MUSIC

Music is everywhere – in your home, at school, in the community, and in every corner of the world. Music is created to inspire people. It is an avenue for people to express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Music gives life. Without music, the world would be dull and dry. Music tells stories of human experiences, concepts of love, life struggles, and philosophies, among others.

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HOW MUSIC STARTED?

Music has no date of birth. It started even before humans existed. Nature creates music through the sounds of the trees, the water, the air, the leaves, the animals, and so much more. It came to human consciousness as early as 4000 BCE in Egypt. Egyptians created harps and flutes. In 3500 BCE, lyres and clarinets were developed.

In 2500 BCE, trumpets were invented in Denmark. The first trumpet was valve-less but created similar music. The guitar came to life in 1500 BCE. The first ever recorded music was recovered in 800 BCE. It was written in cuneiform and was composed of religious prayers. In 700 BCE, vocals and instrumentals started.

In 600 BCE, the famous mathematician Pythagoras developed octave scale – the keystone of modern music. Music flourished among Greeks. There have been music festivals. The first ever trumpet competition was in 400 BCE. In 350 BCE, Aristotle wrote the theory of music and developed the method of notation. These were brought to Western Europe in 521 CE.

In 600 CE, the first music in Europe was established. Music also progressed in China in 612 CE. Orchestras of musicians started performing. In 1650 CE, a new notation system of writing music was developed. In 800 CE, poems and psalms are set to music in 800 CE. Guido D'Arezzo also made improvements in music theory. He invented do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do – this changed music forever.

From then on, music started developing in the Renaissance era. Operas began to rise. The age of enlightenment also gave birth to some of the greatest musical minds of history.

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Top 6 Best-Selling Artists of All Time

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In the music industry, creating music is not just an art of expression. But it is also about charts, popularity, and sales. Over the decades, many musical artists have conquered the music scene with their critically-acclaimed albums, best-selling singles, and sold out concerts and tours.

Now, let us get to know some of the best-selling artists of all time based on the global sales of their musical masterpieces:

The Beatles

The English rock band The Beatles has started gaining popularity in 1960. They have a total of 19 number one albums in the US charts and over 20 number one singles. Overall, they have recorded a total of 23 studio albums. Their compilation album entitled “1” ranked number 5 in the best-selling albums of the 21st century.

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, named as the “King of Rock and Roll” is regarded as one of the most influential musical icons of the 20th century. He began his musical career in 1954 and has recorded 24 studio albums. Elvis has a total of 25 multi-platinum, 53 platinum, and 90 gold certified albums. According to RCA, Presley sold more than 1.5 billion records worldwide.

Michael Jackson

Started from the family group Jackson 5, Michael Jackson became the “King of Pop” after his solo act debut in 1971. Apart from being a best-selling artist, he marked a name in the dance and fashion industry. He recorded a total of 10 studio albums. His first best-selling album was Off the Wall released in 1979. On the other hand, his best-selling album of all time was Thriller.

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Madonna

Dubbed as the first “Queen of Pop”, Madonna is indeed the greatest female artist of all time. According to her record company, she has sold 300 million records worldwide. She recorded 13 studio albums, 12 of which are number one. Her albums The Immaculate Collection, Like a Virgin and True Blue are among RIAA’s top 100 certified albums. Guinness World Records also hailed Madonna as the world’s best-selling female recording artist of all time.

Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John or Elton John in short recorded 33 studio albums in the span of his five-decade musical career. He has released 128 singles to date, over 50 of it are included in the U.S. Top 40 Hits. According to his record label, he sold more than 300 million records. His single “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” spent 14 straight weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. RIAA and Guinness World Records hailed it as the best-selling single of all time”.

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Garth Brooks

The American icon of rock and roll Garth Brooks is one of the most successful solo artists since Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Based on the data of RIAA, he sold 148 million domestic units making him the best-selling solo artist in the U.S. Brooks is also the only solo artist with seven diamond-certified albums.

Other best-selling artists include Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Pink Floyd.

8 Ways to Improve Your Guitar Skills

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Guitars are one of the easiest instruments to learn. Guitars are also very explorative. It can play various chords and is perfect for every musical genre. If you are struggling with learning how to play guitar, then follow these 8 simple ways to improve your guitar skills:

Take Lessons

Guitar lessons can be found anywhere – online or just near you. There are guitar players who spend time teaching others how to play guitar. Guitar tutorial is much more personal and engaging. Your instructor can provide you customized lessons that will target the areas that you need to improve. It will also be much easier to learn a guitar with a coach.

