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John Williams at 80: How to play your way through the composer’s career with 10 of his classic themes

John Williams at 80: How to play your way through the composer’s career with 10 of his classic themes

GregJohnson February 8, 2012 0

Happy birthday to John Williams! The veteran film score composer is 80 today, and to mark the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of 10 vital pieces for players wanting to explore his long and

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Forget Elton John and Robert Downey Jr! Lembit Opik mimes along to London indie band’s new single!

Forget Elton John and Robert Downey Jr! Lembit Opik mimes along to London indie band’s new single!

GregJohnson February 7, 2012 0

Do you remember I Want Love, the 2001 single by Elton John? The song’s video famously featured Robert Downy Jr miming the lyrics in the singer songwriter’s place. Who needs to star in their

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You ask, we answer! “Which singer can hold the longest note?”

You ask, we answer! “Which singer can hold the longest note?”

GregJohnson February 7, 2012 1

Elaine James asked the musicroom facebook page. “who can hold the longest note? I’ve noticed Andrea bocelli can hang on, so can noah Stewart! Anyone else?” We answer! Currently, the world record for the

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Could OK Go’s new video top Michael Jackson’s Thriller?

Could OK Go’s new video top Michael Jackson’s Thriller?

GregJohnson February 7, 2012 0

As you can read in our daily feature, On This Day In Music, in 2005 Michael Jackson’s Thriller was voted the best music video ever by Channel 4 viewers, but is it still the

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10 of the most extreme vocals in music

10 of the most extreme vocals in music

GregJohnson February 7, 2012 0

Last week, Paul Mealor announced that his search for a record breaking bass singer had begun. Finding a voice capable of hitting a low E in a choral setting is certainly no small task,

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Military Wives composer Paul Mealor in search of record breaking singer to hit a low E

Military Wives composer Paul Mealor in search of record breaking singer to hit a low E

GregJohnson February 3, 2012 0

How low can you go? What’s the deepest note you can sing? Can your range stretch almost three octaves below middle C? Maybe you’re a maverick basso profondo of the Russian Orthodox tradition, or

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One man performs Bohemian Rhapsody in its entirety!

One man performs Bohemian Rhapsody in its entirety!

GregJohnson January 27, 2012 0

After meeting and performing with Queen’s Roger Taylor recently, Richie Castellano decided to commemorate the occasion by re-recording the entirety of Bohemian Rhapsody by himself in a split screen YouTube video. Needless the say

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The top 10 most unlikely celebrity musicians

The top 10 most unlikely celebrity musicians

GregJohnson January 27, 2012 1

Yesterday’s revelation that Hulk Hogan used to be a session bassist (yes really!) and nearly joined Metallica, got the musicroom team thinking. Who are the most unlikely musicians with fame and careers in other

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy composer, Alberto Iglesias, nominated for Oscar

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy composer, Alberto Iglesias, nominated for Oscar

GregJohnson January 25, 2012 Comments Off

Alberto Iglesias has been nominated for the Oscar for best soundtrack for his incredible score to 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This is the Spanish director’s third nomination following The Constant Gardner in 2005

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The parent’s guide to purchasing your child’s first instrument: the ukulele

The parent’s guide to purchasing your child’s first instrument: the ukulele

GregJohnson January 24, 2012 1

The ukulele now rivals the recorder as the school classroom’s musical instrument of choice. With its small size, perfect for little hands, kids can strum along to their favourite songs, tunes and melodies, taking

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