Picking Your Instrument

Whether you are an adult learning an instrument for the first time, or a parent trying to help your child find their lifelong passion for music, there are many different factors to consider and questions to ask you, or your child, before picking out which instrument to learn. When picking out your first instrument, it’s a good idea to keep two key concepts in mind – thinking logically, and thinking about music style. Below is a more in-depth look at these two concepts and how they can help you figure out what kind of instrument you should learn.

Think Logically

I’m sure learning how to play the cello sounds like a lot of fun! But you also have to think about what sort of practice space you have at home, and if you are going to be limited to just playing your instrument during your lessons. If you have a small living space or want something portable, a violin might be a better option. Another thing to consider is time. Of course anyone will invest a large amount of time into learning how to play an instrument, but some instruments are easier to learn than others. It definitely takes less time to learn the piano than it would to learn how to play the French horn.

Instruments That Fit Your Style

Musical instruments are a very big investment of not only time, but also money, and although it may seem obvious, it’s worth considering your music style and whether or not you will even enjoy listening to the instrument. If your child dreams of being a pop star, learning how to play the acoustic guitar to accompany their singing sounds like a good plan. Or perhaps it would be safe to consider something like the harp, which is a more stationary instrument that can be played in the comfort of your home.

Drumming

Beginners are by far the largest population of drummers, and they come in lots of shapes and sizes. While some teachers do a great job of taking into account age, background, and learning modalities (visual, auditory, and tactile), others use a cookie-cutter approach (probably because they were taught this way) to help their newbies. Work out of only one book, hold the sticks a certain way, play within only one genre of music, learn certain rudiments, and so on. Though many of these instructors have had past success with these methods, modern-day clientele often find this narrow approach to be old-fashioned and stale; they’re not engaged and having fun. It’s not surprising when students ask, “Why not teach myself?”

In the not-so-distant past, self-learning was very limited: pick up a book (or a magazine, of course), listen to recordings, or watch your favorite drummers play live, and get the best equipment from Kickstart your Drumming. You might have even popped a few instructional videos into a VCR. With the wealth of high-tech educational resources available to beginners these days, including YouTube, DVDs, e-books, online lessons, websites, and apps, we’re swimming in a sea of innovation. However, it’s become increasingly difficult for students to stay afloat. They easily become overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices, lose their focus, and require guidance. The following ten categories give beginners a way to organize their learning. Teachers may also find helpful ideas to add to their toolboxes. Categories are not ranked by order of importance. In other words, you could start with any one (or more) of these. It’s important to proceed judiciously.

Take the time to repeat new exercises and play them at different tempos. Go for mastery over scratching the surface. Eliminate all distractions, follow through with your goals, and you’ll soon see tangible results and how each strand is interconnected. Whether or not you decide to have a mentor to guide you through this process, ultimately you will need to inspire and motivate yourself. Who knows? If you stick with it, we may soon be writing about you in this magazine.

Out Now: “Scorpio Rising” by Thunderball

Scorpio Rising
by Thunderball
FKX102 – Fort Knox Recordings

Thunderball’s epic second album has been re-released on Fort Knox Recordings and is now available for download or streaming!

Digital Downloads available on:
Bandcamp | JunoDownload | Beatport | iTunes

Streaming on:
Spotify | TIDAL | Soundcloud

Fort Knox Recordings is rereleasing Thunderball’s most beloved recording! Originally released on Thievery Corporation’s ESL Music imprint on Sept 11th of 2001, “Scorpio Rising” was the follow-up to the acclaimed debut “Ambassadors of Style.” Though it’s launch was slowed by the events of that day, the slow-burn acesion of this album has put it on the short list of many producers and fans alike as one of the great albums of the golden age of the downtempo genre. Auspiciously, the addition of Rob Myers (Thievery Corporation “Lebanese Blonde”) as a colaborator/instrumentalist and Mustafa Akbar as a vocalist was to pave the way for the formation of the Fort Knox Five.

Changing styles like scenes from a ‘70s thriller, “Scorpio Rising” plays like a cinematic venture into a world of underhanded deals, fast cars and femme fatales. Thunderball expertly maneuver between Drum’n’Bass, downtempo, cinematic soul, bossa nova and breakbeat to create a fluid collection of low rider grooves. From the pumping breakbeat-funk of “Domino” to the high noon atmospherics of “Angela’s Lament,” Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona once again demonstrate the depth and breadth of their production skills.

Featuring the mighty vocals of Washington DCs’ Mustafa Akbar, “Heart of the Hustler” gets between the silken sheets of funk & soul to create a gritty Drum’n’Bass masterpiece. Drum and Bossa infused tracks like “Vai Vai” and “Solar panel guide” hitch a ride on Afro-Cuban beats to move the party beyond the lower 48 as the journey moves East in the Sitar-infused hip-hop classic “Stereo Tonic.” Refuling in the deepest of terretories, tracks like “Scorpio Rising” and “Vibrations” get the fuel levels topped off just enough for a return trip.

