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How Music Entertains Us

Music is one of the few things that bring life in so many situations in life. It helps you enjoy your simple and uneventful day and makes you revel in the beauty of a planned party at your friend’s house. The emo, indie, folk or alternative songs help make life a reality. You can live and enjoy your day as the music adds color it. The otherwise boring and empty canvas that sometimes mark your life is beautifully transformed by your music.

This is how music entertains us. It brings life and washes away and the mundane cycle of activities and schedules. When you play your emo, indie or alternative songs it touches you and you feel different. You know the music did it as you feel much better than before. You can now smile. There is even a bounce to your walk. The music entertains and causes you to want to be a part of life again.

Music helps you break barriers and boundaries that can confine you into your own little world. When you enter a room full of strangers and you hear some nice music playing, your worries ceases as you know everything is okay. The folk, alternative or indie song helps relax your tense muscles. The music acts as a great way to introduce yourself to someone you like in the room. No wonder whenever you hear, “nice music playing.” A strange face always accompanies it.

Without music all forms of celebrations and occasion would be a big source of unbearable pain to you. You can’t even bear to think how you would plan a birthday party. Luckily for you, music does so much for you. You let it play and just let your guests be. All you need is to make a beautiful compilation of your favorite indie, blues and emo songs and your party is set. Once you have said hello to everyone in attendance, you are sure everyone is going to enjoy themselves. The music is simply your co-host it keeps everyone happy and cheerful. You only need to make sure you are around to see your guest depart.

When it comes to music as an entertainment you can’t help but wonder how it lifts your spirits so effortlessly! One moment you are complaining bitterly to your spouse how you don’t want to get out of the house and the next you are grinning from ear to ear. The music playing at the cafe is just great. You love the emo, blues and indie songs blurting out of the speakers. You can’t help but think how great it is. And you are proud of yourself that you agreed to come.

When you listen to music it just makes you take pleasure in life and it sends away your gloom and doom. It’s like your spirit is renewed. You love more at this moment. The music makes you heart beat faster and feel lighter. It’s not surprising you fell in love while listening to the emo or blues song.


Ten Tips for the New Music Teacher March 26-28, 2015 I went to the PMEA State conference in Hershey, PA.  There were so many wonderful workshops and it was a great experience.  One workshop I went to was Ten Tips for the New (or soon to be new) Music Teacher.  The presenter was Dr. Michael Panza who is the superintendent at West Jefferson Hills School District.  What I find interesting is that he was a music teacher before becoming superintendent.  He still continues to play his instrument today which is exciting.

His ten tips were very thoughtful.  The first tip was to get off of social media. In my opinion you should to an extent but not necessarily the whole way if you are being careful.  He presented three cases of teachers who got fired because of inappropriate pictures that were posted on social media either of them at a party (drinking alcohol), or they had an inappropriate relationship with a student.  The second point was always maintain a positive attitude.  If you get mad at your students, take thirty seconds to just breath and just let it go.  You should be in a pleasant mood towards your students or they’re not going to want to be around you.

Number three was volunteer now.  It is good to get your foot in the door, whether it is working for a school committee, or you could volunteer for your local high school marching band, orchestra, church choir, etc.  This will help you prepare for the interview.  You should know your district, whether it is reading the local papers, or looking through old yearbooks.  You need to let your students and the parents know by your actions that you are interested in them, their school, and their community.

One big thing is to be a teacher, not a friend.  We need to get to know our students but we need to keep it on a professional level.  We should be role models for our students.  We should also be a good classroom manager, not a good classroom disciplinarian.  It is important to have good classroom management skills and not just discipline students every time they do something wrong. We need to plan ahead, and we need to keep parents informed.

The number eight tip was to embrace change and accept new assignments.  We should be taking on roles other than the music teacher. If you are asked to do hall duty, lunch duty, run a study hall, whatever it is we should take the role with a positive attitude.  It is also very important to get to know the building secretaries and custodians and be nice to them.  If you are willing to work with them and talk to them, then they are willing to help you.

The last tip he mentioned which I didn’t even think of was to invite the principal or the superintendent of the school to perform with the ensemble.  It will give administration the hands-on experience.  I’m not sure if the administration in every school will agree to this, but this could open their eyes to the arts.  I know that in my high school that the administration was invited to every concert.  Usually someone came, but they did not stay for the entire thing, which was sad.

These tips are things we might already know, but are good things to be reminded of when we go out into the field of student teaching or when we get a job.  These are things that we should be aware of even now.  Personally, I would love to have this superintendent come to Clarion and give another workshop.  He gave some great ideas, and I’m glad there are administrators that are still passionate about music today.

Boost Your Memory With Yoga Music

Ages ago the Vedic sages invented an art as well as philosophy of balancing human mind, body and soul. This art cum philosophy is known as yoga. The word yoga was derived from a Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means to unite, to bind or to join.

It is helpful in many ways for the human kind like it ensures physical fitness as well as mental balance. Yoga has the magical power of warding off all kind of tensions and worries from the mind thus making it calm and relaxed. Yoga practiced with yoga music promises the best possible result as the healing tunes of the spiritual music fill up the soul with divine tranquility. Meditation music also has the same effect on human mind. Now, apart from reaching the higher state of spirituality, yoga also acts as an amazing memory booster.

For eras, yoga has been used as the ideal tool of enhancing the memory. Various components of yoga can boost overall body and brain function. The three basic components of yoga, Asanas or the physical poses, Pranayama or the breathing exercises and meditation, are beneficial for human brain. Daily practicing of asanas results in uninterrupted oxygen and blood supply to brain. Thus it nourishes the brain cells which in turn increases the memory capacity. The inverted postures are of great aid in this prospect. Breathing exercises help an individual to control his mind. Pranayamas boost oxygen supply to the brain which ensures better performance of brain. And by practicing meditation one can control his thoughts and mind power. Meditation is a proven way of boosting the human memory. And if a little bit of soothing devotional music like meditation music can be included in meditation, one can expect the best possible result. One can take help of the whole lot of yoga DVDs available in different online music companies.

The unparalleled mental benefits of yoga is in news for the last thousands years. Regular practice of yoga enriches both memory and intelligence of a human being. Sarvangasana and Bhujangasana are two among few asanas which have immense effect on human mind and brain. Sun salutation can also create wonder if practiced regularly and timely. And as of Pranayama – Kapalbhati and Bhastrika can be practiced daily to boost one’s memory. Kundalini yoga is one type of a yoga form which helps one to awaken the spiritual self lying within. By awakening the level of consciousness one can focus on a particular thought. Gradually it boosts the mental power as well as memory.

Spirit Voyage, the online music company, offers a huge range of yoga music CDs and DVDs to help the yoga aspirants to learn and practice yoga at home. Shuniya by Sheri Watson, Illumination by Guru Shabad Singh Khalsa, Nitnam by Dya Singh, Invocation of Divine Light by Gurunam Joseph Michael Levry are some of the music CDs available at this site which can be beneficial for everyone. Such vast range of various yoga DVDs on different forms of yoga like Kundalini yoga and etc., are also offered here. The soulful songs offered in these collections promise to connect the mortal being with the divine soul. Dive into the spiritual world and enjoy the journey with yoga music, books and other yoga related resources with Spirit Voyage.

A Brief History Of Country Music

When many people think of country music, they think of sad songs about lost loves, broken down trucks and runaway dogs. In their minds, they are hearing all of these woes sung in the traditional twangy country accents of the south. However, these perceptions of country music are far from where this style of music has evolved. Today, country music is one of the most popular genres of music, normally outsold only by rock and pop genres.

Created in the late 19th century, country music has under gone many changes over the years. There are now many sub-genres to this type of music, with some of the sub-genres being commonly played on top 40 radio stations.

To understand country music, it is helpful to know about the instruments commonly associated with it. In country music, one of the most common instruments used is the fiddle (or violin). Some of these instruments can be expensive, but most are relatively inexpensive and are very easily transports since they tare light in weight and not overly large. When country music first ‘hit the scene’, the fiddle was practically the only instrument used as accompaniment. However, as the country music style became more popular, the addition of other accompanying instruments became normal. The banjo became popular in some country music pieces in the mid 1800s, while the guitar did not break into the country music scene until the early 1900s. Electric guitars did not become a regular instrument in country music until much later in the 50s. Other various instruments used in country music are the piano (introduced in the 1930s) and the drums (used since the 1960s). Rarely used, but distinctive sounding instruments are used in certain country songs: the accordion, the harmonica, and the washboards.

Country music has roots in several different styles of music. Its beginnings started with the settlers that came from Europe. During that time, many couldn’t read or write, so songs were created to pass history down from one generation to the next. Although country ballads have changed a great deal, going from the original songs about objective, though gruesome, events to more personal, subjective ballads without all the gore.

Today, the sound of country music can sometimes be very similar to other genres of pop and rock. Some country musicians, like Shania Twain, have many songs playing on stations that aren’t considered “country”. There are also musicians, like Sheryl Crow, who are considered pop/rock, but have songs popular on country stations.

Jazz Bass Playing Styles

In the early days of bass playing in Jazz, around 1910s to the 1930s, the bass often struggled with being heard when competing with the wind instruments of the day. Prior to the invention of microphones this was a constant issue that plagued bassists. Prior to 1910 players would still use their bows to play a fair bit, but around 1910 a “slap” style of playing was created. This style of playing can be referred to as Bartok pizzicato, where the string is plucked and rebounds off the fingerboard. The loud pluck and rebound gave the bass added volume allowing it to stay in Jazz, and later evolve with the advent of amplification.Jazz is a unique entity that requires special attention when performing. Just like performing other styles within the classical genre, is is incredibly important to understand how to play specific to the period that the pieces are from. Playing bass in Jazz is no exception to this rule, and here we are going to break down the key styles to keep in mind when playing Jazz bass.

From the 1930s to the 1960s and so on, the playing style of choice would be a traditional pizzicato in a simple walking bass line. This style gained popularity as it could outline scales, and and maintain a constant steady tempo. At this time the bass was fully established as a member of the rhythm section, and its added use of keeping time became a key element to its use.

Prior to 1952 everything was strictly played on an upright or double bass. It was in this year however, that the electric bass would hit the Jazz scene in Lionel Hampton’s band. The electric bass solved many of the practical problems of the upright; fixing portability, amplification, and intonation with fixed frets. The electric however wouldn’t take off until the 1960s.

The 60s saw the creation of Fusion, and with it a change in style. Fusion caused bass playing to mimic that of Rock and R&B bands. A simple repeated version of walking bass with a presence meant to be on the forefront of the stage. At the this time with Funk also being a form of Fusion, “slapping and popping” became a style of playing unique to the electric bass. The strings could be slapped with the thumb, and then plucked with the tips of the fingers. This style grew in popularity and became a standard part of Funk.

Additionally there are a combination of special effects that a bassist can use when performing. for double bass, musicians can slide between notes in a glissando effect, they can use the bow for a different tone or for sustaining longer notes, and finally using the body as a percussion instrument was possible. For electric bass, using different electronic effects on and off stage will always be an option. So when it comes down to performing Jazz on the bass, just like any other genre, understanding the styles of playing as they evolved is crucial to performing pieces correctly. One wouldn’t want to be using an electric to play a Count Basie chart, nor would to want to be slapping and popping in a New Orleans piece. Always be aware of when a piece is written, and apply your knowledge accordingly.


Jason Aldean’s 2016 Tour

Jason Aldean’s Recent Appearances

In 2015, Jason Aldean launched his massively popular Burn It Down Tour. It was so popular and in demand that he had to extend it, including more cities. In the end, he ran a 23 city run tour. The tour began in Greenville, South Carolina on the 12th of February. Along this tour he brought along special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr. The tour ended in Hershey Pennsylvania, and was received with much acclaim. While it is difficult to top that tour, Jason will be trying in 2016 with his new Jason Aldean We Were Here tour, he plans to break his own records, and take his music to the next level.

Gonna Know We Were Here

The much awaited 2016 tour is called We Where Here, which was named after one of his newest songs, “Gonna Know We Were Here”. This is just another hit for Jason Aldean, and embodies so much of what Jason Aldean shows in all of his songs. His song is exciting, fun, and full of high energy. Its about one hell of a night with a woman who is not afraid to dish out as much trouble as he can handle. Jason wants to take that feeling, that out of control, exciting, fun night, and turn it into a tour.

Jason Aldean Army Fan Club

One of the ways for you to get a heads up over other people when you want to go see Jason Aldean on tour is to sign up for his Army Fan Club on his website. All you have to do is sign up with your email address, and you will begin to receive a whole host of wonderful benefits and advantages over other people. The biggest advantage is that you will have access to pre-sale tickets to all of Jason Aldean’s concerts and tours. On top of all of this, you can receive special discounts on tickets and merchandise, as well as special limited edition merchandise including shirts, stickers, bracelets, and more. All of these are meant to give you the special Jason Aldean experience that no one else can provide.

Know We Were Here

Jason Aldean aims to outdo himself with his Know We Were Here tour. The first set of tickets

go on pre-sale for his January 14th show in Moline, Illinois on November 17th. Pre-sale ends on November 19th. General sale then begins November 20th. He then takes his tour throughout the state of Illinois, also visiting

Jason Aldean has packed his tour with as many cities as he can, even going outside of the country and traveling all the way to Australia. The tour kicks off in January, and goes on through the end of July. Many tickets have already gone on sale for the general public, with several special venues waiting for tickets to go on pre-sale.

What is new wave music?

Of all the various music genres that exist in this day and age one of the most influential that massively speaks to me in terms of variety and quality of sound that is produced would have to be new wave. This is because new wave music is notoriously hard to define and even harder to classify, as there are so many varying opinions as to what new wave music really is. From the creation of the genre in the late 70s to the bands of today that would be classed as new wave bands or musicians there are so many different sounds and sub-genres that I would attribute to them. This can be awfully confusing and quite aggravating for the parties involved as there are clearly pretty big problems with differing opinions on a genre and what classes a genre, as it tends to cause a lot of conflict especially among music fanatics.

To me new wave music can be defined in the most simple form by being music that pushes the boundaries of what is considered mainstream and normal by creating something that is unique in itself despite potentially fitting other genres as well as new wave. As long as the music and the band themselves aren’t moulded by record labels or any authority and do their own thing then I would personally class it as new wave music or a new wave band. There are some bands such as the Culture Club that encompass this image perfectly, as members such as Boy George very much wore and acted in what most would deem to be a strange way, but this is what made them unique, popular and a good example of a new wave band.

