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History About Acoustic Guitars

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You can play it with your finger or a pick. You can strum it quietly or you can amplify it for maximum sound. What is it? It’s the acoustic guitar, something that, in one form or another has been around for centuries. The main source of sound comes from the strings which vibrate at different frequencies depending on their length, tension and mass. You simply pick the strings to create different notes and tones and, when you put it all together, you are playing music.

In the Middle Ages these instruments were called gitterns, and they looked like and were played like the lute, they even had the rounded back like a lute. As we got into the Renaissance era the size of these instruments got larger and the shape changed into something we would consider more modern guitar like. They originated in Spain and were called vihuelas. This name was a broad term given to many string instruments so in the 16th century they were divided into two categories: vihuela de arco which was like a modern day violin and vihuela de penola

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Guide To Make Money With Music

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Generating income or monetizing work poses a big challenge for musicians anywhere. In this technology driven world, selling music becomes harder and harder each year. The competition is not the only thing that’s stiff, but the music evolution and audience are much harder to please. There are more genres, more artists and other complex ways of selling stuff. You always need to be ahead of the curb and you must be knowledgeable of today’s way of making money off from music.

The old ways of marketing music such as playing gigs and demos can’t be relied on heavily nowadays. You could still earn through this method but face it, earning this way will never be enough to compensate your monthly needs and it is physically draining too, touring from city to city each day.

There are multiple ways to earn money with music. Well tackle each one and differentiate what’s best suited for you and your band.

Live Shows – Truth be told, this method can still bring in a good payday if you can sell tickets or attract a good number of crowd to attend your

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Tips For Jazz Players

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Get in a Routine That Works

The only way to be successful is to get yourself set up on a routine that works. Guitar practice will be the key to getting you to where you want to be as a musician. Jazz guitar is not a for the faint of heart, and requires hours of practice to be “good” at it. Here are a few ways you can set up a routine that produces real results.

Warm Up

Before you embark on your very first practice session, and the ones to follow, you’ll want to make sure you’re good and warmed up. You can do this by warming up your fingers by playing up and down your fretboard. When your fingers are warmed up, you’ll be better able to make the somewhat difficult finger movements requires when you play guitar.

Even a basic chord will require you to put your fingers in positions they aren’t accustomed to. So just like a singer, you need to warm up your tools (fingers and hands) before you get started. If you already know how to play a tune or two, start

Steps Musical Instruments for Children

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As a result of these wide ranging benefits, it’s no surprise that many parents are keen to encourage their children to start learning a musical instrument at a young age. On the face of it, this is a great idea but it can sometimes result in some challenges finding suitable instruments, especially with younger children. Woodwind & brass instrument, by their very nature, usually require the player to hold the weight of the instrument. For younger players with smaller hands, this can prove difficult. It is important that children are not pushed to start learning too young, as this can not only put them off playing but can cause, in the worst cases, issues with posture as well as muscular and skeletal problems.

Some instrument manufacturers have addressed this challenge by designing specially designed models with children and younger players in mind. These may feature reduced keywork, curved headjoints or lightweight materials to make them easier to play and hold. For types of instrument where this is not possible, there are a number of other tips and tricks that you can employ.

How young is too young?
Unfortunately the answer to this question is like many others… it depends! As children

Things About Guitar Accessories

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Most guitarists have their own personal collection of gizmos and gadgets to help play and maintain their equipment. The most popular accessories are there to help perform better, change strings quickly, or make it possible to sound unique. Here are a few of the most popular guitar accessories to invest in:

Strings

One of the major accessories is the guitar strings. In the process of looking at the strings, there are a few points that needed to be considered. This relates to the gauge or thickness and the material they are made out of. For the acoustic guitar, the preferred choice includes the strings that are wound with phosphor bronze (mellow and warm sound) or 80/20 bronze (brighter sounding).

String cutter

The string cutter and winder are useful tools for those that needing to change the guitar strings. The guitar string is often longer than needed and cutting the excess means there is less left hanging around the tuning pegs.

