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Whether you're a fan of rock, jazz, blues, country or pretty much any genre of music, learning to play a drum set can be a great way to get lots of exercise. But before you start on your path to becoming the next Keith Moon or Sheila E., you should get some fundamentals down. Paradiddles The most basic rudiment seems ridiculously simple at first, but gets harder to keep up...more
If a work is no longer covered by copyright protections or doesn't meet the requirements to be covered it is considered to be in the public domain. Books in this public domain can be used and downloaded for free, with no permission or payment needed. Many times e-books you're paying for on your e-reader or tablet can be downloaded for free (mostly older...more
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who is better known as Mary Shelley, was born in London, England, on Aug. 30, 1797. The world didn't know it just yet, but she would go on to become one of the most prolific writers of her time.Shelley was informally educated, according to the European Graduate School. However, she was deemed bright early by all of her tutors and her...more
From people with dreams of stardom in the music business to those who'd just like to be able to play traditional carols to entertain family members during the holiday season, some fundamental knowledge of how to play the piano can be exceptionally handy. Some people pay for piano lessons from a professional instructor, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But if...more
When you think of the genre of nonfiction, the cut and dry style of newspaper journalism or the monotonous words from a school textbook may come to mind. There's another side to nonfiction (creative nonfiction) that may redefine what the genre means to you. Various creative nonfiction authors have designated their intellects and creativity not for crafting fantasy worlds, but...more
The lure of international travel is undoubtedly enticing, and being able to explore a brand new part of the world with friends or family will create countless lasting memories. Unfortunately, getting there can be a major issue, and if you're going to be stuck on a plane for multiple hours, you can begin to go stir crazy rather quickly. Being able to keep yourself...more
Are you tired of being left out of conversations about the latest New York Times bestseller? If you love reading but you never have the chance to crack open a book, there's hope for you! While it might seem like everyone else has an ample amount of time to read, the fact of the matter is that they're just as busy as you. The key to diving into books and staying up to...more
Some of the people who participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November might not have much experience when it comes to fiction writing. Out of all artistic mediums, fiction writing is one where writers have freedom to create their story the way they want to. Here are some general guidelines to keep readers hooked. Pick a voice It takes most writers years...more
One show that has undoubtedly made its mark in history through its portrayals of horror and science fiction is "The Twilight Zone." This television program, which aired throughout the mid 20th century, is still syndicated today. Rod Serling, the narrator and creator of the show, was able to transform "The Twilight Zone" from just another series to...more
It seems like movies always take place in New York, Paris, Chicago or one of the other major cities in the world, and sometimes people may get tired of seeing the same scenery time and time again. However, one setting that never gets old is outer space. There's something so mysterious and interesting about the outer reaches of the universe that it always makes for an...more