The Growth of Live Music

After years of declining physical record sales, artists, bands and record labels lately are focusing on live music shows. Record labels are also providing their bands 360 deals. Sounds cool, what is it exactly? Previously, record labels mainly used to only fund the process of producing a physical record; also known as long plays, tapes and compact discs. Nowadays, labels are also funding and helping their signed bands and artists organize and sell their live shows, and also eating a large portion of the profits.

Thanks (or not) to the internet and the ease of pirated music distribution, the generic public is no longer bothered, or even willing to buy physical music records. There is still hope though; Johnny is still willing to spend his hard earned money on music. Maybe not on physical music records, but people seem to be going to concerts much more than ever before. It seems that the sound quality is of no difference to Johnny and most of the population, so he won't bother if he listens to MP3's on his computer.

On the other hand, going to a concert is a social experience where one can head bang and interact with sweaty people, some of which you've never seen. It's a new experience, totally different than when you're frequenting the same old rotting bar for several years. So invest today. Instead of spending hundred Euro, the bankrupt currency, alone in a bar, might as well invest some of it on a concert ticket and the rest on some ice cold beers to help you bear with the heat of indoor concerts, or maybe as a chick investment.

Mention the world's biggest acts and you will notice that even though the world economy is spiralling down, they are still managing to sell out their world tours. International renowned electro band Depeche Mode and their Touring the Universe Tour, U2, who embraced the internet like no other band, Lady Gaga and many other world renowned bands and artists all managed to generate a decent income, which you and I don't even dream of. Navigate through several online ticket websites and you will notice that there is at least a concert of two in the city where you live, if not more!

Some time ago, the editor of one of the blogs I write for, wrote a rant about the music industry. Unfortunately his rant was criticized by many, and unlike other of his self-opinionated articles, its publishing on several music news sites was rejected for one simple reason; encouraging piracy of music over the internet. It is kind of funny; it seems the editors of the other websites do not know how to read. In this rant about music, Octave Shaper is simply stating that like many other world industries, the music industry should stop pointing fingers, think out of the box, and search for its golden eggs goose somewhere else.

That is why I admire the music's industry Father Christmas, Mr. Cowell's and his shows, such as X Factor. Mr Cowell, instead of trying so hard to sell records, changed his business model and now is helping many aspiring artists by giving them the chance of having their own sponsored tours. Thanks to his international renowned shows, Cowell is raising live music awareness, and "brand awareness" for the artist and bands involved, while still making truckloads of money, most probably more than ever before.

In my opinion, the music industry was wrong in pointing its fingers and blaming the internet for its decreasing income from sales of physical records. It's true the internet made it easier for the distribution of pirated music, but it also made it easier for Johnny to buy concert tickets. If you need a carton of milk, you still have to leave your home, walk to the grocery store, and if it is expired and you didn't notice, you have to walk back to return it. If you want to purchase a concert ticket, you can do it from the comfort of your sofa while keeping your butt warm and cosy.

Thanks to the internet, social networks and viral videos, it is now easier for agents and bands to grasp the attention of new crowds. With the tsunami of new music being constantly uploaded on the internet, it might be difficult for non-established artists to infiltrate the masses and grab a big piece of the pie, but they will always have their share of crumbs. Let's not also forget that the internet also made it easier for already established and world renowned artists to reach new horizons in the music industry. Simply have a look at how many Facebook likes and Twitter followers famous artists have. Do you think Lady Gaga would have had the same influential effect on the world as she has now without the internet?

By profession, Leo Pechlino is an IT expert while in the evenings he likes to listen and discover new music. An avid writer, Leo reviewed several music records for several music blogs. Most of his work can be found on Muzikablog music blog ( ). Leo is also a technical writer and from time to time publishes IT industry related articles.

Stress Relief and Discos

When we feel stressed and exhausted, we look for something that could somehow re-build our strength, right? Yes, there are many events that challenge us every day so the least that we can do is to live as lightly as possible. You can, for instance, think of positive thoughts. These thoughts can make you happy enough to get you going.

