Learn to Play Piano in 10 Minutes

images (1)There are many people who always wanted to learn to play piano since they were kids. In fact, 8 out of 10 people wanted to have learned to play the piano when they were young. While some kids even had piano classes, others didn’t. So, if you’re one of this people, what’s holding you back?

It will only take you 10 minutes to learn to play the piano. Here’s all you need to do:

* Step 1: Getting Ready:

– Sit at the piano and rest your fingers on the keyboard. You need to watch out for your elbows. They should be slightly bent, so make sure you adjust your bench properly.

– Sit right in the center of the bench with the keyboard in front of you.

– Move a bit to the front edge of the bench and put your weight forward and your back straight.

– Rest your feet on the floor.

– While maintaining a good posture, make sure you are comfortable.

– Move your hands above the keyboard and allow your finger to touch the center of the white keys. You shouldn’t rest your palms anywhere.

Hip Hop Samples To Make Awesome Beats

download (4)Music is just a wonderful feeling that has the potential to blow our minds and we sometimes wonder what it takes to create this magic. Well surely it is not easy to get all your instruments and tools right and synchronize them perfectly as you wish. The fact is that you have to be a genius or a legend to create an absolutely fresh piece of music without any base. Every time we hear something, the sound gets stored in our mind and when we look to create music then we figure out ways to recreate those sounds through sound instruments. Take help of the hip hop samples to get some idea of how to proceed and hip hop drum samples will guide you with the sounds.

Hip hop sound kits are the marvelous gift for the modern world of music where you can have a simple electronic interface to produce all the sounds without needing to have all those instruments. Just imagine that with a sound kit, you can produce all the desired sounds with just a touch and you can manage all

What Are Headphone Amplifiers?

download (3)Headphone Amplifiers are not something very common in most gadget stores. They are made specially for music enthusiasts, who are willing to invest in good quality sound.

Headphone Amplifiers are small audio amplifiers, made specially for headphones instead of speakers. They were first used to connect headphones to high-end amplifiers that didn’t have audio jacks. In the last couple of years they popularity began to rise and now are more common amongst audiophiles.

There are various types of amplifiers available on the market and we will discuss each of them below:

1. Studio Headphone Amps: Those were the first headphone amplifiers that came on the market. They are commonly coupled with studio headphones. They are AC powered amps, although some have batteries too. Prices start at $20 and can get over $1000.

The best options available on the market are, in my opinion, HONGXING AX-4, JDSLABS Objective2 and Project Headbox S. You can find their full specs and prices very easily on the web,

2. Tube Headphone Amps: Tube headphone amplifiers use one or more vacuum tubes to enhance the signal. Because of their unusual design they are

Artists With Weird Names For Their Songwriting Publishing Companies

Reading about Led Zeppelin the past few weeks has spurred a lot of memories I have of listening the band back in the seventies. Each album they released back then was a huge event, especially the double album Physical Graffiti. That particular release spent nearly half a year in the number one spot in Rolling Stone magazine’s Top Ten list, a remarkable accomplishment considering the many other classics that were released that year.

I did, however, discover a fact I had never known, in spite of having listened to Zeppelin for almost fifty years. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page from the beginning of their partnership called their songwriting company Superhype Publishing, Inc. The unique name kind of fits the band’s early days as an energetic rock act.

Here are ten other artists who have unusual but somehow fitting names for their songwriting publishing companies.

Eel Pie Music – Pete Townshend

Probably the least appetizing name, it is not out of character for a guy who with the Who once titled an album Eaty, Meaty, Big, and Bouncy.

Big Ears Music – John Prine

The influential folk songwriter makes more than just this allusion to his auditory organs, including the line “The deaf can take both of

Can Soca Be Called Music?

I know this may sound very harsh, especially as I am a trini, but can Soca really be called music?

It is indigenous to these shores, and it is a derivative of Calypso, and I know many people would disagree with me, but how can modern Soca – with its super fast paced (studio produced) beat and music (in fact, are there any live instrumentation in this ‘artform’?), repetitive, narrow-minded party lyrics and constant screaming (not singing) of a ‘melody line’ (if one can even call it a melody to begin with) be called music?

In fact, may ‘Soca Artistes rip-off songs from other popular groups/singers from around the world. And many a song for the Annual Carnival season all share the same beat and musical key. Almost as if it was a ‘Buy one, get 4 songs added on, all for the low price of… ‘

But I guess just like how there are a few Jamaicans who would say ‘Dancehall’ is an abomination to ‘Reggae’, I would like to state that Soca music is an abomination, an insult to what it came from – Kaiso music.

