Thursday, August 18, 2016

Music Makes Kids Happy and Smarter

Don’t you guys just love music? Do you know why for some reason it is so easy to change your mood by listening to the music you like? Music has, in fact, been scientifically proven to make us happy, smarter and more vibrant.

If we look at our brains closely we will be able to see neural pathways. These pathways are where information travels to and fro.  When we listen to music, these pathways come alive. And here’s another thing, when we level up to music making or playing musical instruments new neural pathways are created. Advanced technology such as PET scans and MRI imaging has made it possible to monitor the brain. This is why when engaged in such activity our spirits become more alive and our thinking processes become more enhanced. Problem solving and creativity are developed when music is incorporated to any activity that requires a lot of thinking.

In addition, music is said to be part of our biological heritage and is hard wired into our genes as a survival strategy. Music was used in earlier generations for intra-group communication that increased group safety and identification improving notification of pending threat or environmental changes. Music was also used to increase harmony and social bonding among those playing it or listening to it. In this manner, it is said that music may have contributed to changes in the brain such as verbal memory, counting, and self-discipline, which have enhanced survival.
 
With these findings, it is safe to assume that incorporating music to our children’s daily activities will reap benefits later on. Not for us, but for their survival in this competitive world. Helping them learn the musical arts, music making, or playing musical instruments will teach them self-discipline, patience, and organizational values which will give them better chances of leading a better and more productive life.
 
To get started on this venture, there are many research literatures available about Music and the Brain. Also, Sharon Burch, a music teacher hailing from Iowa and author of the Freddie the Frog® book series has lined up useful books to help your kids become more interested in music. With the mission of breaking down big abstract music concepts into developmentally appropriate pieces for kids, the book series tells a fictitious story appropriate for kids that depicts unforgettable characters and stories about the musical staff, musical notesFeature Articles, and all other musical concepts.


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Learn more about Freddie the Frog® here, www.freddiethefrog.com and www.freddiethefrogbooks.com.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How Music Impacts Our Everyday Lives

Music is a gift no one can ignore. It has a huge impact on every phase of life. No one in the world is untouched by it. This article explores the various facets of music.

Good music can make a huge difference in any environment. It makes a child happy, helps a lover express his feelings, makes everyone dance and can even make plants grow faster! It is rare to find someone who actually abhors music.

Most of the people not only like listening to it but also learning it in various forms. If you are a disc jockey, you can spin music for others. Many try to learn to play musical instruments. Others, with even passable singing voices, aim to train themselves to sing. Then there are those who use dance as a medium to enjoy music. Many actually love composing music and the rest like music recording.

Kids have a special affinity to music. Even newborns love to hear soothing sounds. In fact doctors claim that playing soft music when pregnant helps a child in the womb calm down and become more musically inclined. Much of what a child likes in music depends upon what he has been exposed to in his childhood. So, if you love listening to rock, your child will probably pick up that trait too. Newborns have been seen to respond positively to melodious tunes. Many cranky babies become quieter on being exposed to rhythmic and soft sounds. Mothers have been known to help their babies sleep with the sweet strains of lullabies. Parents can download music that soothe their kid and use that to help him get calm.

Where would lovers be without music? Some of the best songs and tunes have been utterly romantic. Who can forget the hauntingly beautiful title track of “Love Story”? Lovers have been using music to express their feelings from ancient times. The ancient tribes in almost any place on earth used some form of music and dancing to attract mates. Whether it was the drums of Africa, the piano of Europe or flute of India, hypnotic music has brought many a couple together. Lord Krishna’s mellifluous flute tunes have made him one of the most romantic Gods ever. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were known to break into songs to let out their feelings and even today, most of Hollywood’s romantic comedies heavily depend on digital music recording to become blockbusters.

Of course, there would be no dance without music. Dance is one of the easiest ways to feel completely free. But unless there is some good foot tapping number on, dancing is out of the question. Even if you have two left feet, you will sway to the sounds of the popular songs. Music is the life of parties. Discos and bars cannot do without it. Whether it is a wedding dance or a birthday bash, music can make any social occasion full of fun.