You can consider traveling around the country, or better yet, you can visit other countries. Just make sure proper arrangements are made before the travel for an easy and trouble-free journey. If you want, you can just hang around the house and be with your family. You can invite your family to go shopping, watch movies and maybe go on a picnic. If you are the type of person who loves extreme sports and adventures, you can try outdoor activities such as camping, trekking, climbing, biking, swimming and the like. Regardless of what you choose to do, the important thing is that you are enjoying the moment.

But if you feel like you want to dance the stress away, there are many avenues that you can consider. You can go to dance schools if that is what you really like. Dance schools will appreciate your talent and support it all the way. If you are not into dance schools, you might want to consider discos, night clubs and the like.

In considering a disco place, you can start by identifying night clubs within your area that offer accessible and safe night life. For sure there is a district somewhere in your place where discos and night clubs thrive. It is up to you if you want to dress up. But of course, you would want to look great wherever you go, right?

When clubbing, it is a good idea to bring some friends and loved ones. With that, your disco or night club experience will likely be memorable.

If you are worried about the entrance fees, then you might want to know that there are clubs that offer cheap entrance fees. These are just a small price to pay if you really want to have fun. If you are hungry, food and drinks are served. Given the fact that there are many disco places out there, you should consider which disco is better. In order to determine that, you should consider the following:

1. Disco light effects are remarkable. For a business owner, lights somehow change or affect the mood, and if you utilize it well, many customers will patronize you. If you seek to have the best disco experience, look for discos with stage lights, LED lighting system, lasers and the like.

2. DJs play the music. You know that without music, discos are boring. DJs should be creative and upbeat so that they can play well. They should have different equipment such as mixers, sound systems, controller, audios and other crucial electronics.

3. Special effects like fogging machine and the like. With these machines and lights, surely you will have a different clubbing experience.

These equipment will surely make your life more colourful and groovy. Don't be afraid to dance or go to night clubs because you have the right to have fun.

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The Art of Singing

No matter what style of singer you may wish to be, it is very important to understand how to look after your voice and most importantly understand how your voice works. You wouldn't dream of entering a Triathalon without months of training for the event, and yet with singing many of us just expect our voices to be able to tackle anything we throw at it without any training at all.

If you'rr serious about singing and want to get the most from your voice, its really important to invest in singing lessons. First off you will learn about the correct breathing techniques to fuel your voice. This is vital,otherwise it's like putting Diesel petrol in a unleaded car, you can imagine the output you would get! Through singing lessons you can learn to stretch your range, smooth out breaks in the voice, improve tone, diction and overall sound. Then once you have this basic understanding and know your voice, you can truly make the most of it and sing the style that you wish, too. How can we expect to improve our voice if we don't understand what is causing the problem in the first place! Your voice is your instrument and therefore you need to first learn about how to play your instrument to get the best possible sound from it.

Of course the next stage once you have learnt the essential technique's is to practise, get your voice stronger, more agile and challenge it to do new things. This is where the fun starts. The hard work starts to pay off as you see yourself achieving and singing the songs you thought you never could, or struggled with before. Then we start to add the essential layer of performance. This will obviously vary depending on the style of singing you have chosen to specialise in. In Musical Theatre for example, there is a strong emphasis on the dramatic communication of the story through the songs. But even with commercial music the artist still needs to find that connection with their audience as they sing. The listener should be taken on a journey through the use of lyrics and musical style of your singing, be it heavy rock or classical it should make no difference, finding that connection is what counts. Of course this requires the singer to be both confident and to let go and go to that vulnerable place and give everything to their performance. For some this will be a natural thing,they may love to escape to this place when they sing. For many it can take years to get to the place where you are no longer thinking about remembering the words, worrying about the high notes or your singing being affected by the nerves brought on by large quantities of people looking at you! Singing is one of the hardest things to do when you are nervous as the first thing to go is your breathing. You freeze and stiffen up,you stop breathing correctly and from then on everything else goes to pot! That's where the more practise performing in front of others you can do the better.

