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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 ban...

 


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 t...

 


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 togethe...

 


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 Ch...

 


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 "t...

 


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 th...

 


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 F800This 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 ...

 


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 o...

 


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 ther...

 


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 ...

 


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 aud...

 


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 perfor...

 


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 lowerCD 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 dup...

 


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 ...

 


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 SyneAmazing GraceKum Ba YaSilent NightJoy To The WorldJingle BellsHappy BirthdayDown In The ValleyOn 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 do...

 


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 p...

 


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 ...

 


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 countryThe old favorites that helped put country on the map are readily available for download. From Patsy Cline to Hank Williams Sr., there's no shortag...

 


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 clar...

 


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 ve...

 


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 do...

 


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 ...

 


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 unde...

 


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:BooksThese 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 lessonsWhether offered online or ...

 




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