In 2003 Thunderball spawned the Fort Knox Five. Now – all these years later – Fort Knox Recordings is proud to welcome Thunderball home by reissuing this classic album, an album which expanded the boundries of Downtempo. A go-to album for the dancefloor cognoscenti, the beat freaks, the atmospherists and the headphone junkies alike.

Scorpio Rising by Thunderball

Ambassadors of Style by Thunderball Re-released on Fort Knox Recordings!

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Of Style

by Thunderball
FKX101 – Fort Knox Recordings

Digital Downloads available now on iTunes | Beatport | JunoDownload | Bandcamp

Stream on Spotify | Tidal

Ambassadors of Style by Thunderball

After nearly two decades, Thunderball is coming home to Fort Knox Recordings! Originallly released on Thievery Corporation’s ESL Music imprint in 2000, Thunderball’s debut “Ambassadors of Style” is a lethal cocktail of drum-n-bass, trip-hop, and downtempo that was years ahead of it’s time and sounds more relevant today than ever.

Born and bred in the city where secret agents once lingered in smokey lounges, Thunderball took their cues from ’70s spy thrillers & Italian movie scores to composed a soundtrack for life in the underbelly of the nation’s capital.  Working in a hidden studio known only as Fort Knox, founding members Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona produced an album as dramatic as any spy escapade with each sonic adventure capturing the exhilarating force that can only be…Thunderball.

Having forged their sound in the heady days of the 1990’s spinning and listening to the likes of Kruder & Dorfmiester, Hospital Records, Air and DJ Shadow, Thunderball distinguised themselves by adding a healthy dose of drum’n’bass to their brand of downtempo dub as heard on songs like “Hijack,” “Prime Minister” and “Pop The Trunk.”  One of the most popular tracks is the rudeboy, ragga, jungle-anthem “Selector,” featuring Washington, DC’s own Hutchy on vocals.  There are also two sun-drenched drum’n’bass tracks highlighted by the lush vocal stylings of Miss Johnna M, both “This Girl” and “Sirocco” take the listener back to the vocal-heavy, jazzy jungle era.

ESL Music made its name in the ‘90s by defining a new genre of downtempo music, and as the first band signed to the label, Thunderball played a key role in developing this sound.  Playing “Ambassadors of Style” will transport listeners to the dancefloor of the Eighteenth Street Lounge where ESL Music was born. The album’s title track is a classic piece of Trip-hop along the lines of Portishead or Massive Attack and “The Moon, The Sky” takes users on a wild ride into a broken beat, dubbed-out trip-hop world.  “Chronic Dose,” “Late Nite Trick” and “Sid’s Mellow Trip” are smooth, refined slices of downtempo, perfect for late-night chill out sessions.

In 2003 Thunderball spawned the Fort Knox Five. Now – all these years later – Fort Knox Recordings is proud to welcome Thunderball home by reissuing this classic album, an album which helped define the Washington, DC music scene, what helped them was knowing that the number of keys matter when choosing the best midi keyboard controller for your music studio.  A time capsule from a generation ago, “Ambassadors of Style” is the perfect reintroduction to the world of Thunderball, with many more sonic landscapes and textures yet to be explored….

Fort Knox Five ft. Qdup’s 2016 Shambhala Four Deck DJ Set – Free Download!

Fort Knox Five ft. Qdup – Four Deck DJ Set Living Room Shambhala 2016

Free Download w/ Like & Comment here: https://soundcloud.com/fortknoxfive/four-deck-dj-set-shambhala-living-room-2016

This year Fort Knox Five and Qdup brought their four deck magic to the Living Room and the Amphitheater stages at Shambhala Music Festival. This set at the Living Room stage (aka the beach) over the counter sildenafil was tailor made for a hot afternoon dancing in the sun and frolicking in the water. The mix is pure summer fun and showcases Fort Knox Five ft. Qdup’s four deck set, which incorporates live mashed-up acapellas, effects, original tunes, and exclusive mixes with a ton of classic funk, modern glitch hop, a heathy dose of disco and a whole lot of musical sunshine!

