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Posted on 10 December, 2014 by | 21 views | comments
Rhyming is one of the things that make listening to songs enjoyable. It gives the song lyrics shape and excitement, which is why songwriters use them often. Then again, you should not obligate yourself to write your songs in rhymes, as it is really not necessary. A good resource for rhyming Technics is the Pat Pattison Book Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming Looking for and listening to rhymes in poems and songs have become a natural instinct for humans. It creates a sense of rhythm or “hook” that catches your attention, which piques you interest making you listen to it more.  Thus, the conception of the term “Last Song Syndrome” wherein a song gets stuck in your head even though you only heard it once or twice.The general assumption is that rhyming only involves the vowels and their multiple sounds. Truth is, there are many different rhyming styles, and you can incorporate them in your song lyrics. Masculine – stress is on the final syllables of the words (rhyme, crime, sublime) Feminine – Stress is on the second from last syllables (picky, sticky, tricky) Dactylic – stress is on the third from last syllable (‘Aristophanes’, cacophonies) Syllabic – the final syllable of the words doesn’t necessarily contain vowels but sounds the same (cleaver, silver, pitter, patter) Imperfect – rhyme made with stressed and unstressed syllable (caring, wing) Semirhyme – rhyme made with an additional syllable on a word (ending, bend) Oblique – also known as slant rhyming, is made with a match in sound although imperfect (fiend, green) Assonance – made by matching vowels (hate, shakre) Consonance – made by matching consonants (dark, her) Half rhyme – also known as sprung rhyme, is made by matching last consonants (ant, bent) Alliteration – also known as head rhyme, is made by matching starting consonants (ship, short) The rhyming styles should just be your reference and you should not get so technical about them and start worrying which one of the above you should use. Let your intuition and instinct be your guide when making rhymes. Focus instead on writing good song lyrics and telling a good story or theme.Here are a few rhyming tips: -    Create structure to the lyrics by choosing a rhyme pattern. There are quite a few rhymes to every word and a lot more combinations to create. Take a look at your favorite songs and analyze their rhyming patterns. -    Stay creative while following your rhyming structure. As a songwriter, you should keep coloring outside the lines and breaking the rules. Try to rhyme in different ways. You might be surprised with what you come up with. They may work or they may not, at least you are being unique and creative. -    Avoid using the same words – it’s not really rhyming. Overusing rhyming words will only irritate your audience and make your song boring so unless it’s absolutely necessary, never do it. Use a new rhyme pattern for each stanza or a new sound to rhyme with every stanza. -    Stop being too analytic. Thinking too much holds back that artist within you. Use your emotion and instinct, not your brain. Your main goal is to write down what you feel and think. When you write freely, it will be easier to find rhyming words and sounds. -    Don’t be a perfectionist. Just write… A lot. Never worry about cleanup. You can do that later. Worrying about neatness blocks the creative process. Just let your thoughts flow and rhyming will come naturally too. -    Take a note of everything. Songwriters are some of the most observant persons in the world because it is in their experience that they draw their emotions from when writing song lyrics. -    Take timeouts. Periodically take a break and let your brain rest for a while by doing something else. Then get back to what you have written. This will give you a fresh outlook on what you’re writing about.  
Posted on 26 November, 2014 by | 15 views | comments
Songwriting is half craft and half art. It's part emotional and part technical. And like playing the piano or other musical instruments, you must learn the techniques first before you can play by heart.  Songs are made up of common elements although some may have one that another does not.  Melody - This is the song's tune. It's what you play or sing. Great melodies are catchy and easy to remember and a potential hit song should have both of these.  Rhythm and Beat - What makes the audience feel the song is its beat, also known as the song's tempo. It can either be fast or slow. The beat that the musical instruments follow is called a song’s rhythm.  Chords or Chord Progression - This is what accompanies the melody of the whole song and is also typically part of its rhythm. The order the chords are played is called the chord progression.  Style and Genre – The rhythm and the beat of a song defines its genre. It can be pop, rock, country, or R&B. When the song is constructed with the instruments and words, the style may then vary. Style branches out from the song’s genre like alternative, punk rock, blues, and others. Hook – Remember that part of that song that you can’t get out of your head? That’s called the song’s hook. Great songwriting calls for good hooks. There are even songs that are built on repeating that hook over and over. The title of the song can also be its hook. Lyrics – Simply put, the lyrics are the words that you speak out in a song. These words describe the story of the song, it’s theme and its title. Typically, lyrics will be structured in rhymes and patterns to make the song easier to listen to. Concept or Story – All great songs have stories to tell. This is also referred to as the song’s concept or theme. The title, typically, conveys the essence of the theme which is then expounded by the lyrics while the song unfolds. Sections of the Song – Most songs are divided into sections that are named intro, stanza or verse, chorus, the bridge, and others. Typically, the verses or stanzas, and chorus are the meat of the whole song and they describe the theme or concept of the whole song. The other parts like intro, lead breaks, bridge will act as supporters to these main components. The sections are also structured in measures or bars. They usually have a length of four beats but they can be long or shorter. Good songwriting calls for proper bar structuring. Arrangement – Arrangement of the sections of the song refers to the order in which they are placed, liked intro-verse-verse-chorus-verse. The arrangement of the instruments, on the other hand, refers to how the vocals, instruments, and other parts are organized in a song. Length – The length of the song varies according to the style, genre, or the preference of the song writer or arranger. The typical song length is about three and a half to four minutes long. It can be longer or it can be shorter depending on how it has been arranged during recording. In your analysis of songs written by successful songwriters, you will find that some of them contain some, all, or more of the elements mentioned in this article. But still they will follow certain rules and formulas to keep within the mainstream music. As a songwriter, feel free in breaking some rules and at times creating new ones in your songwriting. Who knows, you might come up with a great hit while doing experiments with these common song elements?  
