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Acoustic And Electric Guitar – How They Stack Up Against Each Other

A guitar is a musical instrument, usually with six strings. This six-stringed guitar finds its origin in Spain. It can be played by handpicking or by finger-picks or plectrum. Plastic plectrums find wide usage today. However, the tonal quality is higher when tortoise shell picks are used.

Guitars can broadly be divided into two categories: acoustic and electric.

Acoustic guitars:

Acoustic guitars are generally crafted from wood, be it the low cost laminates or the pure hard wood like spruce, or a combination of both. Acoustic guitars are hollow-bodied and do not need an external amplifier. However, their utility is hampered in bands and orchestras which call for mandatory electric amplification. Amplification can be done through piezo and magnetic pick-ups.

There are many types of acoustic guitars. Among them, classical and steel string guitars are the most popular. The classical guitar is adorned with nylon strings. The strings are plucked with the fingers or finger-nails. Besides pure classical music all kinds of modern music too can be played on it. The music repertoire of the classical guitar is vast and varied. The roots of the classical guitar can be traced back to the lute, the vihuela and the renaissance guitar.

The steel strings of a steel-string acoustic guitar offer a brighter and louder sound. It is essentially larger than the classical guitar to accommodate the tension of the steel strings. A plectrum is a must for playing a steel-string guitar.

Electric guitars:

Unlike the case of an acoustic guitar, pick-ups are a must in electric guitars. Pick-ups convert the mechanical energy to electrical energy. A proper and compatible pick-up is a must for good tonal quality. Pick-ups which have found popularity among most musicians are either electromagnetic or piezoelectric.

The modern day electric guitar is made of solid wood like maple and mahogany. Some plastic material and aluminum alloys are used to give a sleek finish. Jazz, blues and rock-and-roll are the popular versions of music played on an electric guitar.

Lloyd Loar was one of the earliest inventors of the electric guitar but the first commercial guitar was made by Stromberg-Voisinet in 1928. In recent times, the electric guitar has revolutionized the music industry, especially rock music. The American culture is incomplete without the electric guitar.

The thin neck of an electric guitar allows the musician to comfortably hold and play the strings of the guitar. Being lightweight is another advantage of the electric guitar. Sophisticated equipment complements the electric guitar and a variety of effects can be produced like tapping and effects pedals. Modern electronics has a say in the tremendous sound effects that an electric guitar can produce.

Electric guitars can be of many types: solid body, hollow body and metal body. A solid body electric guitar is carved from hardwood and sports a lacquer finish. Pick-ups are used to reproduce sounds, which then pass through an amplifier and are heard from a speaker. Les Paul was one of the earliest inventors of this form of the guitar.

The hollow body electric guitar has a lighter weight and greater resonance. The pick-ups are lined up on the body of the guitar and it has one or two sound holes.

Metal body guitars were first manufactured in the 1950`s, but did not gain much popularity because of their inherent weight problem. Holes were dug into some of their variants which hampered the sound effects of the electric guitar.

Conclusion:

So, all we can infer is that acoustic guitars are a classical musician`s delight whereas an electric guitar is the soul and life of a band.

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The Russian Guitar: An Instrument Of The People

In comparison with the rest of its family, the Russian guitar has a relatively short history. While the Europe has been enjoying the melodious sounds of the guitar in one form or another since the 14th century, the guitar did not find its way to Mother Russia until the end of the 18th century, nearly 400 years later. However, once it arrived, it found a warm welcome, and the guitar has since become an established facet of Russian culture. Interestingly, its story has been inextricably linked with the politics of the country, and the instrument’s popularity has risen and fallen with the times.

Firstly, the Russian guitar is different from the classical, or Spanish, guitar. The main and most important difference is that the Russian guitar, or semistrunnaya gitara, has seven strings as opposed to the classical instrument’s six. There are also versions with two necks and 11 or 12 strings, but these are less common. The instrument is traditionally played without a pick, using fingers for either strumming or picking. Its invention is attributed to Andrei Sychra, who was born in the late 18th century and wrote over one thousand compositions during his lifetime.

Prior to the revolution of 1917, the Russian guitar was far more common and popular in Russia than the Spanish guitar. Its popularity was at its height during the later half of the 19th century, which may be at least partially attributed to the popularity of “city romance” songs at the time. It was during this period that peasants from the country were flocking to the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and these songs, which were guitar oriented and touched upon the life of the common man, were in keeping with the social movement. However, during the early Soviet eras of Lenin and Stalin, such music was considered bourgeois and fell into disfavor. The old Russian school of guitar, however, continued to be strong and the seven-stringed instrument persisted.