Watch Tutorial Videos

If you can’t afford a guitar tutor, then you can learn guitar skills by just watching tutorial videos. These videos are available on YouTube. There are hundreds of YouTube Channels that specialize in teaching how to play guitar. You can also get some inspirations from famous acoustic players in the net.

Learn New Chords

Do not limit yourself in just a few chords. It is important that you expand your chord vocabulary. Every day, explore other chords that you never learned before. Make sure that you master them and apply them in playing musical pieces. The more chords you know, the more you are able in playing various songs.

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Master Chord Changes

After learning new chords, make sure that you master chord changes. Most beginners really find it hard to change the positions of their fingers from one chord to another. The key to this is to memorize the placement of your fingers in every chord so that it will be natural for you to change chords.

Play New Songs

Explore every day. Test your proficiency and mastery with chords by playing a whole song. It will enable you to naturally change from one chord to another and create a complete music. Some songs have very minimal chords to play. So, challenge yourself by playing songs that are complex to play.

Practice Everyday

Practice makes perfect. Mastery requires consistency and discipline. You need to play guitar every day and practice the chords, the songs. You can also practice with your peers who also play guitar. Moreover, you can ask someone to judge the way you play the guitar so you can be aware of the areas you should improve.

Record Yourself

Make a cover of a song and record yourself. If you can sing, sing along with the guitar. After playing, review the recording and criticize how you play the guitar. There may be off-tunes, delays in chord changes, and other things. You can also let others see your recording so you can get their feedback.

Perform Live

Lastly, showcase your talents and skills by joining live performances. There are dozens of opportunities that showcase your guitar skills. You can join school bands and orchestras, perform in live gigs, or just have some fun with your music-loving peers.

After mastering your guitar skills, take new challenges like composing your own music and recording them in the studio.

10 Best Musical Instruments for Beginners

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Making music is one of the most liberating things to do. But before you can create or record your own music, you need to learn at least one instrument to accompany your song compositions. There are instruments that are easy to learn, while others are complex. To all beginners out there, here are the 10 best musical instruments that you can start learning:

Violin

A violin is a wooden string instrument and is one of the easiest instruments to learn. It is suitable for children six years old and above. Violins also come in different sizes so you won’t have a problem looking for the best violin for your child.

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Guitar

One of the most popular instruments among people of all ages is the guitar. It is another type of string instrument that comes in two primary types – acoustic and electric. Guitars are also very flexible in almost all genres of music, including classical and popular music. There are also some great models available in the second hand market thanks to sites like MiSales.

Piano

The piano is one of the most versatile instruments that create beautiful sounds. Pianos are also great for children age six years and older. For beginners, it is recommended to start with a traditional piano. There are hundreds of learning opportunities for those who want to play the piano.

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Cello

Another popular string instrument is the cello. It is also suitable for children age six years old and above. It is larger than a violin and has a thicker body. It also comes in different sizes. It can be played by rubbing the bow across the string.

Flute

The flute is a popular instrument in the woodwind family. It creates a very soothing sound. It is very easy to learn, perfect for children age 10 years old and above. Flutes are much more affordable than other instruments. Moreover, playing flutes strengthens the lungs.

Clarinet

The clarinet is another member of the woodwind group. It is easy to learn by kids 10 years and older. Playing clarinet provides dozens of opportunities to those who want to play professionally. It is also a good starting point for those who want to transition to playing the saxophone.

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Saxophone

Saxophones come in different sizes and types. The alto saxophone is perfect for beginners, ideally for children age 12 years old and above. Playing saxophone provides dozens of opportunities at the professional level. Most school orchestras require saxophone players.

Trumpet

The trumpet belongs to the brass family. It is perfect for children age 10 years old and above. It is easy to learn and is fun to play. It is also very convenient to bring because of its handy size. Trumpet players are needed in jazz bands.

Harp

Harp is a popular stringed musical instrument that is played by plucking the strings. Harps come in different sizes with different numbers of strings. Surprisingly, it is very easy to learn and play.

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Drums

There are different kinds and types of drums. Basically, the drum is played by striking the sticks to the drum membrane. Basic drums are perfect for children age 6 years old and above.

