Resources & Links
fortmason.org – In addition to Blue Bear, there are more than 40 nonprofit organizations at Fort Mason involved with the visual and performing arts, humanities, education, ecology and recreation.
musicappsforlearning.weebly.com – More than 100 music apps
good-ear.com – Cool online ear training exercises
freestaffpaper.cjb.net – Free printable staff and tab paper
hearnet.com – Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is a nonprofit hearing information source for musicians and music lovers founded by Blue Bear alumnus Kathy Peck, formerly the bass player and singer for SF punk band The Contractions.
musicians.about.com – The Musicians’ Exchange has a wealth of information about being and becoming a musician, from legal resources to finding lyrics, from education to getting gigs.
tuckandpatti.com/tuckscorner.shtml – Former Blue Bear Celebrity Sponsor Tuck Andress has some very interesting insights on playing and living.
sfcmc.org – San Francisco Community Music Center
eastbaycenter.org – The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
sfcm.edu – San Francisco Conservatory of Music
jazzschool – The JazzSchool in Berkeley
stanfordjazz.com – The Stanford Jazz Workshop
cazadero.org – Cazadero Performing Arts Camp
jazzcampwest.com – Jazz Camp West
Sources for (legal) music downloads:
Sources for tablature, chords and lyrics:
Places to buy and sell independent music on the internet:
westcoastsongwriters.org – West Coast Songwriters is very active in the Bay Area nourishing, educating and promoting songwriters.
songbook.net – The Songwriter’s Notebook has many helpful songwriting resources including writing tools like Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary, plus links to many songwriting organizations and magazines.
The Rhyme Desk is a nice tool for poets and songwriters.
pastemagazine.com – An excellent singer/songwriter magazine.
rockhall.com/hof – You can find a lot of rock history on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.
history-of-rock.com – A good resource for early rock n’ roll history.
allmusic.com – The All Music Guide’s on-line Allmusiczine has in-depth interviews, reviews and news. Check out the Music Maps and Music Styles section for some interesting history.
jahsonic.com/music.html – An encyclopedic, personal (Jan Geerinck) and very interesting history of just about every style you can think of as Popular Music: Blues, Soul, Disco, House, Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Dub, Rap and Hip-Hop, Garage, Techno, Electro, Rare Groove, Acid Jazz, AfroBeat, Rock, Brazil, and R&B.
rockabillyhall.com – Visit the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for the latest news and to read artist bios, reviews and articles.
blueslyrics.tripod.com/blueshistory.htm – An excellent starting place to explore blues history.
A couple good sites for jazz history:
arrowfm.com – Learn what happened on today’s date in rock history.
littlekidsrock.org – Little Kids Rock is dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to public school children. Their West Coast office is in San Francisco and can be reached at 415.674.1303.
futureofmusic.org – An excellent grassroots music lobbying organization.
calawyersforthearts.org – California Lawyers for the Arts provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs and publications to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations.
harmony-central.com – Provides recording/computer/electronic
music news and links.
nodepression.net – An excellent alt country magazine.
makingmusicmag.com – Making Music is a magazine for adult amateur musicians who play music to meet friends, stay healthy, and have fun – articles to inform and inspire the recreational musician, including product reviews, musician spotlights, and news about the latest research into the link between making music and lifelong health.
mojam.com – An excellent guide to live music at local venues.
Listings of open mics in the San Francisco Bay Area:
lennonstudios.com – Blue Bear partner Lennon Studios is a favorite location for Blue Bear bands to schedule extra rehearsals.