The thing that most people take away from this is that this sort of style and attitude towards music is held by the punk bands of the 70s and 80s aswell. While I agree that this statement is true there are some pretty significant differences that you will probably not initially notice between punk and new wave, although some punk music can be classed as new wave or at least having a new wave music style. Essentially the punk genre and punk bands represented anarchy and breaking the rules back in the day, and this is what made the genre so controversial and was why it wasn’t played at a lot of radio stations. However, the reason why new wave music and the theory of new wave are different is because of the fact that they believe in fighting against following the norm but not in a way to cause conflict or anarchy.

My personal favourite branch of new wave music is actually that which classes under the category of heavy metal. For me bands such as Iron Maiden and High Treason were the high point of new wave music and are still so even today, which is pretty incredible since it is over 30 years on and they are still appreciated just as much if not more than modern new wave bands.

Coupons and Online Fashion Shopping

Online shopping fashion is like the thing to do now, especially if you want to find fashionable items at half price. Research shows that trendy fashion items are first available online, because this is where most people will be looking. Therefore, by the time you find that dress in a physical store, many other people will already have bought it online. So y shopping online, you get to be one of the first people to wear certain items. Probably the biggest advantage that online fashion shopping offers is that it allows you access to coupons Ontario or any other Canadian province hasn’t seen before, which too have a number of advantages that they offer including the following.

The biggest advantage of coupons for online shopping is that they enable you to save some money that can be used for other things. Whenever you purchase a product online, you could gain access to a coupon that can be used in their next purchase. Therefore for people that buy a lot of online products, it is possible to save some money since whenever they buy, they are given a free coupon that they can then trade in for other products. On certain websites, the more you buy, the more you get.

In addition, the coupons are a form of reward to customers. This is because when the customers purchase products, they are handed free coupons as a reward for their purchase. This also acts as an incentive for customers to keep buying the products, with the hope that they will get free coupons. This can be referred to as a win win situation for both you the customer and the store where you will be doing your shopping.

It is however important to note that in most cases, coupons Canada 2015 can only be used for a limited time only since they have expiry dates. At times it may also be specified on the coupon itself that it can only be used to purchase a particular product for a certain period of time. Therefore, when you get a coupon, you need to read about it thoroughly so as to be able to understand exactly what it entails. For example, you should not expect that coupons for 2015 will still be around in 2016 as they are meant to be utilized within 2015.

Coupons are definitely an added advantage to online shopping given the many discounts that they give you access to. Notable is that though got online, the coupons can also be printable, making it possible for you to present them to a designated physical store to redeem your purchases. Coupons and online shopping definitely go hand in hand as one makes the other worth having and more fun to do.

How To Plan Your Own Music Festival

the world around will tell you there’s nothing like a music festival for discovering new bands and enjoying an experience like no other. However, many of these fans are also likely to lament the scarcity of festivals catering to their taste in music and the high costs of those that do. With the many genres of music and mind-blowing number of music enthusiasts out there, it’s little surprise that enterprising individuals are keen to combine their appreciation for music with their business acumen by organising their own music festival.

Planning a music festival is a little like planning a gig, just on a much larger scale. Some aspects are easily imagined, for example – with no bands, you’ve no performance – but many other parts of planning a festival offer completely different challenges. This means that anyone who hopes to make a success of their own large music event, must make sure they pay close attention to their organisational skills and ability to multitask.

One of the first things that must be considered is your venue. If you live somewhere with clement weather, or are planning a festival in the summer months, you may think that finding a venue will be easy, but even seemingly empty grassy fields belong to someone – whether it’s an individual or the local council. Without prior permission or leasing rights for the location, your music festival is likely to be cut rudely short.

Once you’ve found somewhere to hold your event, it’s time to start thinking about equipment. The size of the crowds you’re expecting will have a direct correlation to the type of sound equipment you’ll need, and it’s important to make sure you don’t underestimate your needs – there’s nothing worse than an outdoor gig where half the audience can’t hear what’s going on. Luckily, there are plenty of companies who will rent you the amps and lights you’ll need. Make sure you’re covered by their insurance however, or take out some of your own, to protect yourself against unforeseen problems.

While many of the UK’s larger festivals augment the experience by offering food, drink and merchandise stalls, this is something you’ll want to think about carefully before going ahead. You may need special licenses to sell anything at all, and the sale of alcohol is likely to be restricted and potentially expensive for you so it’s a very good idea to get all the facts from local authorities as early as possible. However, stalls such as these can be a great boon for festival-goers and organizers alike, so don’t discount them out of hand.

With so much musical equipment you’re likely to need, make sure you sort out generator hire to keep up with your energy demands if you’ve an outdoor festival planned. Additionally, if you’re expecting large crowds or big bands, you might also be wise to consider hiring security for the event. After all of this organisation, it’s important to bear in mind the most important part of organising a music festival – enjoying the music!

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Learning To Play Cool And Modern Music On The Ukulele

Are you learning to play the Ukulele like the thousands of other Ukulele fanatics out there (including myself) and are either advancing pretty well or still a newbie, but want to learn some cool tracks to play rather than the usual classics, well, you will be very surprised of the amount and variety of music from hopefully even your favorite bands that you can learn to play on this great instrument.

The Ukulele is amazing, and anyone learning to play or an actual Ukulele genius will agree it is one of the coolest instruments you can play. Though it only has four strings, you can easily play any genre on it from Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Blue Grass basically any type of music and because it is an easy instrument to play you can easily learn the chords to any famous song or artist.

Where To Find Cool Music

You name your favorite artist and I’m sure you will find the Ukulele music chords for it. You can go to your local music store to pick up a Ukulele chord book that should have some decent music sheets, but in reality, every thing is now online and you will find all types of music chord sheets for Ukuleles every where, just check out cool sites like Ukulele Underground or Live Ukulele, all regularly updating music chords and how to play them sheets and videos.

My favorite site and favorite Ukulele person is Beatnik, a cool Ukulele Player, games developer and celebrity entertainer who has created a Ukulele song book that is an actual App that can be downloaded to your computer or phone that has over 2000 and growing (as he constantly updates it) Ukulele songs to learn the chords for, and for any newbie or advanced player.

Though Beatnik is mostly knowing for his Speak Ukulele music course, he has out done himself here with this App as the huge choice you can get is excellent. From the Beatles, John Lennon, Nirvana, Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra, Velvet Underground, Weird Al Yankovic, Sex Pistols, Green Day and on and on I could be here all day but you get the picture, you basically have over 2000 Ukulele songs to choose from, and as Beatnik creates more music sheets he updates the music software.

A great thing to remember about having an App like this is, you do not have over 2000 sheets of music to thread through, or loose, or damage, they are all in one place and this will also save you lots of time flicking through the Internet trying to find a cool song to learn on your Ukulele. The Ukulele is a cool instrument to play, is becoming more and more popular daily, and the amount of cool tunes you can learn to play with this instrument is just fantastic. Even if you are a newbie (like me) having such a wonderful choice at your finger tips to learn will just improve you as a player and better still, be impressive.

5 Things you should know about music apps

Are you a music lover? Do you have music app on your mobile? Do you know what your music app can do? Here are five things which will tell you what your app can really do.

• Increase revenue: If you are an artist or you have a band then an app is very beneficial for you. This is because with the help of music page present in your app your music can be downloaded easily by a number of your loving fans in their mobile phones. The second thing is if you tend to have a concert page present in your mobile app then you can easily keep your fans up to date for your concerts. Third important thing is you can even sell your concert tickets to a number of people with the help of app directly. This will result in easy selling option of tickets along with earning lots of money with number of clicks.

• Becoming popular: search engine optimization helps in making your band name popular in front of number of people. The greater the people listening to your music the greater will be your fan following. This will result in making you one of the popular persons in the music industry. Music apps help you to advertize yourself and your music in front of lots of people all over the world with the help of search engine optimization and also creating number of fans all across the world.

• Build healthy relationship with your fans and stay connected: Mobile is something which is commonly used by number of people nowadays. An app enables you to get connected with them easily and stay connected as long as you want. An app helps you to keep you with your fans all the time and also your music all the time in their minds. This helps you to build a healthy as well as deeper connection with them as physical things do. Another advantage is that you can make new fans as one of the dedicated fans of yours with the help of music app.

• Easy way to navigate: With the help of apps all your fans can easily use and navigate your music. Not only this your fans can stay all time connected through twitter, instagram photos, updates, concerts of yours. Each and everything they need to know about you can be easily searched by them whenever they want to. Hence, mobile music apps have become easy and effective option for you as well as your fans.

• Easy to share: many of us tend to download apps just because either our friends have that app or through the word of mouth. You can also have your app on most of the people’s mobile phones if you tend to have large number of fans. Hence, you can easily share you app.

Music In Small village Delivers True Emotion To Audition

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Spotlight on Research in Music Education

Important research in music education assessment practices was presented at the fifth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME5) held in Williamsburg, Virginia. Only in its third year, the doctoral program in music education at George Mason University was represented by two paper presentations dealing with the measurement and evaluation of effective teacher practice. The first paper proposes a theoretical model that attempts to identify the essential teaching and musicianship skills needed to help pre-service teachers boost their effectiveness as they transition into the first-year of their teaching career.  The model is based upon findings from prior research as well as a more recent survey involving teacher-practitioners who helped identify which observable traits they believed were essential skills that would lead to improved music instruction.

Another paper investigated the idea of basing student achievement grades in music through rigorously assessing mastery of standards as opposed to a traditional approach to grading (TG) that focuses on basing grades on a “hodgepodge” of extra-musical attributes such as attendance, effort, and participation. This study looked specifically at how pre-service teacher attitudes can change in favor of accepting and presumably adopting a standards-based grading (SBG) approach. The process for attempting to accomplish this goal was two-fold: 1) through instruction primarily in terms of how SBG differs from a TG approach by focusing on measuring and improving student growth through the idea that the standards are the focus of learning, and 2) through emphasizing the idea that if the profession is serious about adopting a standards-based approach to grading, then the design should be implemented and modeled for preservice teachers enrolled in teacher preparation courses.


Learn Blues Music Online-Alternative to Traditional Piano Lessons

The ability to play blues piano is usually not expected of beginning pianists. There are reasons why most beginning pianists start out playing old songs written by classical composers from centuries past. Many songs written for the piano by composers in the field, and were originally intended as pieces to be used for lessons. Plus, the conventions of classical music lead to chord structures, harmonies, and melodies that were comparatively straight-forward, perfect for students who were not musical experts.

Endeavoring to play soul piano exhibits new difficulties for musicians. A lot of people non-artists don’t understand the specialized trouble of soul and jazz music, yet actually, to be a proficient performer in one of these kinds obliges a long time of exceptional preparing and practice. Some would even say that these musical classifications are really more convoluted than pre20th century musical structures, which would imply that soul and jazz artists are, by and large, the most fulfilled and flexible performers out there.

Along these lines, as you can figure, the choice to take the plunge into playing soul piano ought not to be made gently. With a specific end goal to have a genuine understanding of soul, its scales, harmonies, and rhythms, one needs to have in any event an essential understanding of more customary musical structures. Soul isn’t a parallel type of music to Classical and other customary classes,it�s an increase of conventional music. Much the same as jazz, soul really entangles customary music. Accordingly, your investigation of soul piano requires at any rate strong bedrock of musical learning.

Added to this rundown of profits, is the accommodation and adaptability of having the capacity to study in the solace of your own home at whatever point it suits you. No activity or climate conditions to manage. Also there’s no compelling reason to stress over getting stuck on a specific idea, on the grounds. On the off chance that you as of now have some experience playing the piano and you needed to investigate particular strategies, for example, harmonies and movements, or modal playing, you can discover lessons composed only for those also. So if gospel music is your thing and you might want to go hand in hand with artists at the following musical occasion at your spot of love, you can discover lessons that’ll show you camping, riffs and harmony changes in the gospel music convention.

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Produce Music Like Dr Dre

Dr. Dre started his career with the World Class Wrecking Crew in the late 80s. Soon this Compton breed producer became the poster boy for gangster rap music. Dre would receive heavy criticism for the misogyny and violence surrounding his music, but there was one thing his critics could not deny, his music production. The success of NWA, Ice Cube, Eminem, The Chronic and 50 Cent all became proof positive of Dr Dres sonic touch. This is why he is considered one of the most influential music producers.

Many new producers are trying to emulate his sound. Here a couple of key points to produce music like Dr . Dre.

Dr . Dres production never veers away from the traditional four on the floor time signature. This Time signature is used in most dance records. Take For instance 5o cents get rich or die trying album, each song starts with a thick bass drum and the same time signature.

Whats also unique about Dr Dres production is the timing of the snare. Unlike most producers, his snares are played slightly offset. This is critical in creating the California laid-back Hip hop that has made him one of the most sought after producers.

When producing Music like Dr.Dre start with the right instruments. The legendary producer uses standard instruments found in old funk records. Rhythm and Strat guitars are woven to create the bounce of the track. Horns are also a favorite of the producers. Staccato horns, in particular, are used to create suspense and build the music. Another favored instrument is the Chorus Piano. Dr. Dre uses this in his production to complement the bassline.

Creating Music like Dr. Dre take time and skill to master. Be patience and persistent and soon you will also produce a stable of work to influence the next generation

How Much Does A Music Producer Make Per Song

Learning how to make money as a music producer is difficult at first, it is possible though. Producers can typically start off recording artists for free, and working with different bands and artists.When you get really good at your craft, people, artists, and businesses will hire you to producer their albums. On the low side a working producer can make around $15 grand a year, for the top music producers they can make upwards of $10,000,000.00 a year.

Two main variable determine your salary, your location and your quality of work.Nashville, Los Angeles and New York offer the most work, money, and available work to music producers than any other city. This is because the music businesses that will hire you are located in these cities. These cities are known cities that high end music producers work in or live in, music producers make more money in these cities.

Here are what some of the top producers make a year:

– P. Diddy over $27 million
– Timbaland rakes in a healthy $21 million each year
– Dr. Dre approximately $20 million
– Pharrell Williams of (N.E.R.D) rakes in 17 million

Experience and quality of work matters! The better service you can offer, the more artists and labels will want you working on those albums. Word of mouth is the name of the game in being a successful music producer.As your skills develop, you will get more work and make a name for yourself. At some point you will begin to start working on major albums.