At least Kaiso had a nice, swaying, danceable beat, intelligent lyrics, a sweet melody line

How To Start Producing Music: The 4 Essential Pieces of Gear

The amazing thing about all the advances in technology in recent times means that anyone with access to a computer (Mac or PC), and a pair of headphones or decent studio monitors can make outstanding electronic music with minimal financial outlay or a requirement for significant physical studio space. Read on for the 4 essential pieces of gear and learn how to start producing music in no time.

As far as preferences go, some music producers prefer to fork out and invest big into outboard gear or hardware (including synths and effects processors),or on the other end of the spectrum, you see people making amazing music with software only (soft synths etc.). There’s even a hybrid approach where you see a combination of hardware and software living and interacting side by side.

After years of making electronic music, and reading, testing and reviewing various pieces of gear both in the home studio and in a live environment, I can say that the following 4 items are the ‘essentials’ when considering an entry point into the world of producing digital music:

1. Laptop: preferably with the latest technology (it’s vital that it has a fast CPU, 2 to 4 cores, and at least 8gb

Inspirational Female Singers That I Love

As a touring inspirational singer, I meet a lot of amazing musicians and singers. I really do love female singers probably because I have a lot in common with them. That’s not to say that male singers are not incredible, I will just focus on the female singer for today’s article. These are all singers that I have met at one time in my life.

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

Dancing With Songs From Ten Stars

For once, the problem was not my math deficiency. There really are just eleven years between 2005 and 2016.

The situation occurred when my daughter mentioned that I might want to watch Dancing With The Stars for the first time in my life this year. One of my favorite celebrities, who I am sure she thought had been a figment of my imagination, was scheduled to participate.

She said that Tommy Chong was one of the participants slated for the upcoming season, which did surprise me. I could not envision one half of the comedy duo I worshipped in my youth taking the stage on a show with such a format.

What surprised me even more, though, was when my daughter mentioned that Chong would be on season 23 of the show. I could not believe Dancing With The Stars had been on the air since before the turn of the century.

A quick check of Google proved me right, for the series actually started in 2005. However, my daughter was also right, in that the upcoming version of Dancing With The Stars was certainly being referred to as season 23.

Apparently, a season in Hollywood is no longer considered a year. Now it seems

Singing When You Are Sick – Five Tips to Hel You

It happens to many of us. Especially around the cold and flu season. It may be hard to talk when you have a cold or the flu, but can you imagine how difficult it would be to sing in front of a crowd of people when you are sick?

This article will hopefully help you and give you tips on how to preserve your voice when you are sick and you have to sing on stage.

  1. This may sound obvious, but it is by far the most important thing you can do for your throat and vocal chords. And that is to rest. The night before your singing performance, try to get a good night’s sleep. And it might also help to take a nap before your performance. This is because sleep can help to heal your vocal chords. Resting your voice also means to try to limit talking throughout the day and up until your performance. Only talk when you need to.
  1. If you are a singer who has performed regularly on stage, then you most likely would already be in the habit of doing vocal warm up exercises before your performance and vocal warm down exercises after your performance. These

How Directional Picking Makes Playing Guitar Fast Much Easier

Using efficient picking technique is the key to making fast guitar playing feel easy. Directional picking removes a lot of the struggle to play guitar fast. How? The picking motions used with this technique are smaller and quicker – giving you more speed with less effort.

Main Question: “Tom Hess, doesn’t directional picking only work if I am using 3-note-per-string scales? What about scales that only use 2 notes on a string… 4 notes, etc.?”

Answer: Directional picking technique will work in all cases. The main principle of directional picking is to use the shortest route from one note to the next. Occasionally this means using alternate picking. Sometimes, this means to only use sweep picking and NOT use alternate picking. By combining both mechanics together, you will achieve the fastest speed possible with the least amount of effort.

The core principle of strict alternate picking is to alternate pick regardless of the context… even if it means picking in a very inefficient manner. This causes you to put out MORE effort to achieve less speed.

To master directional picking, you need to integrate sweep picking and alternate picking together. When you practice 3-note-per-string scales, you force yourself to isolate this aspect of playing

I Can Go For That: The Eight Best Episodes of Live At Daryl’s House

One of the must see television shows for music fans of all generations is Live At Darryl’s House, which airs every Thursday night on VH-1 Classic and Palladia. It is hosted by pop rock veteran Darryl Hall, who wrote and sang most of the famous hits by the group Hall and Oates.

