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PBH Blog - 2013 Highlights

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Highlight from Play By Hearing's music and marketing blog featuring helpful articles and resources.

Highlight from Play By Hearing's music and marketing blog featuring helpful articles and resources.

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  • 1. August 11th, 2013 Published by: vaporsaint Created using Zinepal. Go online to create your own eBooks in PDF, ePub, Kindle and Mobipocket formats. 1 PBH Blog - 2013 Highlights This eBook was created using the Zinepal Online eBook Creator. Use Zinepal to create your own eBooks in PDF, ePub and Kindle/Mobipocket formats. Upgrade to a Zinepal Pro Account to unlock more features and hide this message. Learn To Play Guitar With Freeware August 1st, 2013 You can find a lot of information online about guitar playing. For those of you itching to learn how to play a guitar , you now have a chance to learn through freeware. But before anything else, you need to know things like the guitar instrument and some facts about it. One of the most popular musical instruments ever created is the guitar. Many individuals want to learn to play this instrument but most of them fail because they soon grow impatient, especially in learning the guitar chords and notes. Other methods of learning to play the guitar will give you long nights of practice but with little progress, sore fingers, and numerous teachers. This is why many individuals who want to learn to play guitar easily and fast turn to the freeware found online. There are tons of freeware programs found online geared towards learning to play the guitar. You can choose freeware that is suited for beginners, intermediate, or advanced players. It is very important to choose the right freeware so you can learn the right stuff. As the word suggests freeware is for free. Now, you must know that most guitar software packages will cost you some money but it is already considered much cheaper than other methods of learning to play guitar. By conducting a thorough search online, you can find many freeware programs that will suit your learning needs. You can save a lot of money and time by using freeware. You can learn at your own pace without any pressures from a guitar teacher. You will learn about the guitar basics, technical stuff about playing guitar, the chords, the notes, and many others. With all the new technologies present today, the learning process is shortened. And when you’re using freeware, you only need to spend money on the guitar and other accessories and most especially your precious time. Guitar lessons online are the best solution to the growing demand for guitar teachers, instructions books, and other learning programs. Aside from it being cost effective, you can log on to the internet at your most convenient time and in even your own home. Don’t waste your time on guitar software packages that cost a lot of money. Find the appropriate freeware online and learn to play the guitar fast. Shop around for the right guitar and some guitar accessories like guitar amps and guitar picks. Learn to play guitar through freeware. Find one now and see if it really works. You can either learn alone, or learn together with friends or family who are also guitar enthusiasts. Remember to have fun because that’s one of the secrets of playing the guitar. If you’re not enjoying it, then you will never learn! All the best, PLAY BY HEARING 10 Tips To A Better Song - Get Your Voice Heard August 1st, 2013 If you are getting ready to step into a studio to record, make sure that think before you ever put foot close to the microphone. While recording allows for new wonders and expectations to be met with music, there is still the need to do some old fashioned things to make sure that your songs are worth the extra track. Following are ten tips that can help you to make sure you have the arrangement correct before you begin recording. 1.Balance. Is your instrumentation balanced? You should have an even amount of ranges, from low to high. If you have too much of one and not enough of another, your recording might not sound so great. 2.Harmonies. You want to make sure that there is some good support going into the melody of your song. Without the right harmonies, or alternative sounds to the melody, it will sound like your song is missing a piece of the puzzle. 3.Musical arrangement. This is based completely around the ability to organize the instrumentation in the song. Not only