If you love music, you love life. It can touch souls, pass great messages and change the world. So, sing, danceArticle Submission, compose or just plain listen to music and set your soul free. It is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the moment and live it up.



About the Author.

The author loves mixing music. You can make your own music by setting up a home recording studio and using a good music production software. Learn all the music terms with the help of an online music dictionary.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Bringing Music to Art

"Today, I find myself interested in graphic arts and multimedia; albeit with music written upon my heart and soul."

As a very young child, I began a long journey of piano playing which has followed me all the way through my adulthood. From childhood lessons to adult lessons, and after decades of musical education which included reading notes, chords, scales, music theory, and composition, you would think I'd feel like I had achieved my musical goals. To the contrary, I still have so much more to learn! However, once any pianist reaches an expert level, it is difficult (and expensive) to find the musical instruction required to keep going. From this experience, coupled with other twist of events, I have drifted away from playing music. Today, I find myself interested in graphic arts and multimedia; albeit with music written upon my heart and soul.

Music has been one of the strongest influences to my artistic expressions and has helped me understand how to express beauty, rhythm, and movement. From my photography background (from which I photographed thousands of images), I learned the seven wonders of photography, the importance of framing and composition, and how to create emphasis. So you might wonder, how could music influence artistic expressions of a different medium?

When I used to play the piano, sometimes I would reach to fasten my seatbelt, but of course, it was not there. This often happened right before I started to play, and perhaps this occurred because I felt as if I was about to travel through space. From my mind's eye, and at the point I was lost in my music, I could easily envision colorful, geometric forms. The forms were beautiful. Other times, I would see imaginary birds flying, and possibly those birds are manifesting themselves through my graphic designs today. My sketchbooks are filled with endless imaginary birds; and I often wonder, where is this imagery coming from? There seems to be no end to it.

In music, the rhythm can slow down and speed up, pause or sustain a tone, leap, or even freeze for an instant; but if the rhythm breaks--sadly, the moment is lost. Is art any different? Isn't this concept similar to what we know as a design principle? Each piece of artwork whether it be 2-D or 3-D needs to pull together as a unit and needs to have the same feeling of completeness in the same way as expected in a song; that is, at least to the point of solving all the design problems related to it.

Next time you find yourself stuck, creatively speaking, turn on music which harmonizes with the piece you are working on. Amazingly, in the way songs are written and in the way words are expressed within them, pianists vary the way they choose to strike the keys. So, why wouldn't music influence how the artist's brush strikes the canvas? To experience what I'm trying to convey, close your eyes and draw with your imaginary pen or brush and strike the air as the music influences you; and let the music influence how you make your abstract design. If brush strokes and lines are artists' signatures, then why not let your signatures be influenced by audio multimedia?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Using Music Charts to Find New Music

If you like to listen to music then you probably are already aware of some of the more famous top music charts. There is however many other music charts to be found. Regardless of the type of music you listen to you can find a music chart that tracks the top music in your favorite genre.

Finding popular music charts online is easy. You can do simply Google searches or you can look at a music website such as ITunes and view their various music charts.

One great thing about top music lists is that if you are introduced to a new form of music such as Reggae then you can find other popular Reggae music that you may also like.

One of the best ways of finding popular music charts is to use a popular website such as ITunes. You can look at all of the music charts and lists they offer even if you never purchase any MP3’s from them. You can find musical charts that encompass all forms of music. These charts are spectacular for finding new artists and popular songs.

Emerging trends on musical charts allow new artists that have a hit song to be able to get more airplay on their other songs that are not as popular. By tracking musical charts you can find songs you like a lot but never get any radio airplay. Just because a song is not played a lot on the radio does not mean you won’t like it. Musical Charts help you find these songs.

Check Out The Various Genres Of Music Here

What are the different genres of music ruling the charts these days? Read on to find out! From classical to hip hop to jazz, this article will help you learn about all types of music.

