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What In The World Is Junkanoo And What Does It Have To Do With Music

Junkanoo is a famous event and celebration that has made Bahamas music popular. This celebration takes place on December 26th and January 1st. The event begins in the morning with a parade. The parade has people wearing colorful costumes, and dancing to Bahamas music. This music is also gaining popularity in the United States and Japan due to groups such as the Baha Men, Ronnie Butler, and Kirdland Bodie.

The Junkanoo celebration has influence and promoted Bahamas music. Although this music is very popular for the celebration, it is loosing its recognition due to American influence. The Bahamas are so close to Florida that they can pick up American radio and television stations. This and the introduction of music such as reggae, soca, and calypso are to blame for the decreasing interest in Bahama music.

This decrease in interest does not discourage the Bahamas music bands. They used to use goatskin drums and saws to make their music. The goatskin was used to make a rolling sound. Today the rake and scrape bands use other instruments such as saxophones, and electric guitars. Although the type of instruments has changed, the idea is still the same. It doesn't matter what instruments you use to make the music, as long as you are still making the music. The music may not sound exactly the same as it used to, but you will still enjoy the sounds. Even when they made their own drums not all the drums were made out of the same thing. Instruments were home made and did not always sound the same. A violin was made out of a washtub and a string with a stick as a bow. You might have seen people using metal files to scrape across a saw as well. You see, even then there were different variations of instruments used to make this music.

The Bahamas music decrease in popularity has also not affected the Junkanoo celebration. If you go to a Junkanoo celebration you will still be able to enjoy the Bahamas music. The music is played loud and proud for all who are there to enjoy. You will hear the great Bahamas music, and see the beautiful costumes and dancers. The people who are involved in the celebration really enjoy what they do and love sharing it with tourists. They might even get you involved. They do a little dance step that is two steps forward, and one step back. It is a lot of fun to get involved in all the festivities they have to offer. You are sure to enjoy yourself from the start of the celebration in the morning until it ends at dusk.

 


Are Your Ready To Enjoy Radio Again At Home?

When satellite radio first came out, a lot of people tried it out in their vehicles. If you drive a lot, satellite radio can be great. Instead of having to rely on standard FM or AM only, you can tune in, listen to whatever type of music you love, hear talk shows, catch up with news, and even listen to sports.

Maybe you eventually stopped driving so much for work, started carpooling, or for whatever reason, ended up letting your satellite subscription slide. You probably miss satellite radio when you do drive, but don't think much about it otherwise.

Satellite radio is wonderful and very suitable for travel, but today it's also the ideal choice for radio lovers' homes. Are you one of the millions of people who used to love radio, but now find it so repetitive and choked with commercials, you can barely stand to listen?

Even if you manage to find one FM station that plays music you like, the commercials can drive you to tune out. In many parts of the country, there simply aren't a lot of options when it comes to the type of radio you'll here on FM and AM.

Unlike FM and AM that rely on broadcast signals, satellite radio stations are directly streamed from a satellite transmitter orbiting in space. You need a receiver that is connected to speakers or your home stereo system, plus an antenna. There are also boombox type satellite radios you can use in your home. Some home satellite radios today also feature iPod docking and iTunes tagging for the convenience of music collectors.

Depending on the subscription package you choose, you can listen to dozens or even more than 120 radio stations, so satellite radio gives you the power of choice.

You'll receive a guide listing all of your stations when you subscribe. Stations are organized and listed by genre, and you can read a brief description of each station in your guide. Your home radio will include a remote control that allows you to scroll through stations, or punch in a station number by keypad.

If you have children at home, one thing to consider is that satellite stations are not FCC regulated. This means you need to pay attention to what your kids might hear on certain stations. Stations that may have content inappropriate for children are clearly labeled as such in your guide, and you may be able to block these stations with a password. There are plenty of family-friendly satellite stations your entire family can enjoy.

Home satellite radio is a great solution for those who want to enjoy listening to radio at home again, but really can't stand commercials. There are no commercial breaks on satellite stations, so nothing interrupts your favorite radio shows, sports broadcasts, or music. Subscription fees for satellite radio are very reasonable. Depending on what type of package and you opt for, you could pay from less than $10 to around $20 a month for service.

Anyone who loves listening to radio at home will enjoy satellite radio, as there is simply no better choice when it comes to variety. Like subscription packages, satellite radio equipment is now very affordable, too. Consider adding commercial-free satellite radio to your home this year for a great new source of entertainment.

 


A Short Look At The Beginnings of Blues Music

Rhythm and blues is a uniquely American form of musical style. Now it is usually known simply as "the blues." Its history dates back to the Civil War and its unique sound helped bring about rock and roll in the second half of the 20th century.

The blues developed from the slaves' music with African roots, field sung spirituals, ballads, church music, and other types of melodies born of the black traditions in the United States. The tunes were never written down: always memorized and shared orally. From its origins in the poverty stricken areas of the post Civil War Deep South, the blues made its way North to Memphis, Tennessee, where its popularity exploded in a big way.

The black composer W.C Handy (1873-1958) is widely credited with the blues' exposure to a larger audience. He began publishing instrumental blues pieces in the early 20th century, and by the roaring twenties, recordings turned the blues into a national sensation. The blues' influence on jazz at this time cannot be emphasized enough, and together, the two styles became an American classic.

Some of the blues singers who would ultimately influence rock and roll were born during the time when W.C Handy began publishing.

Willie Dixon (1915-1992) was a heavyweight boxer before learning to play the bass fiddle. During the 1940's era in Chicago he cut records with his small group and made a name for himself. The legendary Chess Studios and Chess Records label produced some of the most famous blues music during the 1950's, and Dixon was the man in charge. The "Chess sound" came to influence many modern artists, including the Rolling Stones.

Muddy Waters (1915-1983) was another fixture at Chess Records, along with the equally legendary Bo Diddley. Waters (real name: McKinley Morganfield) wrote a lot of his own tunes and was a busy vocalist in the business. He was known for singing about the "hard life" of the regular black working man. His style was not the hesitating lament that characterized the early blues: instead, he infused his vocalizations with power and intensity.

Billie Holiday (1915-1959) led a terribly hard early life, and even claimed to have worked as a prostitute during the 1930's. While living in Harlem, she found her true calling while singing for tips in clubs. Her voice was unmistakable: she sang each song with intense emotion and intimacy, manipulating the words and tempo to suit the effect she tried to create. Hard living and drug abuse ended her life early, but she left an indelible stamp on the blues.

These are just a few of the many great artists whose distinctive styles have added to the rich sound of the blues over the decades. Taken together, these musicians and composers have created a distinctly American contribution to the world of music.

 


The Importance Of Wedding Songs

If you go back to the early wedding of the 16th century the wedding songs played an integral part of the ceremony. The tradition was for the bride to be led down the alter by her farther accompanied by the wedding songs of their choice usually something slow and fairly quiet.