What is the first instrument that you have learned?

7 Best Music Museums Every Music Lover Should Visit

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If you are a big fan of music, apart from collecting memorabilia and vintage musical devices, you should have gone to music museums. A music museum is a special place that can be dedicated to an artist, band, or simply showcases the beautiful history of music. The things you can find in a music museum include the instruments used by your favorite bands, iconic costumes, album records, and a whole lot more. Now, let us take a trip to the best music museums in the world.

The Johnny Cash Museum

Nashville, USA

The Johnny Cash Museum opened in May 2013. It celebrates the greatness of the American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash who is considered one of the most influential popular musicians in the 20th century. The museum features the outfits of Johnny Cash, his instruments, records, footages of his live performances, and artifacts related to Cash.

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Bob Marley Museum

Kingston, Jamaica

Obviously, this museum is devoted to the most popular Reggae icon Bob Marley. The museum is situated at Marley’s place of residence before. Apart from Bob Marley’s memorabilia, it also features the record label founded by The Wailers in 1965.

The Beatles Story

Liverpool, England

The Beatles Story Museum is an award-winning attraction which remains the world’s largest exhibition devoted to the band The Beatles. It is situated in Liverpool where the band started. The Beatles is still considered the most influential act of the rock era.  The museum reflects the lives, culture, and music of the Beatles. The museum opened and 1990 and over 300,000 visitors attend every year.

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Museum of Pop Culture

Seattle, USA

Formerly known as the EMP Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture remained one of the largest music museums in the world. It was founded by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. The museum organized dozens of exhibits attended by critics, musicians, music buffs, academics, and artists all over the world.

ABBA The Museum

Stockholm, Sweden

ABBA is one of the most popular pop groups based in Sweden. In 2013, a museum has been opened to showcase the legacy of ABBA. The ABBA Museum features Benny’ Piano, Waterloo, The Polar Studio, The Folkpark, audio guides, album records, footages of ABBA’s live performances., and stage costumes personally donated by the ABBA members.

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Beethoven Haus

Bonn, Germany

The Beethoven Haus is a memorial site and a museum dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most influential composers in the world. It is situated in Bonn, Germany where Beethoven was born and raised. It showcases the studies about the life and work of Beethoven. The Beethoven Haus remains to be the largest Beethoven collection in the world.

Graceland

Memphis, Tennessee

If you are a big Elvis Presley fan, then include Graceland in your bucket list. It is a 13.8-acre mansion that is located at Elvis Presley Boulevard. It opened in 1982 and remains one of the most visited-house in America with over 650,000 visitors every year.

Have you been to one of these music museums?

Top 10 Best Brands of Headphones

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Most avid fans and enthusiasts of music surely have headphones. They are very important in listening to every detail of songs, vocals, and instrumentals. Headphones also play a vital part in the studio recording. If you are planning to buy your own personal headphone, consider these top 10 best brands that provide superior sound quality:

Shure

The undisputed brand of headphone is the Shire. They specialize in creating over-the-ear headsets that block unnecessary noises for the best music listening experience. The price may be a bit expensive but the quality is really superior. For beginners, try the Shure SRH440.

Bose

Bose is the “boss” in providing sound quality like you are watching a live concert. According to audiophiles, Bose provides a booming sound that cannot be matched by any headphones. The Bose best-sellers are SoundTrue II and QuietComfort 35.

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Sennheiser

Sennheiser headphones are known for its great balance between bass and treble. They also offer the most stylish headsets and headphones. Even their moderately-priced headsets still provide the best sound quality. For casual listeners, try the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro.

Sony

For many decades, Sony has proven to be one of the best not just in terms of appliances, but also with their headphones. They create very sturdy and stylish headphones. Their best-seller is the Sony MDRX450AP Headset.

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AKG

AKG is a Germany-based company that has been innovating headsets for more than five decades. They specialize in creating stylish and durable headsets that provide superior sound quality regardless of the price. Their entry-level headphone AKG Pro Audio K92 is perfect for beginners.

BeyerDynamic

German creators are best known for their innovative design and durable products, and these manifest in BeyerDynamic headphones. The company specializes in providing sturdy headsets with maximum sound lucidity. Their best-sellers include BeyerDynamic DT 770 Pro and T90 from BeyerDynamic.

