Now In Store: Juggernaut HT7FM HT6FM

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Mishar Mansoor Bulb Jackson Signature Juggernaught HT7FM HT6FM

If you’ve heard of Djent, then you have undoubtedly heard of Misha Mansoor, from the band Periphery. Misha, also known as “Bulb” is well known for his collection of awesome guitars. He has taken his wealth of knowledge and worked with Jackson to design a signature guitar. And so the Juggernaut HT7FM HT6FM was born.

Juggernaut HT7FM HT6FM

Mansoor’s known to impress the most discerning of metal fans with his steadfast, fleet-fingered technique. He has personally designed the Juggernaut HT7FM HT6FM series of guitars. Because of this, you are guaranteed a guitar that will be perfect for Djent, and just about all styles of metal and rock.

The HT6FM is the 6-string version of the Juggernaut, which features a 25.5″ scale length. the HT7FM, on the other hand, is the 7-string version, and it features a 26.5″ scale-length. The added scale length of the HT7FM is what sets this guitar apart.

Both the HT7FM HT6FM Juggernaut guitars have a basswood body and a maple “Speed Neck”. To add to the guitar’s stability, the neck has been reinforced with graphite.

To ensure that these guitars are as comfortable to play as possible they have a wrap-around heel. In addition, you will get a 16″ flat radius ebony fingerboard, with 24 Jumbo frets.

To add to the guitars styling, the neck dots are offset, and the side dots are Luminlay. This means that you will always be able to see where on the neck you are, even on the darkest of stages!

Pickups

Misha didn’t want to sacrifice any tone for the Juggernaut HT7FM HT6FM guitars. So, to ensure that the guitars sound great, he spent a considerable amount of time working with Jackson to develop new pickups for the guitar. The end result is the Jackson MM1 pickups; the perfect sonic match for the Juggernauts.

To ensure that you have a wide range of tonal possibilities, the guitar features a 5-way blade switch pickup selector. In addition, the guitar features a push/pull tone control. This is not to be confused with a coil tap. The tone control is a bypass switch. This means that is you want a pure, unaltered tone, you leave the tone knob down. By leaving the tone knob down you bypass unnecessary electronics, allowing you to get the best pickup tone possible.

Want to tweak your tone and have control shaping it? Simple, just pop the knob up.

For all the specs and colour options for the HT6FM, click [here]. If you would like to check out the specs and colour options for the HT7FM, then click [here].

Wacken Metal Battle 2017

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It is once again time for the annual Wacken Metal Battle. The most intense and prestigious Metal Battle of the Bands in the world! Who will be this year’s winners?

Yes, it’s that time of year again. A time when metal bands from all across South Africa battle it out to try and take top honours. And what does the winning band get? They get the opportunity to play at the Wacken Metal festival in Germany, alongside some of the giants in the international metal scene. Bands like Iron Maiden, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse and Metallica have all played at the festival. This truly is the grandest gathering of metal heads in the world.

The Wacken Metal Battle runs in a number of countries all across the globe. Locally, the event is sponsored by Jagermeister and powered by Paul Bothner Music. Jagermeister will cover all the costs of getting the winning band to Germany to play at Wacken, while Paul Bothner Music will provide backline for each of the events.

More About the Battle

The local events are spearheaded by Louis Dupisani and Sashquita Northey of Emalyth Promotions. They ensure that the judges for the events are not only qualified for the task, but are also leaders in their local metal scene. It is up to the judges to decide who wins each of the heats, and ultimately who will fight it out in the final event.

Local Heats 

Most of the local heats have played, with only one remaining. Your Battle for Wacken Winners so far are:

Reverse The Sands
Ohgod
Megalodon
Spectral Realm
Only Forever
My Columbine
PSordid
Maximum Carnage
25 March: The Winston Pub

Different bands will play at each of the heats. To support the battle, head to your favourite venue and check it out. The final battle to determine the 2017 winners of the Wacken Metal Battle will take place on the 6th of May at Rumours Rock Lounge.

Follow the Wacken Metal Battle Facebook page for all the up-to-date information.

 

Free Vocal Workshop with Amy Campbell

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Free Vocal Workshop

You are invited to attend a FREE vocal workshop hosted by the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival. The workshop will be presented by vocalist Amy Campbell.