Some of his finest singles include “She’s Gone”, “Rich Girl”, “Sara Smile”, “Kiss On My List” and “I Can’t Go For That.” Hall performs some of the above on his current series, but the focus of each episode is on the music of his guest of the week.

He chooses artists from every genre of rock to invite to his home, where they collaborate on a half dozen songs. Hall also treats his guests to a home-cooked meal, which they all partake with conversation around his dining room table.

The series has been airing for almost a decade, during which time some great musicians and bands have stopped by to jam with him. Here are the eight best guests who have appeared on Live At Darryl’s House.

8. Joe Walsh

Not only is he a member of the great American band the Eagles, but he also plays in a group led by one

How To Find The Best Songs

If you clicked on this article that means you are curious about where to find the best music or you just did it by accident. Oh well, you are here now so you might as well stay right? Great, because you’re about to find out how to find the best songs. What I mean by best songs is personal to me and it will be different for you as well. You have had a different life than I, and we may also hear things a bit differently. A bad song to one person could be someone else’s favorite song. The best songs for me may not be the best songs for you, but that is what makes music so great! Now that you see the surface I am going to give you a few steps you can take that could help you find the best songs out there.

The first step you can try is changing your radio station or playlist that you listen too. If you listen to the same set of songs from the same genre all the time you are definitely missing out on some quality music.

There are a lot of different kinds of music in this world

Musical Impact on Culture

I love music. There is so much beauty and culture to be found in varying genres of music. Of course, we all have different tastes. I personally am quite partial to what is commonly known as “Indie” music. Artists like Lighthouse and the Whaler, Young the Giant, and Chet Faker dominate a large portion of my car time. I have friends who are more partial to country music, favoring relatable lyrics and catchy melodies. My own brother enjoys the incredibly rhythmic properties of rap and hip-hop. Even within these categories, there are thousands of sub-categories with tens of thousands of artists all with varying degrees of fandom. These fans swear by their taste in music and often belittle those who like anything else. Why is that?

I had a friend in high school who grew up in a very musical family. His mother and sister are both very talented singers and his father composed and recorded music for years. He played in concert band for much of his schooling and is an insanely good drummer. He has a rich background in music, but would often swear that rap and hip-hop do not qualify as music. This style was foreign to him.

Importance Of Music Education In School

Music has been an essential part of almost every culture. In fact when we talk of any culture, music is one of the things that distinguishes each community and society from each other. So, undoubtedly, music is what makes every culture even richer. And what would be a better way to teach your children about different cultures? It is not only about learning cultures, it is about developing an attitude, cognition, and maintaining the emotional and psychological balance through music. There are many studies that have proven how beneficial music could be in the overall development of kids. Many parents and schools believe that learning music is fruitless, but some studies have shown the direct connection between learning music and better academic performance. According to experts, students who were exposed to music lessons in childhood are more likely to score higher in math, languages, and science. It is because music contains all of the aforementioned factors. To know how music impacts the emotional and psychological development of your child, read further.

Personal and Emotional Development through music:

You might have spent more than half of your energy teaching discipline, cooperation, values in life, and other social skills to your kids in various

Traveling Through the Radio For a Horse With a Name

A local radio station that plays oldies served up a three spin by the group America, a logical choice given that it was Independence Day. Little did I know that I was very soon to hear one of those three songs just a few hours later, only it was to be on the television instead of the radio.

I had just settled into enjoying a rerun of The Simpsons, an episode called “The Haw-Hawed Couple.” At the point in the show when Marge and her husband are having an argument, Homer turns the radio on so that the kids will not hear them.

The song that comes on is “A Horse with No Name,” one of the trio of tunes by America I had heard on the radio earlier that day. I halfway expected Homer to make a reference to the song, perhaps make a crack about its not having a name. No comment was forthcoming from the father of Bart, Lisa and Maggie, but the incident did leave me guessing at what the horse’s name probably was in real life.