Posted on 24 November, 2014 by | 11 views | comments
Lyrics are the best way to express your feelings. You can talk about anything like relationships, triumphs, sorrow, and many more. When feelings are your inspiration, a song becomes meaningful and full of emotions. Here are some ways on how to write meaningful lyrics. 1.    Find your object of focus.Writing words for a song needs a topic to focus on. It could be an emotion of yours, an experience, or a person. A subject will make a song stand out. 2.    Create a story.Once you have decided about your topic, construct a narrative relating to it. Make sure that you write in sequence to keep the story flow organized. A story in a song will be interesting for listeners and will keep them hooked up with it. 3.    Choose appropriate words.Careful usage of words is very important. You don’t use words just because you like them in your lyrics. You can browse a dictionary or book to help you find appropriate words and phrases that suit your composition. Choose the words wisely, without sacrificing the rhyming element. Always choose simpler words as they are better and easy to listen to. 4.    If possible, use a rhyming dictionary.If you are new to the art, there is nothing wrong with using a rhyming dictionary. Make this as your guide to keep your composition from being over-rhymed. 5.    Don’t waste words.This simply means that you should avoid using repetitive words. Cross out words that occur many times within the composition. In this way, listeners will not be bored with it since they hear different selections of words. 6.    Always check for grammar lapses.Always watch your tenses. Check if your sentences are well-structured, and see to it that every pronoun, adverb, and adjective used are connected with each other. Always give an extra effort in correcting grammar mistakes to make your lyrics sound professional. 7.    Write words that are also beyond your feelings.If you can’t relate with your emotions, you can base your words with what’s around you. You can write based on political issues, other people’s feeling, and more. 8.    Revise your words as you go along.If you feel that there is something wrong with your composition, don’t just throw it away. Instead, just start over since you can still use some of the ideas you have with your first draft. 9.    Keep your main idea in the chorus.Make sure that you write your words in a way that your audience will have that feeling that they should hear the chorus to get the story. Through this, you create an exciting feeling for your listeners. However, be mindful that you should not reveal the main idea by writing it literally. Learn to use metaphors to make your listeners imagine the scenario.Another good tip is to start writing the words for your chorus first to set the idea of the whole composition. 10.    Write your lyrics from within.Even if your composition is not based on your own feelings, it will still be meaningful if you put a piece of yourself into it. In this way, your song will be full of emotions and that will make your listeners want to hear the song over and over again. 11.    Let others interpret your composition.Look for people who can give their own interpretations of your song. Once they interpreted it the way you do, then you have done a good job.This quick guide will help you to write meaningful lyrics that everyone can relate to. So, grab your notebook and pen and start creating your own composition today.
Posted on 23 November, 2014 by | 14 views | comments
There are a lot of songs that we listen to nowadays. Some are happy while some are emotional. However, a song will never be meaningful without the words, its lyrics. This is considered as the backbone of a song, and where all the sense of the song comes from. Lyrics are the words that make up a song. These are usually divided into verses and choruses. Words that are intended to be used for Opera musical compositions are called libretto. This gives the song its meaning. Yes, the music itself would make the song happy or sad, but it is the words that tell the story.Tracing its origins, it comes from a Greek word “lyrikos” which means lyre in adjective form since the Greek poetry is sung with a lyre accompaniment.The lyrics of a song are usually divided into different parts; these are the verse, chorus, and the bridge. The verse is the poetic stanza of a song. It sometimes appears in a song three to four times, most often twice at the beginning. They are written with the same tune, but with different words. They usually tell the story details of the song. It supports the chorus musically and lyrically. The second part is the chorus. It tells the main idea or the theme of the song, lyrically and musically. You will notice that this part is always repeated throughout the song and rarely changes words or music. It usually comes after the verses. The third part is the bridge. This section is considered to be the contrast of the verse. It is inserted in a song to break its repetitive pattern by putting a dominant lyrical transition. One way of seeing lyrics is by looking at it as poem written for music. By merely making a poem, you can actually turn them into song words since poems also have rhyming and descriptive elements. It can also be a narrative or could mean anything by self-interpretation. You can write your songs in a way that they tell a story, set an emotion, or convey an important message. Aside from telling a story, it can also be used for other purposes. There are songs that contain words that are considered to be social commentaries. They may come as social, political, and economical messages. They can be expressed explicitly or through symbolism. When writing a song, there are a many things that you need to consider to make your lyrics shine. Here are some of them.   It should be well structured. The words will never be interesting if they are not well organized. It should contain the basics like the verses, the chorus and the word rhyming elements. Make your words simple. As much as possible, do not use word shortcuts as this will be irritating for people who will read the words of your song. Also, avoid word misspellings. Make them powerful. One way to connect with your listeners is to make the words relatable to them. Make sure to use words that your listeners can easily understand. •Write them from the heart. Since the words will tell the story, it is important that you write each lyric with love and passion. This will give you an easier time conveying your message to the people who will read or listen to it. Writing song lyrics is easy if you know how to collect ideas and thoughts and organize them in a way that it will inspire you and others. Use your words and turn them into a song to tell a story, send a message, and make a change.