When: Friday 24 March 2017
Venue: Reeler Theatre, Rondebosch High School, Canigou Road, Rondebosch
Time: 14h30 – 16h30
Bookings:
Email: ctbigbandjazzfest@gmail.com

Amy is the Choir and Ensemble Coach at the University of Cape Town. In addition, she is also the singing teacher at Rondebosch Boys High School. This will be an interactive Jazz Singing workshop. Specific elements will include working on swing elements of jazz singing and performance techniques.

Because the workshop will be an interactive event, you are asked to bring along a piece you are currently working on. Seating is limited, so reserving your seat is essential.

More about the Cape Town Big Band Festival

The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival is an annual event that showcases local high school and university big bands. The festival has grown in popularity every year, with its main focus on the upliftment of local jazz bands.

Furthermore, the festival has grown so much that there is now an annual Gauteng Big Band Festival. In addition to the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival, the organizers also host the annual marimba and steel pan band festivals.

In Cape Town alone last year, the festival had over 20 bands performing over four nights. Bands came from all over the Western Cape to perform. Bands like the Joseph’ Marist College Jazz Band, SACS Junior High School Jazz Band and Stellenbosch Youth Jazz Band all performed for the festival.

One thing these bands show every year is the immense level of talent that is out there. These musicians may young, but they play like professionals. It really is amazing that festivals like this exist. The impact to the local music scene is immeasurable!

Quay Four Battle of the Bands 2017

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Quay Four Battle of the Bands

It’s once again time for the annual Quay 4 Battle of the Bands, powered by Paul Bothner Music!  There are some awesome prizes this year, so be sure to enter your band.

BANDS ENTER NOW!
1. Download the entry form by clicking HERE!

2. Send your completed entry form, a band photo and song/mp3 to battleofthebands@quay4.co.za.

3. Wait for their call!

More About the Quay Four Battle of the Bands

Every Tuesday night from 2 May 2017, bands will descend upon Quay Four at the Waterfront. Each band will battle it out to see who is crowned the 2017 champions!

This is definitely one of the “must attend” events for any cover band or restaurant band. The prize pool is one of the biggest in the country, so it’s no wonder that so many bands enter. Furthermore, the V&A Waterfront is a hub of tourist activity. So by playing at Quay Four you will have the potential to reach an international audience. This is a rare opportunity for most local bands.

And because of the level of interest, you can be assured of the quality of each band. So in addition to getting a great night out in the Mother City, you can enjoy some stellar music.

The battle is open to the public, with different bands battling every week. Each week will have a winning band, with the finals taking place on the 29th of August. So if you are looking for some great music at a great Waterfront restaurant, then be sure to book your table. Booking early would be in your best interest, as tables for the battle get booked up fairly fast.

Prizes Include:

R20 000 Cash
Playing Contract at Quay Four
Vouchers
Musical Gear

For more info check out the Quay 4 website

Sponsors:

Paul Bothner Music
Shure Microphones
JBL PA Systems
Castle Larger

Long Weekend Legends

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Long Weekend Ledgends
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Here we have a few EXAMPLES of our Long Weekend Legends Deals!* What better way to ensure a legendary weekend, than with a new instrument to play at your next braai or outing? Each store has a different selection of gear, so be sure to visit us this weekend!

Acoustic Guitars

Faith Naked Neptune

Solid Sitke Spruce Top Guitar
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Long Weekend Deal
R6 495

Standard Retail: R9 995

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Cort MR710F-12

12 String Acoustic Guitar
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Long Weekend Deal
R4 595

Standard Retail: R6 895

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Martin MGDCPA4

Performing Artist Dreadnought
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Long Weekend Deal
R25 895

Standard Retail: R38 699

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Acoustic Amplification

Roland AC-40

Stereo Acoustic Guitar Amplifier
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Long Weekend Deal
R5 995

Standard Retail: R8 995

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Laney LA12C

Acoustic Guitar Practice Amplifier
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Long Weekend Deal
R1 595

Standard Retail: R2 495

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Laney LA35C

35watt Acoustic Guitar Amplifier
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Long Weekend Deal
R3 495

Standard Retail: R5 495

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Folk Instruments

Fender Mandolin

Acoustic/Electric Mandolin
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Long Weekend Deal
R3 495

Standard Retail: R5 395

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Caraya Mandolin

SoundHole Mandolin
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Long Weekend Deal
R1 050

Standard Retail: R1 595

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4/4 Violin Kit

Full Size Student Violin
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Long Weekend Deal
R1 250

Standard Retail: R1 895

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Percussion

Caraya Cajon

Birch Cajon with a Teak Finish
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Long Weekend Deal
R1 450

