Things to Remember When Buying a New Guitar

acoustic-electric-guitars-300x243Buying a beginning guitar can be a tricky problem for a new guitar student. Sometimes it can be a hard job to find a guitar that will last through many years of practice and performance. In this article you will find some guidelines to find a guitar that is comfortable, produces nice sounds while remains on the budget.

The first step is determining the style of guitar you would like to learn; the electric, acoustic or classical guitar. The choice of your guitar will vary according to the style you would like to implement. The choice of strings will also vary depending on the type of guitar and the type of music you play. But as a general rule, nylon strings are preferred by many beginning guitarists since they are easier on the fingertips until calluses which helps to produce clearer sounds with less effort as you press on the strings will develop on your finger tips.

Another important factor when choosing a guitar is the width of the neck. Whereas acoustic guitars have narrow necks with easy to grip and play feature, the classical guitars have thick necks

Detroit and Soul Music History

2013-001-442integrated recording sessionThey say the birth of soul came in the 1950s, when the parents of gospel and jazz came together to form a more contemporary and dance-friendly style of music.

The Motor City is no doubt the backbone of modern soul and R&B. It became a powerhouse and industry standard for soul music throughout the country, competing with Atlantic Records and Stax for chart-topping hits throughout the 60s.

BLACK EMPOWERMENT

The one thing that stands out about Detroit’s golden era of soul music, which isn’t covered very often in many music documentaries or biographies, is the reverberation and inspiration drawn during the civil rights era occurring alongside its timeline.

Soul music isn’t just a genre, its black poetry set to the sounds that emanate from the soul.

If that sounds like a profound statement to be made, well, it’s the only way to describe what anyone feels when they identify deeply with the lyrics, the passion, and the power that soul music provides to black culture.

LOSING TOUCH IN DETROIT

As with practically every music genre in history, once soul music began to dominate the charts

Dancing With Songs From Ten Stars

download (1)For once, the problem was not my math deficiency. There really are just eleven years between

The situation occurred when my daughter mentioned that I might want to watch Dancing With The Stars for the first time in my life this year. One of my favorite celebrities, who I am sure she thought had been a figment of my imagination, was scheduled to participate.

She said that Tommy Chong was one of the participants slated for the upcoming season, which did surprise me. I could not envision one half of the comedy duo I worshipped in my youth taking the stage on a show with such a format.

What surprised me even more, though, was when my daughter mentioned that Chong would be on season 23 of the show. I could not believe Dancing With The Stars had been on the air since before the turn of the century.

A quick check of Google proved me right, for the series actually started in 2005. However, my daughter was also right, in that the upcoming version of Dancing With The Stars was certainly being referred to as season 23.

Apparently, a season in Hollywood is no longer considered

What Is Spiritual Music?

I grew up with barbershop quartet music in the house. My mom is an incredible singer and at the time had been a member of the Sweet Adeline Chorus. They also had quartets and they would compete a few times a year. If you know anything about this style of music, it is very unique with old school songs and amazing harmonies. The problem was that at 13 years old, I hated it! I promised myself that I would never sing or make music of any kind. Go figure, because years later that’s exactly what I did. But, being a rock n roll spiritual singer was definitely not being in barbershop quartets.

I fell into inspirational/spiritual music after a long stint with numerous rock n roll/ pop bands. They were all fun but most of the time the audience had no idea what I was singing about because the drums were too loud! Aha! I was singing darker lyrics about relationships gone wrong. Ah, the mystery, or not, of failed relationships. After actively following a spiritual path and doing the inner work required to evolve, I met the man of my dreams and the sad love

Learn to Write Rap Music

If you want to learn to write rap music, then check this out. You will find out tips for writing rap lyrics.

Do you know how to create a title for your rap song? We will give you some tips on how to come up with a title to your song. One of the things about the title is that when you come up with a title, it will give you an idea on what to write about in your song. Remember that the title is often the most remembered part of the song. It defines the story of the song.

Tip 1 – Make the title something that is pleasing to the ear

You want to make sure that the title is a lead in to the rest of the song. You want people to like the title so much that they want to hear the rest of the song. The title will be your signature of the song. It will describe not only the song but also you as the songwriter.