Posted on 20 September, 2014 by | 27 views | 2 comments
Every song you write will have some commonalities. Most people believe if you can write poetry you can write songs. You couldn’t be more wrong. Lyrics can have poetry but poetry alone does not make a song. Songwriting Tips: First you need a Concept/Idea or melody for your song. If you do not have a melody it will be an idea or feeling which will drive you to write the song. The Title of your song The Title of your song is an important part of it. It should be short, a single word or phrase but illustrate what your song is about, create an impact with the listener and will hopefully stay in the listener’s mind. Structure of your Lyrics This is where writing lyrics becomes different from writing poetry. Typical structures of a song can look like this: Verse – Chorus – Verse – Chorus – Bridge - Chorus. Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Verse) / Chorus Verse / Verse / Bridge / Verse A verse should provide the story and build up to the chorus....but do not generally repeat words or phrases in the verse. Words should not be repeated more than two times (or three max.) in a verse or chorus. The chorus itself is repeated, but no repetition within. The Chorus should stay in the mind of the listener and be easy to remember and perhaps hummable. The song's theme or story should be reflected in the verse. The title of the song should be repeated in the chorus. The bridge will give the song a different dimension or turn and then return to the verse, creating the crescendo at the end with the final chorus. Rhyme Scheme You are not writing a poem, therefore don’t get hung up on looking for beautiful rhyming words. You could destroy the flow of your lyrics. Many inexperienced Lyricist end up with scattered poetic lines without an overall scheme keeping the song together. Some of the common rhyme schemes or pattern are shown below: X-Y-X-Y The first line rhymes with the third, while the second rhymes with the fourth. X-X-X-X The same rhyming sound throughout. X-X-Y-Y The first line rhymes with the second, while the third rhymes with the fourth. There are many different rhyme schemes. If you are a beginner stick with the common schemes and once you are more experienced experiment with some others. Some Essential Songwriting Tips. Country Songs are story telling songs. Pop songs are more focused on a popular scheme reflecting existing trends with focus on dance oriented beats, catchy phrases rather than a story line. The length of a pop song is about 3 minutes and a consistent rhythmic tune. The structure is typically verse – chorus and the thirty – two bar form with a focus on the melody and not the lyrics. The lyrics of pop songs are often about love and romance. You can also read the book Songwrting 101/ Plane And Simple! One of my favorite movies about song writing is 'Music and Lyrics'.
Posted on 20 September, 2014 by | 25 views | comments
There can be no denying the impact that Paul McCartney has made on the music world over the past 50 years. He has influenced countless other artists, and now they are paying their respect by covering McCartney’s songs as a solo artist, as well as those done with Wings and The Beatles. The new compilation will be released as an album called The Art of Paul McCartney. The artists appearing on the compilation album are legends in their own right, and they have taken the McCartney songs they love and given them a unique new rendering. The list includes Billy Joel (Live and Let Die, Maybe I’m Amazed), Smokey Robinson (So Sad), Bob Dylan (Things We Said Today), Willie Nelson (Yesterday), B.B. King (On the Way), Barry Gibb (When I’m 64), Smokey Robinson (So Bad), and many more besides. The first single release from the album was premiered by Rolling Stone magazine, and is an amazing rendition of “Hello Goodby” performed by The Cure, and also featuring Paul’s son James. The full album is set to come out on November 18th, with the track listing also including “Venus and Mars”/”Rock Show,” performed by Kiss, “Eleanor Rigby,” by Alice Cooper, and “Helter Skelter,” performed at full blast by Roger Daltrey of The Who. The project is the brainchild of former McCartney producer Ralph Sall, who previously worked with Paul on the revival of “A Love for You.” That was a track that was slated for the 1971 Wings album “Ram” and used on the “In-Laws” movie soundtrack. That work was done back in 2003, at which time Paul gave Ralph Sall his blessing for the tribute album. Much of the backing track work was done with Paul’s backing band, which consisted of Rusty Anderson (guitarists) and Brian Ray, Paul "Wix", keyboardist Wickens and Abe Laboriel as drummer, Jr. The call then went put to artists interested in adding vocals, with the first response coming from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. He chose to record “Wanderlust,” a track from the 1982 McCartney solo album, “Tug of War.”
Posted on 19 September, 2014 by | 15 views | comments
As a musician you will most likely play or record some cover songs.The most significant thing you're able to do is make it your own personal unique version of the song. If you want to do a Johnny Cash cover, for example, a very important thing you can do is entirely re-work the song and do a thoroughly unique variation. You are going to certainly need to make it unique as "I walk the Line" is one of Johnny Cash's most well-loved songs. One thing you could do is, do the song with just acoustic guitar and vocals or simply piano and vocals. The song will likely then sound simple and stripped down, which will make for a fantastic cover. You want your cover song to sound special, but you likewise want listeners to understand what the song should be. The song will still be identifiable if you keep the same basic vocal melody and lyrics. Now that I have given you some ideas how to effectively perform a Johnny Cash cover song or a "I walk the Line" cover particularly and still make it sound original. Remember that playing songs is about having a great time so be sure that whatever song you determine to cover, it will be something that is enjoyable to you.
