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Earl Scruggs

The 7 best and most famous banjo players of all time

Very few instruments possess the vibrant history and cultural weight of the banjo. From its origins in North Africa and the Caribbean to its prominence in contemporary folk and indie rock, the banjo has played a vital role in structuring the soundscape of American music.

Behind this legacy, of course, are the virtuosos and champions of the banjo who pushed the boundaries of the instrument, reimagining what was possible and inspiring future generations.

Audio & Hi-Fi

Mark Levinson No 5805 integrated amp

The 6 best integrated amplifiers in 2024: Mid-range to high-end

In the constantly evolving landscape of hi-fi audio systems, integrated amplifiers bridge the gap between tradition and innovation, embodying the industry’s effort to adapt to new generations of audiophiles while maintaining the highest standards of sonic reproduction.

Below is a list of what I believe are the 2024’s best stereo integrated amps, based both on performance and value for money.

Studio & recording

testing the best audio interfaces

The 5 best audio interfaces in 2024 for beginners and pros

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to record music. Nearly every audio interface available has the capability to capture sound at the same quality of professional-grade consoles. While this isn’t to say that all interfaces are created equal, high-quality units are more accessible than ever.

testing Adam Audio A series studio monitors

The 7 best studio monitors for music production in 2024

During the last three years, I’ve tested a wide range of monitor speakers here at Higher Hz, and in this article, I’ll be providing you with what I consider to be the best studio monitors for music production in 2024 for home and professional studios alike.

Pianos & keyboards

testing the best digital pianos on the market

The 12 best digital pianos and keyboards to buy in 2024

I’ve tested a wide and varied range of instruments to bring you what I consider to be the best digital pianos and keyboards available in 2024. My list includes the best options for professionals, hobbyists, and a few budget options for complete beginners.

testing the best online piano lesson apps

The 4 best online piano lesson apps and platforms in 2024

Learning to play the piano online has never been more popular, but with no shortage of online piano courses, choosing the right one is important.

To make your choice easier, I decided to find and review the best online piano lesson platforms and learning apps available in 2024.

Guitars & basses

testing Boss guitar amp for beginners

The 6 best guitar amps for beginners to buy in 2024

You know how it is: you have just bought your first guitar and barely managed to sort through all the superabundant options on the market, and pick the right one. The same thing is expected to happen when buying your first guitar amplifier, right?

easy guitar songs for beginners

Top 12 best easy guitar songs to learn for beginners

Easy guitar songs might seem like wishful thinking when you first pick up a guitar. Everyone takes the same path of bum notes and sore fingers. But, all is not lost; stick with it because we have some amazing beginner guitar songs to get you playing in no time.

Singing & songwriting

songwriting tools and materials

How to write a song in 12 steps from start to finish

There’s no doubt that there’s never been an easier time in our history to write, record, and release music than right now.

While this is beautiful in more ways than I can say, the problem that comes with this new territory is that the music world has become oversaturated.

An overabundance of new songs are being uploaded every single day making it difficult for an emerging artist to be heard above the noise.

breathing technique for better singing

How to teach yourself to sing better in 8 achievable steps

Everyone wants to sing better. The better command you have of your voice as an instrument the more enjoyable the act of singing can be.

Everyone can sing at a basic level – singing is what it means to be human. Whether you are singing professionally or not is irrelevant. In this article, I will guide you through achievable steps you can take to further develop your singing voice and enjoy the process!

Drums

beginner drum set test

The 5 best beginner drum sets to buy under $500 and $1000 in 2024

Choosing your first drum set is a choice that will impact the rest of your drumming journey. Drumming is fun, and the experience is greatly enhanced when jamming on a proper instrument. I have compiled a list of the best beginner drum sets for anyone getting into the hobby.

easy drum songs for beginners

The 16 best EASY songs for beginner drummers

Some of the biggest hits through the ages are the easiest to play on the drums. This can be seen through the lens of a musician noticing very similar concepts between the hits.

Latest posts

The 6 best 88-key weighted keyboards that feel realistic

The weight of piano keys allows players to control dynamics with greater precision and play with incredible expression. By that logic, if a keyboard doesn’t have authentic weighted keys, you’ll never get the best out of its sound.

I’ve tested a wide range of keyboards and digital pianos with weighted keys to find the ones that provide the most realistic piano experience.

The 12 most famous blind pianists of all time

The talent on this list is frightening, and when we add the fact that these musicians were legally blind, it’s hard to believet.

Not only are these pianists some of the most gifted musicians in their field, but they have some of the most inspirational stories too.

Studio monitors vs regular speakers: What’s the difference?

Whether you’re setting up your first recording studio, home theater or hi-fi system, you’ll probably have to do some research on the best speakers that can help you create the perfect environment for your creativity or entertainment.

That’s when you’ll come across the terms “studio monitor” and “hi-fi speaker” and wonder: aren’t they the same thing?

The 5 best keyboards and digital pianos for beginners and kids

Learning to play the piano starts with choosing the right first instrument, and it’s a more impactful choice than many beginners realize.

I have tested and reviewed a wide range of instruments, and here are my top picks of the best keyboards and digital pianos for beginners and kids.

Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3 review: Most revealing speaker at $1000

It’s no trivial task to exceed expectations when your predecessor is a legend like the B&W 606 S2. Yet the 606 S3, the latest standmounter in the 600 series, features palpable sonic differences when compared to the S2, and mostly on the positive side.

Top 11 easy cello songs for beginners

The cello has given birth to some of the greatest musical works in history, as well as many of the best musicians of the past and present. Absolutely every cellist we admire was once a beginner and had to traverse the difficult path of learning to play the instrument. Whether they’re world-famous or playing in their living room with friends or at a family gathering, they’ve learned these songs that one could argue are as important as the most iconic pieces. After all, they are the...