Holiday 2020: The Best Gifts for Musicians

Rock music group with electric guitarist and drummer behind a drumset4 p.m. production /

Serious musicians live and breathe music, so it makes sense that they probably want a music-themed holiday gift. Luckily, we’ve rounded up a variety of goodies – like MIDI controllers and digital music lesson services – that will appeal to musicians of all kinds (and skill levels).

Learn to Play Guitar: Jamstik Guitar Trainer

Jamstik Guitar Trainer on table with tablet and coffee cup and headphonesJamstik

If you’ve always wanted to learn to play electric guitar, you can be up and running in minutes with the Jamstik Guitar Trainer. The Travel Size Wireless MIDI Guitar lets you play at home or on the go and is perfect for learning guitar playing and songwriting, as well as creating and producing your own music. Its included software has interactive teaching applications and options for producing and composing introductory music.

FretTouch Finger Sensor technology and Infrasense optical sensors can detect where your fingers are on the Jamstik and provide accurate real-time feedback to a connected device. With these features, you’ll be playing your first guitar chords in no time. The built-in software offers on-demand guitar lessons, and you can plug in your headphones so you don’t disturb others.

Learn to play the guitar

Stream classical music: Idagio subscription

Idagio classical music streaming service homepageIdagio

Of course you can find classical music on standard streaming services, but none of them really understand it as Idagio ($ 29.99 per month) does. the music streaming service is dedicated to classical music and allows you to learn more about the genre (and discover great new pieces that you love) with a minimum of effort.

You can save the songs you love, create playlists, browse new releases, and easily find beloved legendary discs. Plus, every time you click on an album, Idagio provides blurb that tells you about the album, artist, or composer. You can even find classic playlists organized to suit your mood.

Practice the guitar without boring others: Vox AP2AC headphone amplifier

Vox AP2AC headphone amplifierVox

You might like to practice guitar (go ahead!), But others in your house might not enjoy it as much. Fortunately, Vox AP2AC headphone amplifier allows you to practice quietly without disturbing others. Just plug in your guitar and headphones and start playing. You will be able to hear what you normally hear when connected to a regular amp, and everyone else will hardly hear anything.

The headphone amp works for both bass and guitar. It has built-in controls for tone, volume, gain, chorus, delay, and various reverb effects. And its small size fits easily into your guitar case or desk drawer when you’re done. Talk about a win-win situation!

Practice the guitar without disturbing others

Lots of Songs for a Jam Session: The Ultimate Fake Book

The Ultimate Fake Book coverHal leonard

Fake books are essential for all musicians in concert, and they are also fun to play during practice and the occasional jam session. They have all the melodies, lyrics and harmonies you will need to play a concert or complete your repertoire.

The ultimate fake book (for C instruments) is a perfect addition to virtually any musician’s sheet music library. It features over 1,200 songs in all genres including jazz standards, country classics and pop tops, with titles like Unforgettable, When I Fall in Love, Georgia on My Mind, Brazil, Friends in Low Places and Let’s Fall in Love. . There are different fake books for Bb instruments and E flat instruments as well as.

Lots of songs for a jam session

Stay tuned and in tune: KLIQ MetroPitch

KLIQ MetroPitch common metronome and tunerKLIQ

Tuners and metronomes are the cornerstone of any musician’s success. And when the two can be combined into one device, it’s a perfect match. the KLIQ MetroPitch is a tuner and metronome that works with all instruments and chromatic tuning modes. It even includes a carrying pouch and is available in four different colors.

The device’s small design will fit effortlessly into your instrument case when not in use. It supports a wide pitch range, from A0 to C8, as well as various tuning modes, transpose parameters, pitch calibration, tap tempo, and even has a tone generator. It features a high-sensitivity microphone, input and output jacks, volume control, tempo dial control, and low battery indicator. It’s the perfect musical accessory or stocking stuffer idea.

Stay tuned and on the beat

For digital musicians: AKAI Professional MPD218 controller

AKAI Professional MPD218 ControllerAKAI

If you’d rather create rhythms than play them, you’ll need a good MIDI controller handy, like the AKAI Professional MPD218. The MIDI-over-USB pad controller combines MPC controls and technologies with USB connectivity for easy rhythm creation.

The controller is lightweight and portable, so you can easily move it around or take it with you on the go. The thick pads are very sensitive and great for triggering drums, samples, effects, basslines, etc. Expandable banks, assignable controls, full level controls and MPC note repeat put all music production options in your hands, as does the complete software suite included: Ableton Live Lite, Sonivox Big Bang cinematic percussion and universal drums Big Bang.

For digital musicians

Good supplies for a good practice: Manhasset desk

Manhasset Model 48 Music StandManhasset

A lectern might not be exciting, but it’s always nice to have a high quality one. the Music stand model # 48 from Manhasset is durable and easy to use. You can adjust it to any height, and its button-less friction tilt collar maintains tension. It uses solid brass bearings and has a tough, grease-free chrome inner shaft and heavy-gauge steel welded base for added strength. (I have had mine for almost 20 years and it still looks new and works great.

Good supplies are synonymous with good practice

Get digital music lessons: Yousician

Music exercise with the Yousician appYousician

Yousician (starting at $ 14.99 per month) is a great place to online music lessons for piano, guitar, ukulele, bass and voice. Students of any skill level can register. Plus, with COVID-19 still at large, keeping music lessons online rather than in person is ideal.

The site has world-class educators, offers personalized lessons and exercises, and offers solid tools for learning to master your instrument. You can explore thousands of exercises, lessons and songs; Define aims; track your progress; and monitor your improvement over time. You can also access step-by-step video tutorials and compete with other students for a placement in the leaderboard. Yousician also has occasional sales, so be sure to check if they have any specials before signing up.

Practice your guitar with a small amp: IK Multimedia iRig Micro Amp

IK Multimedia iRig Micro Amp with guitar and smartphoneMultimedia IK

You don’t have to break the bank to find an amp for your guitar, and you don’t have to go all out on a stage-worthy amp just for your practice room. the Micro amp iRig IK Multimedia ($ 149.99) is compact yet powerful. The 15W amp covers a range of tones, with three custom analog channels: lead, drive and clean. In addition, the buttons on the top for gain, bass, midrange, treble and volume let you control the sound. Moreover, you can pair it with a smartphone or tablet and enjoy apps such as Amplitube or Clog for an infinite number of tones.

If you want to complete your configuration, remember to choose the IRig Blue Board ($ 99.99) as well. The Bluetooth MIDI Footswitch lets you control your favorite music apps (like AmpliTube) and more with your foot. The Blueboard makes it easy to do things like toggle between presets, turn effects on and off, control volume, and change patches. Four backlit soft-touch pads are housed in a sturdy chassis and you have two TRS expansion sockets. It is the ideal partner for the iRig Micro Amp when paired with a smartphone or tablet.

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