After the vows had been taken she then walked back down the aisle with her new husband accompanied by a much livelier tune signifying the happiness of the occasion.

So what wedding songs to choose? This can be a difficult task as there is so much out there to choose from. Are you having a traditional or a contemporary wedding? Depending on the type of wedding you are having will probably reflect the type of music that you will have.

The wedding songs that you will choose will affect the whole mood of the celebrations and therefore need careful thought. If it is to be a traditional type of wedding then maybe you will opt for the more traditional types of wedding songs e.g. Wedding March by Mendelssohn's and the ever popular Bridal Chorus by Wagner better known as here comes the Bride. Maybe you are having a traditional wedding but do not want to stick to the traditional wedding songs, by choosing different ones you will make your wedding celebration much more memorable to your guests.

Are there any contemporary or classical pieces of music that you and you partner find memorable to you both? If so maybe you could have these as your wedding songs which will serve as a reminder of you very special day.

How about hiring a vocalist or a musician to play your wedding songs live, this would certainly change the whole mood of the occasion. However you would need to check with your church venue etc that they would be happy with this arrangement.

The most important thing to remember when choosing your wedding songs is to make it personal to you and your partner. Do not try to please your guests, this is your day and the wedding songs are being played for you so make sure they are what you want

After you have chosen the song you wish to be played when walking down the isle you need to work out the songs you would like played at your wedding reception.
The First dance in always important as this is where the newly married bride and groom dance together in front of the guests.
Usually the bride and groom will use a song that is special to them or has some memories associated with for the first dance.

 


Three of the Greatest Pop Pianists of Modern Times

It seems as though pop music sometimes gets a bad rap. A glimpse at three of modern pop's most famous pianists may dispel the myth that pop is an inferior genre. Their skill and level of musical expertise rivals that of pianists of other genres.

Sir Elton John: Born in England in 1947, his illustrious career has spanned three decades. John's talent for playing the piano became apparent before the boy even entered school. He was often overheard picking out difficult classical pieces on the piano by ear as young as four years old. In fact, he was considered a prodigy. John entered the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship award at the age of 11 and outshone most of the other students.

His professional career began like that of many musicians. John spent several years playing in pubs. Eventually a chance opportunity led him to partner with Bernie Taupin. Taupin and John write songs together to this day. Songwriting eventually led to the release of his first album in 1970. Shortly thereafter he became known as "the father of piano rock," a title that still befits him today.

Billy Joel: Though he is often associated with his first big hit, "The Piano Man," Joel almost didn't learn to play. It was with great reluctance and upon his mother's insistence that he began piano lessons. He excelled in proficiency, despite taunts from classmates about his preference for music over sports. Joel even took up boxing in high school to quell those taunts. Though he won many boxing championships, he gave up boxing after a nose injury and focused on his musical pursuits.

Joel began playing professionally at age 14. He played with various bands from 1964 until he recorded and released his first solo album in 1971. Though that first album didn't gain much acclaim, but his second did. "The Piano Man" single was an instant success. The album "The Piano Man," which was released in 1973, went gold. To date, over 4 million copies of this recording have been sold.

Joel went on to make several more albums in his career. His works include an album of original classical piano pieces.

Jerry Lee Lewis: Much of the credit for advancing the role of rock music in society must be given to this artist. In fact, Lewis is considered a pioneer in the industry. He began playing the piano in childhood and had a clear gifting for music. Fascinated by "negro music," he began to develop his own style based on it. It was a mix of gospel, which he had grown up with, and country, R&B and boogie woogie. What emerged was the earliest form of rock and roll.

Lewis was often publicly condemned for playing in a style that had not been heard before. Even his own family denounced his work. This criticism seemed to only fuel his artistic nature even more. His fame spread, and even Elvis Presley took notice. He is quoted as saying "If I could play the piano like that, I'd quit singing."

Lewis' life, like that of many artists, was fraught with personal problems and scandals. His marriage to his 13-year-old cousin in 1953 (while still married to his first wife) nearly plummeted his career into obscurity. Soon after, his fame became limited to being the butt of jokes and public ridicule. Health problems, alcoholism, drug addiction and family tragedies nearly did him in. But after a movie about his life was released in 1989, his career made a comeback. This included another hit album in 2007, his first since 1973, and his induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame the same year.

 


Auto Stereo Systems

It is a simple expression - car stereo - but on the whole people pay more attention to the car stereo device than they do to their home stereo. Many people are fairly happy with a run of the mill home stereo and will never talk about it in conversation, but the car stereo! Well, that is a different kettle of fish. People want speakers in each door, sub-woofers front and back and a graphic equalizer.

The majority of modern cars come with some form of car stereo already fitted, but these can be pretty rudimentary systems.

In the early days of auto audio systems, car stereos were not much more than smaller versions of indoor, home stereo set-ups. However, the environment was completely different and musical purists could tell that they were getting a raw deal. The speakers were too close together and the vibrations from the car?s engine rattled everything apart. Speakers were puny and frequently blew.

Enthusiasts began to demand better quality car stereo systems . The notion of a dedicated car stereo, if not yet the product itself was born.

Some vehicle manufacturers include their own, factory-installed brands of audio system. BMW falls into this category. All of BMW?s cars are supplied with a BMW car audio system. Many top car makers like to maintain this level of control over the quality of their vehicles.

Other car manufacturers, like Mercedes, prefer to leave the production and technology of such secondary vehicular accessories to third parties such as Blaupunkt.

Blaupunkt, a German company, takes this degree of accountability very, very seriously. It is a huge mark of prestige that they have won the contract to supply car audio systems to businesses like Mercedes. This reputation gains them many more sales from people who want the same quality that is linked with Mercedes luxury vehicles.

Most of the standard set-ups these days include a multi-band radio and a CD player, which may or may not have a CD auto-changer in the boot of the car. The most modern car audio systems may also have MP3 and Internet access. These more recent stereo units usually allow the driver to plug in external media devices containing music or other files.

If you have an older car, you may want to improve your car stereo system to that of something that better suits your requirements. This could be accomplished by just changing the speakers or even adding more speakers.

However, you may think that it is easier or just better to just change the whole caboodle. There are many options regarding car stereos, but if you cannot perceive the difference then there is no real point.

After all, music should not be a distraction from the main reason for sitting in a car in the first place, which is to get from A to B safely.

 


The best music players out there

If you want to be able to listen to music on the go, but you don't like the music player function on your smartphone then you will probably be in the market for a music player. If, on the other hand, you don't have a smartphone and you just want something that you can listen to music on while you are out and about, you probably won't be after something with lots of bells and whistles on. Most people just want a music player that manages its primary function well, and the added extras of texting and games can just make the purchase all the more worthwhile.