  • 2. August 11th, 2013 Published by: vaporsaint Created using Zinepal. Go online to create your own eBooks in PDF, ePub, Kindle and Mobipocket formats. 2 should it be balanced, but it should also include contrasts and similarities in how the music follows what you are trying to say. If you are stuck with creating instrumentation that fits, get into some basic theory concepts to assist you. 4.Spacing. More important than all of the melodies and harmonies, is the room that you put in between each. This means that you don't want to rush through your song and you don't want to take too much time. Make sure that you give some breaks with melodies and change up the harmonies enough to keep it interesting and moving correctly. 5.Tempo. Often times, it is assumed that there is a specific tempo and that is it. However, you want to make sure that your tempos are defined and everyone follows them without missing a beat. Once you get into the studio, you don't want anything to be off by a second, as it will cause the recording to become difficult to lay down. 6.Form. The easiest way for a listener to relate to your song from the beginning is to have the right form. If you are focused on lyrics, this will be the hook that is used during the chorus. If you are experimenting with form, make sure there is always a place in the music that goes back and keeps the attention of the listener so that they can relate to the music. 7.Variety. One of the overlooked parts of arranging is the variety that is in the song. This means that, even though you are repeating choruses or verses, make sure that you have some different movement or instrumentation in your recording. 8.Movement. The movement of the song goes beyond the tempo and into the extra small things that you do with a recording. This is what will make or break a song. Things such as louds and softs, ornamentation and other small add ons will help to move the song in the right way. 9.Consistency. Along with the variety of the song should be a certain consistency that lets the song fit together. This partly is related to the form of the song and also links to things such as tying the song together with the right lyrics and musical concepts. Within each of these areas, you can have some variation, but make sure that the frame work allows the listener to follow what you are doing. 10.Creativity. Of course, this should never be left behind. All too often are musical ideas that are heard that are close to what was heard before. The first rule to a good song is always to let yourself go, follow your creativity and to let the rest fall into place. With these simple tricks you can improve your song to get it recording ready. By following these concepts, you will be able to make sure that your songs and pieces are polished, stand out from the crowd, and get your voice heard among other musicians. All the best, PLAY BY HEARING American Influence Of Jazz Music - From Spirituals To Urban Contemporary Gospel April 29th, 2013 The Jazz music sensation began to rub off on other parts of the world which encourages the experimentation of melding their familiar sounds with the essence of Jazz. In Europe's country in the Region of France came the Quintette Du Hot Club de France who was responsible for the making of the early "Gypsy Jazz". The Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt created gypsy jazz by mixing the style of French Musette which was used in the dance halls, eastern European Folk known as Jazz Manouche, and American swing of the 1930's. The sound was developed by instruments from the string family which are a steel string guitar, violin, and an upright bass. The atmosphere of the Jazz music is seductive with sudden unpredictable twists, and accelerating rhythms. The French artist Bireli Lagrene plays this unique music with old elements of the past. Another style of Jazz music that allowed the musicians to express themselves freely was the invention of Avant-garde or free Jazz music. Both of these styles stemmed from the Bebop era, yet produced a relaxed form of harmonic and rhythmic music in the 1940's and 1950's. The musicians John Coltrane, Dewey Redman, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Ornette Coleman and many more were the creators of the free Jazz music. Between the 1960's and 1970's the Latin musicians created the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Jazz Music styles after Bebop musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Taylor cultivated it. Gillespie and Taylor was influenced by the music of Cuban and Puerto Rican musicians Chico O'farrill, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, Xavier Cugat, Mario Bauza and Arturo Sandoval. Jazz music expressed in a Latin interpretation was termed Bossa Nova with origins in Samba music which is a mixture of Jazz, classical and pop music from the 20th century. Bossa is a moderate sound of music with Classical harmonic structure from Europe, Samba polyrhythm's from Brazil and cool music. The tempo of such a work is about 120 beats per minute. The instruments used in this particular sound is nylon stringed guitar, piano, high hat tap of eighths, tapping on the rim of the drum like Sade's "Sweetest Taboo", and a vocalist. The sound produced is a new relaxing sound where the acoustic sound of the guitar can lull one to sleep with it's easy melodic line. Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim became popular in the sixties with this style of music. The influence of Jazz music returned to the place of its origins in the religious music known as Urban Contemporary Gospel from the spirituals music. Much of spiritual music sung by southern slaves in the past has a haunting dark and mournful sound during the 1800 and 1900's. The churches know as the sanctified or holy churches took a more happier approach by encouraging member to sing speak their personal testimonies as they celebrated with song and dance.
