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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Learning To Play Musical Instrument

Notwithstanding, monetary gains may not be a benefit for playing the guitar but for other reasons related to discipline, popularity, self confidence and many more. To be successful in any endeavor, one needs to be well disciplined. The way you combine your fingers and your mind to harmonize the music is not a simple task but goes with self-discipline.

If you want to be popular in no time then, trust me, playing the guitar is among the fastest means. Your excellence in playing the guitar will popularize you quickly by means of the performances that you undertake. This has a spill over effect. Your tunes will be worldwide known and you will make more money if it is your wish.

Guitar music is best performed when you are a group. Your ability to stay and put the group together in times of play upholds your self confidence and sharpens your leadership qualities. This is vital in today’s world of specialization and interdependence. You will not be found wanting when it comes to networking or coordination.

With the few points discussed above, it stands to reason that learning to play the guitar is equally a route like other sophisticated disciplines that make people feel self-supportive, self-confident, popular and above all make one enjoy a descent living.

Relaxation Techniques For Singers

This applies to singing in several ways. Often we know we are too tense, but when we try to relax, it just gets worse. The major tension places for singers are:

• The jaw. Actually the two places where the jaw hooks to the skull at the ears.Tension in this area should be approached by saying to yourself “my jaw feels like rubber. It loose, hanging – like I had a shot at the dentist’s. Then your suggestion to yourself is a positive action. You’re not saying to “relax”, but rather to do something which will cause relaxation. Also, wiggling the jaw slightly during rests helps a lot.

• The neck and shoulders. Develop the habit of gently rolling your head occasionally when you feel tension coming on. The same for shoulders. Keep moving up there.

• The back. Tension in the back is often caused by poor posture. Get that spine straight. You don’t have to look like a tin soldier, but be aware that tension can collect there and hurt your singing.

Uniqueness in Your Voice

1. Focus on a specific type of audience. You cannot expect to please everybody. You must have a specific market where you are selling yourself. Different groups have different taste in music. Groups can be categorized by age – teenagers, pre-teens, oldies, young adults, or children. They can also be by gender – male, female, or even from the gay community. You must have at least one specific target group that you want to sell yourself to. Focus on what this group likes and adjust your craft to their taste.

2. Research on other styles. All singers have a preferred genre to listen to. Their preferred music is also usually the music they like to sing. In order to explore more on your musicality, listen to other genre and try them out. You might be surprised that you’re better at another genre – one that you least prefer listening to.

3. Modify your style. Play with your vocals and put a trademark sound. You can modify it by either putting more vibrato to it. If you already are good with vibrato, try putting your vibrato at the end of each phrase you sing instead of all throughout. You can experiment on mix and matching the different styles that you’ve researched on.

4. Present a unique character. A singer is not only known for his or her voice but also his or her character. Present a character that will make you memorable. You can be a punk on your appearance but be charitable in public. Or you can be angelic in appearance and vocal technique but have a diva attitude on stage. Even negative characters can make good publicity if it’s really worth noticing. Remember, bad publicity is still publicity. Why do you think Britney got so many media reviews? Of course, the good characters are the most loved but nonetheless, it’s not love that producers are after, it’s your ability to gather crowds to yourself.

5. Have a trademark fashion style. By this I do not mean going crazy on your fashion sense. No. You don’t need to be extravagant nor weird. You simply have to have something that is trademark on you that people will remember you when they see that object. It may be a scarf, or a special hat, or neckties, or certain shoes, or certain makeup style, or even a consistency in the color you wear. It should be something that every time people see you, you wear it. They will associate that object to your name in the long run.

Spanish Flamenco Guitar


“Flamenco” is the name most widely associated with Spanish music. And although it is definitely part of that country’s culture, it’s native only to the Southern region of Andalucia. However this does’nt mean that if you’re not born in Andalucia, you can’t be a “genuine” Flamenco artist! There have been, and continue to be, many contributors from other regions and other countries. Most notably Latin America and Cuba.

Originally, Flamenco was the music of the Andalucian gypsies. And, understandably, those who grew up around them were called “Flamencos.”

Just as this style of Spanish music was result of centuries of influence and “cross pollination” by and from Byzantine and Moorish influences, the same is true for the evolution of the Spanish Guitar.

Cross Pollination

After the Islamic invasion of Spain in 711, the region of what we today know as Cordoba, became a center for Islamic musicians. Who were obviously influenced by the local music. The first phase of the guitars’ evolution was the addition of a fifth string to the Islamic Oud. The resulting instrument was the Andalucian “Nuba.” More commonly referred to as the “Moorish Guitar.”

Centuries later, elements of this instrument combined with the European Lute and the Guitar Latina created the Vihuela. This became the basis for the Baroque guitar, which, in turn, morphed into the Classical guitar. Finally, the Flamenco guitar was born. A variation of it’s Classical “cousin.”