So, if you have been on the hunt for a good music player for some time now, you might want to check out these four options. In no particular order, out favourite music players for 2012 are:

Sony Walkman F800
This powerful music player comes equipped with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, without the added smartphone capabilities. This means that the music player comes with lots of added extras, while also providing you with a fantastic pocket sound system. It comes in 8, 16 and 32GB varieties and has a 3.5 inch touchscreen, as well as Bluetooth, maps, email and other media functions.

Philips GoGear Connect 3
This portable mp3 player has Android 2.3 Gingerbread that allows it to act as a music player and half a smartphone. Why only half a smartphone? Because it can access apps from the Android Marketplace without being able to text or call through. This is more than enough for us though, as we love the look and feel of it, along with the fact that it comes with very nice headphones! It also has a 3.5 inch touchscreen and you can customise the sound of your music through the player thanks to the equaliser panel.

iPod touch
If you want to go for a true classic in the music player world, you should definitely get yourself an iPod touch. It's incredibly thin and light and comes in a range of different colours to suit everyone's tastes. It comes with a powerful camera that has an LED flash and face detection, and you can use it to play both music and video. You can also download and use apps from the App Store, and you can text over iMessage or chat with friends over FaceTime.

So, which of these music players do you think you will be going for?

 


The Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

We learn to play musical instruments for a variety of reasons. For some, it's a hobby and passion; for others, music is a career. But did you know that there are benefits to playing a musical instrument that go far beyond the joy it brings? Take a look at what playing an instrument can do for you:

Research indicates that music in any form, whether you're listening to an instrument or playing one, is a brain stimulant and increases memory capacity with long lasting effects.

Learning a musical instrument requires that you spend quality time on practice. This automatically helps you organise and manage your time more effectively.

Practice makes perfect. As any musician will tell you, it takes considerable time and tremendous perseverance to hang in there until you master what you are working on, a lesson that all of us could use in life!

Hand-to-eye coordination is an essential skill needed to play a musical instrument, an excellent way to perform mental calisthenics and keep those grey cells humming well into old age!

When you learn a particular musical genre, classical, rock, folk music and others, you also begin to appreciate its origins and the culture it sprang from.

Playing a musical instrument increases your powers of concentration. When playing by yourself, you focus on rhythm, pitch, sound quality and tempo. Playing with a group further enhances concentration as you train yourself to listen to others and play in sync with them.

Picking out notes on a piano or gently strumming a guitar is a great stress-buster.

Learning to play a musical instrument boosts your sense of self-worth as you proceed from the initial effort to understand the basics of music towards mastery of increasing levels of difficulty.

Attending music classes is a good way to acquire more social skills. Your shared interest helps in developing warm friendships with a variety of people.

Learning to play a musical instrument imposes its own discipline, a great way to turn recalcitrant kids around!

One reason for learning to play a musical instrument is to perform on stage. Playing with a group helps you overcome stage fright. Practice and discipline further reduce the fear of performing in public.

There's a sense of delight in playing a musical instrument that's quite inexplicable. Equally gratifying is the experience of playing for others and seeing the happiness that you have generated.

Whether or not you have an inborn talent, learning to play a musical instrument can be an extremely satisfying activity with a host of unexpected spinoffs. Buy a musical instrument of your choice, sign up for classes and watch how life changes!

 


3 Quick and Easy Steps To Playing Music by Ear

Playing by ear is the ability to play a piece of music (or, eventually, learn an instrument) by simply listening to it repeatedly. The majority of self-taught musicians began their education this way; they picked up their instrument and began playing an easy melody from a well-known song, slowly picking out the notes as they went along. And even after these musicians master their instruments or a particular song, playing by ear still plays a large role. Many pop and rock bands don't play or write their songs based on sheet music, they figure the songs out by playing by ear. It's even common among non-musicians. Ever sit down a piano and mindlessly pick out the tune to "Mary Had a Little Lamb"? What about grabbing a guitar and suddenly finding yourself playing the opening licks to "Smoke on the Water"? That's playing by ear. You're able to play part of the song just because you've heard it so often.

Since music is basically composed of 3 elements - melody, rhythm, and harmony, it is logical that there are also 3 basic steps to learning to play music by ear:

1.Charting the contour of the melody. Tunes move higher and lower - up and down - as the song progresses. Being aware of that movement is the first step. Once you mentally define the parameters of the melody, you can then begin to hone in on picking it out on your instrument. As an example, think of "Joy To The World". We've all sung it a zillion times, but have you ever noticed that the melody moves down exactly 8 steps (an octave), then gradually moves back up in increments, then repeats the down movement, etc. The entire melody is contained within those 8 notes, so you now know the parameters of the song and can begin to pick out the melody intelligently.

2.Harmonizing the melody with matching chords. The second element of music is harmony, and you can harmonize any melody just by matching the supporting chords to that melody. For example, if the melody is a "G", you can harmonize that melody by using a chord with G in it, such as the G chord (G, B, D), the C chord (C, E, G), or the Em chord (E, G, B), or the Eb chord (Eb, G, Bb) and so forth. By using your ear to guide you, you can learn to harmonize the melody of most any song using matching chords.

3.Using an appropriate rhythm that matches the feel of the song. This is usually the easiest part, since most people "feel" the beat and don't have to do any mental gymnastics to come up with an appropriate rhythm for a song. But for those of us that might be "rhythmically challenged", just by knowing that there are basically two meters available - duple meter and triple meter -- that can be combined in infinite combinations, we can give the song either a "3" feeling (like a waltz or a jazz waltz) or a "4" feeling (like swing or a march or a ballad).

Playing by ear is a valuable technique for many musicians; learning songs based solely on hearing them is a great way to understand song and chord structure. In fact, a great number of rock and pop musicians learned to play their instruments this way. Instead of picking up a book or taking lessons, they concentrated on figuring out the notes and rhythms to a song until it was mastered. Then they moved on to another song. And another.

Gradually, they learned their instrument just by playing by ear -- and in the process learned how to effectively structure a song in that particular genre. Playing by ear is also beneficial in helping a musician develop his or her own style; sure, they'll at first mimic the style of the song they're imitating, but the amalgamation of the music that they're playing by ear will help them create something distinctive, something indicative of them only.

 


7 Drum Building Steps to Sunbursting Your Drums With Aerosol Cans

"Drum building doesn't have to be hard. Drum building doesn't require crazy tools. Drum building doesn't cost an arm and a leg."

Repeat these three things to yourself in the mirror and get crackin' on your new drum set already!

"But I don't have the equipment to make my own drums?" Honestly... you'll live. And you can still make a drum set that is unique, professional looking and great sounding.

"Wait... isn't drum building hard?" Great question. The answer is NO. We aren't reinventing the wheel here... we buy drum shells pre-made (thats the specialized part) and custom drum lugs and hardware of your choice... then we finish the drums in any custom way that you can dream of.

"Thats crazy... drum building sounds' expensive." Not as pricey as buying custom drums or a customized set from a notable drum company. Actually, you'll end up saving about 70% of your money if you buy the drum building supplies rather than buying a completed custom drum set.