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Beats

One of the most popular and trending headsets is the Beats. They are a newcomer to the world of headphones but they managed to keep up with the best names. Their headsets are known for their distinct visual appeal. Try their Beats Solo 3 wireless headphone and Beats Mixr Headphone.

Grado

Grado specializes in creating headphones that deliver no distortion even at the lowest frequencies. Although they only released a few choices, their headphones are really of superior quality. Their most popular headphones include Grado SR60e headphone and Grado headphone in the GS1000e.

Audio-Technica

This Japanese company remains to be the frontrunner in providing quality headphones. Audio-Technica allows customers to customize their own headsets. Their headphones also deliver advanced sound clarity and built quality. Check out their Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7GM SonicPro.

Philips

Philips is definitely one of the most reputable brands in the industry. They offer a wide selection of quality headphones at very reasonable rates. Their most affordable headphone is the Philips SHL3000BK. Their premium headset Philips X2/27 Fidelio headset also delivers.

If you are looking for the best headphones for studio recording, check out this list.

 

11 Essential Guitar Accessories That You Must Have

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The guitar is one of the best instruments to play with. It is very easy to learn, and surprisingly, it can do a lot – wide range of chords, acoustic or electric, bluegrass or heavy metals, and so much more. There are millions of guitar players in the world. In the United States, roughly 15% knows how to play guitar. For every guitar player out there, here are the 11 must-have guitar essentials and accessories:

Guitar Strings

Guitar strings vary from guitar to guitar. Most commonly, acoustic guitar strings are made up of nylon while electric guitar strings are made of steel or metal. Ideally, strings should be replaced in one month.

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String Cutter

Strings can be very long which can wrap around your tuning pegs. After changing your strings, use the string cutter to cut the excess portion of the strings. Apart from the cutter, there is also the string winder used to avoid tangling of strings.

Tuners

Tuners are used to determine if the guitar produces a sound that is out-of-tune. Apart from analog and digital tuners, there are dozens of apps available on smartphones that can provide accurate tuning for guitars.

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Capo

The capo is placed on the fret of the guitar to achieve few chords that cannot be handled by our fingers. In playing A, F#m, D, and E, you need a capo.

Pick

Basically, guitar picks are used in picking or strumming the strings to produce sound. Make sure that you also have a pick holder for all your guitar picks.

Humidifier

Guitar humidifiers are much more applicable to acoustic guitars which are made of wood. Humidifiers maintain moisture inside the guitar to avoid some portions to crack up, especially in dry conditions.

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Cables

Cables are important if you need to connect your guitar to amplifiers or sound monitors. Cables are needed for electric guitars. Choose cables with configurations that suit you best. Also, the longer the cables, the better.

Pedals

There are hundreds of guitar pedals. They are used to add effects or to improve the quality of the sound of your guitar. Most popular guitar pedals are boost pedal, distortion pedal, and delay pedal.

Guitar Stand

If a microphone needs a stand, and so is your guitar. Guitar stands are used to hold or support guitars whenever they are not used. They can prevent guitars from falling or getting damaged.

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Guitar Strap

Guitar straps make it easy for you. These straps hold the guitar so that when you are standing, it will be easier for you to play the guitar. Choose the guitar strap that is more heavy duty and is high quality.

Guitar Bag

Lastly, your guitar needs to be protected from dust and dirt that may damage your guitar. The bag also encloses your guitar to protect it from getting damaged when it falls or if it hits certain edges.

Trust us, invest in these guitar accessories so you will have a better guitar experience!

 

9 Things to Consider in Buying Studio Microphones

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Microphones are very important in the music recording process. They convert sounds into electric signals which will be processed on the computer during the editing, mixing, and mastering stage.  To achieve the best quality, you need to find the most competent microphone among others. In shopping for microphones, consider these 9 things to choose the best mic for you:

Microphone Type

Microphones are categorized into two – dynamic mics and condenser mics. Dynamic mics are more rugged than condenser mics that’s why they tend to perform better during live performances. On the other hand, condenser mics are more sensitive to sound which makes it perfect for studio recording.

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Frequency Response

This refers to the response of microphones to the ranges of frequencies – from low to high. Condenser mics work better on high-frequency instruments, including cymbals, piano, and acoustic guitar. On the other hand, dynamic mics are perfect for recording drums and electric guitar cabs.