Tracklisting: 01 Fdel – How Lucky Am I feat. Lyrics Born 02 Audited Beats – Mary Jane Trouble Funk – Pump Me Up (Acapella) 03 Booty Carell – Watch para que sirve biflace sildenafil Out prescription online pharmacy Now Fort Knox Five – Reach (Acapella) 04 Jill Scott – Golden (Copycat Re-edit) 05 Blackstreet – No Diggity (Sylow Remix) 06 Basement Freaks – Got That Funky Stuff 07 Ali B Jungle Brothers – Beats On A String (Fort Knox Five Edit) 08 Griz & Big Gigantic – Good Times Roll Kenny Dope ft Screechy Dan – Boomin’ In Ya Jeep (Acapella) 09 One Way – Cutie Pie – (Funk Ferret Edit) Qdup – Bodyrock (Acapella) 10 Bobby C Sound TV – We Want Eazy (Bobby C edit) 11 A Skillz & Krafty Kuts – It’s Ya Booty 12 Tom Booze – Get Fonky Wit It K7 – Come Baby Come(Acapella) 13 Cazzette vs AronChupa – She Wants Me Dead feat The High Black Eyed Peas – Jointz and Jams (Acapella) 14 Caro Emerald – You Don`t love me (Phibes Remix ) 15 The Captain – In the Summertime (Swing Hop Mix) A. Skillz – Beat Dont Stop (Acapella) 16 DJ Mos x DJ Andys (feat. Shantel) – Buka Buka Fort Knox Five -Cinco to The Brinco (Acapella) 17 Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze (Jimi Needles & Dj Inko Remix) 18 Sergio Mendes – Mas Que Nada (Tobyone remix) 19 Smalltown DJs – Blow (Original) Heavy D – We Got Our Own Thang (Acapella) 20 Konshens – Gal a Bubble (Major Lazer x Bro Safari x ETC!ETC! Remix) 21 The Rub – Dutty Gyal feat. Natalie Storm (Smalltown DJs Remix) 22 FK1000 – I Want Candy (Jay Clue Less Candy Dub edit) 23 Eagles – One Of These Nights (Ursula 1000 Remix) 24 Cherub – Doses & Mimosas (Luke the Knife Edit) 25 Steely Dan – Peg (Dj Twister Edit) 26 DJ Agent 86 – Saturday Vibrations 28 Earth, Wind & Fire – September (Zanski Remix) 29 Of bontril online pharmacy Monsters & Men – Little Talks (The Knocks Remix) 30 Palenke Soultribe – asking the doctor for viagra This Song Is For Whoever Feels Lonely 31 Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place – Psychemagik-Naive 32 J Paul Getto – Strong All Good Funk Alliance -NY Funk Acapella 33 Mat Zo ft The Knocks – Get Down 2 Get Up Fort Knox Five – Keep It Poppin (Acapella) 34 Saison – Please Don’t Go 35 Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Gigamesh-Edit) 36 Prince – Erotic City (Scotty Boy Remix) Q Short Edit Fort Knox Five -Party Pushers sildenafil citrate cena (Acapella)

Fort Knox Five’s New Album is the 100th Release on Fort Knox Recordings – Pressurize The Cabin Remixed is Out Now!

Pressurize The Cabin Remixed
by Fort Knox Five
FKX100 – Fort Knox Recordings

Available on Limited Edition CD and Shipping Worldwide on Bandcamp.

Digital Download on Beatport | JunoDownload | iTunes

Streaming on Soundcloud | Tidal | Youtube

You only turn 100 once, so you better go big! To celebrate Fort Knox Recordings 100th release Fort Knox Five have compiled 20 of the biggest remixes from their latest full-length album “Pressurize the Cabin.” Ranging from Glitch Hop and House to Breaks, and reading like a who’s who of funky electronic producers from across the globe, this release capitalizes on Fort Knox Five’s legacy of dancefloor Funk and is a fitting tribute to the loss of founding member Jon Horvath, now one year gone.

Spring 2015 saw the release of Fort Knox Five’s “Pressurize the Cabin,” beloved by the fans and lauded by the press, with every song given the remix treatment and released as a single. Now – for the very first time – they come together as a collection. For the filthy-at-heart this release features some nasty glitch hop remixes by The Funk Hunters, Father Funk, Basement Freaks, Bobby C Sound TV, Sammy Senior, J*Labs and Warp9. The heavy bass and glitched-out tweaks dovetail perfectly with FK5’s eclectic funk sound and original vocals. Big tunes meant to be played at full volume for maximum effect!

Years spent on the road – rocking clubs and festivals from the DJ booth – have given FK5 a unique perspective of some of the freshest dancefloor directions. Included in this compilation are touches of indie dance, nu disco and house. Long time friends Slynk, All Good Funk Alliance and Farid fire up some great Nu Disco remixes. And House music lovers will find corking gems by the likes of Ursula 1000, Smalltown DJs, SkiiTour, and DJ Dan & Mike Balance.

Never afraid to push the boundaries and drop funky music from all genres, there are a few really cool remixes that require your attention. Both Deekline and Wes Smith deliver killer breaks remixes which are dancefloor monsters. Bart & Baker have turned in an irresistible electro swing remix, the Knight Riderz supply a funky, mind altering trap excursion and – true to form– Fort Knox Five’s alter-ego Thunderball have summoned some rolling, sitar-drenched drum’n’bass.

You can travel the world club-by-club and experience these tracks on the dancefloor or you can get them all here for yourself! Fort Knox Five loves remix culture and have been thrilled to be able to drop these remixes in their DJ sets. “Pressurize The Cabin Remixed” has something for everyone from glitch-hop and house to breaks, nu-disco, drum’n’bass and electro-swing.
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