Okay okay... back to the tutorial: A simple drum building idea is to sunburst your drums with nitro cellulose aerosol cans. The cans are easy to order online and it's a classy look, and it's super easy to do.

Here are the steps I utilize from the Guerrilla Drum Making DVD to attain a cool sunburst drum finish:

#1: Sand the drum shell with 320 grit paper, wipe it to remove the dust and Apply 4 nice sanding sealer coats and let each coat dry thoroughly. Let the last coat dry overnight.

#2: In the morning lightly sand the drum shell with #320 paper for a nice and smooth surface. Drum making is all about prepping: the finished product is only as good as the start... so make that baby nice and smooth.
#3: Prep the insides of the drum shell. In the Guerrilla Drum Making DVD, I do this with tin foil and blue tape. I simply tape the tinfoil to the insides of the shell to protect it from overspray.

#4: Apply the dark colored (usually brown) Sunbursting Aerosol Can to the edges of the drum shell. Make this as dark as you wish (many coats will get it black) and as large as you want.

#5: Apply the amber/yellow Subursting Aerosol Can to the rest of the drum. The yellow color will not effect the dark edges, so overlap the yellow into the dark edges to make sure you're not missing any spots.

#6: Hit the entire drum with atleast 2 coats of gloss lacquer aerosol. I know... when youre making drums it's tough to be patient... but if your not in a hurry, I would do 4 coats or more. This locks in the amber zone and protects it. Any overspray from our next step can be carefully smoothed off with #0000 steel wool.

#7: Ad the transitional red zone. This is achieved by applying the brown Sunbursting Aerosol right where the black edge meets the yellow/amber zone. This zone can be as big or as small as you want your burst or fade to extend. I went through the most drastic example in my Guerrilla Drum Making DVD to show how truly small of a burst you could get if you desired.

DO'S: always shoot aerosol cans in a well ventilated area and wear a protective mask..... shoot light coats.

DONT'S: Don't even try and put your drums in the sun to dy... you'll be more than mad at what happens.

The sunbursting option is a simple and easy drum finish with any drum building projects. Making a drum set with this technique is easy, fun, and classy. For the full turotial including a short video snippet, check out http://www.guerrilladrummaking.com/blog

 


Meet The Beatles: A Quick Early History Of The Fab Four

The Beatles have been recognized as #1 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the top 100 musical acts of all time. And why not? The Fab Four are beyond iconic, and just about everyone in the western world from age 10 to age 100 can hum or recognize their most famous tunes. Here's a brief early history of this amazing group.

John Lennon was the foundation on which the group which ultimately became known as The Beatles was laid: he was the innovator, the founder, the genius behind the operation. In 1957, at the age of 16, he started up a band with a group of his Liverpool buddies called The Quarry Men.

That same year, 15 year old Paul McCartney joined the group, and 7 months later George Harrison came on board. The group played local clubs and gained a following: armed with original drummer Pete Best, their popularity soared and the fledgling group was quite well known in Britain by as early as 1960 and permanently called itself "The Beatles."

It is hard to believe now, but the Beatles were not signed when they auditioned for Decca Records in London in 1962. But by then, they were under the management of Brian Epstein, who would ultimately make good things happen for his proteges.

George Martin of EMI records saw the group's potential, signed them, and remained the Beatles' producer for the group's entire career. A falling out with drummer Pete Best led to his being dismissed from the group right before the Beatles became national sensations in Britain: newcomer Ringo Starr would get all the glory when he came onboard in August of 1962.

The rise of the Beatles to musical gods status was meteoric: within a short 8 months, the group went from releasing their first studio album to causing absolute fan pandemonium throughout Europe. Their album "Please, Please Me" remained number one on British charts for a full 29 weeks, and their music began to develop a following in the United States as well.

By the time the Beatles arrived in the United States in February of 1964, just one year after the European release of their debut album, what became known as "Beatlemania" had already taken hold of American young people across the nation. Their triumphant arrival was witnessed by thousands of screaming, fainting fans. Their subsequent appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show was watched by a record 73 million viewers.

Their "long hair" shocked many adults who worried that the sex appeal of these four young men and the music they produced would corrupt America's young generation. But the Beatles were here to stay and their fan base remained solid over the next six years though the Fab Four's hair got even longer and the emphasis of their lyrics and music style changed dramatically during that time period.

Though their breakup in 1970 shocked the world and crushed the spirit of their devoted fans, the lingering popularity of their music speaks volumes about their amazing talent and the timelessness of their music.

 


How Musicians Can Use Podcasts to Publicize Their Music

As a musician, one of the best ways to start becoming successful in the music business is to build up a fan base.

You need to get your music out there so people can start listening to it and enjoying it. Publicizing your music is extremely important, and while ten years ago it may have been a difficult task, technology has afforded you some very simples ways to get started. One new way that you can start getting your music out there is by using a podcast. Podcasts are excellent ways that you can inexpensively and quickly get your music out there to the public, which is extremely important to your success as a musician.

What Exactly is a Podcast?

First of all, you may be wondering what exactly a podcast is. Basically, a podcast is a type of audio file that is usually created in a mp3 format, and after the file is created it can be uploaded to a server by way of Really Simple Syndication (RSS). You can put anything you want on this type of audio file, whether it is a type of radio show, or even clips of you performing your music. Once a podcast is uploaded onto the internet, it then allows people to use their computers with specialized software to download the file so they can listen to it on their own. They may be able to listen to it on their computer, an mp3 player, or even on their iPod as well. Even though the terms sound a bit technical, the process is an easy one that gives you a great new way to get your music out there to others.

How to Create a Podcast

Believe it or not, creating your own podcast is really quite simple. The following are five simple steps that can help you easily create your own music podcast.

1. Create the Content - The first thing you need to do is to create the audio content for your podcast. It really does not matter what type of platform you use when creating your audio content; however, it is important that you save it in the maximum quality possible so you have a great copy of what you have created. This is especially important when you are dealing with music.

2. Convert to MP3 - Once you have created your audio content for the podcast, you will need to convert the files to mp3 files, since they are the most used type of files for podcasting. When converting your audio files to mp3 files, you will probably want to use 128 stereo bit rate in order to get the best sound, since you are dealing with music, then save it as an mp3 file.

3. Upload the MP3 - After you have created your mp3 file, then you are ready to upload the file to the server. Once they are uploaded, be sure to test them to be sure that they are working.

4. Create the RSS File - Next you will need to create an RSS file, which will describe your pod cast and serve as the link to your mp3 file. You can use a text editor to create this file, and usually it is best to include the title of the file, the link, and a brief description of the file as well.

5. Publish the File - Once you have the RSS file created, just transfer it to your web server, and be sure to validate it using an RSS validator, which you can find online. If it works right, then you are ready to publish the RSS file.