It is very difficult to categorize music and yet these days any album coming out is referred to by its particular genre. In order to really enjoy the different genre of music, it is important to understand them. This article will take you through all the major types of music that rule the hearts of millions of people around the world. You can decide which is best for music recording and which you can actually try to learn.

One of the most important categories of music is classical music. This is the type of music that needs a lot of hard work because of its inherent complexity. Classical music is not simple and definitely not for bathroom singers. It needs a lot of practice and learning to master this art. Most operas feature this music and the divas who sing the classical songs are highly respected for their range and layered performances. Classical music is taken very seriously by people who love it and if you are interested in it you may have to be coached rigorously to be stage ready.

Another type of music that has roots in very early days is the tribal music. Tribal music is inherent to particular tribes and does not need any expensive studio equipment for its creation. The tribal music of many African, Hawaiians and the American Indian tribes have qualities unique to them. Lots of African tribal music is fast paced while the Hawaiian music is very lively. American Indian music often has a haunting quality that stirs the soul. Similarly, the Nordic tribes or the Arabic ones have their own music that can be very spontaneous and emotive. If you love dancing to simple, nature based music, tribal music is best for you.

Hip-hop is a rather new kid on the block in comparison to the aforementioned veterans of music. However, it has caught the fancy of the young generation to a huge extent. Low waist pants, gesturing moves, a cool attitude and rhythmic word play – all come together to give a special quality to hip hop music.  If you want to be considered hip and cool, you may want to consider a number of hip hop songs while you download music on your iPod.

Another famous music genre is Rock. Long hair, a guitar in hand and a loud voice are the main features of a rocker. The kind of frenzy a rock band evokes is hard to emulate. The pulsating music and aggressive moves make this music, one of the most popular on earth. If you are a member of a rock band, you have a ticket to instant fame.

You can also opt for the rustic and definitely much softer music genre called country music. Other musical forms are jazz which is one of the most soulful categories, blues which as the name suggests specializes in sad numbers, dance which you will love if you work as a disc jockey, folk which is another age old form of music and many others.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

How To Promote Your Music Career And Build Your Music Fan Base

Are you trying to find the best way to promote your music and gain a huge following of fans? This is a major concern for the majority of musicians; both for those who are just starting their music careers and for those who have been in the music business for a long time. There is no doubt that having a major following of fans for your music is crucial to big and long lasting success in the music industry.

However, the truth is that there is no all encompassing answer on the topic of how to promote your music. This is because you or the band you are playing in are likely facing many unique challenges that would need to be overcome before you could gain more fans and effectively promote your music. The good news is, whether you are just starting in the music business or are a seasoned pro, being able to get more music fans and promote your music really comes down to reaching the following three goals:

1.   You have to get more people to check out your music.

2.   You need the people who check out your music to give you some kind of support (either by buying your music, coming out to your shows, purchasing products your release, etc.)

3.   You need to turn your fans into FANATICS to where they will tell others (on their own) about how great you and your music are.

No matter what it is that you are trying to achieve in the music business, the three goals mentioned above will apply to anything you do as long as you are trying to develop a strong relationship with your fans.

These goals may all seem to be separate from one another; however, they are in fact all connected. Once you are able to achieve success with any single one of them, you will greatly improve your chances for success with any of the others. As soon as you truly ‘get’ this basic truth, you will find it much easier to be productive in your efforts.

In order to achieve great success as you promote you music to your fans, you must learn how to think in a strategic manner rather than just taking inconsistent and isolated actions (a mistake that most musicians and bands make). Instead of trying to find a general formula that you can apply to help you get more fans for your music, you need to begin thinking in the same manner as most professional musicians. While training other musicians to succeed in their music careers, I help them understand how to find creative ideas that they can apply in their own music career in order to quickly gain more music fans. Once you gain the ability to think this way in your own music career, it will become much easier for you to overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of your promotional efforts.

To illustrate what I mean and give you various steps (that you can take right now to get more music fans), here are some quick and easy things you can do to accomplish all three of the music promotion goals mentioned above.

