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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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.