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Things I Love About Music

This is just an article about why love music, and what I feel music does for me. I particularly like playing music, whether it is on my piano or my guitar, I just love to make music.

1) The Way the instrument feels. When I pick it up or sit at it, I love that it is silent, and only when I press or strum, does that beautiful creation begin to purr. Playing an instrument is one of the best things that anybody can ever learn to do, and holding the instrument is the first part of learning, so it will always be the most special.

2) The music I play. When you look at the wide range of music that is on offer today, and you can see all the musical influences and the range of different styles and genres it is impossible to find something that you won’t love. I like to play a bit of everything. On my Roland Piano, I like to play classical, jazz and sometimes rock. On my Electric Guitar, I like to play metal and I sometimes even play my banjo when I want to put a twist on a song.

3) Roland Pianos. ‘Nuff Sed

4) They way instruments smell. My Roland piano absolutely stinks of wood and passion! I bought it new and have since taken excellent car of it, with nary a scratch or smudge on it at all.

5) Music reminds you of people. When I sit at my piano and play, I am sometimes overcome with images and thoughts of people close to me and those that I have met previously and it reminds me of good times I have had in the past, this is one of the main reasons I play my instruments so often.

6) Music is a universal language. I have been abroad and listened to different types of music from people whose language I cannot understand. I have no idea what they are saying, but somehow their music stills speaks to me and I feel as if somehow and on some level I have connected with them.

7) Music can be used as an ice breaker. In my younger years, when I went with my friends, we went to rock and roll bars and tried to chat up the ladies. We then discovered we were hopeless at this. Using the music as a way to bridge the gap between us made communicating so much easier and in some cases redundant, as we would just enjoy the music together and not worry about talking.

8) Playing my Roland piano. When I am feeling down or bored or just fancy a quick play, I pull out my sheet music, sit to the piano and just go with it. When I play I just feel separate from everything else that I happening around me. I just love to play my music and whenever we have people in the house, I like to get them round the piano and just have a jam. It’s one of the staples of my life.

9) Snacking for the soul. When I play my Roland piano, I feel somehow fuller and richer for the experience. I can’t guarantee the same effects for anyone else, but I certainly feel inspired and nourished.

10) UNITY. The most important thing is unity. When I play people tap their feet. Music unites people both consciously and subconsciously. When we listen to or play music, we are together.

Amazing Facts About Music

The Invention of the Record

The very first record was created way back in 1857 by a French scientist called Leon Scott. He was able to record sound onto paper which had been blackened with black candle wax. This amazing invention was known as a “phonoautograph”.

Twenty years later Thomas Edison created the phonograph when he recorded sound onto wax cylinders. Then in 1887, ten years later, Emil Berliner adapted Edison’s idea to put sound on to a flat wax disc and the LP was born.

The UK Singles Chart

The UK singles chart began in 1952, the first number one was Here In My Heart by Al Martino and it remained at number one for nine weeks. The New Musical Express (better known now as NME) is a popular UK music magazine, published weekly since March 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music magazine.

The Music Cassette

The cassette tape was original used for recording dictations in offices however in 1964 it was started to be used to bring music to the public. Between the early 1970s and the late 1990s, the cassette was one of the two most common formats for prerecorded music alongside the LP. The compact disk was released in 1983 and by the early 1990’s sales of CDs had overtaken that of cassettes.

UK Number Ones

The song ‘Spirit In The Sky’ has been number one in the UK on three occasions by three different artists. Norman Greenbaun, who wrote the song, released the original in 1970, followed by Doctor and the Medics version in 1986. Gareth Gates reached the number one spot with it in 2003.

Frankie Laine’s ‘I Believe’, went to number one on three separate occasions and for 18 weeks in total during 1953.

The Jackie Wilson song ‘Reet Petite’ was originally released in 1957 but did not reach number one in the UK charts until 1986. 29 years and 42 days after the original release.

The Beatles song ‘With A Little Help From My Friend’ also reached number one in the UK three times, although not by the Beatles themselves. Firstly for Joe Cocker in 1968, then by Wet Wet Wet in 1988. Finally hitting the top spot again for Sam and Mark in 2004.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen has reached the number one spot in the UK in four different years. Originally released in 1975, it reached the top spot in November and was still there in early 1976. After lead singer, Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991, the song was re-released, hitting number one in December of that year and holding on until late January of 1992.

Most Singles in the Top 75

The cast of ‘Glee’ have been making headlines ever since the show launched in May 2009. They hold the record for most Top 75 singles in a year, after hitting 45 last summer. But Michael Jackson managed 27 in one week (21 solo, five with the Jackson 5 and one with sister Janet), following his death in June 2009.

