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7 Songs about Violence and War

Violence and war aren’t the obvious choices of inspiration when composing a song. Usually people sing about love, or losing love, or wishing they had love, or basically anything love-related. Barring that, they might write lyrics reflecting on partying, or how awesome the party they are at is, or how they are going to make […]

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7 Unusual Restaurants in Barcelona

Barcelona has some of the best dining experiences in the world. The Michelin Guide awarded 24 restaurants in the city at least one Michelin star in 2019. That’s a lot of seriously good food you could get very fat on. But dinner isn’t always about quality. Sometimes, you want an experience to go along with […]

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9 Famous Eccentric Women

There were a lot of women considered eccentric in their time because they wanted crazy things like the ability to vote or work or love another lady.  This list is not about those women, because history is littered with examples of eccentric women who were really were just plain weird. They were usually rich: wealthy […]

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Easiest Way to Learn Guitar Chords Fast! 💨

What is the EASIEST way to learn guitar chords fast? As a beginner guitarist, one of the toughest things to conquer is quickly and smoothly changing between chords. For example – we might learn the chords to one of our favorite tracks or a new chord shape.  But when it concerns making songs with these […]

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Can you Learn Guitar with Video Games?

While Guitar Hero and Rock Band are the leaders in the music video game market, they don't necessarily teach you how to play an instrument. You may get really good at slamming down those colored buttons, and rhythmically you may learn a little something—but translating it to the guitar is game entirely. Nick Mason, a […]

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11 Drums Used in Reggae Music

The drums in reggae music have always worked to give this amazing music its distinguishable sound. Reggae music although it originated in Jamaica, has roots back to Africa, which means many of the instruments that are used tend to be African or Afro-Cuban. These days, modern reggae music uses the drum set, which is common […]

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8 Types of Drum Beats and their Names

Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate what you want from a drummer or what you want to do as a drummer to the rest of the band. There are some phrases that one should know when describing different kinds of drum beats. 1. The "Money Beat" The name says it all. This is the beat […]

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8 Songs with EASY Drum Beats

We love teaching drums here at Jam Addict. There are so many songs that have dominated pop culture that chock full of great drum beats AND are not that difficult to learn! We've assembled a list of songs with drum beats with transcriptions of how to play them. After each song you will see a […]

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How to Play Triplets Around the Drums (with PDF)

How is it that drummers can seemingly blaze around the kit with a flurry of triplets? We've all seen drummers that know how to just tear the drum kit apart with their technique, so what is the secret? It's actually not as difficult to do as you may think—and the reasons to learn these techniques […]

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BEST Tips: How To Compose Minimalist Music

But first… Let me tell you a story.  When I was a freshman in college, one of the first music classes I enrolled in was Experimental Music 101. At the time, I was vaguely familiar with the flavor of my school’s music program.  Wesleyan University’s curricular focus, when it came to the music major, was […]

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How to Play the Drums Quietly

Drums are loud! While it is super fun to slam down on the drums in a rock club or a treated studio there are some occasions where you need to learn how to play softly. We need to learn how to finesse the drum. Moreover, learning to play in this way will not only let […]

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This is How Quinto and Tumba Drums Are Played

Fun drums you can play with your hands! A lot of my fellow Jam Addict team members are drummers. Drums and percussion are actually the most popular instruments here in the office (guitar is the second most popular, in case you’re wondering).  The other day I was going through the Jam Addict Compound studio and […]

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