Although the Spanish guitar has gained some popularity in Russia over the past hundred years, especially in genres such as jazz and rock and roll, the Russian guitar continues to be the norm. The emergence of Russian bard music, or music written outside of the Soviet establishment, helped combat the influence of the Spanish instrument. This genre emerged in the 1960s, and its music relied heavily on the same techniques originally used in the “city romance” songs 50 years previously. Such music, and the Russian guitars it required, helped prevent Russian culture from being overrun by Western musical influences like the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Up until the late 1970s, Soviet guitar factories continued to produce only seven-stringed instruments. Manufacturers began a gradual switchover at that point and today, both types of instrument are available in Russia. The Russian guitar continues to be popular in its homeland, however, probably due to its flexibility, the relative simplicity of some basic chords and the ease of playing alternating bass lines. In fact, the appeal of the Russian guitar is so strong that Russian emigre guitarists living in western countries have been known to modify six string acoustic guitars to seven string instruments.

Newly-invented Method to Learn How to Play a Piano

Now anyone can learn to play piano with the revolutionary Cling Koo La Chords Movement Method developed by Dan Rather. Up to now, Piano students had a choice of two ways to learn the piano, the traditional classical approach, and the chords method or, as I call it, the Rote Chords Method. Many students have learned using these two methods, but for many it hasn’t been easy. There are good reasons why it hasn’t been easy. I have designed a new method of learning the piano, The Cling Koo La Movement method, a chord construction technique that is the quickest and easiest way to learn. Let me tell you about the three methods and I’ll show you why I am convinced that the Cling Koo La Movement Method is the way to go.

The Cling Koo La Movement Method that I have developed teaches you how to find the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th degrees of a chord and how to apply them in the left hand for chord construction and in the right hand for harmonies and improvisation. I first show you to find the root or 1st, and then I show you how to find the 7th using three simple techniques. I call this the shell of the chord. When you are comfortable with the shell, I show you how to find the 5th and add it to the chord using two simple techniques. This handful of simple techniques with the 1st, 5th, and 7th lets you construct every chord and play every tune that you can play with the Rote Chord Method. Optionally, the 3rd can be put into the chords or added to the right hand melody. Adding the 3rd requires memorization of a handful of notes, but allows you to place them in either the left or right hand in techniques that go beyond what can be learned with the Rote Method. The added bonus is that the chord construction method is the foundation for

future professional techniques that are as easy to learn as the initial 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th, and it is the method that is used by professionals every day.

The Traditional Approach of learning to read the treble and bass clefs teaches you to read and play pieces written with the treble clef for the right hand and the bass clef for the left hand. Every note is written for you, you play every note written – no more and no less – and every piece is written for a specific level of proficiency. Beginner’s pieces are written for beginners, and advanced pieces for advanced players. What this means is that beginners don’t have the ability to play the advanced pieces, and advanced players would not be challenged by a beginner’s piece. Even worse, advanced players wouldn’t know how to make a beginner’s piece sound like anything other than a beginner’s piece. You learn to play what is written, no more and no less. Now don’t get me wrong, there are many wonderful pieces written in the classical treble and bass clef, and advanced players can make them sound beautiful. You can too, if you want to work on it for a year or two. But there are easier ways than spending a couple o

f years on the bass and treble clefs, and that is why people are learning piano using chords and melodies.

The Cling Koo La Chords Movement is particularly suitable for kids to learn piano. I have also developed a special version for young kids between ages 4-7 to use the Cling Koo La Movement Method. My experiment with real kid students shows that learning piano becomes much more fun as it quickly directs a new learner into playing real songs. But learning to read music for kids is another task that I will discuss in a separate article. The one thing I wanted to remind parents is that reading music on a piano board cause substantial strains on kids’ eyes. My elder kid is near-sighted pretty much due to reading music with dim lighting. And I suggest getting a good piano lamp before having your kid spending too much time reading music from a piano bench.

Anyway, the Rote Chords Method has you memorize chords in your left hand and play simple melodies in your right hand. It’s as easy as that. But in reality it isn’t easy. It’s easy to start with the first few chords, but difficult to complete. Consider that there are numerous chord suffixes like min7, min7b5, aug7, maj6, min6, dom7, and so on: at least 14 suffixes that appear often in popular music. Those 14 suffixes apply to 12 different roots like C, C#, D, etc., meaning that you must learn 168 different 4 note chord combinations to be ready to play. This is a daunting task, and it is not easy to learn. Even if you do learn it, it is still a limited and stilted way to play, because all you can do is play the 168 chords in your left hand and the melody in your right hand, no more and no less. At best you become proficient, but that is all you will ever be. You have not built a foundation for continued growth in your playing.