One benefit of being a music producer is that you get to make your own schedule. Producers are typically paid on a project by project basis.They are typically hired by a record label to aide an artist in producing a album that will produc high sales. The album is the component that the music producer typically works on and focuses on the arrangement, sound, recording, and album quality.

With a little time, hard work, networking, and patience you can become a successful music producer yourself. You have to pay your dues as a music producer, all millionaires in any field have to start somewhere.

How Did The Rock Music Appear

The historical past of the appearance of the rock music: dating back to the last 20s to 30s of the last century, both European and American were experiencing the Great Depression and the WWII. Until the 1950s, America has switched into a reasonably steady and flourishing state, which was regarded as the productive time in American history. It is just at this time, the rock music came out in history. Owing to the flourishing state of America at that time and the fantastic living surroundings, people’s life became really enjoyable that cause the emergence, presence of Baby Booming. With the growth of people’s income and the advancement of people’s living quality, many middle classes were ready to having more than one child. A number of of these children became the creators or the rock musicians when they grown up. Unlike their parents and grandparents, the youngsters don’t follow what their parents do, they want something new and more demanding, that was the rock music, which is uncomplicated, straight-forward, and with powerful rhythms. In these points, the effective rock music can speak for the youngsters’ soul.
At the beginning of the 1950s, there were three stem streams of rock music in America: Rhythm & Blues ,Tin Pan Alley and Country Music. As time goes by, rock music occupied the main music market. The official emergence of rock music was at the end of 1950s. It commenced with this piece of music: We’re Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna Roll. This piece music have got high acceptance and brought rock music into people’s daily life. In 1955, the movie Blackboard Jungle has greatly facilitated the appearance and growth of rock music. The song Rock Around The Clock in that movie has generated a great impression among the younger generation. This music was a type of motorola milestone that shows the starting of the rock times in human’s history.
By now, there are many rock celebrities and companies that were really amazing. It was only owing to them, can we enjoy the elegance of the rock music. If you were not a rock fan yet, you can act now to find the beauty and appeal of it.

The Acoustics of the Violin Body

The body of violins, including their front and back plates, their sides as well as the air they contain, all function as part of the process of transmitting the string vibrations through the bridge into the air surrounding the instrument. The surface area of the violin is in direct relation with the amount of air it vibrates back and forth.

The front and back plates are designed by the violin maker to move easily up and down. At certain tones the plates resonate more easily when played. Chladni patterns are used for finding these modes by placing sand grains on each plate and vibrating the plate through all frequencies. At specific pitches, the grains will take the shape of lines or �nodes� which will indicate a stronger resonance of sound.

The air inside the body of the stringed instrument is especially important in the low range of the instrument. Like blowing across the top opening of a bottle, the air�s vibrations, called the Helmholtz Resonance, are a part of the violin�s acoustics. Lower than the lowest resonances of the plates, the resounding in the air increases the sound output around the pitch of the second lowest string. High pitch Helmholtz Resonances can also enhance some higher note fundamentals, as well as harmonics of lower notes.

Timbre vibrato is another effect through which a pitch is transmitted largely due to the acoustic response of the violin body. Creating a vibrato with the finger on the fingerboard causes the string�s pitch to move up and down as it is vibrated using a violin bow. As certain harmonics carry more strongly in the violin body, a wider range of pitches means the wider range of transmission of a note can be carried. Thus, the sound is louder and more perceptually interesting.

The body of violins, including their front and back plates, their sides as well as the air they contain. The front and back plates are designed by the violin maker to move easily up and down.

House Music – The Origins

Establishing “House”

The birth of the words “house music” is a hotly argued question amidst artists and DJ’s. Some people assert it originated from a night club called “The Warehouse” where longtime resident Producer/DJ Frankie Knuckles played a distinctive brand of dance music until 1982 when the establishment closed down. Knuckles himself suggested he initially witnessed the term when driving by a bar on the south side of Chicago that hung a sign in its window reading “We play house music”. DJ Leonard “Remix” Rroy suggests the sign was likely a reference to the style of soulful songs one would listen to at your own house.

A second sentiment is that the phrase referenced the production of music in the residences of groundbreaking DJ’s and dance producers. These early creations would be recorded with synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers. Many others assert that “house” references the relationship of particular tracks with their respective DJ’s, as in the house DJ’s played their very own house records.

The Fathers of House Music

The Chicago night club scene of the early 80’s was spurred by DJ’s spinning a number of styles of music like disco, hip hop, funk, pop, and R&B. The beginning of somewhat economical electronic instruments led to some DJ’s crafting their own combination of existing tunes by mixing in drum machines and effects.

Seen by many to be the very first original house music record, “On & On” by Jesse Saunders was published in 1984. The album’s prosperity ignited a wave of tracks from the earlier DJ’s attempting their hand at putting out house music. The music soon branched off into subgenres of house such as deep house and acid house.

Through the support of club DJ’s such as Lil Louis, Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, and radio stations like WBMX, house music quickly gained popularity in Chicago. Concurrently, house began to spread to nearby DJ’s and producers of Detroit, Michigan. Artists like Marshall Jefferson helped push house outside of Chicago with his hugely well known track “Move Your Body”. From the middle to late 1980’s artists such as Larry Heard, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Farley Keith, and Steve Hurley, persisted to popularize the style.

Now, house music is more prevalent than ever and can be heard in a variety of forms in night clubs spanning the earth. The genre has continued to fork off into subgenres including progressive house, electro house, techno house, breakbeat, and the list goes on. House isn’t just a style of music, but is a religion protected by loyal followers the world over.

From Musicians To Music Festival Organizers

In todays musical economy, youre lucky to be a band thats invited to join a music festival lineup. Festivals are blowing up in terms of popularity, so much so that nearly every major music festival in 2011 saw record attendance. To be on one of those bills could do a lot for your career, but to create an entire festival? Thats just crazy talk. Or is it? One band has been doing just that for 12 years.

Horror Rap duo Insane Clown Posse has unarguably the largest cult following of any similar sounding act in the entire country. The reasons for that are many, but its safe to say the fact that they have their own annual festival where fans (Juggalos) can meet up every year goes a long way in solidifying those fans loyalty. Of course, Im talking about the Gathering of the Juggalos!

Producing a Music Festival

Theres nothing easy about producing a music festival, especially one as involved as Gathering of the Juggalos. Location, artists, security, vendors, permits, scheduling, promotion, insurance, and stage setup are just some things that have to be taken into consideration by curators like Insane Clown Posse in planning. And if you dont sell as many tickets as you need to in order to make a profit, it can be a very expensive loss.

Insane Clown Posse hosted their first Gathering of the Juggalos music festival in 2000 after several years of talk and planning surrounding the event. Its hugely successful today, but even a band as large as Insane Clown Posse had to fight and endure trial and error over the years to bring Gathering of the Juggalos to its current level of success.

Music vs. Events

Of course, the artists playing the festival will be the most important selling point to potential festival-goers. This years Gathering of the Juggalos festival was loaded with talented horror rap acts, and enough Juggalos to satisfy your social desires until Insane Clown Posses next Gathering of the Juggalos festival rolls around. But what makes the Gathering more original than any other music festival around the country isnt the music; its the on-site activities.

Its essential that there are more activities on hand than those related to music. Insane Clown Posse knows their fans might get tired of non-stop music for four straight days, so they came up with the idea to provide them with fresh activities seen at no other music festival. While these events may only be attractive to the Insane Clown Posse fan demographic, they provide some great insight on the ingenuity needed to make fans happy at music festivals.

Helicopter Rides at Gathering of the Juggalos

To start, there are helicopter rides at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Why? Why not is a better question. For a little bit of money, customers already at Insane Clown Posses festival can take a ride in the helicopter and tour the festival grounds from birds eye view.

Artist Seminars

There are meet and greets or autograph signings at a lot of major music festivals, but very few offer attendees the opportunity to sit in on a seminar conducted by your favorite artists. The guys in Insane Clown Posse always make sure they release as much news about their careers as possible at their artist seminars.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling

Insane Clown Posse, their Juggalo followers, and everyone else somehow connected to the Psychopathic Records family have been immersed in the wrestling scene since it all began. Gathering of the Juggalos just wouldnt be Gathering of the Juggalos without Juggalo Championship Wrestling on hand!

Those events are all given, but some others that take place at the yearly festival are mud / oil wrestling and the Ms. Juggalette contest! It might not be your typical beauty pageant, but some lucky lady will still be headed home with the title of Ms. Juggalette at the end of the weekend!

Over the years, Insane Clown Posse has mastered the art of creating a festival thats pleasing to die hard music fans and the more casual customers who also enjoy alternate activities not related to music at all. This balance must be achieved if you ever wish to host your own music festival some day!

Here’s What You Need to Record

After I had blown quite a few thousand dollars in a recording studio, a sound engineer friend made a cool suggestion. “Why don’t you buy an ADAT, and do some tracking at home?” So I purchased that venerable 8 track digital tape recorder and saved oodles of time and money putting all my synth tracks on tape. That was my start in home recording, and oh, the fun I’ve had since!

What are the basic pieces of equipment and software one needs to record at home?

There are so many ways to do this! Well, since you’re reading this, you probably have a computer, so let’s base our home studio on the computer. We’ll start by understanding the different functions we will need filled in home recording. Then we’ll understand what the best hardware and software products to do it are. In general, the principle I recommend is to use fewer pieces of equipment with more functions. That approach saves time and, usually, money. As you advance in your recording skills, you can go for more specialized equipment.

There are two distinct phases in recording a song. One is the “in” phase, referring to everything needed to get your music performance into a basic recorded form, with however many tracks you need. The second phase is the “out” phase, where you will take that raw music, process it and create the final stereo version.

The “in” phase — sending the music to your computer

Music can be put into your computer either as audio or as MIDI. Audio is actual sound recordings. MIDI records no sounds, but only the digital instructions for an instrument to play. It is much like a combination of a pianist and sheet music. Without an instrument, he can make no music. With MIDI, you are saving the note and volume instructions to be played on the instruments of your choice later on.

Although some programs let you put MIDI notes into your computer through your computer keyboard, and other programs have music generation features that allow you to create an entire backing band without playing a note, the best solution is a velocity sensitive MIDI keyboard. It gives a much more realistic performance. For example, playing a key softer will record a softer note. Other features, such as aftertouch, allow you to add vibrato and other realistic effects.

Audio simply means actual sounds. Audio tracks will include vocals, acoustic instruments, and electronic instruments whose sounds you wish to use. You will do well to get at least two microphones. Some microphones are better constructed to record vocals, while others are optimized for instruments. In addition, having two mics allows you to record in stereo, or two soloists performing at the same time.

Receiving the music into your computer

All of this will get your music up to your computer’s door. How do you get it inside? With an audio interface that has: a microphone jack that fits your microphone cable and preamp function (so that the signal is strong enough to be properly recorded), phantom power (if you use a condenser mic that needs it), a line input for synths and sound modules, and a MIDI interface. Remember the principle – less products that do more. Some find it simpler to run every audio sound, mics and all, through a hardware mixer (with phantom power and effects) and sending that pre-processed signal to the audio interface’s line input. You’ll still need the MIDI interface function for your MIDI recording, though.

Once your audio and MIDI are inside your computer, software takes over. For our recording we will use what’s called an integrated audio/MIDI sequencer. Famous names include Cubase, Cakewalk and so forth. These programs record multiple tracks of audio and MIDI in perfect synchronization.

Now you have all the equipment you need for the “in” phase. What will you need to take the many tracks of audio and MIDI you have recorded and make a song out of them?

The “out” phase — making MIDI into music

We mentioned that MIDI is simply digital instructions, it is not actual sounds. Now we will need to create actual sounds from those instructions. There are two options for this: external and internal.

External sounds come in little boxes called sound modules (or keyboards with their own great sounds). Sound modules have hundreds of high-quality patches that re-create every instrument in the orchestra, classic electronic sounds, spacey new synthesizer creations and sound effects. To use them, you send the MIDI back out from the sequencer program through the audio interface’s MIDI output and into the sound module. You then take the audio output from the sound module back into your computer via the line input on your audio interface and record it on a new audio track in the sequencer. It is now a real sound and is perfectly lined up with the other tracks.

Internal sounds come in lots of different types. Instruments that you use from within your audio/MIDI sequencer include VST instruments and software synths. The latter may automatically come with your audio interface, or require installation like any other program. Option two is a full-blown sampler/synthesizer program, such as “Reason”, that you connect your sequencer to through a software function called “Rewire.” And there are also sound modules that come in the form of PCI cards that you physically install on your computer.

Fine tuning and effects

Most every song will use spatial effects such as reverb and echo. You may find that some tracks are slightly out of tune. On others, there may be a consistent buzz that needs to be removed. For all of these, you will want to have an audio editing program or plug-in. A plug-in is simply a function you can add to your basic sequencer program. Plug-ins exists for all kinds of functions, including reverb, compression, equalization, noise reduction, pitch correction and so forth.

An audio editing program is a standalone program that does all of these things. With most audio/MIDI sequencers, you can configure your software to call up the audio editing program and fix the track without leaving the sequencer.

Mixing down

Once you have all of your tracks and sounds recorded, you will need to mix them down to stereo. Again, this can be done in an external or internal fashion. To do it externally, you would need a hardware mixer. This method limits you to the number of tracks you can send independently through your audio interface and the number of tracks your mixer can handle. Nonetheless, mixers give you a real surface to work on, and often include quality studio effects, reverbs and such.

Internal mixing means using your audio/MIDI sequencer to mix down the entire song to two tracks. The advantage of doing it internally is the expanded number of tracks you can use. The disadvantage is the difficulty of mixing with a mouse on a computer screen. There are, however, hardware mixing surfaces which simply control your software program.

Mastering and burning

Once you have your stereo mix, you want to put the finishing touches on it. These touches include overall compression, equalization, noise reduction, fading in and out and bringing the recording up to a normalized level of volume. Your audio editing program should be able to handle these adequately, although there are specialized mastering programs which offer higher quality and many more enhancement features.

Then you’re ready to burn your song to CD. Odds are that your CD writing drive came with a program that does just that and you won’t need anything more. I did mention that you’ll need a CD writing drive, didn’t I? Well, now I did! And if it’s MP3 you’re after, most audio programs encode MP3s as well.

And that’s it! Now you have everything you need to make your musical magic at home. Have fun, but I don’t need to tell you that, because it just is.

