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Real School Sponsors Wilmington Battle of the Bands

Posted by Andrew Clark on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 22:12 PM

On Friday, Oct. 27, six bands competed in Wilmington for a chance at five hours of recording studio time at The Real School of Music. The night was organized and hosted by Wilmington High School Choral and Theater Support (C.A.T.S.) group.

With two fantastic MC's introducing the groups, the night was a blast filled with incredible music in an array of genres. Several of the performers are current students at Real School, including a jazz student of Erik Ringstad.

The performances were thoughtful and endearing; the first group, a drummer and guitarist, played an instrumental set of passionate ambient rock. The second group, another drum and guitar duo, played two originals and a cover by the Black Keys. For their last two songs they switched instruments, showing impressive musical talent. The third group put on an incredible show, getting the crowd on their feet. They had a drummer, synth player and three vocalists. Playing original hip-hop music, they had a memorable performance.

After a brief intermission and a hilarious performance by an acoustic duo covering Flight of the Conchords, the show continued with an emotional guitar-driven performance from a jazz group, and ended with Pineapple Blast, the largest band of the night. They had a great Alice in Chains vibe going on and put on quite a show.

Real School instructors Dave Reffett and Violeta Dontcheva were judging the competition. They both had a great time, and Dave announced the winners on stage. Congratulations to Pineapple Blast for winning the grand prize of 5 hours studio time at Real School, and $100 cash! 2nd place was claimed by Wolf River who took home $150 cash, and 3rd place was The Mooners, winning $100 cash.

The bands had a chance to showcase their skills in front of family and friends, and one hundred percent of proceeds from ticket sales go to the C.A.T.S. Scholarship fund.

Julie Ledoux organized the event. She is the President of the Wilmington High School Choral and Theater Support (C.A.T.S.) group. “We felt the night was a huge success, and we most definitely couldn't have done it without The Real School of Music! This was our first time running a Battle of the Bands - and as daunting an undertaking as that seemed from the outset, the outcome was a really fun night! Not just for the performers but also for the audience members. Having such an enthusiastic audience like we did was great for the kids who were performing! All of the kids did a great job - from the stagecrew to lighting to sound and of course the MCs and comedic musical act who performed between curtains.  We weren't quite sure how big a crowd it would draw for the first time out - but we were very pleased - we had just under 100 people show up and suspect that that number will grow in the coming years. Having free t-shirts provide by Real School was an added bonus for our unassuming audience members as they walked through the door."

For more information about Wilmington C.A.T.S., visit www.wilmingtoncats.org. You can also like the Wilmington C.A.T.S. on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WHSCATS.

Interesed in learning about recording? Check out our digital recording program, and all the other great opportunities at Real School.

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Trad Music is an Experience, Not Just a Style of Music

Posted by Andrew Clark on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 20:12 PM

By Steve Levy

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Tags: mandolin, real school, the real school of music, steve levy, irish music, trad, importance of trad, Music Instruments

7 Metronomes and Tuners You Can Take Anywhere

Posted by Andrew Clark on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 02:05 PM

As a musician, you're expected to be in tune. Luckily there are a a number of great places to tune up for free - whether it be at home or on the go. Don't have $80.00 to fork over for a pedal tuner? No big deal. There's an app for that.

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Tags: metronome, the real school of music, mobile apps, music apps, iphone, android, tuner

Riff of the Week: Steve Levy - Irish Jig Strumming

Posted by Andrew Clark on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 @ 31:10 AM

Every week, a Real School instructor will give you a quick tip on how to better your playing. With a vast array of instruments ranging from guitars to banjos, drums to horns and more, you’ll be able to learn something new every week whether you playthat particular instrument or not. Best of all, if you like what you learn, you can schedule a free trial lesson with that very instructor.

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Tags: mandolin, music lessons, burlington ma, riff of the week, steve levy, irish music

Real School Interview: Oil Can Guitars and Ukuleles for a Great Cause

Posted by Andrew Clark on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 @ 12:09 AM

Here at Real School, we love all things music. At Bohemian Guitars, they are building custom lunch box (also known as cigar box) guitars and ukuleles. Think your uke is cool? You've never seen one like this. They take oil cans and old lunch boxes and create entirely original guitars - no two of which are the same. If you're not up to the task of building your own guitar, the two that caught our eye are their Superman and Vintage Pac-Man guitars.

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Riff of the Week: Lou Ulrich - Master the Funk Bass Pentatonic Scale

Posted by Andrew Clark on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 @ 18:11 AM

Every week, a Real School instructor will give you a quick tip on how to better your playing. With a vast array of instruments ranging from guitars to banjos, drums to horns and more, you’ll be able to learn something new every week whether you playthat particular instrument or not. Best of all, if you like what you learn, you can schedule a free trial lesson with that very instructor.

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Tags: video, lou ulrich, pentatonic scale, practice, the real school of music, riff of the week, Music Instruments