The Cling Koo La Movement is a superior way to learn the piano for 3 reasons.

1. It is the easiest way to learn to play the piano.

2. It lets beginners play any piece that advanced players can play, and lets them play the same piece better as they become more proficient at the piano.

3. It is based on the theory of chords and chord structure and not the rote memorization of chords.

Why is this third point important? Because chord theory is easier to learn, easier to play and easier to adjust to your level of proficiency than rote memorization, and because it is the foundation of playing chords in the left hand and harmonizing with chord tones in the right hand in beautiful ways that rote chord playing will never achieve.

The Cling Koo La Movement method is a foundation that can be expanded upon in the years to come if you wish. It is not a dead end, but a starting point. You will play nice music today and you will play even better in the years to come, and it will be easier and faster to learn as well. A well-designed piano light makes your learning experience a bit more excellent. It is one of the few true win/win situations that you will ever come across.

OK, you are convinced that playing chords and melodies is easier than learning to read bass and treble clef… then why is Cling Koo La Movement easier than Rote Chords? It’s sort of like spelling. The rote chords method is like memorizing how to spell all of the 30,000 words in the dictionary, one by one. Start with aardvark and then move on to the next word. Chord construction is like learning your alphabet and phonics, and being able to spell all 30,000 words because you know how to construct them using your understanding of phonics and the alphabet. It’s the better way.

So, the Cling Koo La Movement is easier, but it doesn’t stop there. It lets you create increasingly beautiful music. Because you have learned the pieces of a chord, and not memorized a left hand chord structure, you can apply the chord parts in either hand. When you apply chord parts to the right hand, it is known as harmonization or improvisation. When you know the chord parts, you can add beauty to a right hand melody through harmonization, or you can create your own additions to the right hand melody with improvisations. The options are endless, but they are available only because you know your chord parts and how to apply them. As you progress with the method, you can go beyond the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th. You can learn how to use the 9th, the 11th, the sharp 11th and so on. It is the foundation of a very professional technique that will astound you and your friends as you play.

With Facebook Timeline Digital Music Distribution Helps Promote And Sell Albums

So you want to be a rockstar? Have you been to Facebook? Did you create a Facebook page? If so, is it on Timeline?

Timeline is the latest update for Facebook users. Although it’s not a favorite amongst regular users, music artists and bands alike can take advantage of this. It’s a useful tool for you especially if you’re currently doing digital music distribution that will eventually sell albums. How so? You can customize your artist/band page with Timeline and it ensures maximum exposure. You just need to learn how to create an eye-catching and helpful page especially geared towards your fans.

Here are tips on how to maximize your digital music distribution prowess with Facebook Timeline:

1. Get creative with your Cover Photo.Before, you can’t really show off your best photo on a Facebook page but now you can. Branding starts here. The first thing your eyes land on must have impact; ultimately, solidifying your image. You may use a good-looking photo of the band or a detail of your album cover. Get artistic, it’s allowed.

2. Pin it to be confused with Pinterest, Facebook Timeline has also introduced a similar principle wherein you don’t have to keep on making a new wall post about what’s new with you. Just highlight what you want, whether it’s a single, a music video, or an event that you’re involved in. Everything you want people to know about becomes centralized and easy to see.

3. Highlight.Facebook allows you to highlight anything within your Timeline. Say you want to show a photo of you rehearsing in your basement as high school kids, fans can see that! Consider this page as your personal library documenting your every milestone before you hit it big.

4. See them talk.A cool feature of Facebook Timeline is that you can see not only what your fans are saying about you but other people too! Anyone within your network and friends list can have an opinion about you and it directly goes to your Timeline. You see the involvement of your fans/friends instantly and their experience becomes more special in the process.

5. Administer Admin panel has become an insight-driven place where you can track your Facebook page’s activities. The Admin Panel gives you valuable info such as new notifications, new likes, and even a helpful graph. Click on Build Audience and you can make your Likes grow.

Sell albums efficiently by enhancing your Facebook Timeline experience. To sell albums becomes an exciting project that you can gain greatly from. Good luck!

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5 Reasons To Learn Music Theory

If you thought music theory was a waste of time and not necessary to further your musical goals, then read these following 5 reasons why this is not true.