Seth Lutnick is a musical theater composer, performer, and producer. He has recorded two CDs of Hebrew music, and has written and composed the musical “Rewrite the World”.

Free Downloads Mp3 Music Legal Or Not .

The whole music industry is facing its biggest threat today people can now downloads mp3 music at no charge, no catch, no strings attached. This results in the decline of their sales and they could be seeing an all time low soon. Free download sites, more often than not, are illegal sites but people take advantage of the service rather than buy expensive CD albums in traditional music shops. Legal free music downloads are only a privilege you get for new songs being promoted online and these free mp3 music files can be downloaded within a specific period of time before it expires.

How I wish that we can downloads mp3 music for free. It would have been amazing for all music problems but we know it cant happen because being free is something too much of a good thing that we dont normally get out of life. If you want or need something, it is but normal that you have to pay for it. Mp3 music downloads sites that are legit are some of the most important income sources of the music industry. If mp3 music will only be given for free, the music industry will surely die before we know it.

As a music lover, if you want to hear more quality produced songs, then we should support legal music download sites. They may not be free but they offer membership packages that offer great value for your money. Membership fees are not even that expensive and you can even opt for the unlimited subscription service paid one time and gives you the privilege to downloads mp3 music for as long as you live!

You may also go for the pay-per-download package which is very affordable as well but ideal for those who dont download mp3 music often.

Legal download sites are definitely better than illegal download sites there is no risk involve to you and to your computer. The proper authorities who are actively monitoring illegal activities on the net with regards to music piracy are always on their toes. You could be charge for downloading pirated mp3 music files. Your computer can be at risk of being fried to death by computer viruses or system malfunction by spyware, malware and the like. So better downloads mp3 music from the trusted sources.

Legal and illegal download sites can easily be identified. Most illegal sites offer unlimited free downloads and legal sites always come with a price for membership. But you have to be aware that there also download sites that charge you when you downloads mp3 music but the price is ridiculously cheap. Beware of these sites because they are out to get your identity with the use of your personal information. Always stay vigilant for your sake. The quickest way to gather reviews and feedbacks about the sites you are interested in is via the internet, where else? It works all the time for me. It will work for you as well.

Heavy Metal Music Headbang To The Rhythm

Can you imagine life without music? Its very difficult to imagine no doubt, but one thing is certain, life would have been dull and boring had it not been for music. In fact you can never come across a person who says that they have never hummed a tune in their life or that they do not love music. Well everyone cannot become great singer, but we all exercise our vocals in the privacy of our bathrooms. If anyone says that they do not sing in the shower, chances are likely that are they are lying. Heavy metal music is a genre of music that evolved in the late 60s and early 70s. Heavy metal music is also referred to as metal music, and this music reached the zenith of its popularity in the 80s and many subgenres of music evolved from heavy metal music. The sounds associated with heavy metal music consisted of heavy guitar and drum centered sound with highly amplified distortion of fast guitar.

Devoted fans of heavy metal music are referred to as headbangers and metalheads world wide. Heavy metal music is characterized by loud distorted guitar sounds, dense drum and bass sound, emphatic rhythm combined with vigorous vocals. A typical heavy metal music band consists of a bassist, a rhythm guitarist, a drummer, a lead guitarist and a lead singer or vocalist. The vocalist may or may not play an instrument. Today heavy metal music has a variety of styles namely power metal; progressive metal and symphonic metal and most of the present day bands often make sure of the electronic keyboard. The heavy volume used in heavy metal music is a vital element of attraction towards the music for fans, especially for live performances. Most popular theme for songs of heavy metal music is violence, fantasy, sex and the occult.

Physical gestures are a vital part of heavy metal music and this is very much evident during live performances. Moshing, headbanging, hand gestures like devil horns, stage diving, air guitar and crowd surfing are very popular among singers and fans of heavy metal music. If you are thinking that heavy metal music is just a form of entertainment, then think again. Researchers have recently found out that heavy metal music can be a great source of comfort to teenage children. The study has found out that teenagers who regularly listen to heavy metal music cope better with pressures as compared to their peers. So now if you find out that your teenage child is hooked to heavy metal music you can just simply rest easy.

Heavy metal music has several subgenres. Underground metal is one of the broad categories of heavy metal music and there are five categories under this namely: death metal, trash metal, black metal, doom metal, gothic metal, power metal and trash metal. The sound that was developed by trash musicians was mush faster and aggressive then the original heavy metal music. Some of the popular heavy metal musicians and bands are Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden, Poison, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne and Deff Leppard.

Music Advocacy

Music advocacy is a topic that has really hit home in the last few years and the importance of it is more necessary now than ever. I think that it is a topic we normally don’t think about when in the classroom. However, in the classroom we can advocate for music the most. As teachers, it is important that we consistently fight for our program when teaching our students. By using best practices and encouraging our students to reach their full potential we are doing just that. By being a fun, encouraging, yet strict teacher we earn the respect of our students and they return that by being enthusiastic about the program. If students enjoy band or choir then their friends want to join. More students in the classroom shows more interest in the program to those just concerned with numbers but it also allows for more opportunities as a large ensemble or for small chamber ensembles. Students who enjoy the program also earn support of the program through their parents. There is another way to advocate for music, the parents. As much as there will the parent or parents you can’t stand talking to you still need to be civil and friendly to keep them supportive of the program. Being cordial will be worth its weight in gold. Not only do you need parents in support of their student being in band or choir but you also need parents in support of the entire program. They will be the ones to give support when dealing with the school board. They will be the ones to consistently call and annoy the board until the point that they realize that the program is really needed. You also need the town where you live to like you as well. If the band has played the same version of the Star Spangled Banner for the last fifty years and you live in a conservative community it is important that you uphold the tradition (you may be able to make a few unnoticeable tweaks). The same goes for a parade the band participates in every year or a competition you think you should compete in, the parade always wins. The parents and public will be the ones that come to the concerts and who buy cookie dough and hoagies for fundraisers. You need them on your side. Another way you advocate for your program is through you music selections. If you pick a field show or a piece for the spring concert that the students relate to and identify with. They will be more excited for band or choir and will stick with it the next year to see what new pieces they’ll get to perform. They’ll also probably be more likely to practice. The public will also enjoy your program more. One of the biggest ways you can advocate for program is being a nice, agreeable, non-confrontational person. You need to respect your students, their parents, and the general public to gain their respect. Their respect and support is the best advocacy you can get for your program.

Clever Ways To Listen To Music While You Swim

There are several options you can do to listen to music even while in the water, you can consider getting a waterproof case for your player, invest on an underwater music player, consider getting bone conduction sound equipment, use speakers that are waterproof and wireless, or install in your swimming pool a sound system that plays underwater.

Music and water need not clash when it comes to relaxation and fun. To let you enjoy music while swimming and without breaking your music player, consider the following tips:
Protect your music player with a waterproof case
You don’t have to get yourself a new music player if you want to listen to it while in an aquatic environment. You can still make use of your current music player and get it a waterproof case. The market today offers a variety of waterproof cases, including waterproof ipod cases and cases for Zune and other MP3 players; waterproof earphones are available as well.
Buy an MP3 player that works underwater
You can purchase MP3 players that are intended for use in the water if you prefer not to use a waterproof case for your current music player. When you have a waterproof music player you will not have to worry about the case leaking which can cause damage to your MP3 player.
Use bone conduction earphones or music players
Waterproof earphones can be uncomfortable and are not always the best equipment for producing good quality music underwater. Sound waves are disrupted underwater, which makes using standard earphones underwater unadvisable. Get bone-conduction headphones or music players if you want to experience better quality of sound while underwater. However, you are required to have goggles for this sound equipment to work. With the use of the goggles, these equipments are attached to your facial bone and not to your ears. These earphones do not conduct vibrations through your ear canal, but through the bone to your inner ear. You have the option of purchasing individual bone conduction headphones protected with a waterproof casing that you can attach to your music player, or buying a waterproof music player inclusive of the headphones.
Use speakers that are waterproof and wireless
This is a great option if you prefer not to wear anything on your face or ears while swimming. This is also great for group swimming so everyone can enjoy listening to music while swimming. There are waterproof wireless speakers for most mp3 players, including iPods and the popular Zune players. These wireless speakers work using a transmitter that broadcasts music from your MP3 player to your speaker. Not only will everyone enjoy the great music in the pool, but your MP3 player will also be kept safe and dry away from the water.
Install an underwater sound system for your swimming pool
One good option for those who love listening to music and relaxing in the pool is to install a sound system that is equipped with a centralized music system that functions underwater. This setup includes waterproof speakers placed at the pool’s bottom and around the pool area. You can listen to music while you swim and even after you leave the pool.
Using these great ideas, swimming can become a more relaxing and fun activity. Your pool time will always be fun and satisfying with the music following you everywhere, even if you are under water.

Easy Guitar Chords For Learning Guitar

Playing guitar is becoming a very popular hobby among many people. This is no surprise, guitar is a lot of fun! Unfortunately, it’s also pretty difficult to learn; which is not so much fun. In fact, sometimes it genuinely sucks. We don’t like that mentality though. In this article I am going to tell you some easy guitar chords for learning guitar and why you should learn them when you’re starting out.

The Easy Guitar Chords:Easy Guitar Chords for Learning Guitar


These should be your “Core” guitar chords. They are simple, open chords and they won’t push your finger strength. In addition to this they have very similar finger positioning. To make a chord easy for a beginner to learn, these are key components to focus on.

The Trick to Clean Chord Transitions

Among all of these chords, also often known as “Cowboy Chords” or “Campfire chords”, each has at least 1 finger that doesn’t have to move in a transition. For example, from E minor to G, your index finger does not move, and your middle moves up 2 strings and over a fret and add your ring to the high E. Another example is C to E; From the C (major) position the only finger you need to move is your ring finger to the 2nd fret, 4th string.

There are many similar patterns like this with guitar chords. The trick is to try and find as many of them as you can. At times I’ve spent days trying to find a clean transition, only to realize the “common shape” was a barre. In short, making it a habit to find these connections now will benefit you much more in the future.

A Final Thought for You..

I urge you to seek out and learn as many techniques as possible when trying to learn guitar chords. If you’re having trouble with transitions, remember to ask yourself if there are any fingers that can remain in the same place, including barres. However, if you’re having trouble learning the actual chord, do a little research and if your answer doesn’t come up, always ask for help. There are several easy ways to learn chords, and the interweb is chalk full of people willing to teach you.

Hopefully you were able to take a thing or two away from this article. I do believe that properly practicing these techniques will make the learning process much easier for you. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments below. I tend to be around.

Finding Valuable Reuge Music Boxes

When you think of collectible Reuge music boxes, think of the best and most exclusive music boxes available on the market. But how you can be sure that you have indeed purchased a highly collectible Reuge music box? We’ll be covering how you can find and select such music boxes in this article.

Reuge music boxes are truly special items. The first creator of these fine music boxes was Charles Reuge, who handmade music boxes in a small town in Switzerland. Due to their fine craftsmanship, these music boxes spread far and wide. After his death, his son continued in his footsteps. In fact, the workshop is still there at the same address, in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland.

Collectible music boxes are hand made. The workshop in Saint-Croix in world renowned for producing some of the finest and rarest music boxes around the world, so make sure you are getting the real deal. For the music box connoisseur, it is best to make a trip to Switzerland in order to select the limited edition models that may not be sold at many stores because of their price and limited quantity. You can also ask the locals of that little town if they own any Reuge music boxes. They are likely to own some of the first and best models, maybe even those handmade by Charles Reuge himself. If you are able to acquire such pieces, you are a lucky owner of a rare and highly collectible Reuge music box.

The size of the music box and the tune are also an important determinant in a collectible. Bigger boxes tend to be harder to maintain and keep. The cost to acquire them was also high, making it affordable only to the wealthy. The tune is also important because if you had popular tunes, people would be more willing to buy it than to acquire one that plays an obscure tune especially in the case of non-interchangeable music boxes. The materials used to make good music boxes were rare and expensive, such as rose wood, which made them rather resilient to aging if well-taken care of.

Another good place to check is online specialty stores that sell collectible music boxes. If you do some research you might find a Reuge music box worth collecting. Make sure they are old, in good condition (for its age) and is limited in quantities. It’s a pretty good bet that if you have one from the early 1900s that the music box is hard to find. If you are not an expert at fixing these music boxes, make sure you have an idea what restoring a piece might cost. Otherwise, it’s a lot better to go ahead and pay the premium for a working music box than to take the risk of paying exorbitant restoration costs for a collectible music box. The price will also tell you a lot of things. Highly collectible music boxes don’t come cheap.

Reuge music boxes are items of a highest quality, so any item of any color, size or material can be highly collectible as long as the numbers of items you can find on the market are limited. In fact, at the beginning of the career, Charles Reuge hand made some limited edition music boxes, which now own a special status: highly collectible Reuge music boxes.

The best places to find highly collectible Reuge music boxes are: rare art and collectibles auctions, Saint-Croix and specialty stores.

Since these music boxes can be prohibitively expensive for most, a good strategy is to purchase contemporary Reuge music boxes. They cost a whole lot less than the rare ones and are also easier to acquire.

Student Violin Outfits: An Overview for Parents

n the market for a good student violin? Before you buy a la carte, consider purchasing a violin outfit that includes everything a student player needs to get started.

Anyone seeking to purchase a student violin or intermediate violin will usually notice that online violin stores, as well as neighborhood violin shops, offer individual violins, bows, cases and accessories sold separately, or they will bundle them together to sell as a �violin outfit�. While the violin outfit may not be for everyone, there are many benefits to purchasing one of these outfits from a reputable shop, as the buyer will typically get an outstanding deal on a more-than-decent violin package.

The idea of selling violin outfits has been credited to Sears & Roebuck, who over a century ago featured in their catalogs the first violin outfits for sale. These catalogs were received in the mailboxes of millions of people across the country � especially in towns and cities that lacked local violin shops or music stores. The outfits typically included a violin, a violin bow, a case and some basic violin accessories like a pitch pipe and violin rosin.

Today, as then, violin outfits are geared toward the beginning or student player and are assembled by experienced violin shops and stores so that the pricing for the outfit is more cost effective than if the buyer purchases the items separately. Depending on the quality of mainly the violin, the savings can be significant or negligible. It isn�t difficult for the buyer to perform some due diligence online to research the costs of each a la carte item in the outfit to determine the savings.

