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Category Archives: Music

About Types Of Music

Classical

It’s said to be one of the oldest surviving styles of modern times. Most people consider it as the most restrictive and formal types of music. It’s sung with uncontrolled vibrato and total emotional release. While the music is great, it often lacks the intimacy that is common with most other types of songs. There are many types of this music including: opera, madrigals, symphony, chamber music, choral and Gregorian chant.

Rock

This is a broad form of music that is characterized by a strong beat, simple chord structure, and often played loudly. The main instruments used are electric guitar, bass, vocals, and drums. Experts report that the songs originated from the fusion of country music and blues. There are many types of this music under this genre. They include: Rock n roll, southern, garage, glam and punk rock.

Country

Country music emerged in 1920. Experts believe that it emerged from folk songs of the southern USA. Just like the blues music, the songs feature a simple, three-chord arrangement. This arrangement gives a lot of room for innovation. The songs are sung using different instruments such as harmonicas, banjos, electric guitars and fiddles. There are many types of these songs including: rockabilly, country rock, Honky Tonk, blue glass music, outlaw country, country rock, Nashville sound, contemporary country, new traditionist, Bakersfield sound, Texas country and many others.

Jazz

Also known as the classical version of the blues music, it resulted from among the black community of the southern US. The music is often performed by ensembles but in some cases, single artists perform it too. The songs are characterized by African undertones that are evident in the mixture of improvisations, syncopation, swing note, and polyrhythms. Just like other types of music, there are many types of jazz music. They include: Bebop, Chicago style, New Orleans, and fusion jazz music.

Find Free Music for Videos

Obviously, though, not all videos with music in them are covers or tributes. Other videos are sometimes sales pitches, or vlogs featuring meditation music. Whatever the reason for including music at all, it’s something of an embarrassment for a video creator if they have to remove or replace the music in their video because the music was copyrighted, and the creator had their video monetized. And since not every content creator out there earns lots of money from their videos, they likely can’t afford to pay the royalty fees required of them, so they’re forced to remove the music.

Finding Free Music

But not everyone is a musician and/or lyricist with the ability to compose their own works. Nor does everyone have a musician pal at their disposal, whether that musician gets paid for ditties and jingles or not. So it’s often up to the one creating the video to find either free music, or at the very least, royalty-free tracks. But where to find such music? And is the free music you’d find of high quality?

After all, it used to be that most stock music libraries didn’t have music that was very good quality, and some music libraries are still like this if the people uploading tracks have used cheap equipment and synthesizers where the built-in digital sound banks aren’t very accurately sampled & reproduced (this tends to happen with lower-end electronic keyboards).

However, thanks to the advent of MP3s and more professional-grade composition & editing software, among other similar advances, most stock music libraries these days often have truly stunning tracks available in a wide variety of genres, so you’re not stuck with just a few samples here and there of one style, and a lot of samples in another style, and nothing to speak of in any other genre.

What’s the Difference?

Now, you might be wondering what the difference is between “royalty-free” and completely free, when it comes to stock music libraries.

“Royalty-free” means that you pay a one-time fee for a track and you don’t have to continually pay royalties to the composer for the entire time you use their works, and there is usually some sort of usage license that detail how you can use the music once you pay the fee. Completely free music is simply that: It that has no upfront usage fee and is normally licensed under the “Creative Commons” license.

When you go looking for free music, you’ll want to take a look at the types of music licenses available, as each licensing company has different stipulations as to how the music they have on offer can be used.

It’s worth your time and energy to go looking for free music. It saves the hassle and embarrassment of having to remove an otherwise copyrighted track and replace it, plus you never know what amazing, original music can be found at reasonable prices.

Electric Guitar

While there are many who claimed to be the ‘father of the electric guitar’ they were actually designed by those who already made the instruments and not hobbyists or someone messing around with a new design. The first one was introduced to the world in 1931 and was designed by a man named George Beauchamp. It was a one piece cast aluminum design that looked like a frying pan and it met with some success, so much so that the company went on to create other models, one called the Electro-Spanish Ken Roberts which allowed musicians a full 25″ scale with seventeen frets that were apart from the fretboard. They only produced a handful of these guitars, however and it is thought that only ten are still around today.

In the era of big bands that dominated the music scene generations ago, the guitars needed to be heard with the other instruments, not drowned out by them. You may think that the first documented recordings then were from a big band, but they weren’t. Instead, they were from Hawaiian-style players back in 1933. The sounds lent themselves to jazz and blues and that’s where we find some of the most influential guitarists, those who transcend time and are considered the greats of the genre.

Names like Alvino Ray, Danny Stewart, George Barnes, Lonnie Johnson, Les Paul, Memphis Minnie and T-Bone Walker besides many more were all early proponents of the new fangled electric guitar. Many artists today still credit them for influencing their style. While musical tastes change, these early entrepreneurs took a simple instrument and made it into something we all can relate to, whether we play or not.