Equipment You Will Need

In order to be able to do a pod cast, you will need to have the right equipment available. First of all you will need to have the right equipment available to suitably record your music. You may be able to purchase software for your computer to do this, or you may want to use a mixing board with a CD burner to do so. You can use computer software to edit your music and to change the levels to make sure that your music tracks sound the best as well. Also, you will need a program to help you convert your music into mp3 files, such a MusicMatch. More than likely, you will also need software that will help you upload your mp3 and RSS files as well.

Where You Can Send Your Completed Podcast

If you do not have your own place to put your podcasts, you can actually find free hosts that will allow you to upload your podcasts to their servers as well. Once you have finished your podcast and you have it online, there are a variety of directories that you can send it to in order to get some exposure. There are many available free directories that will help you with publicity so you can get your podcasts out there. Soon people will be listening to your music, and before you know it you may have a broad fan base all across the world due to using podcasting to publicize your music.

 


All you need to Know about CD Duplication

CD duplication has gained huge popularity through the recent years. The reason behind the huge popularity is that the CD duplication services that are available today are inexpensive and fast. CD duplication means producing number of copies of CDs without the whole replication being done. Just keep reading on the article to know more about CD duplication.

Ideal Solution when the demand for the CDs is much lower

CD duplication is widely used for producing small runs of discs. When the demands for the CDs are very low, it is not wise to get into full replication. Getting into full replication for a small run will drain your wallet. Moreover, full CD replication comes with a minimum quantity. When it comes to a small run, your requirement will be much less than the minimum quantity offered by CD replication. Hence the extra replicated CDs will be a total waste of money. The CD duplication when compared to complete replication is very cheap and very easy to perform. There is a misconception among people that CD duplication is a slow process. The true fact is that for a small run, CD duplication will be much faster than CD replication.

Is it wise to do CD Duplication by yourself?

Though there are many CD duplication devices that are available today, all of them come with very heavy price tags. Hence it's not wise to rush to get a CD duplicator to do the CD duplication by yourself. The main motive of CD duplication is to reduce the cost involved in complete CD replication. Buying a CD duplicator device will make the CD duplication process much costlier than doing a full CD replication. Hence for a short run, it is always better to get the CD duplication done through some professionals.

Where and how to find CD duplication service providers?

When it comes to finding the CD duplication service providers, they are scattered all over the Internet. You can get music CD duplication and Business CD Duplication services for just $77. However, there are many online scams too. Hence you need to keep your eyes wide open when choosing the CD supplication service provider online. Look for customer support facilities and get as many data as possible from the service provider before you make the order. Some of the CD duplication service providers offer good quality CD printing solutions too. The best CD duplication service providers like bcduplication.com provide high quality CD printing with a resolution of 4800dpi. The CD printing at this dpi setting will enable photo realistic printing with a satin finish.

If you are plugged to the Internet, finding a CD duplication service provider is no big deal. However, when it comes to finding the best, it requires a bit of research about the CD duplication service provider. For a safer side, CD duplication can be done with the renowned service providers like bcduplication.com.

 


Become A Better Musician With Better Practice Habits

As with anything in life, you will become a better musician the more you practice and even though you can't expect to be an overnight sensation in most cases, you can dramatically increase your performance by the way you practice.

Most people don't think about warming up before practicing their music but just like an athlete it will help you to perform better and learn faster. Always warm up before you begin practicing to settle your nerves and get your body relaxed so that you will get the best results from your practice session.

Another crucial aspect to practicing music is setting realistic and attainable goals. Very few people can sit down and play a son perfectly with just a little practice, it takes time and repetition. Many musical scores may take weeks of practice just to master one song. For exceptionally long pieces, separate them into sections and concentrate on a particular section during each practice session.

Strategy is also important, especially when trying to learn a complex piece of music. You can play a tough to learn section repeatedly until you get it down or you can play it more slowly than intended and gradually increase the speed until you are playing at the tempo the music was written for.

Before you begin to play a certain piece of music, analyze it to determine the style it is supposed to be played in, what the timing should be, and the speed in which it is meant to be played. It is best to read over the entire piece a couple of times first so that you will know what the music should be played like before you get started.

If your aim is to become as good a musician as possible you need to practice as much as you can. When you see professional musicians who seem to play so flawlessly, you can believe that they practice their craft for several hours daily with extreme dedication.

You should break your practices up into segments such as this:

First you should warm up, going though through scales, chords, arpeggios, and book warm-up exercises before attempting a complicated piece of music.

The next step should to practice increasing the speed of your play by beginning at a slower tempo then moving up. This is similar to what we mentioned above about learning a difficult song.

Another way to help you to learn to read music better is to attempt to play an entire sheet of music you have never done. Doing this will assist you in your reading skill and enable you to learn to play new music much faster.

Mastering the art of music isn't something that can be done overnight, it takes years of practice and dedication.

 


10 Top Reasons You Should Learn to Play 'Chord' Piano

There are roughly umpteen zillion reasons why you should learn enough chords to be able to "chord a song" at the piano.

By "chord a song", I mean the ability to play 3 or 4 chords on the piano in some sort of rhythm while you or someone else sings the tune. To do this, you don't need to be a Van Cliburn; all you need to do is learn a few basic chords and be able to more back and forth between them in some organized rhythmic pattern.

For example, did you realize that all of these songs (and hundreds more) can be sung or played with just 3 chords?

Auld Lang Syne

Amazing Grace

Kum Ba Ya

Silent Night

Joy To The World

Jingle Bells

Happy Birthday

Down In The Valley

On Top Of Old Smoky...

and hundreds or maybe thousands more!

Add just one more chord to the basic 3, and you can play another thousand songs or so. So why not learn a few chords and start your chording career?

Here are my top 10 reasons for learning "chord piano":

1) It's easy. Learn 3 chords and start in.

2) Even though it's easy to get started, you don't have to stop there. You can learn more and more chords and more rhythm patterns and get really good.

3) You'll be able to play "Happy Birthday" while the gang sings it.

4) You'll be able to play half-a-dozen Christmas carols. In case you haven't noticed, Christmas comes every year, so every year you'll get better as you participate in family gatherings.

5) You can help your kids learn to play the piano, guitar, or most any other instrument by learning chords. Most teachers don't teach chords, so you'll be giving your kids an advantage by learning chords.

6) People will admire you. It's true. Musicians are popular. Anyone who can play anything is in demand at parties and social gatherings. And if you can "chord" while others sing, you're bound to be popular.

7) Piano playing using chords is good for your brain. Studies have shown that people who actively participate in music do their brain lots of good. And since chords require 3 or 4 notes at a time instead of one, you are giving your brain a good workout.

8) Piano playing, particularly using chords, is good exercise for your wrists and fingers. (Take the time to learn about correct hand position, though!)

9) Piano playing is excellent therapy for the stress of life. Many professional people come home from a hard days work and relax by expressing their emotions on the keyboard. Play a few dark and angry chords, and you'll be surprised how much better you feel!