Expect the violin itself to account for the major cost of the outfit. The quality of the case and the minor violin accessories, such as rosin or a tuning fork, are typically low to medium quality but are better than nothing and are plenty good enough for students. Some shops will include a low to medium quality bow in the outfit, which will also affect the total cost.

The problem with bows as part of a violin outfit is that if the bow is of very low quality, it can make the violin much more difficult to play and for the student to achieve a good tone. It never hurts to negotiate with the shop in order to include a higher quality bow as part of the outfit, though one should expect to pay more for more. At minimum, a bow should be �serviceable�, meaning, high quality enough that it can be re-haired when needed. Ultra-cheap bows cannot be re-haired or serviced. They are, in effect, throwaway bows. Avoid them.

Now that we�re talking about investing more money for better quality, the question becomes: Who should purchase violin outfits? It is highly advised that parents of student players first rent a violin outfit from a local shop, where the instrument can be cared for and maintained during the first year of playing. If the beginning or intermediate player is serious enough about playing to want to keep playing and is, perhaps, taking private lessons and making good progress, that might be a good time to consider finally purchasing a violin � or a violin outfit � for a deserving student.

Violin outfits range in cost from about $399.00 to about $1200, with the best outfits featuring violins crafted by Snow, Otto, Eastman or Jay Haide.

Who over a century ago featured in their catalogs the first violin outfits for sale. The quality of the case and the minor violin accessories, such as rosin or a tuning fork, are typically low to medium quality.

Types of Stringed Instrument Bows

The bow is a musical device that is pulled across the strings of violins, violas and cellos to make them produce sound. Bows come in different lengths for each respective stringed instrument, and different types and quality of materials. Cello bows tend to be shorter in length than viola bows.Violin bows typically measure the longest. A bow can enhance or deter the sound of the instrument, and it is recommended that the player test out different bows to see which fits best.

Typically, the higher pitched a stringed instrument is, the longer the bow needs to be, though this is not always the rule. The hair of the bow, with the addition of rosin, catches the string for a certain distance through friction, then releases the string, causing the tension to release and vibrate. Typically, higher strings need to be bowed faster and at a longer length of the bow in order to resonate as loudly.Likewise, a lower pitched instrument, like a cello or double bass, requires more pressure, and a shorter bow focuses the pressure on the string.

The material of the bow stick mostly measures the quality of a bow and its impact on an instrument�s sound. Pernambuco is considered the highest quality stick because it is of a rare durability and elasticity. Carbon fiber bows are heavy duty and bonded with resin. They are considered environmentally friendly, as the pernambuco tree is increasingly rare.

Fiberglass and tropical hardwood bows (such as Brazil wood) are much cheaper in quality and considered better for a beginning student.

A good bow is a good weight and balanced, and will feel like a natural extension of the body while playing. The weight of the bow should feel evenly distributed. A more flexible bow can deliver a smoother, fuller sound, while a stiffer bow can create a bright, directed sound.

Find Out How You Can Read Piano Sheet Music

Youve always planned in learning piano and also youve made a many attempts, but quit in frustration since you couldnt learn how you can read the sheet music. Studying a piano book in a music store only included with that frustration when even the beginner books were too hard. Not the entire music instruction books you should buy have a chance to teach you the way to read piano sheet music you might say you can understand.

If youve ever purchased after which you can abandoned an instruction book, then you know the way maddening which will be. Maybe youve tried several book in a shot to determine what you have to know after which it given up, figuring it had been too hard. But if you need to learn piano, you’ll be able to take action without the sheet music.

Hiring a non-public piano tutor is not only expensive, but you may learn all you must learn about sheet music in once a week lessons. You must possess the instructions consistently intended for you if you practice.

Knowing how you can read sheet music is a crucial a part of playing the piano. Its should have skill for the intense musician. On the untrained eye, sheet music looks as if its written in an ancient language, especially if you ever arent knowledgeable about musical instruments. The trick would be to know the way to decipher that language, its also difficult to figure out how to read sheet music on your in your own. To essentially comprehend it and be capable to apply it, you will need a guide.

In an excellent piano lesson course, youll not just be taught at your playing level, whether youre innovative to piano or you do have been across the keys awhile, youll gain the knowledge to read piano sheet music. Thankfully, there’s a course that knows exactly how frustrating it may be to need to determine piano and be stumped by a not enough concise instructional material.

The sheet music lessons offered by Rocket Piano act like a guide telling you when to repeat a particular section, or it shows the notes changing in size from verse to verse. If you ever dont know the way to read sheet music, you wont grab on those symbols and also when you do notice them, you wont have any idea what they mean. If you ever dont know very well what they mean, you wont know the way youre presupposed to play the piece.

Rocket Piano has taken the guesswork and frustration from learning how you can read piano sheet music and set it up in a simple to grasp format. The money necessary the merchandise is amazingly small for all of the materials and expertise offered at your convenience. Try Rocket Piano today – youll be glad you did.

Get Music Off Spotify, Get Songs Off Spotify

Spotify, a great music service gives users for free and instant access to 10 million songs by searching artists, songs name, albums. But there is no download button provided for users to get music off Spotify to their computer playlists on Winamp, Quick Time, line-in Real Player, Windows Media Player, etc or transfer music files to their iPod, iPhone, PSP and so on.

Do you want to get music off Spotify freely and easily? Streaming Audio Capture is the best program to get songs off Spotify by now. It has a virtual sound card which is available to detect sound signal and save music for you when you play Spotify songs on your computer. What you have heard will be grabbed exactly by Streaming Audio Capture quickly. So you dont have to be afraid of downloading viruses or other annoying noises to your PC. You can save music from Spotify with excellent 1:1 high quality.

Streaming Audio Capture is extremely powerful to get music from MySpace, YouTube, Grooveshark, Deezer, Pandora, Yahoo, imeem and so on or capture radio from the popular radio websites like BBC Radio, Pandora Radio, XM Radio, Sirius Radio, etc. Moreover, it is also available for us to get audio from the players of Winamp, Quick Time, line-in Real Player, Windows Media Player, Microphone, Skype, etc on our computers. That is to say you can capture all streaming audio that you play through your computer sound card with it.

How to get songs off Spotify with Streaming Audio Capture?

In order to get songs off Spotify, simply follow the following steps.

Download and Install Streaming Audio Capture

Step 1: Run it on your computer after installing it.

Step 2: You may choose the default Spotify music formats or change the formats of it as MP3, WMV, WAV, AC3, M4A, AAC, OGG, etc by click Settings button.

Step 3: Play music on Spotify until you can hear it.

Step 4: Click Record button when you need to begin to download Spotify music.

Step 5: Click Stop button after finishing playing Spotify songs.

Note: After downloading music to your computer, you can choose a file and split it into several small parts as you like manually. Streaming Audio Capture is able to split songs one by one automatically in the background if you set the stop time or record length at first. For example, if you play Spotify music for half an hour, you may download several songs one by one to your hard disk.

Compare Streaming Audio Capture with other well-known programs like Audacity, Limewire, Frost wire, it is considered as the best program to download music or audio from the internet. It is a program with multi-function so that users can download music freely and easily. More and more music lovers or radio fans would love to choose this program for their personal enjoyment.

Ethiopian Music

The music of Ethiopia is extremely diverse, with each of Ethiopia’s ethnic groups being associated with unique sounds. Some forms of traditional music are strongly influenced by folk music from elsewhere in the Horn of Africa, especially Somalia. However, Ethiopian religious music also has an ancient Christian element, traced to Yared, who lived during the reign of Gabra Masqal. In northeastern Ethiopia, in Wollo, a Muslim musical form called manzuma developed. Sung in Amharic, manzuma has spread to Harar and Jimma, where it is now sung in the Oromo language. In the Ethiopian Highlands, traditional secular music is played by itinerant musicians called azmaris, who are regarded with both suspicion and respect in Ethiopian society

The music of the highlands uses a unique modal system called qenet, of which there are four main modes: tezeta, bati, ambassel, and anchihoy. Three additional modes are variations on the above: tezeta minor, bati major, and bati minor. Some songs take the name of their qenet, such as tezeta, a song of reminiscence. When played on traditional instruments, these modes are generally not tempered (that is, the pitches may deviate slightly from the Western-tempered tuning system), but when played on Western instruments such as pianos and guitars, they are played using the Western-tempered tuning system.

Highland music is generally monophonic or heterophonic. Outside of the highlands, some music is polyphonic; Dorze polyphonic singing (edho) may employ up to five parts, Majangir four parts.

Ethiopia is a musically traditional country. Of course, popular music is played, recorded and listened to, but most musicians also sing traditional songs, and most audiences choose to listen to both popular and traditional styles. A long-standing popular musical tradition in Ethiopia was that of brass bands, imported from Jerusalem in the form of forty Armenian orphans (Arba Lijoch) during the reign of Haile Selassie. This band, which arrived in Addis Ababa on September 6, 1924, became the first official orchestra of Ethiopia. By the end of World War II, large orchestras accompanied singers; the most prominent orchestras were the Army Band, Police Band, and Imperial Bodyguard Band. Most of these bands were trained by Europeans or Armenians.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Ethiopian popular musicians included Bizunesh Bekele, Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Hirut Bekele, Ali Birra, Ayalew Mesfin, Kiros Alemayehu, Muluken Melesse and Tilahun Gessesse, while popular folk musicians included Alemu Aga, Kassa Tessema, Ketema Makonnen, Asnaketch Worku, and Mary Armede. Perhaps the most influential musician of the period, however, was Ethio-jazz innovator Mulatu Astatke. Amha Records, Kaifa Records, and Philips-Ethiopia were prominent Ethiopian record labels during this era. Since 1997, Buda Musique’s Ethiopiques series has compiled many of these singles and albums on compact disc.

During the 1980s, the Derg controlled Ethiopia, and emigration became almost impossible. Musicians during this period included Ethio Stars, Wallias Band and Roha Band, though the singer Neway Debebe was most popular. He helped to popularize the use of seminna-werq (wax and gold, a poetic form of double entendre) in music (previously only used in qin, or poetry) that often enabled singers to criticize the government without upsetting the censors.

Entice Your Passion For Music With Latest Mobile Phones From Sony Ericsson

Mobile phones serve different purposes for different users. Some own them to show their style statement to others while some use them more for their camera and music features. However, the basic purpose of a mobile phone is to keep its owner connected with others all the time. Present day mobile phones do this job excellently well. With their advanced connectivity options, they have brought a whole new world of mobile telephony for the users. Any modern day standard mobile phone usually comes equipped with a video camera, FM radio with RDS feeds and Push to call feature. All these applications have increased the usefulness of these gadgets in the eyes of one and all.

Those who are leading manufacturers of mobile phones include Nokia, BlackBerry, Sony Ericsson, LG, HTC and Samsung. Each brand focuses on some unique features in its products. Sony Ericsson focuses more on the music features in its phones. This company has released some highly successful models under its W series, prominent among them all are Sony Ericsson W595, Sony Ericsson W705 and Sony Ericsson W910i. All these gadgets have some features that make them pride possession of their owners.

Let us elaborate more on Sony Ericsson W910i. This slider mobile phone has a smooth slide opening mechanism. Its 2.4 inches wide TFT colour screen would show you good quality pictures with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Its 2 mega pixel camera has 2.5 x digital zoom. This slider Sony Ericsson phone is featherweight light as it weighs just 86 gms. Its dimensions are equally slim. It measures just 99.5 mm in length, 50 mm in width and 12.5 mm in thickness. Its sleek dimensions make it very comfortable to hold in hands or in pockets.

This Sony Ericsson phone has more to offer you. Its battery, when fully charged, will provide you an amazing 09 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby time. It has a FM radio with RDS feeds that allows you to see the relevant information about a song being on it, like the name of the artist, album and playback singer. Its Walkman series music player delivers high quality sound. Its TrackID music recognition feature would allow you to recognise an unknown song within a few seconds. Its NetFront web browser gives you easy access to the world wide web when you are on the move.

The SenseMe Shake control feature of Sony Ericsson W910i is a fun to use. It allows the user to enjoy his favourite song by just shaking his this Sony Ericsson mobile phone. To do this, the user just has to press a key while shaking his handset. The device will vibrate a moment to tell the user that a song from his favourite list is picked up for play. A moment later, it will play that song. A great way to enjoy your favourite music in style. Isn’t it ?

This camera phone allows you to send messages in SMS, MMS and email formats. Its predictive text input feature saves you a lot of time while you type text into the gadget. Speaker phone, flight mode, stop watch, calendar, calculator, phone book, time and alarm clock are some of the applications which are their in this camera phone.

The Sony Ericsson W910i is available in two nice colour combinations – hearty red coloured casing with stainless steel details and noble black coloured casing with stainless steel edges. No doubt, this Sony Ericsson mobile phone will catch the attention of people around you.

Effects Of Music On Our Health

The majority of research into the emotional and behavioral effects of popular music has focused on heavy metal, though a few studies have also included rock and grunge music. Overall, the popular belief that listening to certain musical styles causes a variety of behavioral problems is not supported.
The study of the effects of music on the mind and brain has been a subject of interest for many. The interconnection between music and the physical and mental health of human beings has been researched since long. The research has concluded that music does have positive effects on the mind and brain of human beings. Music has the power of healing certain ailments. Indian classical music has been found to have the strongest healing powers. Be it about fighting anxiety, be it about speeding the healing process, music is the answer to all the queries.

Effects of Music on the Mind

There are times when one feels depressed. Feelings of gloom and inadequacy fill ones mind and carrying out even the daily activities becomes difficult. Depression reduces brain activity and hampers the minds ability to plan and execute tasks. Lack of the neurotransmitter, Serotonin, leads to a depressed state of mind. Soothing musical notes help increase the Serotonin levels of the brain, thus alleviating mental depression.

Anxiety is associated with an upcoming event that may have an unknown outcome. It may lead to sleeplessness and other anxiety disorders. Music plays a vital role in calming the nerves and soothing ones mind. Flat musical notes induce sleep, while natural notes provide the mind with alertness.

Music is found to affect the process of learning and thinking. If work is accompanied by quiet and soothing music, it helps the listener think, analyze and work faster in a more efficient manner. Music develops a positive attitude in the listeners and provides them with motivation. Surveys have shown that music brings about remarkable improvements in the academic skills of students, who are made to listen to certain kinds of music while studying or working in the lab. Listening to pleasant music, while doing a difficult task, can make it seem easier.