The Most Crucial Points You Should Know About Music

It never ceases to shock me the number of people are in complete ignorance of precisely what music copyright is about, and how high-risk it could be to ignore the guidelines associated with it. Music licensing is, in simple terms at least, the authorized use of any kind of tracks that holds a legitimate copyright over it.

So why do we’ve got music licensing at all? Well the true reason for it is because musicians and lyricists should have a powerful layer of protection encompassing his or her works, otherwise they would not produce it to begin with. If you made an outstanding masterpiece, you’d probably need some form of defense against individuals stealing it or declaring it is his or her own creation. This particular defense is generated by the various audio licensing methods, and the legislations facilitates them therefore you can take someone to the courtroom for breaching your own copyright entitlement.

For instance, Philips just recently released an aggressive marketing strategy. The campaign carries a reputable Beatles tune as its theme music. It’s been stated that Philips actually paid out a whopping one million bucks for the legal rights to make use of this track within their marketing plan. That really goes to show the power of audio licensing inside the corporate arena. Most people also are not able to fully understand the wide extent of audio copyright in the United States. As an example, many individuals do not know how the tracks performed for radio stations, in TV ads, in podcasts, in motion pictures and even in bars will be strongly licensed.

To gain a very clear knowledge of just how far current US and other world music copyright schemes go in locking down the interests of music providers, here are a few important principles to take into account:

The law allows you to possess rights to particular sounds, verse and notes in a music. The legal rights to any of these elements or even all of them will be your own if they’re unique and you are the original composer. You must also be aware of the point that being the inventor merely offers you the right to the tunes however for these legal rights to be enforceable inside a court of justice you’ll have to sign-up in your local copyright clinic, a thing that many performers omit to do.

Licensing regulations have a totally different process on the subject of commercialized tracks. In this case, it is an actual song not its sounds, lyrics or notes which are under examination at the certification phase. There’s a few concerned parties with regards to these kinds of songs. The individuals concerned include the record label, the artist, the musician and the song author.

The record label would own the rights for the song’s actual sound recording, the composer and verse writer will possess the legal rights for the song, the publisher will legally represent the composer and songwriter in all their business affairs which the piece of music concerns.

That is the basic set up in relation to a commercial melody. Then again, slight variations may very well take place in any given record labelling company based on the details of the legal agreements it has got with its vocalists and songwriters. Additionally, other licensing styles are available whereby companies can buy the rights to Royalty Free music, enabling them to use the music in relative peace of mind without any “needle-drop” fees. It is important to remember that royalty free and copyright free music are two very different things entirely. Copyright free music has no rights whatsoever as they are relinquished by the artist upon a track’s creation or composition.

Radio channels and bars that want to use tunes are required to get hold of public performance privileges from appropriate authorities. In North America those relevant bodies are the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Broadcast Music Incorporated organisation.

These organizations issue out blanket certificates to diners and broadcast channels to use just about any audio that they desire. The proceeds provided by those payments are then divided moving upward amongst the music rights proprietors in the country.

It goes without saying that broadcasters and production firms must be very careful whenever selecting tracks for film or community presentations. Podcasts are certainly one area where many individuals have made a commercial mistake by simply neglecting to perform some general checks on the law and how it pertains to the use of particular music arrangements.

Interesting Facts About Musical Keyboards

The musical keyboard has a set of keys that are depressible and produce sound when they are pressed. The keys are large as well as small adjacent to one another. The best example is a piano. The piano has a keyboard which comprises of a set of white and black keys which when pressed produce sound mechanically.

These days electronic keyboards are used to produce music. Musical keyboards have a long history and they are not new to the music world. There are various kinds available; you just need to choose the one which will be perfect for you. You will also find many different brands to choose from.

Using a keyboard is a great way to learn music, if you are really interested in music you must get one. They are quite easy to play if you learn seriously and once you start, it becomes very addictive. There are many models available. Each differs in their shape, size and price.

Top end keyboards have extra features and they are priced higher than their counterparts. They also allow you to produce sounds of different musical instruments, and this is one of the better features. You can play the sound of a guitar as well as the piano, and other wonderful sounds can be produced on these modern keyboards.

Some of them also come with the option of composing and saving your own music. To buy a musical keyboard you can visit music stores selling musical instruments or you can find them easily on the internet. There are a lot of websites that will sell you great keyboards at a very reasonable price. If you are really fond of music and want to learn how to play the keyboard but do not have enough cash for a new model, then you can try out auction sites for used models and pick up a bargain.