Posted on 15 September, 2014 by | 56 views | comments
Many start-up and established musicians have Cover Songs in their repertoire. Some claim the cover is sometimes better than the original.I'll  give you a sample of some of the best Cover Songs. Despite great original versions, some claim the cover songs works better than the original.Just in case your are interested, today the term cover song describes a re-recording or performance of a song title previously recorded by another artist or musician. Usually someone made the song a hit. By using the popular title the artist can gain a bit of authority as the title is already known and most of the time already has an established audience who  loves the song.The Terminology "Cover Song" actually goes back to the darker days of racism. In the bad old days, radio stations had been segregated into  black radio stations and white radios stations. As it happened, black artists produced good songs, however, they  could not be  played on "white" radio stations, therefore the white fans would write to labels and producers to re-produce the song with a  white artist, thus Cover the song.Aren’t you glad those times are over, and that today only your skills count and not the colour of your skin? Now the Songs and their best cover songs: Higher Ground, by Stevie Wonder - Cover Red Hot Chilli Peppers Jolene, by Dolly Parton, -Cover The White Stripes California Sun, by Joe Jones - Cover The Ramons Spanish Eyes, by Al Martino - Cover Rudy Giovannini Luana, by Flippers - Cover Luis Berger Hurt, by Nine Inch Nails - Cover Jonny Cash Liebeskummer Lohnt sich nicht, by Siw Malmquist - Cover Barbara Schiller Goodbye comes hard for me, by Merle Haggard, Cover Rod Wiliams I Fought the Law, by the Bobby Fuller Four, Cover The Clash Nothing Compares to you, Sinéad O'Connor - Cover Mandy Euler These  are just 10 versions of the Best Cover Songs available.  There are many more of course. I'd  love to read your opinion, why not let me know or comment on your favourite Best Cover Songs.
Posted on 24 August, 2014 by | 8 views | comments
By FRCAllMusic Music soothes the soul. There is no doubt about that. All music types appeal to different types of people. They have their own preferences and music has a certain effect to them. This is perhaps why various music genre have come up through the years; but first, what is a music genre?Music genreA genre refers to a group of individual styles of music but still have a common set of fundamental values or tradition. Think of it like a genus in taxonomy. A genus is composed of different animals; but they have a common denominator—they share a common evolutionary ancestor. At the same time, they have a couple of distinct anatomical commonalities. This is in spite of their largely different appearances. With that, a genre is composed of music with the same distinct sound or ancestry. When you hear them, you know that they are of one sound, but with a different treatment or attack at the song. This is just like in the case of rock music. You have classical rock, soft rock, punk rock, etc.; but just the same, they are all in the rock genre. A music genre is also divided into different subgenres—very much like the species in one genus. At face value, the special may not have any physical characteristic in common; but the fact still remains that they evolved from the same ancestor. You can apply this to subgenres in music through the example given above pertaining to the rock genre.Music stylesIn the broadest sense, all music can be classified into two styles—the Western Music and Oriental Music. African Music is a separate genre, although there are a number of African style music that have made their way into the Western style. Hence, African Music has been included in the Western Music category.Western music and genreNow within Western Music, there are genres and classifications. Perhaps this is what a lot of people and music lovers are familiar with: Rock Jazz Classical Blues R&B Country Reggae Hip Hop Electronic Latino Then within these genres are the subgenres or sub-classifications as mentioned above. At this age and time, however, one critic when it comes to all music genres is that some modern day offshoots that are classified as a separate genre is no more than a commercial gimmick, rather than an artistic endeavor. That is to say that the creation of a new genre is determined by the industry, not the music itself.  
Posted on 19 August, 2014 by | 12 views | comments
By FRCAllMusic The industry of country music has not only made artists popular, but it also made them rich. From promoting singles and albums and performing at live shows and various concert stages worldwide, music indeed is a proof of popularity and riches.     Curious of who are the richest country singers of our generation today? Here’s a countdown of the top five people who literally fetched gold from the industry according to Forbes: 5. Luke Bryan. Not just a singer, Luke Bryan also co-writes songs for other artists as well as writing his own. He has released four albums from his debut in 2008 until the present. Among his popular songs are Crash My Party, I Don’t Want This Night to End, and Drunk on You. It was reported that he had a total of 34 million USD of profits, earning him a spot on the top 5. 4. Jason Aldean. This country singer has released five studio albums and is reported to be currently working on the sixth. He has eleven singles that reached the top of the charts and a winner of various award-giving bodies for music such as Top Country Album and Song for Dirty Road Anthem of the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, and Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music of 2013 and 2014. Some of his songs include Night Train, Why, and The Only Way I Know, earning him a total of 37 million USD this year. 3.  Kenny Chesney. With a whooping fifteen studio albums that had been released and an estimated 30 million worldwide album sales since 1994, Kenny Chesney deserves a spot on this list, having a total of 44 million USD of earnings. The Good Stuff, How Forever Feels, and Don’t Blink are some of his unforgettable hits. He is also a receiver of prestigious awards such as the 2007 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist, and Music Video of the Year during the 2011 Country Music Association Awards.   2. Taylor Swift. Praise for the only girl in the list! Who could ever forget the songs You Belong With Me, Love Story, and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together? Selling over 5 million copies of her recent album Red, she earned 64 million USD aside from her endorsements. She is also a recipient of various awards and included in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time with her song Mean. 1. Toby Keith. And the top spot goes to the singer-songwriter Toby Keith with 65 million USD. Branded by Billboard as the Country Singer of the Decade, he has sold a total of 40 million copies of his albums worldwide and recently had many endorsements including Ford automobiles. Among his songs are Cryin’ For Me and Red Solo Cup.    Country music indeed is a genre loved by many, and the profits of the artists mentioned above is the proof. It will always be among the most popular genres of music.  
