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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Info of Acoustic Guitar Works

The sound box, or sound board on a guitar is found at the top and it works to make the sounds louder and stronger. If someone just plucked the string without this sound box, the sound wouldn’t move the air much and thus the note wouldn’t be loud. The soundboard increases the area of the vibrations and can move the sound that much better than the string alone since it is larger and flat. This impacts the whole guitar’s energy transfer and the notes can be heard that much louder.

The guitar’s body is of course hollow, and this also works to increase the energy transmission of each note. The air that is in the body of the guitar resonates with the vibrations as each string is strummed. At low frequencies the body increases or decreases the volume of the sound depending on how the air in the body moves in or out of phase with the strings. In phase with the strings and you get an increase of 3 decibels, out of phase with the strings and it will decrease by 3 decibels.

This air inside the body of the guitar works with the outside air through that all important sound hole. This results in air pushing air which in turn makes those notes all the more resilient. Since the guitar has several sound coupling modes– string to soundboard, soundboard to air, inside air to outside air– you get different tones from different guitars.

Beginner Jazz Players

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 with what you know to launch your practice session.

Get Technical

Next, you’ll want to explore your technical side. You should spend approximately 10 percent of your time in guitar practice studying technical guitar scales. Learn the basic chord and scales for at least two octaves to shape the way you approach your practice.

Learn the Language

Another part of your routine should be spent learning the language of music, particularly jazz guitar. After all, the most important part of jazz is improvisation, without understanding the language of this genre you won’t be able to do solos. If you want to sound like a professional, study like a professional. Learn to speak the language to be successful.

Transcription is an important part of this. When you learn it correctly, you will begin to internalize the music which helps you kill it once you start playing it. Practice your jazz phrases first harmonically and then rhythmically to get the best use out of your time spent doing so.

Strive to learn a new lick every single week during your practice, if you’re serious about developing your understanding and jazz language. A good rule of thumb is to limit yourself to 8 or fewer bars. Guitar practice has to be somewhat entertaining for you to keep it up, so don’t press yourself to complete more than that in a given 7-day span.

All about Contemporary Musicians

Despite your best efforts, you’ve probably heard certain names a little more than you would have liked to. Don’t worry. The names that have been jammed into your reluctant ears OVER and OVER and OVER are not at all the only musicians making music these days and not all music is about shallow, superficial themes and nonsense. Marketing has been working hard to drown out everyone but a few people but fear not, here are a few breaths of fresh air who are contemporary, tasteful and you might not have heard of them as much as the names I mentioned.

These are some people who put the “art” back in contemporary artist.

Janelle Monae – Imagine a powerful, stage moving female love child of James Brown, Tina Turner and George Clinton. Her range is absolutely ridiculous and unlike many image heavy performers, she’s authentic and transparent. She seems to exude energy that has hasn’t been fabricated by a label, a focus group or a management company, she is simply just her and you can see if easily in her completely show-stopping funky heavy performances.

Derek Trucks – An almost albino successor to the Alman Brothers Band, this timid looking guy started touring with them at only thirteen, but the moment you see him play, you mill realize immediately, he may just be one of the greatest guitar players ever to lie. He has influences from Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane and plays almost exclusively with a slide.

The Black Keys – OK, OK, so they aren’t THAT unknown. This white-as-saltines power duo actually didn’t really have any plans for super stardom when they started out… they were just trying to pay rent and stay alive. The awards, world tours and very successful music career came only after their very modest beginnings. Also if you’ve got a minute, check out “Tighten Up” their hilarious music video where you can see their on camera sons and them pummeling each other into bloody pulps over a pretty woman and her daughter. They sound a bit like Howlin’ Wolf, Canned Heat and Robert Johnson.

Playing An Instrument Improve Brain

The same study shows that students who play music have better attendance and cognitive function, although active participation in making music is required to rewire the brain.

We all know one thing for sure- music has the power to change our mood, it definitely possesses the ability to motivate us and often improves concentration. Music makes us happier, leading to more dopamine release which means more contentment in life.

Want a more symmetrical brain? You better pick up an instrument. Brain scores show that musicians have a more symmetrical brain and that the areas responsible for motor control, auditory processing and spatial coordination are denser, which makes you a well-balanced person both physically and emotionally.

Want a faster brain? I know you do. Again, picking up an instrument is the answer. The Corpus callosum as the scientists call it, is a bridge between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and guess what, people who play music have a thicker and more efficient Corpus callosum, helping the two spheres of your brain to communicate better and faster.

Perhaps the single most reason for stress is the stress hormone cortisol, which leads to all kinds of unwanted stress related problems in our lives. But the good news is, listening to music decreases this stress hormone; even listening to sad music has benefits- it has been proved to provide you with the necessary physiological relief during hard times.

It increases the spatial intelligence of your brain which helps in understanding how things work. This is an essential skill for complex careers like architecture, engineering, math and computer science.

If you don’t want a receding memory down the lane when you age, music has shown to protect people from memory loss and cognitive damage. You don’t have to play music forever, even people who have played music for just 4 years seem to show the same results in their cognitive functions even after 40 years.

So go ahead and pick up that instrument you always wanted to, let the music flow through you for all the joys it has to offer you in life, for like Einstein said, “I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin”. And if you are looking for that inspiration you always needed, look no further- here is a list of famous people who played instruments. Look up to them, learn, laugh and love.