John Mayer’s Influences: How They Shaped His Playing Style, and How They May Shape Yours Too

Every guitarist experiences a common barrier at a certain point in their musical journey — we get paralyzed by the sheer number of things there are to learn on the guitar. This roadblock can leave you aimlessly practicing things that you will never put to use, zapping your motivation to play. This usually occurs when you’ve learned all your open chords, your barre chords, and a couple of solos. The question, “what next?” inevitably pops up. One great way of overcoming this hurdle is to find an artist that you look up to and model your playing after him/her. Finding … Read more

The Guitar Effects Pedals Behind John Mayer’s Wide Ranging Sound Palette

Every guitar player has a unique preference in tone, genre, brand of guitar, and even guitar picks. Other than being guitar players, you’d be hard pressed to find many similarities in our setups. However, there is one thing that binds us all together, and that is our love for guitar pedals. Regardless if you’re a bedroom guitarist or a headliner for a major festival, you likely have a decent collection of pedals, and if you don’t, you’re probably working your way towards it. So it comes as no surprise that a guitar player like John Mayer would have a very … Read more

A Holiday Gift Guide for Piano

Looking for that perfect gift for a pianist family member or friend? Bookmark our latest piano gift guide, including products recommended by Liberty Park Music’s very own piano instructor, Steven Paszkowski.   The Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony An easy to read text by Berklee College of Music teaches you everything you need to know about jazz harmony. With practical demonstrations and accompanying recordings, this book gives you the complete audio-visual learning experience. Buy Here The Jazz Piano Book This is an excellent gift for the aspiring jazz pianist in your lives. Constantly reviewed as concise, practical and in-depth, the … Read more

A Holiday Gift Guide for Drums

Sourcing for a great drums’ paraphernalia or books for your drummer friends or family? Check out our latest gift catalog for drums, curated by Liberty Park Music’s very own drum instructor, Brendan Bache. We give you AWESOME options to surprise your family & friends! Mapex Tornado 5 Piece Drum Kit Royal Blue If you are feeling generous this Christmas, get the Mapex Tornado 5-piece drum kit for your kids, or spouse!. It’s a perfect beginner drum kit with 5 drums, 2 cymbals and more for less than £300. Gift Here Istanbul Mehmet Samatya Cymbal Set 1 With this reasonably priced, … Read more

A Holiday Gift Guide for Guitar

The holiday season is coming and some of us may still be searching frantically for awesome gift ideas. Members at Liberty Park Music have asked our talented instructors for a few suggestions, thus we have created a gift catalog! In this guitar gift guide, we assembled a list from our guitar teacher – Ze – to present the best gifting options: found on Amazon or direct websites! Thalia Capo 200 A guitar capo essentially allows the player to execute a music piece in a different key. This stunningly beautiful capo, designed by Thalia, keeps the guitar in tune with interchangeable … Read more

Which Piano Is Right For You – Grand or Upright?

“There is no such thing as a bad piano, just bad pianists,” My teacher in undergrad used to tell me this over and over again. To some extent this is true: a great pianist should be able to make even the shyest of pianos sing. There are videos of professionals on Youtube making the most beat-up street pianos sound good. However, I personally believe that for strong growth and proper development, a student must have access to a good quality instrument. If we take a student who is still learning, and we provide them with only a terrible instrument, growth … Read more

Top 10 Pianos for the Cool (and Rich)

If you were a pianist with a few extra bucks to spare and a taste for the extraordinary, you’d want to purchase a piano that not only sounds good, but also makes a statement with its individuality. In this article, we introduce 10 super cool pianos, with out-of-this-world wacky designs, unparalleled elegance, and mind-blowing concepts. These are works of art that you might aspire to own one day. 1) Yoshiki’s Kawai CR-40A Crystal Piano It’s no exaggeration for Japanese piano manufacturer Kawai to claim that its transparent CR40-A grand pianos adorn every room with unsurpassed beauty and are deserving to … Read more

Acoustic vs Electric Drum Kits

Electric drum kits have burst onto the drum kit market in a massive way. Many beginners look for electric kits when buying their first drum kit, both for their reduced volume and often smaller size. There is also a large demand for electric drum kits for drummers who play predominantly electronic music. The wide array of digital sounds available, and the ease with which sounds can be changed makes electric drum kits suitable for styles of music which require more than just a traditional drum set configuration (bass drum, snare drum, tom toms and cymbals). This article will explore the … Read more

Clear or Coated? Thick or Thin? A Guide to Buying Drum Heads.

Your choice of drum heads is equally important as your choice of drum kit. Good quality drum heads can completely transform the sound of your kit and you have a plethora of options when buying drum heads. This article will provide you with all the information you need to decide on a set of drum heads that suits your style of play. Brands Unlike the number of drum kit and cymbal manufacturers, that of highly respected drum head manufacturers is small. While there are a number of good quality local drum head manufacturers (such as Code in the U.K.), the … Read more

Guide to Piano Care & Tuning

At a glance… 1. Reasons why pianos go out of tune 2. Importance of tuning your piano 3. When you must tune your piano 4. How often you must tune your piano 5. Prices 6. DIY Piano Tuning 7. Care for your piano What is the importance of piano tuning? When should I tune my piano? Is piano tuning really necessary? If you’re a pianist or intending to purchase a piano, you’ve most likely asked yourself these questions a couple of times. Many seasoned pianists don’t give much thought to these questions and simply have their pianos tuned twice a … Read more