Posted on 13 August, 2014 by | 7 views | comments
Music piracy has been a problem in the industry for years. This is true not only in the United States, but also in various parts of the world. In fact, there have been determined hot spots for music piracy globally and with the continuous evolution of technology, fighting this crime has become even much more difficult.What is music piracy?Piracy in this aspect involves theft of the intellectual property of musicians, recording artists and recording companies through illegal acquisition and/or distribution of their music. This is pretty much the same as with other forms of intellectual property theft except that in this case, the object of piracy include music and labels. In the past, piracy in the industry was only limited to the distribution of physical music media that were copied physically; case in point, the cassette tapes and CDs. Then through time and with the advances in technology, even the download of songs and all music types through the internet has also been covered in the issue of piracy. Albums can now be encoded in digital files and shared illegally through the cyberspace; thus opening new venues for piracy. Apart from that, there are also businesses that engage in piracy through selling albums and songs even if they do not have the rights for that. This has become especially tough for the authorities to counter especially in countries that do not recognize the international copyright law.Music piracy effectsThe damage to the industry caused by this theft is quite harsh. The former is losing millions because of piracy. Recording artists are losing what is rightfully their income from legitimate sales of albums and songs that they worked hard for. The same is true in the case of recording companies and labels that are losing large sums of money in royalties. The fact is, the production of all music types can be costly. Then add to the monetary investment the hard work and dedication that the artists and companies give for their craft and what was supposed to be a great part of their reward is not given to them because of piracy. The battle against piracyEven though there is still much left to be desired in this fight against all music piracy, the struggle of the artists and companies continue. The authorities, musicians and companies are working hand in hand to battle the theft. International bodies are also working together with them at this global era where geographic boundaries are no longer a hindrance for music sharing. Want to read more check this book out Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century
Posted on 13 August, 2014 by | 10 views | comments
Country music is one of the popular music styles today. In fact, this holds true not only during the modern time but even decades ago. Through the years, this music genre has managed to become one of the most loved in the music industry.A brief history Country music started from the folk songs in the Southern USA during the early 1920s, pretty much like the blues genre. The immigrants from the Appalachian Mountains area brought their instruments hailing from their very origin countries, then combined their art forms in order to form what is now the renowned genre of country music.So strictly speaking, this genre contains elements as well as instruments from different countries including Ireland, Germany, Italy, and a number of African countries. A lot of the instruments used in this musical style were in its early stages are string instruments and the harmonica, which is notably one of the emblems and trademark of country songs. Music structure and subgenresThe fact is, the country genre has pretty much a lot of similarities with the blues music. One of which is the three-chord arrangement of the songs which is very simple. This is actually an essential element in both of the aforementioned music genres. At the same time, it has left much room for variation. That is why as the industry has witnessed for years, country songs—just like blues music—have been shaped by different artists in various forms. This then paved the way for the rise of sub-genres within the country music genre. The structuring as well as the instruments used in country songs went through a couple of alterations and versions over time. The early singers and bands performed using string instruments almost exclusively. By 1940s, country band performances introduced the use of drums and electric guitars. Purists did not like the idea early on; but eventually, these instruments already became a fundamental part of the musical style.The next decades witnessed the rise of other modifications just like the opening and incorporation of rock music to the country music genre—just like in the case of Elvis Presley who began his career doing country songs and later on developed a more energetic and upbeat rock and roll style to country songs. Today, country music already has a lot of popular subgenres. There are the Classic Country, Country Rock and Progressive Country. There is also the Cowboy Music, Rap Country, and Blues Country among others.