10) Piano playing is a blast. It's just plain old fun. So learn 3 or 4 chords and get going. Maybe you'll stop there and enjoy it the rest of your life.

But just maybe you'll love it so much that you keep going and turn yourself into an excellent piano player who can read music as well as play chords!

 


Concert Tickets - 5 Great Tips On Finding Cheap Concert Tickets

It would be nice if you could buy cheap concert tickets to watch your favorite artists perform live, wouldn't it? But because tickets are expensive you have no choice but to make do with DVDs and televised versions, which are not as thrilling as when you are watching the concert live. There are ways to get cheap concert tickets if you just know how to look.

You can make your dreams into realities with the help of these five steps that will guide you how to bag discounted, if not free, concert tickets.

1.) Tune in to your favorite radio station-yes, they can help you not by just reminding you when the concert is happening, but by also giving away free tickets to a hit concert. Sometimes they give the tickets as prices. All you have to do is just be the right caller and you can take home two to four tickets, so you can carry your friends with you too.

In order to bag the prize for the radio contest, you can adjust the settings of your phone to help you dial and redial fast. By this strategy, you can increase the possibility of you being the right caller at the right time. You can also try to pre-program the radio station's number so that you'll be ready to call even by just doing a few presses on your phone keys. If ever you've missed one promo for a certain station, then there are other radio stations where you can also find similar raffles with the tickets as the prizes.

2.) Try reserving for singleton seats if you do not mind watching the concert alone or sitting next to complete strangers. These seats are called such because they are the ones that are left vacant in between the seats that have already been reserved.

You can get singleton seats shortly before the show starts, so you need to come early to get the best seats that are still available. Remember that this works for one person only, so if you are planning a date, you might want to consider sitting separately if there are no more available tickets that are side-by-side.

3.) In concert performances, there are also those who sell their spare tickets to others for a price that is lower than the original one. In singleton tickets, you can mostly get a seat a few short minutes before the start of the concert. Just prepare some spare money ready for another ticket and also avoid dropping hints hat you will be able to offer a higher price. Another good tactic is to have a spare wallet, where you can keep the lowest bill you want to pay for a ticket to show to the seller.

The goal is for you to get cheap concert tickets, and this cannot be achieved if you will be rude to the sellers. Note that they will walk out on you if they feel that you are not willing to negotiate peacefully. A little bit of calmness may snag you that ticket you have been yearning for.

4.) Trace any friends that you have who are connected to the concert industry. If ever you have some, simply request for them to keep you updated with the latest and upcoming gigs of your favorite artists and inquire if there is a chance for you to acquire cheap passes from them.

5.) If the concert performance you've been wanting to go to is not yet scheduled until a couple of more months, better resort to buying off-season tickets because purchasing tickets a few months earlier is cheaper as compared to buying tickets of performances that will soon happen. You should also be willing to constantly inquire ticket sellers regarding the schedule of the concert and the earliest ticket release if you want to resort to this method.

Now that you already know some tips of how to bag cheap concert tickets, it is time to get your planner prepared for your concert-hopping schedule. A concert plan may just be blooming on your block so ready yourself to use these skills and get the tickets you want.

 


Choose from a wider range when buying music online

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a music buff you will probably be constantly growing your music collection, and if you like having hard copies of the music you buy you should always buy CDs. Though you can now download music from the iTunes store and many other official online sites, if you want to make sure your music is available whenever you want it and not just when your PC's on, you should opt for a CD instead.

CD prices have lowered considerably in recent years due to this increase in digital downloading, so you can now get the music you love for hardly anything at all. Whether you are a fan of the 80s power ballads or you like listening to what is in the charts, one of the best ways to get your hands on the latest CDs is to go online. You can get every genre of music available on the internet and you can have all of it delivered to your door to make things easier for you.

If you are searching for a present for a friend or family member, you really can't go wrong with a CD. If you happen to know they have a penchant for country music or they secretly love one of the new artists currently available, why not get them a CD of their favourite music and give it to them on their birthday? This will definitely fulfil the requirements of a great birthday present and your friend or family member will enjoy it for years to come.

One of the main reasons for buying CDs online is that there is far more choice than if you were to visit your nearest music shop. You will be able to find music from all decades and can pick from singles, albums, greatest hits and collections, so you will always have good music on hand for parties or easy listening.

If one of your favourite artists has a new album or single that comes out in a couple of weeks, rather than buying it after the release date you should preorder it online. By doing this you will ensure you get it as soon as possible, so you can start listening to it the minute it is delivered to your address. Some albums that are available for preorder right now include Paul Weller's 'Sonik Kicks', Madonna's 'MDNA', the Lostprophets' 'Weapons' and Labrinth's 'Electronic Earth'.

You can also buy DVD's, console and PC games and books online, so look now.

 


Today's Top Choice for A Variety of Country Music

While it used to be country music was left in the background as rock and other forms of music took center stage, that's just not the case any more. Country is keeping in step with every major trend that hits the industry. This is perhaps best evidenced by the abundance of country music downloads available for MP3 player and computer owners.

Country music downloads have equal billing with rock, hip-hop, jazz and other such genres in this new and exciting way to get music out to the public. Available by the album or by the song, these downloads give music lovers a sort of freedom that has never been available before.

Country music downloads cover a spectrum of styles within the main class, as well. What's available in regard to country music downloads will likely depend on the site fans go to for purchases, but in general these subcategories can be found:

Classic country
The old favorites that helped put country on the map are readily available for download. From Patsy Cline to Hank Williams Sr., there's no shortage of classics when it comes to country music downloads. These old-time songs can be purchased by the single, by the album or even in unlimited format depending on the service used.

Western
Good old fashion western music also can be found in download format. While this particular subclass of country isn't the most readily available, it can be found. Classics such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers top the list of western downloads available, but it's more than possible to find other masters of the campfire trail for purchase via a computer connection.

Bluegrass
This distinct sound famous for its fiddles and foot-stomping fun, can be found in download format as well. Perfect for listening to via a computer or over an MP3 player, these downloads bring bluegrass to you.

Contemporary
Chart topping singles and albums by some of today's hottest stars are readily available from a variety of country download services. If it's a big hit on the radio, it's almost a given it can be found online for download purchase and portable playing. New songs generally can be found for purchase and download simultaneously with their launch in music stores in the regular CD format. This tends to be the case with country music downloads, too.

Independent
Not every country music performer has signed with a big record label. The works of independent artists, too, can be found for download.

Downloads with a country flavor can be found in a host of locations. Typical places for download fans to go for music files include single song purchase sites, unlimited membership sites and even music company sites themselves. Keep in mind, however, that downloads of music must be authorized by the record label unless they are songs in the public domain.

If country music is your passion, you're likely to find a whole lot of your favorites are now available for download. As this form of music listening takes off, country hasn't been left behind to join in the fun at a later date. In fact, it's artists and labels are helping lead the charge.