However, before I discuss this in more detail, you will be able to get much more benefit from reading this article if you take the time (right now) to assess your current understanding of how to attract music fans. Take this free test on how to promote a music career now before you read the following sections of this article. Open a separate tab in your browser now, finish the assessment and then come back when you are done.

Now that you have measured your current music promotion abilities, I am going to show you a few ways to promote your music. While you are reading, try to think creatively and focus on the ‘style’ of thinking that makes up the foundation for these ideas rather than just the ideas themselves. This will help you to better understand what makes them effective and how you can use them in your own music career.

Promoting Your Music Objective: Get more people to hear your music


Solution #1:
Release music with other musicians on a compilation album. While releasing a compilation record with other artists, you not only release your own music, but the songs of others. This is important because once you do this you are able to promote your music to both your fans AND the fans of every other musician on the record. Remember, your main objective here is not necessarily to make a lot of money; but to utilize the album as an inexpensive tool for gaining much more exposure to new fans than what you would gain on your own. Later on, you can get maximum leverage out of this by promoting your own records, products or merchandise to your new extended network of fans. This idea of using one action to produce MANY benefits is one of the many success strategies that I train musicians to use in my Music Careers Mentoring Program.

Solution #2: Work together with other musicians locally. Instead of considering other local musicians to be your competition (for gaining more fans), work together with local musical artists of a similar genre to help you gain access to larger amount of fans who are interested in hearing and seeing you play music. One method for achieving this is to work with another band to perform at the same venue in an effort to bring together the fan base of both bands. By doing this, you will not only improve your relationship with the owner of the venue (because you are bringing in more people), but you will have the opportunity to advertise your music to the other band’s fan base (and them to yours). This idea is very fundamental, but in reality not many bands take initiative to actually go out and do it. On top of that, many bands make the mistake of sharing the venue with other bands who are not in their target market, or with bands who do not make a strong effort to attract their fans to the venue (thus taking away the mutual benefit). One example of pulling this idea off (which is fairly common in the music business) is when a band with a small following becomes and opening act for a much larger band. However, if you cannot find a highly successful band to open for you can still achieve this; you will need to simply find a band that contains musicians who have enough ambition to take ACTION and implement this strategy.

Promoting Your Music Objective: Get your fans to take the next step


Solution #1: Make sure that people have incentive to both be a fan of your music AND purchase your music. Those who have mastered the ability to successfully promote music find ways to get their fan base to buy their music as opposed to downloading it online for free. Additionally, they are able to take an average listener and turn him/her into a loyal fan. A great way to do this is to offer something special to people who actually BUY your music (that cannot be obtained by simply downloading it for free). To effectively do this, it is important that whatever you are offering cannot be easily reproduced through digital media. This could include things such as VIP passes to your concerts, merchandise or other creative and unique items. The main thing to get out this idea is that you can implement a single strategy to achieve good music promotion while also developing a stronger relationship between you and your fans.

Solution #2: Become familiar with your current fan base. It is easy to successfully promote yourself as a musician when you can put yourself out there to those who already give you their support whenever you pursue new projects in your musical career. Most musicians think that their biggest problem is a lack of music fans, when in fact, they simply do not know who their real fans are and how to get in touch with them. Instead of contacting these specific fans, a lot of musicians focus their efforts on the general public. The truth is, this approach can work; however, promoting your music in this manner will cost a great deal of money and time. To dramatically cut down on your costs with regards to money, energy and time; make your musical promotion more effective by finding an easy way to stay in touch with your fan base at all times.

Promoting Your Music Objective: Changing Casual Music Fans Into True Fanatics


Solution #1:
Create unique events around your music that encourages your fans to interact with you in ways other than just listening to your songs or coming to your shows. There exist many different ways to do this (limited only by your personal creativity); however, no matter what you do, your main goal should always be to expand upon the relationship you have with your fans in order to close the gap between you are your fans.

