August 1st, 2013
The Origins of The Inventor of Rock And Roll
Elvis was profoundly influenced by the blues. In addition, Elvis was also inspired by gospel, soul, bluegrass and country music. In this sense, Elvis understood what it meant to be a music lover. Therefore, Elvis did not discriminate between white and black music. Elvis appreciated and loved all types of music regardless of the person who was making it. This is what separated Elvis from the rest of his peers.Didn't catch that? This
How Elvis Kept His Blues And Country Roots Until He Died
In fact, Elvis was one of the first people to introduce the world to Little Richard. There is a remarkable story how this situation happened. Elvis was scheduled to appear on national television and performed a song by Little Richard. This was the first time an African-American musician's song was aired on national television. Therefore, Elvis was also known for breaking down the barriers between white and black audiences. Elvis was constantly covering blues songs and blues-inspired material. For instance, Elvis used the basic blues pattern of three chords to create most of his material. Elvis was truly one of the first pioneers of making blues popular to the masses.
June 2nd, 2013
Opera is a beautiful style of music that many people can enjoy. So if you are looking to get into Opera and would like to learn how to sing Opera music, then you might be feeling a little intimidated right off the bat. After all, as you have probably seen or heard, Opera singers often have to reach very low and high notes within any given performance, and the duration that singers are expected to be able to hold these notes is also quite high.
Fortunately, there are some tips that ca be useful for any beginning Opera student who wants to have the best chances of success. For starters, enrolling in classes specifically designed for Opera students is a must. After all, simply picking up Opera while taking traditional voice lessons typically will not do the trick.
Furthermore, it is always a good idea to do voice exercises in one's free time in order to condition the vocal chords to get used to the high and low pitched notes. This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of being an Opera singer, so be sure to find some useful voice exercises and take time to perform them at least once per day.
March 31st, 2013
Any guitarist who plays with a pick"commonly called flatpicking"has at one time or another had the annoying experience of losing his or her pick. When that happens, it can be useful to know how to craft your own pick from common materials.
Flat Plastic Works Best
In a pinch, a fairly decent guitar pick can be made from cutting off a piece of a credit card, gift card, library card or store discount card. Of course, you don't want to cut up a card you need and use regularly, but if you have a card in your wallet that you don't use, it can be an ideal starting material for creating an impromptu guitar pick.Is this new to you? Catch up here
Getting the Size Right
Some guitarists can use small key chain cards just as they are without cutting them because of their already small size. If you don't have one of these on hand, cut off a pick-sized piece of a larger card. As you cut, do your best to create a shape similar to the type of pick you prefer to use. Ideally, you'll also want to choose a card with a thickness similar to the thickness of pick you prefer; however, when making your own pick on the fly, this isn't always possible, and sometimes you simply have to do the best with what you have on hand.
December 6th, 2012
Bob Dylan is one of history's most talented and prolific songwriters. Many consider his 1965 song, "Like a Rolling Stone", to be one of the best examples of his songwriting prowess. His cynical imagery and repeated croons of "How does it feel?" have been analyzed for decades by both fans and music scholars alike. But while Dylan rarely offers any explanations as to the meaning of his lyrics, he has spoken repeatedly on the themes of "Like a Rolling Stone".
In 1966, Dylan described the process of writing the song as producing "just a rhythm thing on paper all about my steady hatred directed at some point that was honest." He said he wasn't thinking of it as a song, but rather as a "revenge" piece, "telling someone something they didn't know, telling them they were lucky." The original draft was ten to twenty pages long, "this long piece of vomit" that he eventually picked four verses and a chorus out of to craft "Like a Rolling Stone". Dylan credits the song with bringing about a change in his creative direction: "After writing that I wasn't interested in writing a novel, or a play. I just had too much, I want to write songs."
The song, in contrast to most other hit songs of the time, was sarcastic and resentful, rather than adoring and love-struck. Though many biographers and journalists have speculated on whom the song is about, with Edie Sedgwick and Dylan's ex Joan Baez being popular guesses, Dylan has never commented on the identity of the subject. Some believe that the song is not about any particular person, but rather the state of the entire culture at the time - filled with insincerity and "phony" characters. Regardless of the exact meaning of the song, it is certain that it has proven itself to be a true classic of folk and rock music, inspiring generations of musicians and artists and cementing Dylan in his place as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
December 4th, 2012
New Orleans is well known for its flavorful cuisine and Southern hospitality. It's also the birthplace of jazz. Jazz' origins trace to the native musical heritage of the many freed slaves in the area. The New Orleans area used to house a large slave population on surrounding plantations. The French were the first to bring slaves to the area in the early 1700s.
Voudoun or "voodoo" was and still is a popular religion in the New Orleans area, which blended native African beliefs with Catholicism. Voudoun was not tolerated by the ruling whites except in the New Orleans area. Voudoun rituals and celebrations emphasized spirited music with heavy drumbeats.
Music from Voudoun spiritual traditions seeped over into everyday life. Rhythms picked up in rituals were soon heard coming from Western instruments like the piano and the trumpet. Bars and night clubs encouraged the freewheeling, celebratory sounds.
Musicologists disagree as to which musician actually stared the jazz sound, but they do agree that New Orleans was the home to all of the leading candidates. It was not as if one day a musician said, "I'm going to create a new musical style and call it jazz." The first could be Buddy Bolden forming his first band in 1895 or from Nick LaRocca in 1917.