Posted on 13 August, 2014 by | 6 views | comments
Listening to music is like therapy. In fact, even experts agree that music, indeed, has an effect to people’s mood and disposition. This is essentially why people listen to upbeat music to lift their mood when they are sad, why fitness buffs have their own workout playlist, and why listening to certain songs can make you feel sad.The bottom line is, it is all about music appreciation. All music genres can do a lot to benefit you. You just have to know how to use them according to your purpose. It is a must to master music appreciation. So how do you that? Here are some ways.All music appreciation Open up your mindOne of the steps to music appreciation is opening up your mind. In fact, this is the most important things to do. If you open up your mind, you will be able to understand better the meaning and message that the song or music is trying to convey. If you are up for it, it would be much better if you take some time off what you are doing and just close your eyes to take the music all in. Appreciating music and liking music are completely different The point here is that you will learn to appreciate all music types more if you listen to different genres. Yes, including those that you do not particularly like. This is then where the delineation between appreciating and liking music lies. You do not have to like a song to listen to it. Just try to listen to even a little bit of everything. Do not restrict yourself to a certain few. Expand your horizon and discover other genres. Who knows, you may even get to like them once you are able to appreciate them. Do not criticize right awayIn relation to the previous point, for you to be able to appreciate all music types, you must restrain yourself from criticizing right away once you have heard even just the first song. Give it time. Be open and let the melodies sink in. Let the essence of the song reach your soul. This is actually what it is all about. Listen to the messageLast but not least, you will be better able to appreciate all music if you listen to the message. Do not be ashamed to ponder upon a song and listen to it over and over again. Remember, most songs were written for a specific reason. The singer and composer both want to convey a message or feeling across the listener.
Posted on 12 August, 2014 by | 15 views | 2 comments
BY FRCAllMusic Many online websites offer free music downloads. A few years ago, this was great for users. However, after a while, people started to take advantage of this. Pop ups appeared, illegal spy software, was introduced at many sites. When you download a music file (mp3) and you will find your browser has changed perhaps a your homepage has changed, most of the time to an add site with will come up each time you want to surf the net, or pop ups will appear offer you the latest porn sites. Most of the time it will require some skills to remove all those things. Was it worth saving 99cents on download costs and spending hours to bring your computer back to normal or worse pay someone to fix your computer?There are many legitimate websites were you can come download safely pay a few cents for the songs you like and you know your downloads are safe.When you're downloading for and Mp3 music file online, there are a few things you will want to look for:Firstly, you should look for download mp3 clips with are approx 128kbps, this is not as good as CD Quality, CD Quality is around 30kbps. However, usually 128kbps is a good medium between file size and quality. Secondly, make sure your internet speed is adequate, otherwise you may have to re-boot your computer a few times to achieve your best download speed, Typically at 3 kb/s it will take you around 10 minutes to download one song.Thirdly,  check you computer storage space before downloading your song. There's nothing more annoying than getting to 75 percent of the download only to find out that you didn't have enough room in your C: Drive. With any new computer this should not be a problem, but it's best to make sure before you start.When you are a member of FRC All Music you can listen to samples  or demo's of the songs before you decide to for download music. Once you have decided you like the mp3 song you can go ahead and buy the music either from the FRC All Music Artist Shop or from Amazon or any other music download site. Please make sure it is a legal download site as artist also need to eat and rely on income and cover the expenses to produce the song.All and all, downloading music is a great experience and FRC All Music offers you a great opportunity to learn about new bands that you'll want to go to the concert or buy the album later. Remember if you download a music clip from a pirate site your joy will be short-lived, remember the changed browser window that will tell you to visit a strange website every-time you surf the web.FRC All Music is a safe place were you can come inside and download music in a safe way, in a way you can trust.
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The Vocal Ranges of the Greatest Singers.  From Mariah Carey's ear-piercing whistle to Barry White's deep bassy growl, compare the vocal ranges of today's top artists with the greatest of all time. (via ConcertHotels.com).
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A music fan may like musicians and artists or bands that make their own labels. One probable reason for creating their own label is being told the artist's material is not marketable. He may be required to create music that communicates feelings and emotions that he does not feel comfortable with. Rather than compromise his musical style, he would much rather trod the indie path and make his own music. An indie artist as well as his music fan base are benefited when the musician makes his own label.Independent artists offer more distinctive musicIndependent musicians have the means to put across their strong feelings and exceptional talent unreservedly. They can convey their individual stories or go after personal instincts and not be obliged to comply with directions from record label executives when it comes to what they should create. From the view of music fans, by listening to various stations on the radio and other indie music sources, they are also at liberty to decide on their own which ones they like and not.Freebies for music fansA lot of typical distributors merely provide music from major record label companies and seldom do they provide freebies regardless of the number of albums a purchaser downloaded or CDs purchased. An indie musician can do what he wants. He can choose to be openhanded when it comes to his selling approaches. For fans and music aficionados, this indicates they will be given huge price cuts, coupons, or tokens for their purchases.Attend to costumers personallyAn indie artist has the choice to communicate directly with the fans or customers. Hence, selling through the internet does not have to make the artist feel isolated or not in contact with his followers. There are moments the excitement of getting an email or online message from the musician himself can make an independent label buyer become a dedicated music fan.Niche marketing and indie musicMarketing indie music is not so different from niche marketing when success is to be considered. Indie musicians have the freedom to make their distinctive niche and reach more valued following. As an person who purchases music from an indie record label it is less complicated to find the music that describes and expresses who you are.Personal acts of gratitudeWhen a customer chooses to purchase from independent labels, buyers and artists can both gain. For example, a music aficionado buys an album. The indie artist can personally convey a thank you message and the buyer can also message back. The artist can write about this in his blog site and the customer can appreciate the blog article and even provide a link for her friends to see and read about it. This is not possible with major record labels. In addition, indie music can be bought directly from the musician when retailers seem to dwindle. Artiste with strong niche and devoted fans can remain in the business untouched by the challenges in the retail business of the music industry.
