Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sailing the Double High C's (A TRUMPETER'S Dream)

Trumpet player
Trumpet player (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
High note jazz trumpet legends nearly single-handedly changed the desire of young trumpeters all around the world decades ago. Hearing one of these giants live was an amazing and inspiring experience, and created a desire in so many trumpet players that it could be considered near cult status for trumpeters.

Maynard Ferguson, Cat Anderson, Doc Severinsen are just a few that were extremely sought after players... they each had a command of the upper register up to and beyond Double C. 

The more players tried to ascend to these upper register notes, the more the mystery built. Advice in every aspect of trumpet playing can be found. Mostly confusing, and some very much incorrect.

In 2004, I had the pleasure and distinct honor of being a part of the great Maynard Ferguson's band, and got to share a lot of time with "Boss" (as we called him). While on his band, I got to ask questions, take notes, and learn from the master.

What most players who begin this quest do incorrectly is mostly overcompensated and fail to see what actually generates higher notes on trumpet. It is not sheer brute force that produces these notes with power, it is control and a balance between air and aperture.

To begin this journey properly, a player must master "whisper" tones... extreme soft playing that helps the aperture stay the size of a pinhole without pinching or straining the facial muscles. 

Starting with a second line G and holding it as soft as possible for extended lengths of time (2 minutes to 20 minutes) and allowing ample rest will start a player on the correct path. 

As the player develops more control, scales, etudes, and melodies can be incorporated into practicing that will have the player ascend to higher notes. Once control is established, playing louder is merely pushing a bit more with the air and allowing the aperture to open SLIGHTLY.

There is no fast solution to this. For many players this is a lengthy journey. Especially if the trumpeter has been practicing the "higher / louder / faster" method for months or years. Old habits will have to be broken... but once they are, the trumpet player will be amazed at how easily they can ascend to Double High C and beyond!




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

HARDCORE

English: Members hardcore punk rock band Minor...
Members hardcore punk rock band Minor Threat. Performing at The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.
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Hardcore was originally acclaimed as dirt, quick and bustling punk-rock, which emerged in the US in late 70-is through early 80-is. The hard-core bands, including Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Jerry’s Kids posed as founders of hardcore.

Until 80-is, hardcore appeared to be peculiar of ear-teasing, short and quick songs of approximately 1 to 1.5 minutes with the presence of social lyrics. This stage completed due to bands’ tendency either to split up or, to, simply, shift to different musical style. Those times hardcore is labelled the old school hardcore.
Some bands, including Earth Crisis, All Out War, Strife, following the old school hardcore, enriched their music with a combination of slow melodies and metal elements, which, thus, committed to the establishment of the new school of hardcore.

The others, like Husker Du, Meat Puppets and Embrace, however, applying restrictions to "hardness" in their music, developed the new styles of grunge and emocore, respectively. The emocore boasts the peculiar features of emotional performance, melodic and soft back-vocal, minor chords as well as typical behaviour on stage.

The Bad Religion band, established in 1980, omitting usual now the presence of slowness and duration in songs, posed as establisher of new musical trend through introducing professional beck-vocal. The style appears to lack in the denomination but is conditionally nicknamed as skate-punk (trifle lighter form of the said music is played by Blink-182 and New Found Glory), although it differs from traditional pop-punk, represented by Ramonez, Buzzcocks and Lookout records, both, in origin and style.

As the time passed by, the hardcore influenced the development of such styles as fast-core, thresh core and crossover, however, the bands, following the said style failed to experience the support of the great audience, as their processors did. 


Thus, a bulk of modern alternative music stemmed from hardcore. Notably, the old school hardcore is still in demand and keeps developing, irrespective of breeding more popular musical trends. A slew of bands still promotes the style worldwide among music lovers. 

The styles encountered development in a parallel manner (they experienced step-by-step development from the very beginning).

It should be noted that a style, depending on social background and geographical location may possess original and unique nuances.





Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Top 50 MUSIC QUOTATONS



Discover the phenomenal complexity of music and reflect on the way it can positively influence your life with this sound collection of riveting quotes...
  1. "Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below." -- Joseph Addison
  2. "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." --Maya Angelou
  3. "Music is either good or bad, and it's got to be learned. You got to have balance." -- Louis Armstrong
  4. "Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." -- Berthold Auerbach
  5. "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." --Johann Sebastian Bach
  6. "Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." -- Ludwig van Beethoven
  7. "Music - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend." -- Ludwig van Beethoven
  8. "Music can change the world. " -- Ludwig Van Beethoven
  9. "Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable." -- Leonard Bernstein
  10. "Music has to breathe and sweat. You have to play it live. " -- James Brown
  11. "Music is well said to be the speech of angels." -- Thomas Carlyle
  12. "All music comes from God." -- Johnny Cash
  13. "If you learn music, you'll learn most all there is to know. " -- Edgar Cayce
  14. "Music is nothing separate from me. It is me... You'd have to remove the music surgically. " -- Ray Charles
  15. "Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is. " -- Miles Davis
  16. "There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music." -- George Eliot
  17. "You are the music while the music lasts." --T. S. Eliot
  18. "We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives, and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it. " -- Jerry Garcia
  19. "Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife." -- Kahlil Gibran
  20. "When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have." -- Edgar Watson Howe
  21. "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." -- Victor Hugo
  22. "The history of a people is found in its songs." -- George Jellinek
  23. "Music is the vernacular of the human soul." -- Geoffrey Latham
  24. "It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf." -- Walter J. Lippmann
  25. "Just as certain selections of music will nourish your physical body and your emotional layer, so other musical works will bring greater health to your mind." -- Hal A. Lingerman
  26. "Music is the harmonious voice of creation; an echo of the invisible world." -- Giuseppe Mazzini
  27. "Music is a beautiful opiate if you don't take it too seriously." -- Henry Miller
  28. "I started making music because I could." -- Alanis Morissette
  29. "Music helps you find the truths you must bring into the rest of your life. " -- Alanis Morissette
  30. "Music is spiritual. The music business is not. " -- Van Morrison
  31. "Like everything else in nature, music is a becoming, and it becomes its full self when its sounds and laws are used by intelligent man for the production of harmony, and so made the vehicle of emotion and thought." -- Theodore Mungers
  32. "Without music life would be a mistake." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  33. "In music the passions enjoy themselves." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  34. "Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." -- Charlie Parker
  35. "Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside. " -- Elvis Presley
  36. "It's the music that kept us all intact, kept us from going crazy. " -- Lou Reed
  37. "The music business was not safe, but it was FUN. It was like falling in love with a woman you know is bad for you, but you love every minute with her, anyway." -- Lionel Richie
  38. "Music should never be harmless." -- Robbie Robertson
  39. "Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music." -- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini
  40. "All music is important if it comes from the heart. " -- Carlos Santana
  41. "Music is the key to the female heart." -- Johann G. Seume
  42. "The best music... is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with. " -- Bruce Springsteen
  43. "All I try to do is write music that feels meaningful to me, that has commitment and passion behind it." -- Bruce Springsteen
  44. "In music one must think with the heart and feel with the brain." --George Szell
  45. "When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest." -- Henry David Thoreau
  46. "For heights and depths no words can reach, music is the soul's own speech." --Unknown
  47. "Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us." --Unknown
  48. "I believe in the power of music. To me, it isn't just a fad. This is a positive thing." -- Eddie Vedder
  49. "Music at its essence is what gives us memories. " -- Stevie Wonder
  50. "There's a basic rule which runs through all kinds of music, kind of an unwritten rule. I don't know what it is. But I've got it." -- Ron Wood

    By Danielle Hollister
    Resource Box -  Danielle Hollister (2004) is the Publisher of BellaOnline Quotations Zine - A free newsletter for quote lovers featuring more than 10,000 quotations in dozens of categories like - love, friendship, children, inspiration, success, wisdom, family, life, and many more. Read it online at - http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art8364.asp
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Where the Unknown Music Roams - Expand Your MUSIC LIBRARY

Station building and one of the towers of Mota...
The station building and one of the towers of Motala longwave transmitter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You've heard all your favorite music and artists on your local radio station. You've tuned in while hoping to hear something new and exciting. Unfortunately, the radio stations usually play the same tunes over and over. This causes other musicians to get left out in the cold. You may never hear of many fabulous rock singers, R and B artists, jazz professionals and Gospel greats if you only listen to what your radio station has to offer. Here are some tips to show you how to expand your music library with great songs you've probably never heard before.

Where Did The Music Go?

If hundreds of singing groups and musicians submit their songs to producers each year, but only a few get chosen, then where do all these amazing musicians go? Where and how are their songs being heard? Do they just give up? In the past, many of them would likely quit playing or singing all together once they were rejected in the mainstream music industry. But nowadays, a new avenue of getting their sensational music to the public has arisen; it's called the World Wide Web!

There are now thousands of hip songs available online today that will probably never make it to the radio stations. The artists' names will probably never be mentioned in the mainstream music industry. But, that doesn't mean the songs are cheesy or that the artists have bad singing voices. It simply means they didn't get chosen to be in the top music charts. Their music might be wonderful, but was overlooked or got lost in the crowd of other musicians and bands.

A Variety of Music

This happening isn't limited to only one certain type of music or musician. Almost any type of music can fall victim to getting tossed in the "rejection" pile. This includes jazz, Latin, pop, R and B, hip-hop, reggae, rock, folk, comedy, Gospel, blues, techno, spoken word, rap, etc.

No matter what your taste in music, there are probably thousands of artists who never made it in the big-time that you would enjoy listening to their music. Your music library can grow with great music CDs from these singers so you can listen to many different songs whenever you want instead of being limited to the over-played music on the radio.

Music on the Web

There are specialty websites online that focus on publicizing music and artists that have never been heard before. You can go online to listen to unique sample music, buy CDs, and buy merchandise. These artists are great even though they never made it big. You can usually try their music before you buy it to be certain it is right for you. So, there's nothing to lose, but lots of amazing music to gain.


Music for Your Business

If you own a business where music is played often, you can also play some "unknown" music over the loudspeaker for others to hear. Your customers will be amazed at all the distinct songs they hear in your store. You'll be the talk of the town!

Whether it's rock, jazz or hip-hop you enjoy, or if it's Gospel, country, folk, or some other type of music, you can expand your music library in no time with many great tunes that never made it to the top!



Sunday, April 22, 2018