Music has a positive effect on the interpersonal skills of an individual. Failures that we face in life are often the result of lack of confidence and lack of desire to learn. Students obtaining poor school grades do not necessarily lack intelligence. Their poor academic results are often an outcome of their lack of motivation and their disinterest. Music lessons during school can help the students fight their mental block. Music proves helpful in encouraging young children to venture new fields. It helps them develop the confidence needed to achieve success in life.

It has long been obvious that music affects people profoundly. What is new, though, is that research is being conducted to determine the effects of music on the brain. Through this research much has been learned about the effects of music on brain function.

It has been shown over and over again that one of the strongest effects of music on the brain is in the area of memory. Students of foreign languages were shown to be able to learn hundreds of vocabulary items in one day when listening to appropriate music. What is more, they remembered the words over time at a level of 92% retention. This feat was accomplished with the use of baroque classical music. The tempo was the most successful at a steady rate of 60 beats per minute. At this tempo, people seemed to remember the most. This was one of the interesting effects of music on the brain.

Music has a positive effect on the concentration level of the listeners. It is also found to improve ones memory. Research has found that the silence between two musical notes triggers the brain cells and neurons, which are responsible for the development of sharp memory. Flute music, and instruments like santoor and sarod are recommended for the enhancement of concentration and memory. Strong beats cause the brain waves to resonate in synch with the beat bringing about higher levels of concentration and alertness.

Music plays a vital role in enhancing creativity. Music has a positive impact on the right side of the brain. Music triggers the brain center, which deal with the development of creativity. Certain ragas are known to activate all the chakras of the listeners body, thus benefiting him/her in the performance of other creative tasks.

Music is found to give students the capacity to trust themselves. It provides them with an internal discipline. Rhythm is known to help the students learn math. Music stimulates the brain centers that deal with thinking, analyzing and planning, thus enhancing ones organizational skills.

Music helps secrete endorphins that help in speeding the process of healing. It acts as an effective distraction from pain and suffering. While diverting one’s mind away from pain, it also helps bring about certain chemical processes in the brain that aid healing. After undergoing surgery, patients may be advised to undergo a music therapy. Listening to melodious, comforting music is sure to have a positive effect on the physical and mental well-being of patients.

Music and Brain Disease:

Alzheimer’s patients have also been shown to benefit mentally from listening to music. Listening to music triggered certain memories to be recalled that had been otherwise forgotten. Parkinson’s patients also benefited from the effects of music on the brain. Motor skills seemed to improve when some patients were better able to walk while music was being played.

Negative Effects:

Not all the effects of music on the brain are positive however. Some types of music can cause the brain to lose it’s symmetry between it’s right and left halves, or hemispheres. We’ve all experienced this, when trying to concentrate on a task while loud or otherwise disruptive music is being played. Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you that this can lead to learning disabilities and behavior disruptions in children. It can likewise generate diminished work capabilities in adults.
The types of music that cause these effects on the brain are mostly aggressive forms of music such as heavy rock or rap. The specific type of beat may be at fault. It could also be attributed to the fact that too much repetition leads to feelings of anger and hostility.

To achieve positive effects of music on the brain, music must have certain attributes. It needs to be fairly complex to involve more of the brain in the activity and keep the person interested. New and different music is another factor that keeps the brain active and not bored.

Grunge Music Effects:A study of the effects of different types of music found that after listening to grunge music, subjects reported increases in fatigue, tension, sadness and hostility, as well as decreased mental clarity, vigor, relaxation and compassion. However, grunge was likely not the musical preference of these subjectsa study of grunge fans may have produced different results.

Aggression:Some studies have found that individuals become more hostile, aggressive or angry after listening to heavy metal music, whereas others have found no aggressive response. Some researchers have even found that subjects who were angry to begin with become happier, calmer and more relaxed after listening to heavy metal when it is their preferred musical genre.

Suicide:Although the suicide rate is higher among rock and heavy metal fans (particularly the latter), a study of students with psychiatric disorders who were also heavy metal fans actually showed improved mood after listening to their music of choice. Other studies of depressed students have found similar results, suggesting that students may use this music to help treat their depression rather than becoming depressed as a result of listening to it.

Intelligence:Interestingly, college students whose musical preferences are alternative, rock or heavy metal actually obtain higher IQ test scores on average, particularly on questions where abstraction is required. Some studies have also found high intelligence among adolescent heavy metal listeners.

Risk Taking:Those who prefer rock or heavy metal music are more inclined to be reckless sensation seekers who take risks. This is a personality type rather than a direct effect of the musicsensation seekers have less reactive nervous systems and so it takes more intense stimuli to generate a sensation of happiness or excitement.
Risk takers are more likely to commit crimes because they are not as anxious about the consequences. This is not caused by the music however; the risk taker prefers more energetic music and more dangerous pastimes as a result of innate personality
and physiology.

Drug Use:Studies regarding a link between heavy metal music and drug use have generated mixed results. One study found that teenagers who listened to heavy metal were more inclined to use drugs, though they were not more likely to use them excessively or become addicted. Other researchers have found no link between music preference and drug use or drug-related values. Overall, use of alcohol and/or drugs by parents has the greatest influence on adolescent drug use.

Attitudes toward Women: A study of undergraduate men found that exposure to sexually violent heavy metal music increased the tendency to stereotype sex roles and hold more negative perceptions of women. However, this was likely the result of the sexually violent content rather than the heavy metal music itself.

Effective Music Branding Strategies And Tips

Branding is instrumental in defining and determining the success of any business. This goes without saying in the music industry. People connect emotionally and mentally with music. Finding a way to promote branded music services and to develop music-based marketing strategies for a wide range of clients is the clear goal of all music branding agencies. However, it is the creativity and emotionality that will produce the most optimal results in regard to music branding.

Music boasts tremendous power over human beings. We turn to music when we need motivation, when we want to be happy, and when we are going through rough times, in addition to a plethora of other reasons. Because of the strong emotional connection that music harnesses, many reputable companies and organizations contact music branding agencies in order to identify a way to leverage the power of music when targeting consumers. In order to ensure that your musical selection will empower potential and present consumers, it is imperative that you know your audience in depth. If you release an irrelevant sound, then it can cause you to lose customers and cause detriment to your success.

When used in commercials, endorsements, and sponsorships, music can easily attract attention and interest; but you will want to ensure that you are garnering the respect of your target audience and not merely random consumers. Deploying surveys, entertaining suggestions, and encouraging customer feedback are all avenues to explore when you are trying to deduce how to most effectively connect with your audience. These factors combined with the expertise of a music branding agency should enable you to develop a sound that will resonate with your employees and your customers. It is important to note that there can be high costs associated with your vision depending upon the artist, song, and the popularity of both when you are deciding upon a relevant sound.

Your music selection should convey a message that accurately represents your brand. It should define your values, your goals, and how you choose to communicate. Yet, it should also reveal emotional points that evoke a deeper understanding and connection between your brand and your customers. Music branding can work quite effectively so long as it harmonizes with your other initiatives and seamlessly flows with your overall marketing strategies while simultaneously connecting with your audience on an internal level. If you can successfully accomplish these three elements, then not only will you spark a sense of pride and unity among your employees, but you will also establish your integrity to your consumers.

Music branding can be an effective tool when trying to build the strength of your brand as well as loyalty to your consumers. Understanding your audience is critical when it comes to determining a sound that will most accurately represent and reflect the ideals, values, and goals of your company. In taking the time to select a piece that will resonate with all of your brands supporters, you are helping yourself to attract lifelong customers that will faithfully believe in your products and your mission. For optimal music branding results, consider contacting a music branding agency to provide you with expert assistance.

Easy Method Copy Music From Windows Media Player To Itunes

Lots of Windows people who got a new iphone want to find out How to copy music from windows media player to iTunes.

If the songs you have got in your Windows Media Player library were normally saved in your My Music folder (or maybe Music in Windows Vista), you can automatically import tracks in to iTunes in a few simple steps. For those who have music kept in other directories other than the My Music folder, you can repeat exactly the same steps for every folder that has tracks you would like to transfer. Check out the steps below to import your audio to Apple iTunes:

Once opening iTunes, do these steps:

1) Just click File > Add Folder to Library and choose your My Music folder.

2) When you have files in WMA format, you’ll be prompted to convert these WMA files to AAC. It’s just a needed step if you need these tracks accessible to enjoy on your iPad .

Convert DRM protected music to mp3

If the track files are in unprotected WMA (Windows Media Audio) format, Apple iTunes will prompt you if you wish to convert the format. Click “Convert” to start the process. This process may take a while, especially if you have a large audio library.

However, if you purchased WMA songs from music store like Yahoo! Music, you will should strip off DRM from WMA then move to iTunes.

There will be two solutions to Remove DRM from iTunes 10 to help you enjoy your tv shows on portable products.

1. Burn WMA videos to CD then convert CD to mp3

You can burn your bought music to a CD, and then import the music and songs into your iTunes library, in so doing creating FairPlay free files. The problem is that you end up reprocessing music that is already been processed for compression, that would harm your music quality.

2. Strip off DRM protection with a DRM Removal software

It is able to record DRM music via sound card while the song is playing, so the output quality to become the same as the original one.

Step by step guide

Download”> DRM Removal and install it. The whole DRM conversion will takes just 3 easy steps.

Step one. Run DRM Converter, import you music files by clicking on ‘add video’ button, usually you may locate your iTunes music via C:\My Documents\My music\iTunes (default directory). You can add individual file or a bunch of files.

Step two. Preview chosen files on preview area just pressing play icon. You have several choices for your output formats. I would suggest you choose MP3 for music, MP4 for film and Tv shows. Then select output directory (which should be easy to remember).

Step three. Finally, just click ‘Start’ button. This DRM Converter will get rid of DRM protection from WMV tunes completely.

Hints: This DRM Converter can also be a efficient Video Converter, when you got any video files that is not compatible with iTunes 9, iPod, iPhone, you can also use it to convert video to any formats you need.

Drum Music For Yoga

Yoga practice and music are almost two inseparable entities. Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that synthesizes the mind, body and spirit through proper breathing techniques, practice of different asanas and meditation. Music has the universal charisma of directing a human mind and body towards a a serene and amiable state. The sound and the tones of the music can delve deep into the human consciousness and evoke many moods and thoughts. Since early periods, music has been aptly complementing yoga and meditation practice. In contemporary times, there has been a little variation in the kinds of music that is played, yet, the essence has remained unchanged. There are many yoga DVDs and Yoga CDs available from which a yoga aspirant can benefit himself. The soothing melodies and the instrumental music pieces guides a yoga practitioner to a higher realms of tranquility and calmness.

Drums and the beats evolving out of yoga music plays a key role in regards to the connection of yoga practice. The beats of drums are far more than mere entertainment music. Rather, drums, in the realms of yoga, is an active tool created to assist a yoga practitioner in discovering effective ways. The profound effects of the drum beats aid a person to achieve mental clarity, emotional balance and deep relaxation. The music created by the drums when blended with ancient art of chanting mantras, evoke a deep spiritual feeling. This sensation and realization of the mystic insight will bring you close to self enlightenment.

Like yoga and meditation, the beat and rhythm of the drums calm, soothe and strengthen the body, mind and soul. The binaural beats and periodic tones of drums coupled with yoga asanas result in stunning outcome. With specific frequencies and various rhythms, the music of the drum relax the body and liberates the soul from the inner inhibitions. Sounds and tones of the drums and the practice of yoga together helps an individual attain a deeper spiritual experience. You can simply put in your headphones and listen to the drums beats as you practice yoga. This symbiosis of drum music and yoga can create the most desired brainwave pattern. In the process, these binaural beats result in very deep meditation. It can be thus derived that the drum beats also acts as an effective meditation music.

Drumming and yoga have been used since years. This duo awakens the energy, passion and drives the individual to attain spiritual goals. Drum beats that are used in yoga practice leave an impression which evoke mystic insight and the greater feeling of well-being. The senses are stimulated and relaxed and the practitioner experiences stress free and alert state. In the process, his creativity, clarity and intellect is enhanced. The unique sound experience of drums is further enriched by the drum music collection by Spirit Voyage. Spirit Voyage is an US based record label company which offers different CDS and DVDs for practice of yoga and meditation. The Drum music collection of Spirit Voyage includes artistes like David and Steve Gordon, James Asher, Suphala and others.

The myriad of yoga and meditation music collection of Spirit Voyage includes music for Kundalini yoga to Down Tempo and Chill Music, New Age Celtic Music to Instrumental Yoga Music for relaxation. The meditation music for Spirit Voyage are suitable for morning and evening dhyana. In addition to the spiritual music collection, Spirit Voyage also offers different yoga accessories like yoga rugs, yoga mats, yoga cushions and different malas and jeweleries. Different yoga and health and wellness books are offered by Spirit Voyage which assists an yoga aspirant to gain in depth knowledge on different kinds of yoga like Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vikrama Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and many more.

The beats of the drum enhance the healing states and help one increase the sense of harmony with nature and with oneself. Spirit Voyage, with its various kinds of yoga DVDs and CDs sends a musical invitation to all yoga aspirants to merge with the divine harmony of existence. The drum music in yoga is intuitively used to help a listening mind form a spiritual union with the mystic spheres.

Do You Miss The Fun 50’s Music

In his classic pop-rock anthem “American Pie,” Don McLean bemoaned the loss of innocence that came with the death of his musical hero, Buddy Holly, a man emblematic of a decade of fun, frothy songs. When one thinks of 50’s music today, it is not lyrical depth or complex harmonic patterns that come to mind. Instead, this was a simpler brand of music for a time of security and optimism. In this period well after the end of World War II and before Vietnam, the 50’s music reflected the peace of mind of the population.

The biggest artist in the realm of 50’s music was Elvis Presley, who even today is known as the King of Rock and Roll. He emerged on the music scene a fresh-faced teenaged with a sound that knocked people’s bobby-sox off. Infusing his songs with the rhythm and blues that was previously thought exclusive to the black music community, he helped bridge the racial gap among young listeners. Older listeners, meanwhile, were scandalized by his hip thrusts but appreciated his respectful readings of Gospel standards.

Chuck Berry was another big name in the 1950s, with his snazzy guitar playing and his love of performing, making it as much of an experience to watch him as to listen to him. Increasingly, the white and black music communities intermingled, learning from each other and creating a melting pot. Singers like the duo the Righteous Brothers had massive crossover appeal, as they looked like they belonged to one group and sounded like they belonged to another. Meanwhile, artists like Ray Charles and Little Richard made a big splash during this time, bringing a wider awareness of blues and related genres.