Insecure Lines From Songs

On this track from Hatful of Hollow Morrissey claims “I know that I’m the most inept that ever stepped.”

She’s So High by Tai Bachman

The son of Randy Bachman of the Guess Who and Bachan Turner Overdrive scored a Top Ten hit in the Nineties with this tune, in which he asks, “What could a guy like me ever really offer?”

Rocket Man by Elton John

The early Seventies witnessed rock and roll’s fascination with the planets and the stars, as David Bowies sang about an oddity in space while Harry Nilsson gave us a tale about wanting to be a spaceman. Sir Elton contributed this ballad, which concludes with the refrain “I’m not the man they think I am at home.”

Substitute by the Who

Pete Townshend wrote the line, and Roger Daltrey delivered it with all the power that made him the voice of the quartet. “My fine looking suit is really made out of sack,” the chorus explains.

It’s Not Meant To Be by Tame Impala

Kevin Parker could probably warrant several examples in this category, but the highlight would be a track from Inner Speaker. He finally concedes that “in all honesty, I don’t have a hope in hell” after several unsuccessful attempts t convince himself that the girl might like him.

Always by John Gorka

The folk singer often takes a light approach when discussing depressing topics such as loneliness, aging, or even death, so it should be no surprise that he would land a lyric on this list. “Try not to get too jumpy, or you will face will get lumpy, and you’ll start looking like me” he warns in the second verse.

Guitar Accessories

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 to use and simply mounts to the headstock of the acoustic or electric guitar. They are designed to detect the frequency of vibrations and ignore any background noise to make a really useful and accurate tool.

Humidifier

A purpose made guitar humidifier is a practical piece of equipment for the owner of an acoustic guitar. This type of guitar is made using multiple pieces of thin wood which in very dry conditions can start to crack or warp. But, with the proper humidity range maintained in the storage area of the guitars, there is less need to worry about this type of damage. Also, the need to use a humidifier isn’t so necessary for those that use an electric guitar.

Inspirational Female Singers

One of my favorite inspirational singers is Jennifer Russell. Jennifer combines the high mysticism of Mother Mary and numerous other ascended masters and angels with the soft sounds of piano. She plays piano in a very beautiful way. Of course her CDs are layered with bass, guitars, string instruments, drums and angelic voices. The result is songs that make your soul sing. She has an abundance of releases- ‘Lie down in that grass’ (one of my favorites), ‘One with the One’ (another favorite), ‘There is Only Light’, and so many more. A lot of her songs will draw the listener right into a meditational bliss. I often listen to her music while driving long distances. Her vision has to do with empowering the world through songs that open the heart. Go ahead, Google her!!

Another one of my favorites is Gia Ciambotti. Her powerful, sultry voice immediately moves the listener. Her song ‘Right as Rain’ blends spirituality with daily human experience. It gives me a sense of peace and easy-going joy. Gia is one of those artists where you feel like you’ve known her for years at the first meeting. She is always right in the pocket with her sometimes raspy, sometimes angelic voice. I highly recommend her!

Georgia Anne Muldrow is another incredible female musician. Her voice emanates hip-hop, jazz and a variety of vibrational sounds that blow me away. Her song ‘Great Blacks’ is nothing short of transformational. With lyrics like ‘My direction has shifted from being ignorant and gifted suicidal and explicit to being humbly committed and prayerfully submissive to the source of all existence’ you just know that she’s an incredible force to be reckoned with… And with her mom being the amazing Rickie Byars-Beckwith, we know she’s got it going on.

Best John Mayer CD

Born and Raised

A brilliant album that showed yet another side of Mayer. Parting from his acoustic pop, his blues trio work and his funky stuff he dove into the world of Classics, Country and Americana and proved he could bend genres to please the ideas he was coming up with. “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey” was a terribly depressing yet beautiful description of his bout with alcoholism, “Walt Grace” a metaphorical song of a man who builds a submarine and gets to Japan was arguably his most surprising and most well written song in his entire career.

Sold – 570, 000

Room for Squares

His debut album as pop-pop-poppy as it is, is still just gigantic. As critics were putting this album in their players so they could rack up tedious insults to the baby-faced guy who crapped out “Your Body is a Wonderland” they sat their listening, waiting for their chance… and then the CD ended and they sat in their chair, dumbfounded and angry that they couldn’t hate him anymore.

Sold – 4.5 million

Continuum

Nailed it. This album will go down in history as one of the greatest pop albums off all time. Amidst a sea of immature writers, shallow philosophies and a bunch of entertainers who can’t play a G-chord this album start to finish is an absolute masterpiece in every sense. The vocals are intriguing and emotional but never pretentious. The guitar work is envy inducing. The writing blends mature themes (not like hookers and cocaine but soul-searching and social observation) and clever writing. Start to finish if you have never heard John Mayer before, get this album and welcome to his world. It has all the best parts of him and perfect synergy.