Seven other popular songs about horses have actually named the animals, making the listener feel a little more intimate with the tune’s

How The Brick & Mortar Record Store Saved My Life

Like many of you out there I grew up in the 80’s, a child of the Reagan years, trickle down economics preppie movie villains, and pop culture ephemera. We weren’t poor by any stretch of the imagination, but we definitely weren’t what you would consider well off. I came of age in a predominantly black working class neighborhood where it wasn’t uncommon to hear gunshots ringing out in the evening alongside the sounds of children playing. The 1980’s, for those of you to young to remember, were a time of great change and advances in technology. We didn’t quite have cellphones down yet and the video game industry was just ramping up. Home recording of movies had just become a thing and much like the music industry reacted to the advent of the cassette tape recorder, the movie industry freaked out a bit. I remember my father buying our first VCR and I can still vividly recall the day he brought home The Empire Strikes Back on VHS. But the one thing that always brought us together as a family was our collective love of music.

My father would record countless hours of mixtapes with him as the DJ of his

Protest Injustice With Singing, Not Shooting

The fatal shootings of police officers in Texas last week are another tragic indication of the animosity between law enforcement and part of the public sector in major cities across the United States. While there has always been some resentment toward members of our police force, never did it escalate to the point of multiple murders.

Fifty years ago, during the anti-Vietnam War protests and Civil Rights activism, policemen often suffered chastisement and threats from groups of citizens. Thankfully, the resentment was primarily limited to writing songs about the officers.

If only our society would return to that form of criticism rather than the violence now so prevalent, we might find that the songs would be more effective than the bloodshed in bringing about change.

Here are examples of some of the classic hits that featured corrupt members of law enforcement.

Officer Ray by Hoyt Axton

The influential folk songwriter had several huge hits for other artists, such as the Three Dog Night and the Kingston Trio, but he himself made the definitive version of this tale about the man wearing “Badge 130 LAPD.”

High Sheriff of Hazzard by Tom Paxton

“With his hands in our pockets he’ll take what he can” Paxton says of the unnamed

How Would You Learn To Play Tabla Like An Expert?

Tabla is a hugely popular Indian musical instrument today. If you want to play the Tabla like an expert, there are a few considerations that you need to look into.

You need to have a real knack for Indian classical music

If you wish to learn tabla like a professional then you have to love and understand various kinds of rhythms and beats. Along with rhythms, you will have to pay attention to the sound quality as well as the tone. Tabla is an easy instrument to play, if you have a strong interest in this instrument. You need to play the instrument with great style and vigor so that you can produce good sound. You can start by listening to various kinds of Tabla musical DVDs and live concerts so that you can develop a love for the instrument.

Promoting simplicity

Always try and produce music that everyone would like to listen. All well known Tabla players have played music, that is soothing to the ears and the soul. Simplicity is the first key to success, and if you can create simple music that everyone would understand, then it would just be an awesome achievement for you. Story to create soothing music

Detroit and Soul Music History

They say the birth of soul came in the 1950s, when the parents of gospel and jazz came together to form a more contemporary and dance-friendly style of music.

The Motor City is no doubt the backbone of modern soul and R&B. It became a powerhouse and industry standard for soul music throughout the country, competing with Atlantic Records and Stax for chart-topping hits throughout the 60s.

BLACK EMPOWERMENT

The one thing that stands out about Detroit’s golden era of soul music, which isn’t covered very often in many music documentaries or biographies, is the reverberation and inspiration drawn during the civil rights era occurring alongside its timeline.

Soul music isn’t just a genre, its black poetry set to the sounds that emanate from the soul.

If that sounds like a profound statement to be made, well, it’s the only way to describe what anyone feels when they identify deeply with the lyrics, the passion, and the power that soul music provides to black culture.

LOSING TOUCH IN DETROIT

As with practically every music genre in history, once soul music began to dominate the charts and the money showed record labels, the music scene began to fill with copycats and water-down imitations, inspired by the pop movement

Well-Known Songs About Underworld Crime

The Major League Baseball All-Star game has been completed, resulting in the American League’s 4-2 victory and home field advantage in the World Series. The local department stores have put away all of their baseball wares, replaced by aisles and aisles of school supplies.

The fact that both of these events just occurred indicates one stark truth. The summer of 2016 is drawing to a close. Although the great weather will depart with it, the fall has much to offer us beyond the lovely colors and football.

The new TV season begins in just over a month, meaning viewers can resume watching fresh episodes of perennial favorites and tune in to see which new shows might be enjoyable. Although two of my must watch sitcoms, Grandfathered and The Grinder, have not been renewed, there is one series I enjoyed last year that will last at least for a third season.

That series is called Underworld, Inc., and it airs on the National Geographic Channel. Each episode centers on a certain crime theme, activities such as prostitution, drugs, and smuggling.

People have always been intrigued by the world of the underground and, aside from films and TV, some of the best songs in music are