Happy November! Time sure flies this time of year, huh? This month we’d like to remind everyone about our jam classes. Our jam classes allow students the opportunity to perform with other musicians of similar age, ability level and interest. Performing as part of an ensemble, even if you don’t have an interest in being part of a band, gives musicians a number of tangible benefits and skills that can take their playing to the next level. Playing music with others helps reinforce core concepts like timing and rhythm. They say “a high tide raises all boats,” but that’s also true in music.

Playing with other people can help power you through that learning curve, giving you a practical application for concepts and ideas that just don’t seem to click when you’re playing at home with a metronome (get it, click? hahaha). Finally, ensemble playing, like in our jam classes, helps musicians overcome their performance anxiety, which is very real thing that affects even seasoned musicians. If you’re nervous about playing in front of other people, our jam classes offer musicians of all skill levels a safe space to hone their skills. If you’re interested in signing up for a jam class, speak to your teacher and they will take care of you.

Mark Young, Owner & Founder

Meet Kyle Gorman

Kyle Gorman is Silversound’s self-described “music sherpa.” He teaches guitar, bass and audio production. “I think my favorite part about teaching is helping people reach a destination that they have no clue how to get to,” he says. “They get an instrument because they have an idea of what they want to do, but they don’t know, necessarily, how to get there.

That’s one of my favorite parts of the job, helping them get there and just seeing that moment where they’re getting something they wanted and it’s like extreme excitement for the instrument and the music. We all share in that excitement, they do and I do too.”

Kyle has been involved in home audio production for almost a decade and a half. Like many musicians, he got into recording out of curiosity. “I started doing that because I wanted to hear what different guitar parts I was writing sounded like together, or perhaps with a bass line under them, so I started figuring out how to do multitrack recording,” he says. “A while ago, before we were really recording on computers a lot.”

Kyle cut his teeth with early an early four-track recorder, which saved files to an iOmega Zip drive (remember those?). Today, home recording is a much easier process, but it can still be tricky to get started. “Now we’ve got computers in our pocket that can do some of this stuff pretty well,” he says. “Essentially I like to teach people that maybe they buy a bundle pack from Guitar Center that’s got a Focusrite interface with a microphone and headphones, like a starter kit. They get home and it’s like, ‘I don’t just hit a record button?’ I can help people understand the software — and hardware — as well as just configuring them to work together. Once we’ve got that covered, sky’s the limit. What do you want to do? Let’s talk about how we can approach that within the recording environment, and that can involve various types of instrument software, amp simulations for guitar and bass, drum simulations, all that kind of stuff.”

While home recording skills are great to have for musicians, many folks are using the gear and know-how for live streaming. “What we’re seeing more of is people trying to use that type of gear to stream content,” says Kyle. “Maybe they’re not trying to record anything, maybe they just want to broadcast something through Twitch, YouTube Streaming, Facebook, whatever. This type of hardware gives you the ability to hook up a really nice microphone. You’re not just using, like a webcam microphone at that point, you’re using a real vocal microphone, with real software running behind them.”

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Whether you want to record or stream, having an understanding of audio production can be helpful for any musician. “You don’t have to hire a sound guy, you get to get familiar with how your band sounds and how you want it to sound,” says Kyle. “At a lot of smaller venues they don’t even have a sound guy dedicated to be there.”

You can check out Kyle’s streaming content on Twitch at the handle Lordzekiel.

To schedule a lesson with Kyle, click below.

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CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING

Silversound Guitar will be closed on Thanksgiving day. Regularly scheduled lessons can be banked or rescheduled, or you can request a video lesson. Please discuss those details with your teacher.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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