 


Fur Elise: Beethoven's Mysterious Inspiration

In the 21st century, the music and notes to Beethoven's Fur Elise are the object of millions of Internet searches and downloads every day. The fact that the music is so freely available for download, along with the piece continued popularity in the Internet age, is testament to the great emotional power and musical depth of Beethoven"s work. Fur Elise is one of the most instantly recognized pieces of music from the Classical era, and it continues to work wonders in the ears and hearts of modern listeners and pianists. But what's the story behind this composition? Before downloading the notes to Fur Elise, let's take a look at its history.

In fact, the true story behind Fur Elise is shrouded in mystery, and there are many theories behind the events in Beethoven's life that lead to the writing of the piece. What's more, the manuscript of Fur Elise was undiscovered and unpublished until 1865, nearly 40 years after the composer's death. Because of this, obviously, Beethoven could not make any first-hand clarifications about the origins of his work, which became wildly popular almost immediately upon publication.

In reality, Fur Elise is actually just Beethoven's note of dedication included with the piece, whose real name is Bagatelle in A minor. A bagatelle is a musical form, literally translating to a trifle, which is usually short, light, and mellow. Meanwhile, the piece is also a Rondo, which is a form, frequently used in the Classical era, which usually follows an A B A C A structure, although there are variations. As its name suggests, the key signature of the piece is A minor, but one of the beauties of Beethoven's composition is how he mixes in discordant notes and continuously shifts the tonal center of the music.

Fur Elise translates from German to For Elise, yet Beethoven historians have never figured out who Elise was. One popular theory is that the piece was actually called For Therese, and that because of Beethoven's notoriously sloppy handwriting, the original transcriber of the piece simply copied the name wrong. When the piece was written in 1810 Beethoven had recently been involved in a courtship with Therese Malfatti, who eventually turned down Beethoven's marriage proposal. This could account for some of the effusive and overwhelming emotion of the music.

Meanwhile, some historians have posited that Beethoven, his heart broken, deliberately changed the name of the piece to a non-existent woman's name, in a subtle refutation of the woman or women who snubbed him.

Of course, Beethoven historians acknowledge that it is not possible to know about every single person with whom Beethoven had a relationship. Elise may be a short-time sweetheart who never made it into records of Beethoven. Or, the piece could have been commissioned, and Elise could be the name of someone related to the person who paid for the piece.

Ultimately, it's not important who or what Beethoven's Elise was, as each person who plays those famous notes can have in mind his or her own Elise. All that is required to play the piece is to have some deep well of emotion to put into the music. It doesn't really matter where this emotion comes from. Beethoven clearly had something that he felt strongly about, which makes this one of his most famous and evocative compositions. Most of us cannot even listen to the first, emotionally strained notes of the piece without feeling something in our own hearts.

This emotional intensity is what distinguishes Beethoven from many of his contemporaries, and it also accounts for the continued popularity of his music, both on paper and in formats that make the notes free to download. Many of us remember hearing Fur Elise as children and being profoundly moved even then and maybe it even inspired us to take up the piano just as our own children are moved by the piece. Because of its pure beauty, Fur Elise should remain popular for as long as music exists.

 


A Look At The Music Of Scotland

The unique music of Scotland is easily recognized around the world and has remained a vibrant force to this day while many forms of traditional music worldwide have experienced a loss of popularity to pop music. Even with emigration and the influx of music imported from the rest of Europe and the United States, the music of Scotland has been able to keep the majority of its traditional structure and has even influenced many other forms of music.

Traditional Scottish music even while influential to and being influenced by both Irish and English traditional music is still an art form unto itself and in spite of the increasing popularity of varied international pop music styles it remains a vital and everlasting Scottish tradition. There are numerous Scottish record labels and music festivals as well as Scottish music magazines.

Although many people in the world think immediately of bagpipes when thinking about Scottish music, bagpipes are not unique or indigenous to Scotland. Don't get me wrong, bagpipes are a very important part of Scottish music tradition but they were actually imported into Scotland around the 15th century from other areas in Europe where they are still played.

The pìob mór, or Great Highland Bagpipe, is the most distinctively Scottish form of the instrument; it was created for clan pipers to be used for various, often military or marching, purposes. Piping clans included the MacArthurs, MacDonalds, McKays and, especially, the MacCrimmons, who were hereditary pipers to the Clan MacLeod.

In modern times bagpipes have even found there way into many songs in pop music with rockers like Rod Stewart who was extremely popular in the late 1970's and 80's. He used bagpipes in many of his popular songs. Another more recent artist whose Celtic music has been well received is Enya.

If you haven't explored this beautiful music form I urge you to do so. Scottish music and in particular the Celtic Music of Enya can be very soothing and stress relieving.

 


Music Therapy: Can Music Really "Soothe The Savage Beast?"

It has long been suggested that "music soothes the savage beast." But is this true? And if it is, does this have any implication where humans are concerned? The answer, apparently, is yes. To illustrate this, researchers point to the different physiological changes that take place within the human body in response to different sounds and noises. A loud noise that shatters the silence sets the human heart racing and stimulates a rush of adrenaline that prepares you for flight. In contrast a soft, soothing sound helps us to relax.

Music therapy has, in fact, been around for thousands of years. Nearly four thousand years ago the Hebrew Scriptures recorded that the boy who would later become King David was hired by his predecessor to play the harp to calm King Saul when he would go into a rage. Likewise, the use of music therapy is found in the writings of ancient civilizations such as Egypt, China, India, Greece and Rome.

More recently, scientists have been studying the effects of music therapy and have documented changes in respiratory rates, blood pressure, and pulse in response to musical stimuli. Likewise, researchers in the realm of music therapy have found that the use of music therapy can be effective in areas as diverse as IQ and recovery rates, pain management and weight loss.

Some object that this sounds too good to be true. How can music therapy change something like pain management? Researchers tell us that the reason music therapy works is based on how we hear. Sound is little more than vibrations in the air that are picked up by the inner ear and transferred to the brain which is a key component in your nervous system and controls the functions of the body and the brain responds to the stimuli that it is given.

In light of this, music therapy can and often is used in a wide variety of applications. One common application for music therapy is in working with autistic individuals because research has found that music can help autistic children to express themselves. Likewise, music therapy has been found to help individuals with physical disabilities to develop better motor skills.

With music therapy, individuals with high levels of anxiety can be helped to express suppressed emotions thereby discharging anger, or enabling the individual to express the joy they would not otherwise be able to express. Likewise, research has found that music therapy can help lower the anxiety levels of hospital patients who find themselves facing frightening prospects and in an unfamiliar environment. Furthermore, music therapy has been found to help medical professionals with pain management such that they have been able to reduce pain medication by as much as one half by helping to stimulate the production of the body's own pain killers, called endorphins.

Music therapy can come is a wide variety of forms. In some cases it's as simple as having the individual listen to particular music. In other cases music therapy requires a more interactive approach, having the individual respond to the music either in dance or using some other form of expression. But in its many forms, music therapy has often been found to be beneficial.