1.Read sheet music: Being able to play from any piece of sheet music. Well it may be hard to play BUT you can read it!

2.Be able to transpose: Say you are playing a piece from the sheet music you can now read but you think it sounds too high or too low, or just not right. Well now you can move it into a new key and play at a better singing.

3.Be able to modulate: You will be able to, with a few quick moves of the fingers, move your music into a new key with a succession of notes so pleasing to the ear it will bring a smile to your listeners faces.

4.It will increase your skill in improvising: Enough said.

5.Knowing music theory will help you recreate the sounds you enjoy in your favorite songs. Those fabulous chord progressions. The parts that give a song that certain sound. Gospel, Contemporary etc.

To learn music theory you don?t have to become a scholar on the subject. Just at least learn the basics. Getting a good music theory book and spending a few minutes a day reading from it and doing any included exercises can jump start your music playing.

Copy Music YouTube Almost Instantly

YouTube is the largest and most popular video source in the world at present. People from all over the world are fans and part of this site. It is also because of the Google that YouTube has earned such immense popularity because it is publicized through Google also and Google is the most popular search engine used throughout the world. Apart from publicity, YouTube is extremely user friendly and this is the reason behind its high fame. Being part of it is easy and free too. Being a member of YouTube you can post videos on it and also comment on other people’s video.

The videos available on YouTube range from DIY videos to home videos and from music videos to movies and different stage and TV shows. If you are a music lover you must be associated with YouTube and perhaps tried to copy music YouTube and convert it into files that you can save in your computer or iPhone or iPod. There are different types of music available on the site that you can view or download if you want especially when you have the right converter with you. There are some songs that are found only on YouTube. It is possible they might be copyright reserved.

So, the first thing that you should go through is read the terms and conditions under which you can download any music video from YouTube. When you are interested to rip song from YouTube it is important you know how to do it. Now it is very easy to copy music YouTube and this can be done with the help of just few clicks. You need a third party software to download and copy the YouTube music and convert it into mp3 format so that you have the music to listen whenever and wherever you want.

Finding time to watch your favorite video, each time you want to enjoy it, might be very difficult for you. So, rip song from YouTube with the help of suitable software that can perform the work faster, efficiently and is available for free too. Although there is some paid software to help you get any YouTube video converted into mp3 music file, you can find free platforms that can help you achieve the same goal in more or less same time and without wasting any money. Research and find the best software to help you copy music YouTube and enjoy your music everywhere you go.

Replace The Old Tring Tring Of Your Cell Phone And Get Happening Mobile Ringtones

Technology has given its great contribution in entertainment industry via providing number of entertainment elements from games to wallpapers, videos to ringtones etc. The presence of ringtones feature in mobile phones has increased the enjoyment. With the ease of music available on mobile phones, the user can easily spend his whole day listening to his/her favorites. As we all know that Internet is the greatest source of free services.

The user can easily get number of Download Mobile Ringtones from hip hop to jass, old melodies to remix tracks etc. The mobile phones play a very eminent role in this century, connecting people along with offering number of fun loving features. A number of latest mobile phones are equipped with the great feature of ringtone that offers excellent audio quality. For instance, these days smartphones are loaded with umpteen impressive feature of tones, supporting advanced format. With the availability of digital sound files, people are just enjoying every beat of music. A good music can change the boring day of users. Moreover, the availability of free ringtones allow users to download their all time favorites through number of web portals.

There are great categories of ringtones including classical, funny, devotional, sweet, romantic and number of other melodies. One can set them as his incoming tone. The user can easily personalize the ringtone of various Bollywood or Hollywood movie songs. Get a new happening thrilling tone for your cell phone and remove the old tring-tring sound. With the increasing scope of fashion and technology, people are more advanced in terms of their cell phone beautification and always put efforts to make it different from others. One can easily download mobile ringtones using three different ways. Firstly, the user can download it through Internet using data cable or card reader. Secondly, can get number of chilling tones directly through GPRS activated cell phone and thirdly, the user can seek the help of service providers and thus send a SMS and get tones.

There are different kinds of Free Mobile
Ringtones like MP3, polyphonic, monophonic, true tones etc. The user can select the tone as per his cell phone’s format. So, get the feel of old days and enjoy playing sweet romantic melodies as per your mood.