Standard Retail: R2 195

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Pro Bongo Set

7″ and 8.5″ Bongo set
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Long Weekend Deal
R1 150

Standard Retail: R1 695

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LP Conga

40th Anniversary Wood Conga
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Long Weekend Deal
R3 795

Standard Retail: R5 695

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Long Weekend Trading Hours

Saturday 18 March: Normal Trading Hours
Sunday 19 March: Closed
Monday 20 March: Normal Trading Hours
Tuesday 21 March:
Western Cape Stores, Centurion Store and Kimberly Store: 10am – 2pm
Bloemfontein and Durban Stores: 9am – 1pm

*All deals are subject to availability, and are treated on a first come first served basis. Prices are valid until the close of business on Tuesday 21 March 2017

Essential Music Theory – Free Workshop Notes

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We recently hosted a workshop on Expanding Musicality, which was presented by Amanda Tiffin and Alistair Andrews.

The focus of the workshop was on Expanding Your Song Writing, using some music theory concepts.

During the course of the workshop, the presenters looked at subjects ranging from simple triads to modal interchange theory. We were fortunate enough to get a copy of the workshop notes, which are available for download. To download the notes, simply fill in the form below.


Music Technology Workshop

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The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is more than just Africa’s great gathering. A big part of the annual event is the music workshops that are hosted to coincide with the festival. You are invited to join the acclaimed bass player, Alistair Andrews for a music technology workshop.

Where: Cape Sun Hotel
When: 12:00 pm, Wednesday 29 March 2017
Please note that booking is essential, and that space is limited. If you have any questions on booking, please email natana(at)espafrika.com.
Alternatively, click [here] to make an online booking.

About the Music Technology Workshop

This workshop is aimed at exploring the latest trends and innovations in smart device technology. In addition, it aims to identify the benefit of these innovations to the modern day musician.

The workshop will be perfect all professionals in the industry who are looking to expand their tone and catch up with the latest trends.

The workshop also serves as an introduction into dynamic music education. The latest tech-savvy tools will be used and demonstrated for applications ranging from onstage performance to studio recording.

Other Workshops

In addition to this Music Technology workshop, there will be an array of other workshops on offer.

Throughout February there was a range of Music and Career workshops hosted. These workshops were to school’s around the cape. The schools in attendance came from all backgrounds and locations. (From Mitchell’s Plain’s Cedar House to Groote Schuur Highschool from Newlands).

Besides the technology workshop and the Career workshop, there are workshops covering topics such as Arts Journalism and Master Classes.

Public Debate

One of the final events for the season will be the Arts Journalism public debate. The debate takes the format of a panel discussion with debates around the learning and teaching of jazz. Come through and learn about the contrasting idea’s that will be presented.

Zildjian S Series Rock Pack Cymbals

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Zildjian S Series Rock Pack Cymbals

The Zildjian S Series Rock Pack Cymbals are a perfectly matched set created specifically for rock drummers. These cymbals have been designed to cut through a mix, and deliver great volume and projection. The Zildjian S Series Rock Pack cymbals offer a brilliant finish and a bright sound with low to mid pitch and a long sustain. An excellent choice for modern rock drummers!

In The Pack

The Zildjian S Series Rock Pack is a complete cymbal setup for the modern rock drummer. It consists of a set of 14″ S Rock HiHats, an 18″ and 20″ S Rock Crash as well as a 22″ S Rock Ride.

The Zildjian S Family

“The new S Family will redefine your expectations of what a B12 alloy can deliver” – Zildjian Company 

The new S Family series of cymbals have undergone a long and extensive design process with Zildjian having spent years in R&D to get these cymbals to markets. In some cases, the technology Zildjian needed didn’t exist, so, in response, they created and invented new techniques and technologies! Their hard work has certainly paid off with a cymbal range that gives balanced frequency response, long sustain and a wide array of cymbals to choose from.

Jason Oosthuizen – Drum Solo Featuring Zildjian S Rock Cymbals

Watch Jason Oosthuizen having some fun with the Rock Pack cymbals. 

Jason is an icon of South African drumming. Currently playing in Lost and Found, he’s also well known for his work with bands ranging from Black Cat Bones and Van Coke Kartel, to doing session work for Jack Parrow and Fokofpolisiekar.

For all the specs on the Zildjian S Series Rock Pack Cymbals, [click here]

Free Lesson: Chordal Harmonic Progression

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Chordal Harmonic Progression

A chordal harmonic progression can be defined at a succession of musical chords. To clarify, that means a few chords, played one after the other.