One can also see in 50’s music the beginnings of the folk movement with such artists as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and the Kingston Trio. These didn’t break into the mainstream too much until the arrival of Bob Dylan in the 60’s, but they paved the way for the socially conscious era about to come.

At the same time, other artists who would come to be associated with the folk-rock movement cut their musical teeth on rockabilly and bubblegum pop. Simon and Garfunkel, who learned their distinctive style of close harmony from listening to the Everly Brothers as teenagers, cut a hit single in the 50’s as Tom and Jerry. It was peppy and silly and nothing at all like most of what they would record later, but it fit in perfectly with the mood of the time.

The purely pop music of the day included songs by crooners like Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, which appealed more to the older generation, and younger doo-wop singers that sang catchy melodies about love and longing that resonated with a teen audience. Novelty songs also did well during this decade, with offbeat artists like Spike Jones and Allan Sherman making listening to the radio a hilarious experience.

As you can see, while there was a certain sophistication that had not yet entered the music scene in the 50’s, the decade was nonetheless a rich musical melting pot.

Dish Network Music Channels

Do you love listening to music? They say music has the power to both heal and calm. That is right in many ways. Whenever you feel low and sad, listening to music can give you the desired boost. If you listen to some soothing and relaxing music it can relieve you from all kinds of stress and tension. Music therefore has an important role to play in our day to day lives. We just love listening to music. Dont we? If you are a music lover who cannot live without music then you are sure to have an entertaining time with DISH Network, one of the leading satellite TV companies of the United States.

The Satellite TV provider offers you a wide array of music channels that can give you a heavenly musical experience. There are number of DISH Network channels that are dedicated to music. These channels bring you music of every kind and genre. Whether you love jazz, rock, blues, pop or any other kinds of music for that matter, you can get a variety of music of your choice on DISH Network satellite TV channels. You can also get to hear a number of musical performances by the eminent artists. The music related reality shows are also there. You will enjoy watching some of the rising stars of music industry through these programs. It is sure to be an experience to remember. You can hear some cool classics as well as some of the latest chartbusting singles by the pop idols through these channels.

We can classify the music channels on DISH Network in different categories. Some of these channels are audio channels while there are some channels that bring you the beautiful music videos that come with these singles and other songs.

DISH Network Audio Channels

The DISH Network audio channels can be found under the name of DISH Music. You can have a great time listening to your favorite genre of music with these channels. The channels include DISH MUSIC – 50’s & 60’s Hits, DISH Music – 70’s Hits, DISH Music – 80’s Hits, DISH Music – City Lights, DISH Music – Country Music One, DISH Music – Expressions, DISH Music – Gumbo, DISH Music  Hitline, DISH Music  Love Song, DISH Music  Hot FM and much more. You are sure to get the best of songs and performances from the eminent artists with this DISH Network channel.

DISH Network Video Music Channels

There are a number of video channels that offer the viewers high quality music entertainment. Through the music channels you can not only get to hear some of the coolest music videos and live performances. Yes, that is true. You can enjoy the latest music videos by the famous pop stars and music bands through these DISH TV channels. You may also listen to some beautiful and refreshing country music through these channels. The channels include MTV, Country Music Channel or CMTT and much more.

Apart from these channels there are channels like Fox, NBC and ABC that brings you musical talent shows, live performances and much more with DISH Network channels.

Definition Of Music

Just like several other subject the defination of music is criticized to so much extent that for every human being music is their personal flavour.
So, from where should the music start defining itself. The music is an art of colorful sound ?

Music is an art form in which the medium is sound organized in time. Common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture.
The word derives from Greek (mousike), “(art) of the Muses”.

To many, music is a way of life, such as it is to the Native Americans, who use their music to pray.
Many still use this practice today, who have found their hearts in the melodies. Greek philosophers and ancient Indians defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies.

Common sayings such as “the harmony of the spheres” and “it is music to my ears” point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to, but the opinion of the listener does not necessarily help music theorists formulate a precise definition of music.
Like the notion that visual arts must be beautiful to behold, the tacit notion that music need be pleasant to listen to has been questioned.

20th-century composer John Cage was explicit that any sound can be music, saying, for example, “There is no noise, only sound.” According to musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez, “the border between music and noise is always culturally definedwhich implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus.

Country Music Quotes For National Country Music Day

National Country Music Day is coming up and these 11 country music quotes are a great way to celebrate. Country music fans make up some of the most die-hard and loyal fans in the world of music. These 11 country music quotes go out to you.

1. “I was born country and that’s what I’ll always be, like the rivers and the woodlands wild and free. I got a hundred years of down home running through my blood. I was born country and this country’s what I love. ~ Alabama

2. “Americana picture of a people proud and free. Americana I’ll keep holding to the dream. You’re still what living means to me.” ~ Moe Bandy

3. “I thank you, Lord, that I’m placed so well, that you’ve made my freedom so complete, that I’m no slave to whistle, clock or bell, nor weak eyed prisoner of Wall Street.” ~ Johnny Cash

4. “There’s a lathered sorrel stallion running through the Joshua trees and a young man in the saddle with his coat tails in the breeze. He’s got a six gun on his right hip and a rifle at his knees and he’s dealing in a game that he can’t win.” ~ Charlie Daniels

5. “Song, song of the south. Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth. Gone, gone with the wind. There ain’t nobody looking back again.” ~ Alabama

6. “You don’t see no city when you look at me cause country’s all I am. I love runnin’ barefoot through the old cornfields and I love that country ham. Well you say I’m made just to fit your plans but there’s a barnyard shovel pick your hands. If your eyes are on me you’re lookin’ at country.” ~ Loretta Lynn

7. “These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.” ~ Nancy Sinatra

8. “The spirits, they intoxicate me. I watched them infiltrate my soul. They try to say it’s too late for me. Tell my guns I’m coming home. I swear I’m gonna live forever. Tell my maker he can wait. I’m riding somewhere south of heaven. Heading back to Santa Fe. It’s judgment day in Santa Fe.” ~ Bon Jovi

9. “It’s the hillbilly rock, beat it with a drum. Playin’ them guitars like shootin from a gun. Keepin’ up the rhythm, steady as a clock. Doin’ a little thing called the hillbilly rock.” ~ Marty Stuart

10. “Take the very breath you gave me. Take the heart from my chest. I’ll gladly take her place if you’ll let me. Make this my last request. Take me out of this world. God, please don’t take the girl.” ~ Tim McGraw

11. “Promise me, son, not to do the things I’ve done. Walk away from trouble if you can. It wont mean you’re weak if you turn the other cheek. I hope you’re old enough to understand: Son, you don’t have to fight to be a man.” ~ Kenny Rogers

When it comes to country music, you either love it or you hate it — but even those who profess to hate country music can be found listening to it in private when they think no one is watching. This National Country Music Day, let’s give country music its due. These 11 country music quotes are a great way to start.

Common Instruments In R&b

Rhythm and blues is a variety of related but different types of music combined in to one. We will discuss some information on rhythm and blues and the main instruments that are commonly used in this type of music.

The most common types of instruments used in this type of music is a drum set, bass, a piano (an organ can often be used instead of the piano), and the guitar, while the horn section features saxophones, trumpets, and sometimes trombones. The importance on horns in most styles of this type of music has been one of the ways in which the music
has been historically recognized differently to that of white rock music.

What is musical instruments used in rhythm and blues known as

Today, rhythm and blues has become known as R&B and many black Americans have taken a major interest in this type of music. Rhythm and blues has gone more towards rap than the old style; many songs are now released that are classed as R&B when they are mostly rap. However they often do have a R&B melody in the background, but, it is no where near the same as this type of music once was.

Musical instruments used in rhythm and blues today

Today, the rhythm and blues style of music is ruling the musical scene once again. In the past has it has experienced several peaks of popularity, but, it normally dies out for a while after each peak. The 1950s are classed as a peak point for rhythm and blues; however, in the early 1960s it was replaced and died in popularity due to the huge popularity of soul music.

The popularity of musical instruments used in rhythm and blues

In the early 1980s, rhythm and blues peaked in popularity again, ruling the music industry alongside disco. The music then died out again. Recently, the music has become popular again with artists like Black eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and other famous artists. If you trace the music style back over the decades, you will find it has had its peaks in popularity over the many decades, starting from the early 1950s.

From 2000 in to 2007, this style of music has been ruling the charts, maybe we will see a die in this type of music, however, with the current trends, and the way society is today, this music will likely continue to soar over in to the next decade. Only time will tell which type of music will rule the industry in the next few decades. This summarizes our musical instruments used in rhythm and blues article.

Collecting Authentic Music Memorabilia Online

Are you a dedicated collector of music memorabilia? You search throughout the internet as well as visiting store after store to collect your favorite memorabilia. It sometimes becomes very difficult to find the right items that you actually love. But you will find a wide range of items especially on the internet.

Even a simple ticket of a successful concert can become a piece of memorabilia. Other options are the autographed items of a favorite artist or a music band or even an instrumentalist. These autographed items comprise of posters that are signed, album covers with the signature of the artist, instruments that are autographed and ticket stubs that are signed.

Those items which have an original and authentic autograph are the most wanted items and are quite sought after by the lovers of music. Autographed memorabilia is also a good investment for the future. The value of these items increases when the artist dies or the band breaks up or even if the artist or the band gains much more popularity with time.

Again if you love musical instruments more than songs then you will be interested in signed musical instruments. You will feel great to hold a guitar or any other instrument which was once held by the great artist who played it.

But before you buy anything check the authenticity of the item. Make sure that the signatures are original and the store or the website is not selling you something that is not authentic. Collecting music memorabilia is a good way to surround you with the feel of music other than just listening to the music. Go and collect your music memorabilia now.

YouTube is a “Reliable” Source?

All through school, including college, students are told to use reliable sources for anything they do. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a professor say, “Don’t use Wikipedia as a source,” “Make sure you sight everything,” or “The library is a great place to start,” then half of my college loans would be paid off! Recently, I have been hearing a lot of professors telling students to use a certain website. That website is called YouTube. When I first heard a professor tell us to use YouTube was in my CIS class. She said to us if we got stuck on something to use that website. I sat there in awe thinking, “You’re kidding right?” This blog will mostly be surrounded by musical instruments and how to play them.

YouTube is, technically, a social media website where videos are uploaded daily on various subjects. I’ve had a YouTube channel since late 2006 and I’ve been using the same account since. Nearly the last 10 years, I’ve been using YouTube as a guide for learning on how
to play guitar. There are now literally thousands of videos on “How to” with playing the guitar. In all honesty, I am not sure where I would be with my career as a guitarist if it wasn’t for YouTube. I have never been the type of person who enjoys formal lessons and learning from someone else one on one. Rather, I’ve been the type who would want to learn instruments on my own. People like me have to start somewhere and I highly recommend YouTube.

In the last year of my schooling with Music Education, I’ve been told numerous times to use YouTube as a source if I got lost or confused with an instrument with classes like Brass, Percussion, Voice, and most recently, Strings. For example, there was a time when I missed two weeks of Strings class. I was handed a violin and was basically told to learn how to play it in 3 weeks. Not knowing how to approach it, I went to YouTube and searched, “How to play the violin.” Immediately, I found numerous videos on the subject. Thanks to YouTube, I learned how to properly hold the instrument, how to bow and pluck, how to hold the bow, how to play the D Major scale, and even how to restring the violin. This is a prime example why teachers and professors are telling their students to use YouTube as a reliable source.

There are some discussions about the use of YouTube with schooling. I’ve heard and  read that YouTube is used for teachers who are too lazy to teach. I would like to defend those teachers who use YouTube as their teaching method. Even though that is a bold statement, it is not necessarily true. I have personally seen teachers teach the instruments fairly and clearly without the website. You still get your education and still have that one on one interaction with the instructor as well. In fact, I’ve seen instructors teach better than the YouTube videos that are provided for the world. However, again in their defense, YouTube is a method that can help students on their own time at their home. It is also used in class for teachers who find a video that explains a lesson better than they would use in their own words.

Another negativity for YouTube is that the people who upload these instruction videos are amateurs. With that being said, that is true. People who search on how to play an instrument and want a fine quality video that they can rely on, how do they know they are getting that? There are many ways to find that out quickly. Displayed under the video is a thumbs up/thumbs down button. Obviously, if the thumbs up outnumber the thumbs down by a large number, it most likely means it’s reliable. A factor that can play into that method is look at the number of views it has. For example, if a video has 800,000 views with 50,000 thumbs up and 2000 thumbs down, it is most likely an accurate and reliable lesson but sometimes, it’s not always true. Lastly, which I usually use, is look at the comments. If there are a lot of positive comments, then it really is a good video to use as a reliable source. Now, I am not saying the video is 100% accurate every time. Your discretion is still advised however, it is uploaded usually by amateurs. There are companies like Guitar Center, Musicians Friend, & Guitar Player magazines that have accounts and teach methods on obviously, guitar. These are for sure reliable sources.

As you can see, YouTube is a very reliable source for just about anything, especially on how to play an instrument. I would say you could use YouTube for almost anything and about 9 times out of 10, you’ll find the results you were looking for. I would not recommend using
YouTube as a source for a research paper! But the next time you’re stuck on just about anything, try YouTube first! I’ve been using YouTube for the last 10 years and hopefully for the next 10 more! I strongly recommend anyone using YouTube for anything. Although the results may vary and not always be on the dot accurate, it is a good place to start!

Using Music To Effectively Reduce Stress And Anxiety

Most of us are familiar with the fact that music has an effect on our mood and feelings. It can allow us to relax or help us to come alive. Some people even find it hard to function without continuous background music. The great news is that music has been shown to effectively reduce stress and anxiety and can be of great help in relieving certain symptoms. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to reduce stress, then perhaps it’s time to try a regular dose of your favourite music. Read on to find out how music can help you reduce stress and anxiety.

Stress and anxiety are brought on by our perception of being in a situation where we are not able to cope effectively or where fear is involved. When our stress response is activated, it tends to raise the heart rate and release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline into the body, which suppress the immune system and stimulate us to prepare for “fight or flight”. When stress happens on a regular basis, we will start to experience stress related problems such as heart disease, stomach and bowel disorders and reproductive problems.

Some people cope better with stress than others and this often depends upon your personality type and your perceptions and outlook in life – for example, whether you view certain situations as challenges or problems or how much support you receive from the people around you. Men tend to react more to stress factors more than women, although when women take on male roles, this difference is not so pronounced.