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Drum Practice Tips

Many times when we're practicing, the way we're using our time could be spent more efficiently. For example, when you're playing a new groove and you're having trouble with one small part of it each time it comes around, you can get way more out of your practice if you would focus in on only the problem spot.

You see, music is a language, and when you began to speak English (or whatever your native language might be) you started with short, simple words. You didn't say, "Mother, if you would be so kind as to bring me that toy automobile over there, I would be forever grateful and in your debt." You said, "Momma" and then "car" and then "Momma, car," etc., until you could create a more complex sentence with all of the nouns, and verbs, and adjectives, and so on.

And this is what we tend to do when we're practicing a groove. We want to get the whole thing down RIGHT NOW. I understand, but if you slow it down and break it down, you're going to have a far better result far quicker. Which is ultimately what we want, we just don't see the quickest way of getting there naturally on our own.

This brings in an idea from yesterday's blog - PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (which will always be typed in ALL caps, btw). So if you can play most of the groove, and you're just stumbling on one little part, we'll need to use what I call the "zoom in, zoom out" method. This means that we'll take the part of the groove that you're struggling with and focus only on that. For example, let's say we're learning the groove from Brain Stew by Green Day. (See also, Last Resort by Papa Roach.)

For many drummers, playing this groove is a piece of cake (the method still applies to whatever you're working on), but beginners tend to have trouble playing the double sixteenth notes on the bass drum while keeping solid eighths on the hi-hat. So we'll isolate that part and work ONLY on the problem spot.

It may even be helpful to only play one of these patterns at a time. Both, Bass, Hat. Over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over some more. This is getting good at the word, rather than struggling to say the sentence. Dig it?

So once you can perform this effortlessly, you'll go back to trying the sentence. If it goes smoothly, and you can now play time SOLIDLY throughout the groove, great! You've got it down, and you're ready for a new challenge. That was super quick! If you're not successful with it yet, that's OK too. All you need to do is zoom back in on the challenge spot, and drill it again. Once it feels comfortable again, then go back to trying the whole groove, and repeat this back and forth process until you can perform it smoothly.

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Selecting the Right Bass Strings

Regrettably, nobody can tell you which bass strings to pick or that will play and sound best to you on your bass. There are several variables which will give your bass a particular sound - the wood your bass is manufactured out of, the strings, your pick ups, as well as your amp or the effects you use, etc. That's why I concentrate on my technique and style because even playing in a different surrounding your sound will vary but your technique and style will remain.

Now, with that said, I can show you the method that I used/use for choosing my bass strings. I pretty much just keep it fairly basic. There are two main factors I like to take into consideration when choosing the type of bass strings I want to use.

1) How they play and feel under the fingers. Do you like a rougher feeling string or smooth and do you prefer a thinner string or thicker? Now granted some of thickness of the

string will fall under the sound of the string but you have to like how they feel as well, find the balance.

2) The sound of the bass strings themselves. Do you like a bright and punchy or more of a warm bassy sound, or maybe somewhere in between.

But of these two I get number 1 locked in, because as I said I focus on my style and technique because my sound will change, as I mentioned above as well as the biggest reasons my sound will change, me. My tastes and moods at different times in my life is always a variable, I may want it bright and punchy but somewhere down the road I may not. But the feel and playability needs to be there, so I can properly express myself. I don't concern myself with the brand name or anything like that at this stage, although I do have my favorites that I have used for years however for me regardless of what brand I play I maintain these following steps:

1) Identify The Scale Length Of Your Bass.

This really is vital since you will need the correct size of string for a proper fit on your bass. Unless you have the right length you may not be able to string your bass correctly, if at all. To determine the scale length, use a tape measure and measure from the nut ( string saddles just before headstock) to the twelfth fret then multiply that number by 2.

(You can measure from the nut to the string saddles on the bridge but it isn't really advised, since for intonation purposes the length will from string to string. )

These are the typical scale lengths:

Short Scale - 30 inches

Long(or Standard Scale) - 34 inches

Extra Long - 36 inches

2) Select the Gauge Of Bass Strings.

