Hours of couple’s ukulele event depend on availability: Sun - Sat, 10 am to 10 PM. If you enjoy the couple’s lesson, continuing lessons are an option, at a reduced rate.

Please call 646-300-9276 or email yourocknyc@gmail.com TODAY to set up your appointment and for more info.