 


Does Aggressive Music Influence Driving?

There may be a time that you have listened to a piece of music that has altered the way you drive your vehicle. You may have done this yourself or heard your parents tell stories of how they would be driving down the road and a good 'Journey' tune would come on the radio, resulting in them driving like maniacs down the roads of their teenage and young adult years.

Things have changed, though. 'Journey' is certainly not considered aggressive music this day and age, but we hear the sounds of rap reverberating from the inside of cars and the dark gothic tunes of Marilyn Manson provoking some head-banging at the stop light. What happens sometimes is that the head-banging doesn't stop, the foot gets heavy, steering becomes over exaggerated, and the car ends up wrapped around a telephone pole. This scenario has been played over and over time and time again.

Since the realization that aggressive music may influence driving, there have been a variety of studies conducted to prove or disprove this theory. When some individuals were asked about music and their driving habits, some said that heavy metal music and other aggressive forms of music didn't alter the way they operated their motor vehicle because they said the music relaxed them.

However, there have been others who have been asked how music influences their driving and they will tell you that their attention to the road and traffic decreases. One young man stated in a report that he got so caught up in a song that he would start singing and playing the "air guitar." Suddenly, he would return to reality and realize that he wasn't paying attention to the road or the way he was driving.

And then there are those who love their music loud You may recall earlier in the article a mention of how the sounds of rap and heavy metal such as Marilyn Manson's music reverberates from the cars of many. Even if the aggressive music doesn't cause the driver to drive aggressively, it definitely takes its toll on the rearview mirror.

If you've ever played loud music in your car, you have probably noticed that the rearview mirror likes to dance even if you can't because you're driving. Sometimes the mirror vibrates so hard that you can't see anything in it. This can be very dangerous because you can't see what is behind you, especially when changing lanes. Another negative is when an emergency vehicle is behind you. You can't hear the sirens because of the loud music in your car and chances are you aren't going to see them very well if your rear view mirror is ready to vibrate off of the windshield.

Another factor is the tempo of the music. Listen to a piece of classical music and you might drive like it's Sunday, but listen to something with pounding bass riffs and squealing guitars and you're going to be squealing down the street. However, music tempo can be used to the advantage of the driver if the driver is one who has a propensity to drive according to the tempo. Change the station to something slower to calm yourself down.

So there you have both sides regarding those who say aggressive music doesn't influence the way they drive and those who say that it does. Studies that have been conducted have shown that aggressive music has an influence on some, but it seems that those who say that it doesn't just might be telling the truth since some do not seem to be phased by what is playing on their radio.

 


Commitment is Key to Playing Expert Guitar

While it's absolutely true that musical talent is generally either there or it's not, when it comes to guitarists, developing screaming fingers is something they all have to work at. If a guitarist plays with their heart, has some innate talent and a desire to truly practice, screaming fingers are a possibility.

To be able to take a guitar and play hot licks like a pro, however, some conditioning will need to come into play. Screaming fingers are, after all, made and not born. This means anyone who expects to pick up a guitar and play like a pro within a few hours is probably fooling themselves. The process of learning will require some time, patience and practice.

To ensure the best development of screaming fingers for guitar players, a novice player will need to set his or her sights on a few things. Number one in all of it will be a desire to learn to play the guitar and play it well. In order to have fingers scream across the strings like they are on auto pilot, it will be important to have a very good understanding of chords, finger placement and the such.

Getting started on the road to success involves some time and practice. The first thing is first, however, learn the guitar! This means take lessons, either face-to-face or online, learn the chords and learn finger placement while practicing it on a daily basis.

Once a basic understanding of the notes and finger placement is in place, the next step in developing screaming fingers involves a willingness to practice these things over and over again. For something to become second nature, it has to be practice. Just like learning to walk, ride a bicycle or write your name, screaming fingers will take repetitious learning to perfect and master.

The idea behind all the practice is to ensure that the mind drives the fingers exactly where they need to go when they play. The more chords are practiced, the more likely it is the movement to play them will become route. When this is the case, having true screaming fingers status is almost attainable.

The other major factor in creating screaming fingers is a willingness to exercise the fingers, as well. It's important to keep hands limber and ready to play. Many guitar players who want to ensure they can pick up their axe and play it like it was made for them develop or follow an exercise routine for their hands. Whether it's simply playing the guitar or working on limbering exercises during down times, keeping the hands moving and fast is an important consideration.

Going from beginner to guitar playing expert takes time and a little innate talent, it's true. The fact is anyone with a heart for the instrument and an ear for music can learn to play and play well.

Developing screaming fingers, however, will require more dedication than just learning the guitar. To truly attain this status, a player needs to know the instrument about as well as they do themselves. The key here is time and patience.

 


Guitar Lessons Are Right For All Ages

It doesn't matter if you're four or sixty-four, guitar lessons can be a fun way to pass time while developing a skill and talent that will delight others while keeping your mind and fingers nimble. Whether it's country, folk, rock or classical guitar you want to learn, the starting point is the same - basic lessons.

Good guitar lessons come in a number of different formats. Here are the three most typical:

Books
These can be great for those who have the patience to sift through them. A basic guitar lesson book will start out describing the instrument, its strings and so on. It will be up to you, however, to decipher the book and take what you read and put it into action. The important things to pay attention to are such things as basic terms, fingering techniques and so on. If you follow along well, books can provide very good guitar lessons. This form of learning works very well for some students, but others require guitar lessons that are audible an visual to truly learn.

Video lessons
Whether offered online or through a DVD or VHS, this can be a great way to learn the guitar. These prerecorded lessons provide everything a face-to-face class would except the feedback. Video lessons, too, start out with the basics and move their way up to more advanced techniques. The benefit here is the fact students can see and hear the lessons as they progress. It's often easier to learn the guitar when you can see where your hands and fingers need to be placed and hear what an end piece is supposed to sound like. While these won't totally replace face-to-face lessons, they do have their place and many a good guitarist has started out with video courses.

Face-to-face
This is the preferred method by many who undertake guitar lessons. They can be as good as the instructor, however, and his or her ability to convey complicated lessons to students. The benefit of this type of learning is the fact the feedback is right there and the instructor can help you move your hands where they need to be if you don't understand. The downfall with this type of lesson is the fact it isn't on demand like a video class or a book. Unless you have a ton of money to spend on guitar lessons, you'll only get an hour or a few a week of classes.

Guitar lessons are ideal for anyone with a love of music. The guitar, however, isn't the easiest instrument on the block to learn. It's important for students to expect a long learning curve in some cases. With proper instruction and a willingness to stick with it, it's very possible for almost anyone to learn how to play.

Remember, learning the guitar isn't an overnight pursuit. It will take time and a lot of it to go from beginner to expert. The more you put into the lessons, whether they're books, videos or formal classes, the more you're likely to get out of them.

 




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