The gauge of the bass strings refers to the thickness or the diameter of the string in inches. The gauge of the bass strings will have an effect on the tone and feel and playability of the bass. Heavy gauge bass strings have excellent tone but require more finger strength. A light gauge string loses a little tone which is great if you are a string bender. The following table lists the gauges contained in typical bass string sets.

Typical Sets:

Extra Light. 040. 050. 075. 090

Light. 040. 060. 080. 100

Medium. 045. 065. 085. 105

Heavy. 050. 070. 085. 110

These are typically the standard bass string set and gauge combinations, but there are numerous other combinations to accommodate all techniques, styles and alternate tunings that would only confuse things at this point.

3) Lastly, Select Type of Bass String

Roundwound - This is the brightest sounding of the windings and is the most widely used type of strings. Their feel is rougher due to the grooves, which often cause more finger noise to boot. Roundwound bass strings are widely used in virtually all styles of music. They are popular for the slap bass technique, popping and tapping where you may want a brighter tone and clearer definition of the notes.

Flatwound - These strings have a ribbon-like winding wound around the core string; they have a more mellow tone to them. They feel smooth and have very little finger noise since they have fewer and shallower grooves. You might like them if you play jazz and reggae where you may want that more mellow tone. Also, it would be advisable to use flat wounds if you play a fretless bass.

Halfwound - Are between roundwound and flatwound bass strings in the terms tone and feel under the fingers. They have decent brightness and a lot less finger noise. Halfwound strings are basically a roundwound with the roundness polished or ground off.

How I Choose My Bass Strings.

When you first go through the above steps, select an inexpensive set (unless money is no object). You can find good sets around $20 to $25; I would steer clear of any over $30. Once you find your preferred gauge and winding, then go a head and try the different brands of bass strings and the different materials used to make them such as nickel, stainless steel, alloy, etc.

This is how these steps apply to me:

1) Bass Scale Length - Long Scale. All my basses are 34 inches.

2) Bass String Set Gauge - I use medium. 045. 065. 080. 105; they work great for me when I play metal, funk, country, or jazz.

3) Bass String Type - Roundwounds are my choice; I just love how they feel and sound.

The key is to not make this more complicated than it needs to be, have fun and don't make it a chore. Don't let anyone tell you how you should sound over all, this is your voice; leave room for compromise for the sake of the song but don't sell out; if you do, you won't be happy. Hope this has been helpful and that it enables you to enjoy the bass more.

The Great Thing About Rock And Roll

There was a reality show that split this particular season's contestants into teams according to race. What was interesting is that one of the Hispanic team contestants claimed that although is family is Hispanic, he doesn't consider himself part of any particular ethnic group, his race is Metal. He is what is known as a "Metal Head", a fan of Heavy Metal music.

That's the great thing about rock and roll, in fact, it's one of the great things about America. You have a choice of who, or at least what, you can be. You may have been born into a particular ethnic, religious, national or sociopolitical family group but that doesn't mean you have to stay there. Although your race or ethnic group might be difficult to completely deny, you do have a plethora of counter culture, religious and political groups and sub -genres to which you may claim membership. Since you choose to be a member of these groups and are not born into them, the members are much more open to accepting members from different geographical locations and customs.

Besides the sub cultures of Urban Cowboy, Surfer, Low Rider, Greaser, Gang Banger, Red Neck, Trekkie and the other social cliques that many times start in Junior High School, rock and roll offers such romantic and exotic lifestyles as Punk, Gangsta, Metal Head, Dead Head, Parrot Head, Hippie, Emo, Grungie, Mod, Rocker, Newwaver and Prog fan, to name just a few. A great thing about these social groups it that unlike some cults you can easily switch between them according to your changing taste, level of intellectual and spiritual development and to impress a girl.