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Social networks on the Internet are major platforms for artists like an indie musician. This is particularly true if the artist has not signed up with a record label. Artists and bands depend so much on the pages of their social networks to inform followers about what is happening with their music or album releases, shows, among others. It allows people from any part of the world to connect with the artist or band and they also get to hear the artists' music being played.Be competitiveAs an indie musician, grab the opportunity because other artists are continuously being discovered. These emerging personalities and groups can also help in the exposure of your type of music and performance. A lot of other artists are aware there are numerous up-and-coming musicians in the field of social media. This arena totally supports their talents and allows them to be shared.In a social network site, a record label may introduce a group or artist to present new talent. This offers the new artists an opportunity to secure a chance to perform in shows by winning in a competition egged on by fans in a social networking website. When an artist or group wins a slot, they will definitely consider that it was social media which helped them land an opportunity to perform at a major event. They believe this can give them huge exposure.Observe the movements in the music sceneSocial media changes fast; hence, an artist's strategies should also be innovative and constantly updated. An indie musician may only desire to make and play music, but this artist needs more than mere talent to succeed in this business. It is not necessary that a person becomes a business magnate, but he may need some business sense. He should be observant enough with regard to the updates in both the social media and the music industry.Tips on how to successfully penetrate the music industryInvestigate the sites you prefer to use that fit your style of music, type of followers, and your objectives as an indie musician.Create your page on the current most popular networking sites to share your music and videos. think of other places that will be most appealing to your followers and admirers.Write article blogs, upload videos, and share unique content or personal information with the people who like your page to keep them updated and involved in your music.Watch out for competitions that can also give you exposure and increase your popularity.People who like artists and music are also fond of competitions. You can promote your own competition and offer signed albums or photos as prizes.Prevent yourself from being too confident if fans are increasing and your music is getting good reviews. This should only make you continue your posts and efforts to engage your following.Content is very important. Artists and bands are not expected to launch new materials immediately or often. However, your fan base may need to know that you are also constantly connected by sharing posts or links and getting involved in some conversations with them. It has been found that interactions even only through shout outs and newsfeed, can engage fans.Develop connections with other new musicians. Recommend their music to your followers so they can also promote yours.
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These days, artists do not rely on traditional approaches to at least have a record contract for their music. Technology has been closely intertwined with the music industry. Bands these days create albums that make use of the users' mobile phone GPS to track proximity towards numerous tagged zones all through various landmarks. The program vigorously tweaks the rhythm, instrumentation, melody, and tempo of the song as the mobile user goes near these zones. This is what bands call location aware based albums. Part of this technology is social media which may be utilized to get spotted and land a record deal in the music business.Determine appropriate social networking sitesYears ago, MySpace became very popular for both well-known as well as new artists. This site has helped to further the careers of successful artists and considerably increased the sales of popular artists' albums. Two years ago, the users of the site had dropped and other more popular social networking sites emerged. Unfortunately, this site has turned up to be not the most suitable tool for new artists these days who want to make it in the music industry. However, since the site has remained active and still with millions of followers, it may also help in the current artists' careers to create profiles accessible to fans through it. Even the most famous celebrities today who sell their music to global consumers have created profiles in various social networking sites.Mutual benefits between the artist and fansIt is totally clear nowadays that artists typically choose Facebook as the best venue to show and promote their materials. Apparently, everyone has realized the importance of accessibility. In addition, these types of sites make them closer to their followers and admirers. They are able to engage in mutually beneficial interactivities. In today's music industry, it is not acceptable to disregard fans. They can either make you or break you.Popularity is of utmost importanceDepending on the category of music composition, there are specialized sites that are fitting to the image of a group. Nevertheless, Faceboook is still considered the most mainstream because counting numbers of track listeners and video viewers remains significant for artists and music companies. These numbers are equated to a song or an artist's popularity.Making an online presenceSince Facebook has been among the most populated social networking site on the Internet, it has created apps for its site that provide particular services. In order to maximize the usability and functions of one's profile on this site, most popular artists make use of the site's apps to advance their music careers in the business. Apps like these are usually free of charge; however, to be more usable, better versions of the applications are offered with monthly charges at reasonable rates. Aside from the typical data users upload, artists with paid up apps can also add in their lists of gigs, ticket concerts, and their tracks. Other people have the option to listen to the tracks and then purchase them. These apps also allow users to include their YouTube videos and Twitter feeds. This allows the fans to remain in just one site and get all they need without needing to hop from one venue to another.