Tuners

A crucial step to complete before playing the guitar is to tune the musical instrument. This is possible by using one of the many tuners. One of the most precise options is to use the electronic tuning device. A clip-on tuner is very easy

Differences Between Old And New Music

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Music entertains, educates and informs. While it has been around for a long time music has gone through a number of changes that range from the instruments used to the style of composition. To help you out, here are some of the ways in which music has evolved over the years:

Use of instruments

Old music was sung using real instruments. The instruments used included: cello, viola, tuba, French horn, bassoon, trombone, trumpet and many others. Even when recording, the musicians had to play the real instruments. Due to this, the old musicians had to first learn to play the instruments then record the music. This is no longer the case with the modern music. Modern music heavily relies on computer programs. Using the programs you can enter the sound of any music instrument without having the instrument at your disposal or even knowing how to play it. This has given rise to millions of music superstars who even don’t know the most basic music instruments.

Genre

Most of the old musicians stuck with a given music genre. When you were asked to group the different musicians in specific categories depending on their music genres, you could easily do it. This is no

How To Understand Guitar Chord Chart

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Do you find it difficult to get the precise finger placement on your fret board? Are you new to the world of guitar playing? If so, you might need to study up on the guitar chord chart. The guitar chord chart helps you identify specific chords that you’ll need to know once you start building your own songs or simply playing the tunes of your favorite jazz hits. You can’t get around the chord chart if you want to be a successful guitar player in any music genre.

Another key benefit of learning the guitar chord chart, is it prevents you from having to learn music theory or reading music to get the gist of the notes that need to be played.

But what exactly is a chord chart, and how can you use it to further your musical growth?

What is a Guitar Chord Chart?

For starters, there are various types of charts out there. Some target beginners while others are used by advanced players to further their musical repertoire. Chords chart show you precisely where to put your fingers, what to expect of the note being played, and how to blend your chords for better sounding music.

Some charts are designed to

Learning Jazz Guitar Scales

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What’s the Best Way to Learn Jazz Guitar Scales?

Every new musician wants to find the easiest path towards becoming a pro. Like anything in life, however, there are certain steps that must be taken to master the process of playing guitar.

To help you learn scales accurately and with precision, here’s a step-by-step approach any newbie can take.

Step 1. Figure out the notes.
For example, let’s start with a minor scale which has a pattern of A-B-C-D-E-F-G. Experiment with this pattern as much as you’d like. Build up using the notes from each pattern each day you practice to explore how it works. You could do this on the E string starting with the lowest note in the scale. Play that outline up and down your fretboard several times to completely memorize it. Once you have it memorized, the next step is to start improvising for at a minimum of 10-15 minutes, using just the notes from that outline. Do your best to always improvise the pattern in a higher octave beginning at the 12th fret.

Step 2. Build on the previous scale.
The next session you tackle should begin with improvisation from the previous pattern. Starting with the second

Perfect Music for Your Wedding

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To help alleviate the headaches, here are 3 tips to consider as the big day approaches:

Tip #1: Pick music that you LOVE!

It is important to have discussions with your partner to decide upon pieces of music that you both LOVE to listen to. Regardless if you are into classic jazz, if you are into country, if you are into simple melodies, or if you are into heavy metal, pick pieces that show your personalities. Of course, for a wedding ceremony, consider picking pieces of music that fit the setting (church vs hall). At the end of the day, go with your gut instinct. If you are having trouble picking pieces, ask others for ideas.

Tip #2: Don’t worry about “being cliche”

As a professional musician, I cannot tell you the number of times I have been asked to perform the following pieces: Canon in D Major, Ave Maria, The Wedding March (Mendelssohn OR Wagner). I am not complaining in the least, believe me!

In many instances, the true classics are set-in-stone for a reason: they work! If you love the sounds of the scale passages of Canon in D or love the familiarity of The Wedding March, do not let this natural

All About Electric Guitars

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Les Paul. Fender. These are just two very famous brands of guitars, and you don’t have to be a musician to have heard of them, they just, by their name imply a quality product.

An electric guitar differs from an acoustic guitar because it uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. With an acoustic guitar, the musician plucks the strings and the air inside the body and outside in the world plus a wooden soundboard makes the notes shine. An electric one takes it one step further and uses a pickup, usually of the magnetic variety which in turn is plugged into an amplifier and then sent to a loudspeaker which makes the sound loud enough to be heard. An electric guitar on its own makes little noise which isn’t helpful when you are trying to make your music heard.