Sold – 2.8 million

Songs Containing

Ironically, the oldies station, when it finally became audible, soon played “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel, which starts out with the sound of a motorcycle engine, not unlike those so frequently drowning out the tunes on my car stereo. That incident brought to mind other hits that featured the sound of a car or motorcycle engine, and here is a list of seven of the most well-known.

Movin’ Out by Billy Joel

The Piano Man opts for the car engine on this opener from The Stranger, which depicts the fed up Anthony driving away from his job at the grocery store.

Leader of the Pack by the Shangri Las

This doo wop track from early rock and roll tells the story of a girl falling for a biker, and you can hear his machine rumbling before the fatal crash at the end of the hit.

Detroit Rock City by Kiss

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley encourage everybody to get up and leave their seats in the chorus of this opener from Destroyer, only to have the record end with a loud motor before a deathly silence.

I’m In Love With My Car by Queen

Drummer Roger Taylor wrote and sang lead on this track from A Night at the Opera, admitting that he loves his vehicle much more than his girl. The running engine fade out used here also appeared an album earlier on Taylor’s Sheer Heart Attack contribution, “Tenement Funster.”

The Motorcycle Song by Arlo Guthrie

Woody’s son cares nothing for a nickel or a dime, but it makes sense that the revving of a bike engine ends this hit from Alice’s Restaurant.

Tricks When Learning Piano

* Learn your music theory:

I’m sure you weren’t expecting this one. Learning theory when you just want to sit on the bench in front of the piano and start playing? Well, only by understanding some of the theory you will be able to evolve and become a better pianist. You don’t have to dig it all in, but knowing some of the theory will help you play any music you want.

* Listen to a lot of piano music:

When you are learning the piano, you have to train different things. You train your eyes to read, you train each one of your hands to play the piano, but you also need to train your ear. You need to be able to identify the notes that are being played.

What you can do, for example, is to get a piano music CD and just listening to it. You can start by trying to identify the notes. As soon as you evolve, you can try to identify chord patterns and intervals.

When you do this the first time, you might be able to identify only a couple of notes. But as time goes by, and you’re developing your hearing, you’ll start identifying more notes, the chords, and the intervals.

* Don’t try to learn the whole song at once:

Just like when you’re listening to the CD, you need to take it easy. You won’t figure it out all at once. Take time to learn the song you want to play and try to play it. You can even break it into small sections so it may become easier for you.

All about Techno Artists and Music

Detroit Techno

Detroit Techno is a subdivision of the techno genre which generally includes some of the earliest techno productions from Detroit. Detroit techno had its largest audience in the Atlantic. Some of the most common techno music artists include Underground Resistance, Mike Banks, Blake Baxter, Kevin Saunderson, Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes and Juan Atkins. Some of these artists used whatever technology they had in their reach and initiated music with epic synth sounds and engaging driving grooves. I could never list a top ten of tracks from this genre as it changes all the time, but a personal favourite label was always the Red Planet series. This label seen some fantastic releases in the mid-90s. I witnessed both Ghostdancer and Stardancer in particular causing some serious mayhem when played out in clubs.

Dub Techno

Another famous sub category of the techno genre, dub techno is quite distinctively un-show-y, doesn’t try to wow or stun and is never overreaching. I could probably put the dub techno sound alone being the reason I wanted to produce techno music. Nothing more do enjoy still to this day is generating those lush minor chords on a synth then washing them with reverb and delay. I could spend hours applying the filters and tweaking the sound to death. The fact that this style of techno is able to stun and wow the listeners, is a testament to the strength of its subtlety. Dub techno is a work of structural, architectural and musical genius in my opinion. It is unquestioning, placid and deeply soothing. My favourite dub techno artists without a doubt goes is Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, sometimes known as Basic Channel. My all-time favourite dub techno track has to be Maurizo – Domina which holds special memories from Glasgow’s famous Arches, sadly no more, where I heard it at the regular Friday night event held by Slam.

Scottish Techno

So where did I discover this music? Right on my door step. As previously mentioned through the early to mid-90s I had the pleasure of being a regular attender of Glasgow’s famous night club “The Arches”. Hosted on a Friday night for many moons by legendary Techno duo Slam. They would serve up a mixture of these varieties of techno to welcoming, knowledgeable crowd every week. They too influenced by the sounds of Detroit and dub techno, among others, introduced me to these styles and I was hooked for life. As a lifelong fan of their label, Soma Records, I followed their releases and many of the artists they have. Funk D’Void has also been another firm favourite with his ability to turn has hand to many different styles of techno, more often than not bringing more melodic and emotional elements to a track. Check his aptly named Emotional Content track and you will get the picture.