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Music sharing and social networking sites offer enormous opportunities for people in the music industry. However, not all bands and struggling artists may become successful in these venues. But they can perhaps do better using other means to get spotted. For one, congestion of various artists in social networking sites has become an issue. Significant mass and vast opportunity generates overcrowding. In some sites wherein you share music, having tons of friends may be good if majority are supporters and admirers of your music.Social networks and record labelsA huge number of musicians make use of these networks to develop a fan base and embark on their profession in the music industry. However, not everyone has enough financial support and marketing knowhow. It can be extremely difficult for a particular unknown band or artist to make a name and be recognized. Artists may not acknowledge it, but it is a reality they need the support of a record label. In addition to this, social networks have the capability for hopeful artists to be noticed in the music business.Issue of overcrowdingIt may be easier to get spotted when the artist is part of a social network but there are also issues involved. A lot of the music posted on social networks is not saleable. A particular original song performed and then later on discarded by the group some years back remains on the site. In effect, this song still competes with many other original songs including other musical pieces that are badly written and performed. The issue of overcrowding makes it more difficult for genuinely brilliant music makers to be noticed since it also makes it difficult for the artists & repertoire (A & R) to perform their task. Music companies do a lot more than just look for new talented artists. They also need to handle their existing roster; hence, time management becomes crucial. Understandably, they cannot spend too much time listening to demo music provided by various talents.Song pitching sitesIf looking for new talents, you can expect record labels to go places where there is lesser overcrowding. Song pitching websites help music makers by unintentionally assisting music companies diminish the issue of overcrowding or through making discovery of new artists and music pieces simpler. When there is less noise, talents can easily penetrate through the music industry or engage more followers in a more effective manner.A song pitching website is capable of eliminating the issue of overcrowding by providing music companies with helpful tools. These companies also need to focus their efforts in discovering new talent. Record labels can provide a listing of their requirements on the site at the same time music talents can submit appropriate songs to them through the use of a song pitching technique. They may also have time-management tools to assist in systematizing and listening to submitted materials or music. This takes out the muddle and time is saved for artists & repertoire. Other sites diminish clutter by increasing the A&R's productivity.
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Listening to music is a great hobby for so many reasons. When you feel sad, just listen to an upbeat song to uplift your mood in an instant. Listening to your favorite songs can do a lot of wonders to your mood.You do not need to invest in expensive gadgets to be able to enjoy listening to music. In fact, you can just join a networking website like the FRC All Music website to listen to some great new music created by independent musicians. Just sign up to create an account and enjoy all the basic features of the website.Registering in this All Music website offers a lot of benefits to a music fan like you. Check out some of the reasons why you should create an account.Listen to cool songsOne of the major reasons why fans create an FRC account is for them to listen to some great songs by indie artists. These days, it is difficult to find a really great song in the radio. You always hear the same pop songs day in and day out. With this music website, you can find some really cool tunes that do not get the attention that they deserve just because the artist does not have the mean to produce the song professionally or to market their album on a large scale basis. You can find really talented artists in this website who create songs that are even better that what you always hear on the radio.Interact with musiciansRegistering to this website is also a great way to interact with different independent musicians. If you want to meet the independent band or singer who sang the song that you heard from your friend's music collection, you can always check them out in the All Music website. It is a great way to meet your favorite indie artists and tell them how their songs make you feel and changed your life.Do not use the website as a way to bash indie artists just because you do not like them. Remember that this website is created to bring together different people in the music industry, not to make them compete against or antagonize each other.Purchase albums and merchandiseIf you want to show your support to indie artists or to your favorite musicians aside from listening to their music, you can purchase their albums or merchandise that are available online. The website is also a platform for musicians to sell their albums and products like t-shirts, caps, car accessories, and so on. They do this to support their musical pursuits financially and also as a way to market their music to the people.Learn how to make great musicAnother great reason why you should become a member of this website is for you to learn how to make great music. Artists can upload video tutorials on how to play a particular instrument or how to create beats that can help other users to improve their art or learn a new musical skill.
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If you are an indie musician and are looking for a way to share your music to the world, you should consider creating an FRC All Music website. This website was started by a songwriter who is passionate about his craft and wanted other songwriters and artists to have a platform for networking in the music industry.The website is starting to gain popularity not only among musicians but also among producers, labels, and fans. In fact, it has a high ranking in the Google page rank and has received high ratings and positive feedbacks from users.You can create your own account and experience all the benefits of this music networking platform by visiting their website. You only need to provide your username, password, and email address. You should also come up with a desired display name, preferable your screen name or band name, if you are a musician.Once you are signed up, you can now access the basic features for free. You can try their subscriptions such as starting your own online shop but you have to pay a small amount. When using the website, you should consider the following tips below.Familiarize yourself with the different sectionsThe website has different sections such as store, music, news, events, directory, photo, and so on. You need to get acquainted with these sections for you to be able to maximize its features. For example, if you are a music fan and want to purchase merchandise from your favorite indie artist, you can check out their online store which you can search for in the store section.If you want to read news about anything related to music, you can go to the news section. Browsing through these tabs makes navigating the website easier and less troublesome because everything is in their proper places.Browse through different music genresThe website also features a list of categories that include all types of music genres. There are the usual genres like pop, classical, rock, punk, rock and roll, alternative, jazz, acoustic, and blues. There are also the weird categories like Christian gangsta rap, past fusion, tribal music, and other uncommon genres that you have probably never even heard of even if you are a big music enthusiast yourself. If you want to listen to rock music, you can just click rock so that songs that belong to other genres are filtered out. Again, this feature saves you time since you do not need to browse through the thousands of songs that are probably uploaded in the website.Interact with friends and other usersThe website allows you to interact with friends and other users through chat or comments. You can also collaborate with other artists to create new songs and music. It is also easier for fans to interact with their favorite musicians. Artists can also network with producers and record labels if they want to have their songs produced and marketed to the general public. The website serves as a place where artists, producers, labels, and fans can interact with one another freely with only one thing in common-their love for music.
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