Solution #2:
Reward your greatest fans with unique items and attention that casual fans do not have access to. This can easily be tied together with the point made in solution #1 above or as an independent idea on its own. If you want the fans of your music to take initiative in a specific way (such as spreading your band’s reputation or music to their friends), think of things that you can offer to them that will really get them enthusiastic about what is going on beyond your music. When you do this, offer something that really helps to spread your band’s image as opposed to merely offering cash or “free t-shirts”. Go the extra mile to really offer your most loyal music fans something special.

As you have read, once you take a more detailed approach to understanding specifically what it is that you want to do when it comes to “gaining more music fans”, it’s a lot easier to understand specifically which action steps you must perform to make this happen. The majority of musicians only think about improving their music while trying to appeal to the general public, but doing this is only one aspect of musical promotion. Of course, your music is important; however there are aspects of your music career that you must work on in order to effectively get more fans for your music. As soon as you begin focusing on these aspects, you will start to gain much greater results in your music promotion efforts.

Start getting more fans of your music career by assessing your current promotional skills in this free assessment on how to promote a music career.

About The Author:


Tom Hess is a recording artist, touring musician and the guitar player for the band Rhapsody Of Fire. He trains and mentors musicians of all different experience levels on how to develop a successful career in music. Visit his musician website to get free music career building tools and read professional music business columns.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

How To Be A Professional In The Music World

We all love to listen to good music. What if we are able to create our own music and add that extra effect, zing and personal touch? Music software is your perfect friend for this. Here is an account of all you want to know about music software and downloads.

Music software - the new buzzword in the music world, which makes most of us experts in the field. Whether you are a professional, a student or simply pursuing a hobby in music, you are bound to feel enamored by the enormous potential of music software. It allows you to create your own album and songs with that extra zing and class. With music software, you can download, copy, edit, mix and match music to play it to perfection. 

This will make you so special in the eyes of your sweet heart. What else you can aspire for? Internet has come as a boon for all music lovers who want to enjoy nice music at a fraction of otherwise exorbitant costs of CDs and albums. By downloading music software, you can create your own private album. In fact a large number of websites offer free music software, which is quite handy for beginners. So the old adage that ‘there are no free lunches in the world’ does not apply - at least not to the music world. Music software allows even amateur music buffs like us to experiment and create our own music. 

You can add effects, waves, echoes and reverberations to the music. All this makes your music more peppy and adds a feeling of freshness to it. Let us begin with the minimum requirements for making a start. You need a PC with 1 GB RAM (though lower end versions such as 256 MB RAM are also fine to begin with) and 80 GB hard disk (If you have less, never mind- you can add it later on). Your processor speed should ideally be 3.8GHz or more. 

This will allow you to work seamlessly across software and give you that extra power and speed to work on your music. You also need to have an internet connection to download music software and other stuff. Broadband connectivity is great and is now affordable. With broadband, the speed of your download increases and you can ride the music mania. Music software helps you in setting up and jazzing up instrument sounds, editing and converting music from one format to other such as WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, CDA, VQF, AAC etc. 

You can add a good sound card which will have a great effect on quality and modulation. Music software also helps you in ripping music whereby you can copy audio files from CDs to your PCs and then work on it. As you learn the basic tricks, you may go in for other software such as MIDI converter, controller and sequencer, Jukebox, MOD trackers, software synthesizers, patch editors, multi-track recording software and samplers. Computer aided composition music software also takes you to a different world altogether. 

It is an intelligent software which helps you in composing, creating arrangements giving notations and structures to your music. It also gives that extra jazz to your music and makes it more professional. Music software has made it possible for us to be on our own. No wonder you are seeing people getting more and more professional in the field and creating waves with their wonderful and aesthetic performances. 

You too can join the bandwagon. It is simple and does not cost much. Let us begin with a small exercise. Just browse the internet and download music and your favorite songs. Create an album and gift it to your dream date. Then sit back and enjoy the positive spin offs that your crooning brings! 

The author loves making music. You can now set up a home recording studio easily and use to make your own music. Digital music recording is now very simple with the use of many available software. Learn terminologies through an online music dictionary before you start.