Diaphragm Size and Weight

Condenser mics are much smaller than dynamic mics. They also have a lighter diaphragm to capture sound. Since dynamic mics have heavier diaphragms, they are less responsive to high frequencies.

Internal Circuitry

On the other hand, the heavier diaphragm of dynamic mics makes it more passive in which it can generate an adequate voltage through movement, not needing for external power source. In contrary, condenser mics require phantom power. With this, condenser mics can record softer sounds and can achieve higher gains.

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Diaphragm Durability

Condenser mics have lighter diaphragms which are very fragile and may be damaged at higher sound pressure levels. The heavy diaphragm of dynamic mics makes it perfect in recording louder instruments like drums.

General Durability

Apart from the heavier and stronger diaphragm of the dynamic mics, they also have a much stronger overall design. If you drop a dynamic mic on the ground, it will still function, whereas condenser mics may barely survive. With this, dynamic mics are great for mobile, on-stage performances.

Resistance to Moisture

Dynamic microphones are highly-resistant to environmental changes including temperature and humidity. On the other hand, condenser mics may not function or may have poor performance under extreme changes of humidity.

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Gain before Feedback

Dynamic mics are widely used in on-stage performances because they allow higher gain before feedback. Basically, feedback is a common problem in live environments. Unlike condenser mics, dynamic mics have focus in recording the closest sound. Condenser mics are very sensitive producing erring feedback.

Price

Basically, dynamic microphones are much more affordable than condenser microphones. They are also more varied in brands and kinds, plus, they can easily be purchased through online and physical stores. Condenser microphones can cost as much as $10 grand each. However, you can find more affordable choices.

Remember, you need to try the microphones first before purchasing them. It is important that you are aware of its sound quality, durability, specs, and features. Also, do not hesitate to ask the sales representative about the pros and cons of buying certain types of microphones.

 

9 Basic Recording Equipment for Your Music Studio

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Music is therapeutic. It’s not just soothing to the ears, but it is also soul-mending. With the advent of technology, music can be everywhere. The Internet makes it more accessible for fans to hear the music of their favorite artists. Moreover, producing music is so much easier now. This is the reason why anyone can just put up their own music…even you! You can simply record yourself singing through your smartphone and upload it to YouTube.

On the other hand, if you want to produce a quality music, these are the nine basic recording equipment that you need for your own music studio:

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Computer

The computer is very important. It is where your music is being processed – mixing, mastering, and editing. You can make use of your personal home desktop. But if you have the budget, invest in more advanced computers that can support music production software.

Digital Audio Workstation

There are hundreds of digital audio workstation (DAW) software available for you. The DAW is your primary software to record, edit, and mix music on the computer. They are either free or paid. To know more about the best DAW software, check out this article.

Audio Interface

The audio interfaces provide the necessary connections to send your music in and out of the computer. Audio interfaces should be compatible with your DAW software. It should also have the necessary interface connectors – USB, Firewire, Thunderbolt, and PCI-E.

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Microphones

Of course, you need a microphone. They are vital in the recording process. There are different types and sub-categories of microphones. You need to choose the one that is perfect for recording vocals and instrumentals. Most used mics for recording are condenser and dynamic microphones.

Headphones

Headphones are used in reviewing or hearing your vocals. The best headphone should be sensitive to every detail of the sound. Studio headphones use two specific types of headphones – the closed back headphones used for track recording and open back headphones for mixing and mastering.

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Studio Monitors

Studio monitors are loudspeakers used in reviewing sounds. Unlike consumer speakers, studio monitors do not accentuate certain frequency bands. Instead, it provides perfectly flat frequency response to hear every detail of the vocals and instrumentals.

Cables

Basically, cables are used to connect essential equipment in your music studio. Basically, you only need three. The first cable connects your microphone to the audio interface. The two others are sued to connect the interface to the studio monitors.

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Microphone Stands

Apparently, these stands are used to support the microphones during the recording process. Microphone stands come in different heights. If you are just starting, one to two microphone stands will do for the vocals and instrumentals.

Pop Filter

Pop filters are very important in music recording. They cancel unnecessary noises and filters your voice so that the recording will be clean. Typically, they remove the air or the “popping” that comes from your mouth when you pronounce certain sounds like “p” and “b”.

That’s it! You can start putting up your own music studio.

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