The Making Music vertical on Tradebit has been a labor of love for me since we first built it at the end of last year. As a musician of over twenty years, music has accompanied me (no pun intended) throughout my entire adult life and has always been there, through good times and bad times. Wherever I've been, I've had a guitar of some sort along with me. I find it to be an instant mood lifter - just pick up the Les Paul, flick on the Marshall and bash out a song by Hendrix or the Small Faces that I know so instinctively I don't even have to think about it.
The learning process, however, never ends. Even when one has played for 20, 30, 40, 50 years... there are always new chords, scales and songs to be learnt. Or even written.
For this reason, the process of selecting the very best downloads on Tradebit to update the Making Music vertical with is of great interest to me - as someone who wants to improve his guitar skills, and occasionally dabble with new instruments. It is quite simply staggering how many quality learning resources there are available for download on the platform, many of which are perfect for would-be musicians looking to start a long journey with their dream instrument. I recall how I would have loved to have had access to such resources as a seventeen year old budding guitarist - back then, the only learning resources for guitarists were the expensive, official guitar tablature books (we had to save for ages to afford one of those) or the one or two tabbed songs you usually got in every issue of Guitar World.
So we had to figure out most songs ourselves, by ear. We learned to play songs just by listening to them over and over and playing along with them, stumbling through the various tunings and chords, never really knowing if they were absolutely correct or not (usually they were wrong, but sometimes, we got it right).
Whether or not it made us better musicians, I'm not sure - but I'm inclined to believe that the right amount of musical instruction, especially when you first learn to play instrument, is invaluable and hugely increases your chances of musical success.
So it is really great to see a number of passionate pro musicians continuing to sell their excellent tutorials on Tradebit. For those that want to learn to play a musical instrument but can't afford private lessons, these downloadable tutorials are the next best thing to one-on-one tuition and represent excellent value for money. For those that want to learn bass guitar, we have PlayBassNow and BassLessonsOnline offering high quality bass instruction on Tradebit, and for those interested in how to play the harmonica, there is of course Adam Gussow and his excellent, renowned blues harp tutorials.
It is probably pretty apparent by now that Making Music is my favorite part of the Tradebit platform! I'm going to continue to make sure it gets regular updates with the very latest quality music resource downloads. What really makes this section tick is the professional music teachers using Tradebit to ply their trade, so this is an official call for more of the same.
If there are any professional musicans/teachers who want their tutorials (audio or video) featured on Tradebit, then please get in touch with me. I'd love to hear from you and your contribution to Making Music on Tradebit will be gratefully received (not to mention well rewarded at 75% payout for every download you sell).
Until next time,