The basic foundation of Western Music comes from the harmony created by specific chords progressions. So, today we’re going to have a look at a few simple progression and what chords can be used in a specific key.

Chords for a Key

First and foremost, do you know what the basic chords for a key are? Yes? Good, you can skip this section and go onto the next. If on the other hand you don’t know or feel like you could do with a brush-up, then keep reading.

There is a huge variety of chords that you can use in any key, today, however, we are going to look at just 14 of the chords. To fully understand chords and harmonic progressions, you should first understand the construction triads. If you are unfamiliar with triad construction, [read this first].

Right, by now you should know the basics of chord construction as well as the basic form of the major scale. Let’s work from the G Major scale for the rest of this lesson.

G Major Scale

G  A  B  C   D  E   F#   G
I   II III IV V  VI VII VIII

The Roman numerals below the scale refer to the degree of the scale. To that end, we can see that D is the 5th degree of the scale, and we can also see that A is the 2nd degree.

For the purposes of Harmonic Progressions, you can apply the same theory to all keys. So the second note of a scale will always be the second degree. It’s just that simple.

So, how does this apply to your music? Well, that’s simple. Each degree of your scale will always be played as the same chord type.

I – Major or Major 7
II – Minor or Minor 7
III – Minor or Minor 7
IV – Major or Major 7
V – Major or Dominant 7
VI – Minor or Minor 7
VII – Diminished or Half Diminished

To clarify, that means that the first degree of a scale will always be a major or major 7 chord. Similarly, the third degree would be a minor or a minor 7 and the fifth degree would be played as a major or a dominant 7.

So the chords for G Major are:

G / GM7
Am / Am7
Bm / Bm7
C / CM7
D / D7
Em / Em7
F#° / F#m7b5

Common Progressions

Now that you have a grasp of what chords you can use in a key, let’s take a look at a few common progressions found in Western Music.

Three Chord Tunes

One of the most common elements of Western Music is three chord songs. That’s not to say that all songs are written with only three chords, but many are. So much so, that Status Quo even released an album entitled “In Search of the Fourth Chord”.

The most common of three chord progression are:

1) I – IV – V – V: so in the key of G that would be G – C – D – D or GM7 – CM7 – D7 – D7 or any combination of the two

2) I – I – IV – V:

3) I – IV – V – I

4) I – IV – V – IV

Blues Variants

The twelve bar blues and its many variants use an elongated, three-line form of the I – IV – V progression that has also generated countless hit records, including the most significant output of rock and rollers such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard. In its most elementary form (there are many variants) the chords progress as follows:

I – I – I – I
IV – IV – I – I
V – IV – I – I

In Conclusion

There are many chord progression that we have not touched on in this lesson, but we will expand on this at another time.

Play around with these progressions and see if you can create something that sounds great.

My RØDE Reel 2017 Video Competition

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My RØDE Reel 2017 Video Competition

Do you fancy yourself as a short-film maker? Then perhaps you should enter the world’s largest short-film competition. The “My RØDE Reel” competition is back for its fourth instalment. And this, it’s bigger and better than ever before!

With over 8 000 entries from 89 countries, there is no other short-film competition in the world that comes close to My RØDE Reel. My Rode Reel has, without a doubt, established itself as a staple in the global filmmaking community.

R7 500 000 in Prizes

Yes, you read that correctly! There is over R7million rand in prizes up for grabs. The prizes have been sponsored by some of the most respected brands in the industry.

Amateur To Professional

All filmmakers are encouraged to enter the competition and tell their story. In order to enter, all you need to do is make a film of three minutes or less. In addition to your film, you must make a behind the scenes reel that features a RØDE product being used. What could be more simple? Click [here] to get your FREE Entry Kit.

Categories for Prizes

Each of the following six categories will win prizes valued at R600 000!

1) Judges Flim Award.
This will be awarded to the entrant with the best short film for 2017.

2) People’s Choice Award
The people’s choice award, on the other hand, will go to whoever submits the most popular film.

3) Young Filmmaker
This will be awarded to the best short-film submitted by someone who us younger than 18

4) Female Filmmaker Award
This winner of this award will be selected by a pannel of judges and has been designed so that women in the film industry can be encourages and celebrated.

5) Education Behind the Scenes Award
This will be awarded to the Behind the scenes reel that is the most informative.

6) Entertaining Behind the Scenes Award
And finally, we have an award to whoever has the most entertaining Behind the Scenes reel.

In addition to these great prizes. there are a variety of other awards up for grabs.

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