The good news is that music and music therapy have been shown to reduce the activation of these responses and calm our symptoms of stress. Tests in various clinical situations have consistently shown music to help patients face their fears and reduce their anxiety. In one test, when music was played before and during surgery, 93% of patients found it helpful in reducing stress. Studies have shown that music helps to lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, and lower levels of stress hormones in addition to decreasing anxiety. In some studies, those with the highest levels of anxiety were found to benefit the most.

Of course the music that can help us to reduce stress is often subject to individual preference and specific situations. Our response may vary, depending upon volume, type of music, familiarity and current mood. Loud or fast music may have the effect of stimulating us rather than relaxing us. Generally the most relaxing music would be relatively slow with a repetitive rhythm and stable contours.

So, next time you start to feel stressed, why not sit back, relax and try listening to one of your favourite soothing tracks, to help relieve those symptoms? There is a weight of evidence to suggest that this should help you to feel better. And, if you find that it does help, be sure to incorporate music amongst your regular stress management strategies.

Best Karaoke Music Players

Home karaoke systems have been around for at least ten years, but with “American Idol” consistently garnering record-breaking televisions ratings and shows like “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” and “The Singing Bee” trying to grab a bit of the action, it’s no wonder that they are enjoying an upsurge. With everyone wanting to get to be the next Taylor Hicks or Carrie Underwood, and even so-so singers getting their Fifteen minutes of fame, it’s completely acceptable to sing your heart in front of your friends or within the privacy of your own home.

Enter the home karaoke machine. Everyone from young children to people in middle age and beyond are picking up the microphone and crooning for their favorite tunes. When you are looking for a home karaoke music player, though, how do you know which to select?

You will find four main kinds of home karaoke music players. The first is the traditional singing machine that accompany a microphone and shacks up to your television. You insert a karaoke CD or cassette to the player and it displays the lyrics towards the songs (and maybe video) on your television. You sing along towards the music while using microphone and hear the results through either the tv speakers or through built-in speakers in the karaoke machine. This type of home karaoke music player is quite cumbersome and not very portable.

The second type of karaoke machine is really a stand-alone model. It typically includes a small black and white screen (about five-and-a-half inches), speakers, along with a microphone. It may also have a small camcorder built in. With these home karaoke music players, read the lyrics on the small screen. If you turn it on for your television and VCR, you can use the recording camera to superimpose an image of the person singing to the screen and record their performance to tape. While this kind of machine could be fun for parties, the small monochrome screen is a major drawback. Another disadvantage of the standard singing machines and the stand along models is the fact that you’re limited in the songs you are able to play. Quite simply, you have to watch for popular tunes to come out on karaoke CDs or cassettes before you start singing them. By now, songs are generally out of date and never as much fun.

The 3rd type of karaoke is packaged as only a microphone. It comes with around three dozen songs preloaded, due to you may also load MP3 downloads. Although this type of home karaoke music player is more portable and it is intended to be connected to your television, there is no mechanism with the lyrics. This means that your musical performance has to be that – a performance where you already know the words towards the songs.

Your fourth kind of karaoke player is probably the hot new gadgets hitting the market. It can best be described as a cross between a music player along with a MP3 player. These specialized Audio players permit you to buy MP3 downloads, load them into the player, and input the song lyrics. Then proprietary software enables you to take away the original voice track in the song and record your own voice over the background music while reading a display of the lyrics.

This kind of karaoke player is definitely poised to brush the market. It’s portability is unprecedented – essentially, it’s a handheld karaoke MP3 – for the reason that you don’t have to be anywhere near a TV to use it. It also has got the advantage of having the ability to play any song – even top 20 Billboard hits.

Of all the karaoke music players on the market, the cutting edge MP3 karaoke player is the someone to beat.

Beethoven, The Most Influential Composers In Western Classical Music

Born in December 1770 in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven was a great composer and pianist. Considered to be one of the most influential composers in Western Classical Music, he wrote nine symphonies, nine concerti and a variety of orchestral work, overtures and incidental music and other occasional work.

Beethoven started learning music at a very young age from renowned musicians of those times. With his extraordinary talent, he captured the attention of several famous musicians and made his first public appearance at Vienna in 1795 where he was to play his own work. This was followed by a tour to Prague, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin. He had debuted with a piano concerto in the same year in Budapest. Till then he had established himself as a piano virtuoso.

Beethoven Piano Concertos

Beethoven Piano Concertos were admired throughout the world and are still known as masterwork. He wrote several concertos out of which seven are very famous. These include Piano Concerto No. 1 in 1796-97, Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1795, Piano Concerto No. 3 in 1800-01, Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano in 1805, Piano Concerto No.4 in 1805-06, Piano Concerto No. 5 in 1809-10 and an unpublished Piano Concerto in 1815. The last one was performing version and was incomplete. It was later on completed by Nicholas Cook. Along with this, he had also written Violin Concerto in 1806 and Romance in E minor for three soloists and orchestra.

Beethoven Sonatas

Beethoven Sonatas constitute a great treasure that have been researched and studied by numerous pianists and musicologists. He had written thirty-two piano sonatas creating a new and impressive form of art. He played an important role in transforming and evolving of the sonata form. He had imposed his personality and joys and sorrows of his own life on the sonatas.

Beethoven Symphonies

Beethoven had also composed nine symphonies including Symphony No. 1 in 1799-1800, Symphony No. 2 in 1801-02, Symphony No. 3 in 1803-04, Symphony No. 4 in 1806, Symphony No. 5 in 1804-08, Symphony No. 6 in 1804-08, Symphony No. 7 in 1811-12, Symphony No. 8 in 1812 and Symphony No.9 in 1817-24. He also intended to write the tenth symphony but because of his ill health, he could not do so.

Other Works

His other works include five orchestral works, around ten overtures and incidental music composition, chamber music including string trios, piano trios, sonatas for violin, works with wind instruments and cello with piano. String quarters, string quintets and trio for piano, flute and Bassoon, and so on are some other noticeable works of Beethoven.

In 1801, Beethoven confessed to his worry of becoming deaf but he carried on with his music compositions and explored many other musical domains. His handicap was getting worse day by day and in later years he stopped talking to people. It was during this time that he wrote exceptional sonatas and symphonies for piano music, his greatest work. He also wrote one opera, Fidelio.

Beethoven was bedridden during last of months of his life and died on March 26, 1827 during a thunderstorm. His funeral was attended by around 30,000 people.

An Example Of Indian Musical Instruments

If you have heard something about the musical instrument of India, then most probably, you are familiar with the kind of music that they have. India are most of the time have this passion when it comes to music. So it is not surprising that they have lots of instrumental instrument that they are using whenever they want to play it and have to unwind their mind with music that they would always wanted.

When you go to India, you will notice that this country is a country of diversity and is a rich of culture country. They are rich in culture in the sense that they are preserving all the things that are part of their history and their heritage. You can say that this country is a country with a traditional living but still contemporary. They are not left behind about the things that are happening in their surroundings and the things that are currently in the trend.

When it comes into their music, they have a passion into it. They are good in playing instruments that are good to hear. These instruments are divided into many categories depending on different types of classification. A significant classification is based on the mechanism used for producing sound under which instruments are divided into four basic categories. These categories are the strings, percussion, wind and brass. They are classified according to how they are being played.

One example of their musical instrument is the tabla. This instrument is a very popular percussion in India. It is consist of two drums called as the tabla and dagga. The tabla is the treble drum and is generally made of wood and the top is covered with stretched skin. The skin is wrapped around the wood frame with the help of leather strings called the wadi and the round wooden blocks called the gatta. The tuning is done with the help of a hammer which is struck to the on the gatta to tense or relax the skin. The dagga is generally made of brass or copper. The tabla is about 11 inches long while the dagga is about 10 inches long. This is a good instrument that is commonly used by the Indians.

How To Choose A Musical Instrument That’s Right For You Music And Movies

Have you been thinking of learning a musical instrument but not unquestionable everywhere to start? Don’t be concerned, it’s by no means too recent, and, you’re by no means too old to gather a musical instrument from pull out. You could already know come again? Instrument you are dying to gather, but many individuals aren’t unquestionable. They know with the intention of they desire to try, but aren’t familiar sufficient with the various standard instruments, and the pros and cons of both. Maybe you can’t quite get on to up your mind involving several options and need a little more in sequence to help decide. This article will offer an overview of the generally customary musical instruments unfilled in favor of the normal person. Read on.

If you anticipate making tune with others, therefore you could desire a lesser sized instrument which is functional to involve around. Playing in groups, or even with lone other person, can be very rewarding, but if you show the piano in favor of command it could limit your opportunities. However, the piano is a very excellent instrument in favor of solo before a live audience. If you would like to show carelessly, exclusive of the be concerned or logistical concerns of before a live audience with others, the piano is a immense scale.

Another exceptional scale in favor of before a live audience independently is the guitar. Like the piano, the guitar is able to show chords, with more than lone notice by a point. This produces a broad, richer sound with the intention of provides the ideal addition in favor of singing. The guitar is moreover very portable, and functional in favor of before a live audience unaided, or with others.

Other instruments which are very portable fall from the brass or woodwind lineage

The brass lineage of instruments includes the trumpet, trombone, or French Horn; all three very out of the ordinary, satisfying musical instruments to show. These instruments, which will individual provide a single melody line, are ideal in favor of before a live audience in groups or along with a chordal instrument like the piano or guitar.
Popular woodwind instruments include the saxophone, flute, and clarinet which are moreover musical based instruments. Although these musical based instruments are very satisfying to show by oneself, they offer terrific opportunities in favor of before a live audience in groups.
Finally, consider the percussion lineage. The drum synchronize is really standard, and offers the opportunity to show in many varied settings. One way to determine if you are interested in before a live audience the drums is to buy a practice pad and a match up of sticks. This will present you the try to become the feel of using drum sticks and decide if it is in favor of you. Playing the drums is very various than the other families of instruments as it involves creating rhythms and has a quality of sound with the intention of is distinctive to say the smallest amount. A practice pad offers a small before a live audience shallow designed to present the feel of a drum exclusive of the loud volume and exclusive of the fiscal investment in a drum synchronize. Most tune supplies involve practice pads, and you can moreover become an appreciation of the various pads unfilled through online merchants as well.

Consider renting by originator. This way you will not be investing a significant sum of money into every lone picky instrument, and can move on to a various instrument scale exclusive of wasting too much money or point. With a little soul searching, and various online delve into as well, you can start to become a excellent appreciation of which instrument you might like to try, and in a passing point, you will be well on your way to enjoying a life long love of tune.

Music Production School Can Teach You The Business Side Of Music Too

Popular music artists need well-trained professionals to guide them and help them advance their careers from a management perspective. There are also tremendous job opportunities available, both technical and managerial, in entertainment industry related organizations, broadcasters and on-line digital distribution services.

What does a music business administration program consist of?

Most high-quality music production schools will offer you a full time, 45-week three-term study program, or a variation on that. This length of time ensures that you cover the full breadth of opportunities in the entertainment industry.

Generally speaking, most music production schools will start with providing an overview of the organizational structure of the music industry (local, national and international) from creation to distribution. There is usually also an effort to introduce students to contracts, copyright law and marketing. From this sort of overview, students will be able to gleam a solid understanding of the music industry from the business side.

Students will also learn all the various aspects involved in a studio recording project, including the choice of record producer, financial and contractual arrangements, musician and song selection, and, that all important negotiating a recording contract.

Some of the best music production schools will also offer courses that provide a more in depth introduction to the day-to-day operations of the artist management business. Promotion and public relations are now more than ever being touched upon, along with the marketing tools for an artist’s project at the local, national and international level.

The final term of study that most music production schools offer usually involves teaching you the skills to support an artist, particularly in the administrative and creative aspect. Also, you will learn how to develop, guide and manage an artist’s career. Finally, in the best music production schools, you will have the opportunity to take part in an internship in a music business enterprise. This is one of the most important aspects of the training as the best learning for music business administration lies in the hands-on aspect where you learn the tricks of the trade. A good music production school will be able to help place you in a reputable music business enterprise where you can learn from the best.

Some schools will ask for a secondary school diploma or the equivalent to enter into a music business administration diploma program, so keep this in mind.

Nevertheless, with all the new emerging music artists and music distribution options, there has never been a more opportune time than now to enrol in a music production school program like music business administration!

History Of Music Therapy

For thousands of years, people have known that music is more than a mere pleasure, that it also improves our quality of life in a deeply significant way. In the Hebrew Book of Samuel, King Saul is tormented by an evil spirit that only departs when the young David plays the lyre for him. When the music is playing, King Saul is soothed and restored to his right mind. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates — widely considered the father of modern medicine — used music as part of the treatments he offered patients. Ancient Egyptians helped women through labor and childbirth with healing music.

Relatively recently, in the past one hundred years, a more formal, codified use of music as therapy, as a treatment for diseases, and a therapeutic aid for groups like students with special needs, emerged worldwide. The initial stirrings that led to this development began at the turn of the twentieth century. In the U. S., a society was established in 1903 for the promotion of the therapeutic uses of music. It was called the National Therapeutics Society of New York. Interest in the research and work of this group intensified and grew around the worldto name just one example, when a group of Australian musicians heard about the ideas of the New York Society, they formed one of their own. Inspired by the first Society, the Australians called theirs the International Society for Musical Therapeutics. It was founded in 1924.

This interest in and proliferation of groups to promote music as therapy were ignited by World War I. Doctors and nurses treating the war wounded noticed a hugely beneficial effect on patients when volunteer musicians played for them. As a result, the medical profession began to seek a way to make this type of treatment more scientificto create educational programs where musicians could be trained as therapists. Music therapy programs were the result. The first degree granting program was established in the United States, at Michigan State University in 1944.

Soon afterward, the National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT) was formed in the U.S. Twenty years later, another group, the American Association for Music Therapy, was founded. These two organizations merged to become the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) in 1998. To this day, the AMTA is dedicated to ensuring the development and therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, medical and community environments. Their mission statement is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.

They further state that research shows musical interventions help promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation. The American Music Therapy Association is responsible for deciding the criteria for the education and professional training of music therapists.

Today, more than 70 universities and colleges have degree programs approved by the American Music Therapy Association and there are more than 5,000 registered music therapists in the U.S. Music therapy is used to treat a huge range of diseases and conditions, including cancer, stroke, heart disease, Parkinsons, cerebral palsy and autism.