There are more reasons than ever to search through the internet to find what you are looking for. The digital age has brought us a gigantic library of knowledge regarding what is out there in the world and how we can have it brought to us. Many items can be downloaded directly to our homes and computers. Others can be delivered within 24 hours through services that are often included within the price of a purchase. If you’re like me, I’d rather find what I want while sitting in front of my computer in my underwear, than to go out searching for it in heavy traffic that is taking me much longer than it should.
I will never go to an offline store ever again to find information to read. Being a musician and music teacher, all of my favorite magazines are now online music magazines that allow me to stay home to obtain them. All I need to do is to search through an online music store to find those that I require.
There are many choices to be made that make the experience of deciding which to read are an absolute joy. During my younger years, I preferred to read Circus and Creem. These magazines informed me about everything that was happening in the world of hard rock music. I could learn more about Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Max Webster, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skyrd, Styx, Journey, Rush, Cheap Trick, and many more. Nowadays these bands are covered in a magazine entitled Classic Rock.
Now that I’m a little older, I prefer to read music magazines that deal with composing, performance, and gear. Magazines such as Modern Drummer, Guitar World, Keyboard Player, and Jazz Revue provide me with insight that improves my skills as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Just reading through the articles is a learning experience that I don’t need to leave my home to receive! Those that aren’t downloadable are delivered to my home the next day and cost the same or less as they would have if I had left my home to get them.
The best thing about magazines is that they can be shared with others who can learn from them as well. After reading the ones that I wont read again, I donate them to my local library, although I do keep several to review what I have learned. I have also been able to use this knowledge to assist my neighbour’s kid with his guitar playing. He wanted to learn a song that was recorded by a band that I was unfamiliar with. After noticing that the instructions for playing the song were written in one of my magazines, I was able to show him how to play it the same way that it is played in the recording. Yesterday he showed up at my home after practicing it for a week and now he can play it perfectly!
Gone are the days of buying my reading material in a shopping mall that I need to drive or walk to. Now I purchase my online music magazines at an online music store for my own benefit and the benefit of others!
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