Tip 2 – Read newspapers and magazines

Study various newspaper and magazines. Read the titles and the headlines. What

Rockstars, Singer/Songwriters and Inspirational Music

I remember going to a U2 concert in Southern France many years ago. Somehow I worked my way up towards the front of the muddy mosh pit. I could almost see Bono’s sweat drip off of his amazing face. WOW! The tour was ‘The Joshua Tree’ album. This was the beginning of my love for rockstars. I would then fall for Robert Smith of ‘The Cure’. Songs like ‘Pictures of You’ from ‘Disintegration’ pulled me into a beautiful reverie and I thus became an official poet.

Kate Bush soon crept into my favorite box. Although she is/was not really a rocker, she was this incredible artist who shook me to the core. From ‘The Dreaming’ to ‘The Sensual World’, I was completely hooked. Her song ‘Lily’ intrigued me in terms of the seeming witchcraft she used. ‘You’re the One’ was so beautiful as many of her songs. I think I related to the crazy love she felt for her beloved. After listening to her for a few years, I begin singing. But, I would only sing when I was alone, I never dreamed of singing to anyone else. That would come years later.

Ozzy Osbourne came

Tips On Buying Music Gear

Music gear is equipment that helps in music recording and producing. Whether used for personal recording, home recording studio, or in the professional studio. The purpose is the same, but the difference is the technology used, quality and the price.

Recording may consist of recordings related to television, stage shows and many such things. Compromising on quality of instruments can be fatal for business. But then, spending a lot of money on new instruments and equipment may not always be feasible. Therefore, buying used music gear is the best solution.

The advantage of buying second hand or used music gear is that it will be less expensive. But sometimes the problem occurs when the cheaper gear does not prove to be of good quality. It should be taken into account that the purpose of buying used musical equipments is to get inexpensive gear but with acceptable quality.

Therefore, without getting attracted just by price, the equipment should be checked properly. The usability and the dependability should be examined properly to ensure the quality.

Again, when we talk about the quality, it not only refers to the sound but also the strength of the equipment

Online Music Services For Different Type Of Listener

Every music listerner has different needs. What are yours?
There are online music services – from the casual pop lover to the audiobook listener. Which one would you choose?

Some quick Tips:

Mac user or PC user?

Any products by Apple, including the iPod line, are usually solely compatible with the iTunes Music Store, which is available on both Macs and PCs.
Other devices with the “Plays for Sure” logo work well with Windows Media Player – based download services and are PC-only. Check your favorite devices for compatibility before you buy. Like Apple, Sony players will only work with the Sony Connect music service.

iTunes Music Store:

Home of the 99-cent download, the iTunes Music Store (ITMS) features over 1 million songs. Entire albums are available for download but the ITMS only supports iPod devices. The system allows you to burn your tracks to CD for low-tech consumption. Most major labels are represented and ITMS tends to get newer music even before some of the other major players. A partnership with Audible.com also allows you to download audiobooks, allowing you to while away the road miles with a good book.

MusicMatch:

Tips to Get the Right Groove

Good Hip-Hop Music has a typical regular rhythmic pattern with clear vocals on the top of the beat. To get the hit, treat your song seriously to blend into the right sounding groove and harmonize with the drum pattern.

If you are beginner, try to quantify the templates available in sequencers. Through this method, you can achieve the right amount of grooves and apply it to your tracks.

The right hip-hop sounding grooves are usually based on 16th notes. The percentage of the swing value could influence the tempo.

The range of the swing value is between 57%-83%. At the range of 100%, the sounding groove would push the 16th notes to the preceding 8th notes. If the swing value is 50%, you get straight 16th notes. When you cross the swing value to 57%, the groove begins to relax. At ca.70percentage, you succeed the classic Hip-Hop sound.

If you like to create a variation and a unique sounding groove, try this.

Create a kick at 1 and 3 plus claps on 2 and 4 on a standard 4/4-drum pattern. Then, fix the grid to 24 and insert a kick anywhere on the

How Does Music Affect the Brain?