The amplified electric guitar was invented in 1931 and was instantly a big hit with jazz guitarists who could then, for the first time be heard in the large band ensembles of the age. Early pioneers of the sound included Les Paul, T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian and by the time the 1950’s and 1960’s

The Myths About Achieving Musical Greatness

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Achieving musical greatness becomes impossible when you follow the (false) conventional wisdom that many musicians believe in. Avoid these 3 common myths to get on the right path towards becoming a great musician:

Myth #1. You Must Be Talented To Become A Great Musician

False: musical greatness is simply a byproduct of mastering musical skills and integrating them together. People who have natural talent were not born talented. They figured out on their own how to master the right skills to become good musicians.

Not having “natural talent” doesn’t mean it’s impossible to become great. Fact is, many of the greatest musicians began with no talent whatsoever. Everyone has the potential to learn the correct musical skills for achieving greatness by working with an excellent teacher.

Myth #2. Musical Greatness Is The Same As Originality

Greatness is simply the ability to express what you want to express accurately and effortlessly. Your expression does not have to be original. For example, a virtuoso pianist who only plays Classical music composed by other musicians. You can also be original without really expressing yourself (if you lack the skills needed to do so).

What matters most is that you have a strong desire to express something and are

How To Make Demo for Your Music Industry

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As a band or as a solo artist, eventually you have to start thinking about making a demo CD for A&R reps, producers, production companies, and record labels to help market, fund, and traffic your music.

Getting someone in the music industry to take the time to listen to your demo is not an easy task. Most demos are tossed in the garbage before they are even opened and if they are listened to, even if you only put three songs on the CD, most people in the music industry won’t even bother listening to the whole thing. Don’t take it personally; it’s the music industry.

But if you do have something special and you are ready to put together a demo CD in the attempt to get the attention of the music industry, there are some things you need to know to be successful in this venture.

Put Together a Couple of Great Tracks

First, you have to take some time and decide which songs are your best songs that will grab the attention of someone who might want to invest some time in you. Three to five songs are all you really need.

Special Track Structure for a Demo

To improve your

Tips To Get License Your Music

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Music is a big part of civilization. Centuries had passed but music survived and even grew to greater heights every single decade. As a matter of fact, the demand of music has been rising very steadily in the past 10 years and it will continue that way in the foreseeable future. It comes along with the big amount of revenue the music industry is currently getting year after year. It is an unstoppable force as people always look up for the next great artist around the corner, thus continuing the cycle and the relevance of music. The demand of music content is at an all time high. The global music revenue since the turn of the century has been steady. The currency is measured in billions.

As the technology grew, music got more technical, complex and in demand. Others take credit for using music they don’t own. Nowadays, independent musicians are well aware of protecting their work for legal purposes. Through music licensing, you can be ensured of your asset/work being protected legally.

What is music licensing? Music licensing is the licensed used for copyrighted music. This allows the owner of the music to maintain the copyright of their original work. It

The Truth Music Industry Formula

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Artists often want to know if there is an exact formula they can follow to guarantee success in the music industry. Does a formula like this exist? What can artists to do to help ensure a successful outcome? Is it possible to follow an exact business plan to become a successful artist or is the outcome in the industry determined by pure luck?

Timing is Important

When it comes to getting it right in the music industry, timing is everything. It does not matter what other talents an artist has on their side, or what strategies they have put in place, timing is the main factor. Watch the market to see when an exact type of talent or unsigned artist is needed. This way, you’ll know when your perfect time might be.

Supply and Demand

Just like with any other product, the music industry has supply and demand chain. Some genres have more demand than others. Also, local demand and national demand for unsigned musicians are very different. Just because you have a breakthrough in your local area, does not mean you are going to have a national breakthrough. There are artists that thrive locally, but don’t generate enough publicity to get international or

Get Your Right Band for Your Big Day

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A live band can be very exciting and adds some additional enhancement to just having a DJ. It doesn’t have to be an expensive part of the wedding reception. Compare offers to find out what the price will be. It is a good idea to include the band members in the reception too so you can offer them food and drinks along with your other guests.

Listen to the Options

If you have gone to a wedding or other event recently, you may have a particular wedding band Manchester in mind. You have already seen them and heard them and you were impressed with what they had to offer. If that hasn’t been the case for you, start asking around. Chances are others you know have gone to such events recently.

You can also search online to find wedding band Manchester possibilities. This is a great way to search because you can often see videos and listen to audio of them preforming. If you like what you hear, you can contact them for additional details. If you aren’t impressed or it isn’t the sound you are looking for, just mark them off your list.

Are they Reliable?