5 Important Tips On Piano Lessons

5 Important Tips for Piano Lessons
Must-Have information before deciding on Piano Lessons!

Music is a very important part of our lives. It does a lot more than just please our ears ? it is an integral part of human development.
Several years ago, there was an experiment done by scientists at the University of California at Irvine in 1993. (published in the journal Nature) They had college students listen to Mozart Sonata for two Pianos in D Major, a relaxation tape or silence. Immediately after these sessions, the students took a spatial reasoning test (the ability to put together puzzles) and the students? scores improved drastically after listening to the Music. The reason is because music and spatial abilities share the same pathways in the brain.

Another experiment was done later on by researchers at Appalachian State University and the researchers were successful as well in connecting music to boosting ?brain power?.
They gave preschool children (ages 3-4 yrs. old) training for 8 months. Children were divided into 4 groups: Keyboard lessons, Singing lessons, Computer lessons and No lessons. After 8 months of this treatment, the children were tested on their ability to put together puzzles (spatial-temporal reasoning) and to recognize shapes (spatial-recognition reasoning) and the results were astounding! They found that only those children who had taken the keyboard lessons had improvement in the spatial-temporal test. (The children did not, however show any change with the spatial-recognition.)

Another interesting observation I?ve made is the connection between the Medical profession and the Music profession ? a large majority of M.D.?s are Classically trained musicians! I?ve encountered many and have asked them all the same question ? how do you make the connection between the medical and the musical ? and the response I?ve had is that they are both very intricate and require a rare focus and mathematical mindset in many different directions at once. It?s achieved by many years of training in either and/or both fields, which by the same token – enhance each other. So to them ? the similarity in brain function and focus is evident and invaluable to both the medical and the musical. It will be interesting to see the results of further study in that matter. Currently, there is no conclusive proof scientifically of the connection between Medical and Musical.

Now ? for the 5 Tips for Piano Lessons!

1) Interest:
Assess the interest of your child. Is this something they really like ? or is it your dream? The child should show genuine interest in music and a keyboard in order for their learning experience to be a pleasant and successful one. If they are not interested ? ask yourself why you even pursued it? Is it because you have an inner desire for it? It?s NEVER too late to begin! Sign yourself up for Piano lessons if that?s the case. I?ve have students of every age ? some played when they were kids then quit. As they got older, regretted quitting and vowed to one day pick it up again. Then there are others who always had the desire but not the opportunity and now find themselves retired with plenty of time on their hands. They?ve actually become Piano virtuosos! I give you these lovely examples to give you hope and a nudge ? psssst! It?s never too late! The student must be genuinely interested.
2) Instrument:
It?s fine to begin Piano lessons on an electronic keyboard. As time goes on, the student will know in which direction they?d like to take the Piano lessons. If it?s just for personal enjoyment, it?s fine to stay with a keyboard.
If it?s for classical Piano training ? then the student should be switched over to an acoustic Piano. In my experience as a Piano teacher, I?ve realized that a Spinet Piano (the ones that have a low back) unless it is given as a gift, should not be purchased. It would be preferable to purchase an ?Upright? which is a Baby Grand Piano, but instead of the strings being vertical they?re horizontal. The reason being, that the action on the keys is much better technically for the student?s hand, and it sound substantially better to the ear.
3) Teacher:
Ask around and get feedback from others about their teachers. Find out the teacher?s background. Where did they get the education from, how long have they been teaching, where do they teach from, what are the surroundings like? Ask current students how patient the teacher is and how do they feel during the lesson. You should get a pretty good idea about the teacher by how current students are progressing. Does the teacher?s personality blend with your child?s. Remember, this is a choice! In school the children have to adapt to the teacher that has been assigned to them, and that?s a good thing. They learn to get along with different types of personalities, but Piano is an extra-curricular activity and should be a pleasant one that they look forward to.
4) Schedule:
Children can be easily overwhelmed by too much in their schedule. As adults ? we?ve experienced overload for ourselves and it?s SO counterproductive! It?s highly advisable to limit activities in order for the kids not to be pulled in too many directions.
Once activities have been chosen, I?ve found with my own kids and students that by writing down a daily schedule, everything gets done and there are no excuses for forgetting to practice.
5) Dedication:
Once a schedule is in place, practicing piano will become part of daily routine. After a while, the student won?t be so ?worried? about time, but will want to achieve goals set by the teacher. The student will need dedication in order for the craft to go from mechanical to musical. Encourage them to listen to a wide range of styles and genre?s in order for them to develop their own taste for music. At an early stage, dedication can be ingrained in a student by participating in Recitals, Talent Shows and Worship Services. It takes diligence and dedication ? also sacrifices to make piano a beautiful craft.