  • 3. August 11th, 2013 Published by: vaporsaint Created using Zinepal. Go online to create your own eBooks in PDF, ePub, Kindle and Mobipocket formats. 3 The sanctified artist Arizona Dranes who was a traveling pastor made recordings that would fit in many musical categories such as blues, and boogie-woogie with the use of Jazz instruments. At the time the Jazz instruments used with religious themed music were percussion and brass instruments. All the best, PLAY BY HEARING Free Copyright Music Means Deeper Well for Artist Inspiration April 7th, 2013 Free copyright music is often mistaken with domain free music or music in which the copyright has expired. A copyright is in place for the lifetime of the author plus 70 years. If there are more than one writer's for the music, the copyright will be in effect for 70 years after the death of the last surviving contributor. While this rule was set in place in order to ensure that the heirs of the author would also benefit from the royalties after the music's writer or composer was no longer living it is important to remember that these laws are the current laws and music written at different points in time are most likely subject to different copyright laws. When searching for free copyright music it is always a good idea to search through music that is very old rather than focusing your search on more recent musical selections as they will most likely still be under copyright protection. It is important to remember when using free copyright music or public domain music that you must be certain the copy you are using is within the copyright period. Any music that was published before 1922 is public domain music. This does not however include derivatives or new versions of that music which may still be under copyright protection. Finding a copy of the music with the copyright date included, if that date is prior to 1922 is the best route to ensure that you are in compliance with current copyright laws and not infringing on someone else's copyright. It is also important to keep in mind that written music is protected differently than recorded music. Almost every sound recording that has been copyrighted in the United States is protected until 2067. If you absolutely need a sound recording you should either purchase one or make one of your own. There are some free copyright music that will allow free use of the music whether written or recorded, you must be thorough in your search for this music however as it quite rare. Another thing to consider is that copyright laws in the United States are different than they are in other countries and if you wish to use music that is or was under copyright in another country you must follow the laws that apply to the particular piece of music you wish to perform. Free copyright music is available in almost every country and many genres; the trick is in finding great sources where you can easily find this music. There is a project called Mutopia , which operates like Project Gutenberg . Mutopia provides free copyright music rather than books however. The Gutenberg project also has a section that is devoted to free sheet music in addition to its wonderful resources for books. Each of these projects provides excellent resources for those who find themselves in need of free copyright music for whatever reason. Whether you are a musician who is seeking inspiration from the music of old or hoping to find a composition, which you can rearrange and make your own, there are many ways in which you can go about achieving your goals that will not violate current copyrights. The key is in learning the laws both where you live and in any countries in which the music you seek to modify. All the best, PLAY BY HEARING Learn How To Read Guitar Sheet Music March 28th, 2013 Actually, it is not extremely difficult to learn how to play the guitar, but it will require a great deal of time, patience, and passion. Many young people who show interest in playing the guitar do not pursue the endeavor very long because they get frustrated. People interested in guitar should realize early on that they need to develop a great sense of commitment, in terms of learning. Watching great guitar players is something that is inspiring, but it takes more than inspiration to learn. The best way to learn guitar, is first to learn how to read guitar sheet music . Once this is learned, you will be able to more readily identify the best chords to use for whatever songs you are playing. After all, no matter how much information there is on the internet regarding guitar sheet music, there will be times that the songs you want are not available in terms of guitar chords. The same principle applies to musicians of different instruments like the piano, banjo, bass guitar, flute, and others. The first step in learning how to play the guitar is to identify the parts of the instrument. Without this knowledge, one will not be able to understand the instruction laid out in many guitar tabs and guitar chord charts. Here are the parts of the guitar: Nut: this is where the headstock meets the frets. This is the area where there are indents where you place the strings. This is the part that keeps the strings in place. Just imagine if you do not have this, the strings will never be in the right pale and you will not be able to tighten and loosen them.
  • 4. August 11th, 2013 Published by: vaporsaint Created using Zinepal. Go online to create your own eBooks in PDF, ePub, Kindle and Mobipocket formats. 4 Headstock: this is where the tuning pegs are found. This keeps the keys in place and this is where you usually put a string to hang your guitar on the wall. Keys: these are also called tuning pegs. You loosen or tighten them to tune the guitar. Neck: this is the long bar of wood where you find the frets Body: this is the biggest part where there is a hole in the middle to serve as a resounding board. Bridge: this is the counterpart of the nut found at the body of the guitar. This is where the end of the strings also rest. Once you have identified the pars of the guitar, it will be easier for you to learn how to read guitar sheet music, tabs or chords. All the best, PLAY BY HEARING