Find out how long a wedding band

Different Kind Style of Music

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Music is a melody of words. A lover’s song to his love. A vent for anger. A sight painted by a musician for a blind man. A plea for deliverance. It brings happiness to the heart. It is the expression of life. Music has thousands of meanings. To explain all the ways it touches the heart is rather difficult, but the essence of music is to reach out and communicate a message not understood. It has evolved in style and composition over the ages, which resulted in different types and forms. Different types of music evolved as civilizations evolved and made their mark in the human history.

Instrumental:

Instrumental music uses a composition of instruments to create the perfect rhythm and beat whether it is classical, jazz, opera, or other musical styles. This type of genre is different as there are no vocals and no lyrics and is enjoyed by many. It just uses the beat of a drum, the strings of a guitar, the chords of a violin, the sound of a trumpet and a range of other instruments to create music. Gary Gable, Richard Amos and John Adams are some of the most famous instrumental music composers.

Trance:

Trance music style

Tips To Find Best Singer for Your Event

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It can be easy to focus just on your own style of music but you want to think broader. Think about the profile for the guests who will be in attendance. Think about their backgrounds and their age group. What will appeal to the masses that are going to show up? You want it to be delightful music to their ears!

You may be thinking it is your wedding or party, so you should get what you want. Hopefully, you aren’t going to make it all about you. If the music isn’t appealing, many of your guests could leave early. When it is enjoyable, they are going to listen, sing along, and dance the night away!

Easy to Work with

You don’t want to work with any singer for hire that is difficult to communicate with. They should be open about what they can offer and what they can’t. They should be able to quote you a price to show up at a given location and to perform for a given period of time. They should be able to share you with examples of their past performances.

Ask them about the songs they can offer and if they have a list you can

Consider These Before Hiring a Professional Music Producer

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Hiring a professional music producer or a TV music producer can be a bit of a legal minefield, so you will need to do your research or get advice before you put pen to paper on a contract. Here are just some of the main terms and types of contracts and licensing agreements that you will need to know about when you start negotiating a record production deal.

How Music Producers get paid

Music producers are usually paid on a flat fee basis or through royalties. A producer’s flat fee is usually calculated based an hourly rate and the number of tracks to be recorded. The up-front fee can be anything from $250 to $10,000 per track, depending on the producer’s own experience, the level of success to date of the artist, and on whether the recording is being made for a local independent label, or a major international record company.

Producers can also be paid royalties from the sales of a recording, in which case they will be paid a percentage of the revenue generated from sales of records, CD’s or downloads. As a general guide, a producer can expect to be paid in the region of 3-4% of the sales

Tips To Starting a Music Business

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For many reasons, the music industry isn’t the easiest sector to start a business in.

If your target audience consists of musicians, many of them don’t have much by way of expendable income.

If you’re an independent studio or record label, it may not be as easy for you to profit from streaming royalties and other revenue sources as it is for major labels.

And because it’s such a fun and creative industry – at least from the outside looking in – it’s also competitive on just about every level.

Here are some things you need to know about starting a music business.

Fundamentally, It’s Just Like Starting Any Other Business

It’s good to be aware of the unique industry challenges and how they might affect your ability to create a successful business.

But fundamentally, building a music business is not that different from building a business in any other sector. You need to find a need, create a product or service that alleviates the problem, and then market your offer to the people who need it.

Information can be a bit of a hard sell in today’s information-rich environment. But if you can curate the best of the best and put it together in a compelling

Things You Need To Know About Music Business

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Building a business is not easy, and it can take time to gain traction within your niche.

Unless you have prior experience, there’s going to be a lot for you to learn. You’ll have to wear many hats and work long hours.

But if you are committed to your long-term success, here are two important pieces of music business advice that will help you succeed in your music industry endeavor.

1. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

So, you have a revolutionary business idea. Awesome!

The problem is that, as creative people, we tend to think that our approach to marketing, product development, and setting up systems also needs to be 100% unique.

Esteemed author Steven Pressfield was recently interviewed by entrepreneur and investor James Altucher, and he went on record saying that he’d “copied” and “stole” ideas from other sources. If you’ve listened to Altucher’s podcast, you know that he himself often says to his guests, “that’s great, I’m stealing that.”

Now, outright plagiarism is never good. But at base, business is a system that generates money – nothing more, nothing less. You can inject personality into your branding and marketing, but reinventing the wheel is time-consuming and generally ineffective. You can spend a lot of time