Amidst the fanfare that the modern world is so used to, there is a gloomy corner carved out of the side effects of the same modernity. Depression, anxiety, or lack of concentration seem to be the order of the day, but there is hope in the form of music.
Inside Your Brain!
A study was conducted to track patient’s ratings of their own anxiety. Before undergoing a surgery, they were randomly assigned to listen to music or take antianxiety pills.
The Outcome: Patients who listened to music had less anxiety compared to those who took pills.
Music has been an integral part of the human lifestyle from a long time. It is believed to have been a part of civilizations which existed 50,000 years ago. It is very interesting to note that music evolved as a means of expression, and hence, generally reflects the social, economic, environmental, religious, and other aspects related to humans. Thus, music was, and still is, a way to express a range of emotions and feelings. This process, in itself, has a great relieving effect and works wonders for the peaceful operation of the brain. When the mental faculty is provided a vent for

Music Mixing Tips – A Few Tips on How to Produce Music

You have just written a really good song, perhaps your best yet, but the process is not over. You have to mix the song next. This is the point where I used to feel pretty annoyed by my music mixing techniques and all momentum and happy feelings that came from creating something would disappear. I could write song easily enough but when it came to music production I didn’t have a clue. I was too proud to ask someone for music mixing tips or music production tips and nobody seemed to have the answers I was looking for. This is why now that I can mix my own songs; I thought I would put together some of my own music mixing tips and music production tips to consider before you start you journey into music production.

Make sure you listen to more than one genre – You should listen to more than one genre to make your palate as full as it can be; it will also teach you how to produce music without you being consciously aware of it. You do not need to like what you listen to as there are many things to listen

Different Types of Music Genres

There are thousands of genres in the world of music today. How did they originate? Read on to know more about some of the major musical genres in the world.
What is music? For some a blissful experience to be enjoyed along with a glass of the finest red, for some a distraction during a boring treadmill session! Some would consider Beethoven’s piano sonatas a copyrighted property of the Lullaby Channel, some would struggle to pronounce ‘bougarabou’ (which is an African drum, by the way), and some would mock Indian classical music — the oldest surviving school of music — as sheer wailing!

Sounds never evoke the same emotions in different people. Thus, a comprehensive and universal definition of music is practically nonexistent. Having said that, some would consider it an exercise in futility to go ahead and try to define a list of musical genres. Fortunately, while some maintain that sounds such as a car horn and a crash of a falling plate constitute genres in themselves, the rest of the world has been sensible enough to discern musical genres from mere noise.

Why is Music Important?

Even the most cynical of human beings will not debate the importance of music. All of us enjoy it in some form or the other, from classical renditions to hip-hop and rap. So what makes it so integral to our lives and how does it help us? We try and understand the phenomenon that is music.
“I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs, and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.”

Mary Anne Evans or George Eliot as she is more popularly known, was a creative person who believed in the power of music and how it affects us as individuals. And that is a truth that all of us will agree with. From moments of extreme grief to times when we experience ecstatic happiness, our one constant is music. As a race we have long shared our story with music. It is so intertwined with our lives that it is impossible to actually trace its history. It has been around since the first rhythmic thumping of feet that was recognized

Learning to Play Guitar – Tips to Help You Play Better Guitar

Now let us have a look at these useful tips, which will help you to improve your skills at playing guitar.

Tip #1

Good Posture is one of the very important aspects of becoming a good player. You must sit upright in an armless chair, this is because any chair with arms will prevent you from holding the guitar correctly. By sitting up straight your back is also protected.

Tip #2

How to hold the pick. You must hold it firmly but not too firmly. Not gripping the pick firm enough will cause you to lose it during vigorous playing. Holding it too firmly will result in your whole arm becoming tired and aching. You will then feel that you will not succeed in your desire to play guitar. So choose a medium grip and this is the best advice you can get.

Tip #3

Choosing the right pick especially for a beginner, is very important. There are different styles of picks, finger and flat. Three different levels of flexibility are also offered.

Professional guitarists have often said that beginners should choose the softest and flabbiest pick that they can find.

Learn to Dance Tips

To learn to dance is a goal shared by many. However, some people just are not naturally inclined or gifted with the grace and flexibility of a dancer. But that does not mean you cannot try. Even with two left foot you can still manage to come up with signature moves that will make you a hit on the dance floor. Here are some tips you should follow in order to develop your dancing prowess:

Tip # 1 Get the Rhythm

Dance music often follows one to four count beat. The beat could be fast or slow. However, they still follow the same one to four count. Listen to the music so you can get the rhythm. If you do not like to dance to the beat then look for wait for another song that will be more to your liking.

