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ME Bloggers Now Up To 80

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 8 - 2008

Hey to all..had a wonderful vacation and now I am happy to say it’s back to work.

The Music Tech ” M E Bloggers” has been updated. There are now 80 Music Education blogs on the list. This is one of the best free music resources I have ever found, and am extremely happy to be a part of. If you haven’t had the chance to stop by, it’s never too late…. here’s a list of the current blogs. If you have a music education site, and you post often, check out joining the list. There are only 20 spots left so hurry hurry….

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August Blog Carnival 2008

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 12 - 2008

Whats a Blog Carnival?…..
That’s the same question I asked when Dr. Pisano from MusicTech asked his Me bloggers to be a part of one. A blog carnival is like an online magazine. It gathers authors of various blogs to add post about a particular subject. Once all post are submitted, they are published under one title.

We are in this months carnival, and I am reading through all the entries today. Stop by and check out the post ME Tech August Blog Carnival it’s all about music, and the subjects are very interesting so far!~

To find out more about Blog carnivals
Blog Carnival.Com

Always remember to leave feed back or comment on the post you love..

Happy Reading..
Pz Til Later..

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Free Chord Progression Chart, and How I Use It Part2

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 25 - 2008

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This is a follow up from yesterdays tutorial “Free Chord Progression Chart, and How I Use It Part1”

Did you practice yesterday? Let’s get back to it today with steps 5 & 6. This is actually the fun part. I like to use the steps in this order:
5.Play some chord progressions
6.Incorporate your melody to your chord progressions

Music is based on principles and theory. Once you learn theory, there is no set way of how to apply it. If you apply it using the universal principles of composition, there won’t be room for disharmony.

In this tutorial I am using the “F Major Pentatonic Scale” ( F,G,A,C,D) from the LookNoHands/chordhouse/piano site, the “F Major chord progression” (F Major, F, Gm, Am, Bb, C, Dm, E dim) from the chart.
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Free Chord Progression Chart, and How I Use It

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 24 - 2008

Good morning all..hope everything is going well for you. This Tutorial will be a 2 part series for beginners in music theory
For those of you finding my site for the first time, I do hope you return often,and subscribe by email or rss feed to stay updated. :-). My site is not only a tutorial site, but it’s my personal blog also. I share things that I have learned in the past, as well as what I am learning and beats I’m working on daily.
I am fairly new to proper composition using chord progressions. This is one of the most requested emails I get. I first started learning theory around this time last year. I thought “Okaaay.. I have some chord progressions now what”?…
It takes years to learn composition. Many producers go to college to understand theory. I work with several artist who request “Dirty South” beats. This style of production relies heavily on chords, and drums. So I had to pump up the volume;I had to come up with a system that works for me now.
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MusicTech.Net = Music Education For The Masses

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 8 - 2008

This symbol represents a site that acknowledges music education bloggers. I am happy to say MsTrisMusic.Com is among the top 100….

Celebrate with me by clicking the link, making some time in your schedule to take a long visit. There is so much information…. I sorta feel like I’m in college. There are sites about practicing, theory, several tutorial sites, and lesson sites…the list is tremendous and I’m sure any musician will benefit from something that’s there….

Here’s a brief introduction excerpt from the site:
This site was established in order to spread the “word” faster about music, technology, and other related educational topics. This site was created by Dr. Prof. Joseph Pisano and began as a sub-domain of in August of 2006. It officially became in October of 2006.

Although many of the topics discussed here will be about music technology, you also find plenty of material that deals with the various forms of electronic technologies, that aren’t necessarily related to music, as well. From time to time, you may also find COMPLETELY unrelated topics that we feel are interesting to our readers. :)………

Now head on over to read the rest, and get a ship load of music education…:-)

MusicTech.Net….What It’s About

MusicTech.Net Home

If you are a Music Education Blogger, be sure to read requirements and apply for the list…

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til later

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Chord Progressions: Hip Hop

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 3 - 2008

What’s up all, been busy this week with a new project. I’m working on some eastcoast beats and I’m using some chord progressions to make a loop for chopping. Take a look at a nice video from Perpetual Productions. I like the way he explains his use of chords, and plays the beat at the beginning and end…enjoy and practice practice..

More music and videos by Perpetual Productions:
Perpetual Productions Soundclick

Be sure to let him know if something is useful to ya…
Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later~

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I Was A Sample Queen…

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On April - 30 - 2008

I remember a time when Hiphop was a baby. Back then I had already decided that I wanted to be a star. With rap, that dream seemed one I was able to reach. I started rhyming at a young age. I always loved music and now, destiny had touched me on the shoulder.
I spent years writing notebook after notebook. Studying the great female emcees at the time. I practiced, I rhymed , I recorded songs..always striving to reach “The Industry”. That place never arrived the way I expected.
I had a producer who had his own home studio. We were on the way to that ^place. One day he decided that producing rap music wasn’t right for him. I was left without a producer, but I had something even bigger. I had music inside. I realize now; that year, was a turning point in my life.
Making a long story very short, I bought a small keyboard and began to tinker around. Along with every artist, I thought I made the hottest songs ever created by man One day I’m gonna share some of those lil recordings…
HipHop was flourishing as a full fledge genre. I could only play the keyboard by ear,but that never mattered. My favorite producers at the time Dr.Dre, Rza, Pete Rock,& Havoc all used samples. They were my teachers through sound. Almost every producer/beatmaker mimicked their styles until they created their own. I had no idea that it was against the law to sample. I bought an Asr 10 and started collecting material. I started doing what I heard the big producers do, take a song that you like and make a beat.Today I have over 1400

Some of my collection


Once I started to sample it became a lil more than just me making beats.It’s hard to describe, and I’m sure you’ve heard the term ” The Art Of Sampling”. Some will say what kind of art is in stealing other peoples music? I’d have to respond….” Do you think the average 17 yr old knows the laws of copyrights?” Speaking for myself I didn’t understand or know the laws until 5 yrs into my career. When I first heard about copyright infringement, I was told oh it’s okay to use 13 secs…So I sampled on.This was the main way to make Hiphop for many many years.

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