Tip # 2. Bob the head.

Use your head to get moving physically. Follow the rhythm with your head until you lose yourself in the music and your body follows.

Alternately shift your weight on each foot

As you bob your head start moving the weight between each foot. You may

How to Manage a Music Street Team

A well managed street team can help you market and promote your music for free. A street team can help give you more free time to focus on your music, because instead of marketing and promoting your own music, your team can do that work for you. Here are four tips that can help you build an organized and successful team:

Tip #1: Establish a clear structure. If you plan on building a large team, then you should choose a team leader or multiple team leaders.. A team leader can help you share the workload and the responsibility of managing a street team. You can delegate some important tasks to the team leader so you can concentrate on your music or music business. When choosing a leader, pick someone who is trustworthy and dependable. The team leader should also have good management skills. Determine how many team members the leader will be responsible for managing and determine the team leader’s tasks. Communicate to your members the structure of your street team and let them know who they need to report to.

Tip #2: Train your Street Team. Training is vital. Give your team the tools and

Tips to Market Your Music Online

Tips are encouraged by everyone. As tips may be the source for making the moves perfect and better. I am here to give you some useful tips regarding how to market your music online. Tips are even encouraged by a talented artist and promoters. So have some tips to increase your market and number of the fans.

1. Tag the MP3 with band name or with your name.

2. Let you know yourself who you are. People must be capable to judge and identify the sound you have.

3. Have contacts with book shops, coffee shops, leisure areas, galleries, cloth store, night clubs and many other that may wish to support your music.

4. Websites that take long time to upload the session will not appeal to the people and you will lose the game. So don’t try to make your website or any site that may be customized.

5. Have a membership of the communities and organizations. Visit them at regular interval of time. Look for the opportunities. They may help you if you help them.

6. It is common observation that nonprofit organization have links with media, so they can

Helpful Tips on How to Produce Music

I remember back when music production to me was a bit of a nightmare; I would have written some really nice songs that I was proud of, I would feel quite happy, but then I would feel a pang of frustration as I knew that when I started mixing them, they would start to sound bad and I could not get my songs to sound the way I wanted them to. I would then end up hating my much loved songs. This is why I have come up with some music production tips to consider before you start to mix a song of yours or someone else’s for the first time.

Make sure you listen to different types of music – Listening to a wide variety of genres can really improve your mixing/listening skills and also your writing and theory skills. If you listen to the same genre of music your ears can get used to certain things that are present within specific genres. That is what puts a certain type of music into a certain genre. If you hear opposed to listen to the music you will pick up many music mixing tips that you would

Music Teaching Tips That Work

Most of us music teachers aim to offer the best services to our students and let them learn their chosen instruments in the most efficient manner. Having a good teaching strategy will not only give your students fun learning experience but it will also earn you respect in the field. Thus, I have listed some music teaching tips that will enable you to teach your students effectively.

* Target both your students’ minds and bodies – Especially if your students are still young, you must understand that they may need a combination of physical and mental exercises and activities in learning. Aside from the fun it may bring to them, the possibility of understanding and recalling the lesson you are teaching may also increase.

* Learn how to energize students during boring moments – there will always be some instances wherein you have to discuss some important topics that are somewhat uninteresting to your students. These may lead to an inattentive class or worse, a sleeping class. Being observant and flexible is important to bring back a lively discussion. Why not ask them to do some stretching or tell some old jokes. Detaching fro the lesson

Music Teaching Tips That Work

Most of us music teachers aim to offer the best services to our students and let them learn their chosen instruments in the most efficient manner. Having a good teaching strategy will not only give your students fun learning experience but it will also earn you respect in the field. Thus, I have listed some music teaching tips that will enable you to teach your students effectively.

* Target both your students’ minds and bodies – Especially if your students are still young, you must understand that they may need a combination of physical and mental exercises and activities in learning. Aside from the fun it may bring to them, the possibility of understanding and recalling the lesson you are teaching may also increase.

* Learn how to energize students during boring moments – there will always be some instances wherein you have to discuss some important topics that are somewhat uninteresting to your students. These may lead to an inattentive class or worse, a sleeping class. Being observant and flexible is important to bring back a lively discussion. Why not ask them to do some stretching or tell some old jokes. Detaching fro the lesson