Some people change their lifestyle as often as they change their clothes, literally. I grew up with a friend who was a surfer, then a biker, then a hippie, then into Prog, then Disco, then Punk, then Metal. The last time I saw him he was into going to the symphony with a picnic basket of gourmet food and fine wine.

I think that's just fine and it must be fun to feel a part of the times, be in style and hip to the newest thing, but I wouldn't know. I may not be trendy but I'm nothing if not consistent. No matter which lifestyle you may choose during the course of your life, most of us end up being just Mom and Dad so let your freak flag fly while you can.

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R&B star Rihanna is a multi platinum R&B recording artist famous for her smash hit R&B songs and stunning music videos. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Barbados on February 20, 1988, she released her debut album "Music Of The Sun" in 2005. It featured collaborations with J-Status, Kardinal Offishall and has hit Rihanna songs & Rihanna music videos "Pon Da Replay" and "If Its Lovin That You Want", helping her album to debut at number 10 on the Billboard Album charts selling 69,000 copies in its first week of release.

Rihanna released her sophomore album "A Girl Like Me" in 2006. It featured collaborations with R&B singer Ne-Yo, Sean Paul. The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Album charts selling 115,000 copies in its first week of release. It features her songs "SOS", "Unfaithful", "We Ride" & the fourth official single release "Break It Off" which featured another excellent Rihanna music video helping her album to sell over 1.5 million copies in the US alone.

Rihanna released her third studio album "Good Girl Gone Bad" in 2007. It featured collaborations with Hip hop star Jay Z, Ne-Yo, Stargate, Timbaland & Tricky Stewart. It debuted at number 2 selling 162,000 copies in its first week of release and had popular songs & videos "Umbrella" featuring Jay Z, "Shut Up And Drive", "Hate That I Love You", "Don`t Stop The Music", "Take A Bow", "Disturbia" & "Rehab". It became her biggest selling album to date selling over 2.6 million copies in the US alone.

Rihanna released her fourth studio album "Rated R" on November 20, 2009. It featured collaborations Hip hop star Young Jeezy, & Rock Star Slash and included hit songs & videos "Russian Roulette", "Hard", "Rude Boy" amongst others. This album with best*RnB songs debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Album charts selling 181,000 copies in its first week of release. The album has sold over one million copies in the US alone, giving Rihanna another Platinum selling album, also peaking at number 9 on the Official UK Album charts.

Rihanna released her fifth studio album "Loud" on November 12, 2010. This album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Album charts selling 207,000 copies in its first week of release. It also featured high profile collaborations with Hip hop superstar Eminem on the sequel to their hit "Love The Way You Lie", Drake & rap sensation Nicki Minaj. The album has sold over 1.5 million copies and has hit songs & music videos "Only Girl (In The World)", "What`s My Name" featuring Drake, "S&M", "California King Bed", the dancehall flavored "Man Down" and her final single release "Cheers (Drink To That)".

Rihanna released her sixth studio album "Talk That Talk" on November 21, 2011. It featured collaborations with Hip hop legend Jay Z, Alex Da Kid, Stargate and Calvin Harris and boasts of the hit song & music video "We Found Love" which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. Rihanna released her second single "You Da One" on November 14, 2011. This hugely infectious Rihanna song also featured a stunning music video. Rihanna is also expected to release more singles & more music videos in the months to come.

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Steps to Know Your Piano Notes

Learning to read music and recognize piano notes takes some practice, but it isn't difficult to master. Here are nine tips to get you started:

    * The notes on a scale fall between the letters A through G, and are repeated endlessly. Middle C is the C which falls in the middle of the keyboard if you are sitting in the center of the piano.

    * In Western music, the notes of the scale are written on a staff consisting of five lines. These lines are numbered one through five from the bottom of the staff. The notes can be placed on the lines or the spaces between the lines.

    * Learn the difference between treble and bass clef. On the piano, the treble clef notes are the keys from the mid to high range of notes, starting with middle C. The bass clef notes are the keys on the piano from the mid to low range, also meeting at the middle C. On sheet music, the treble clef notes are on top, while the bass clef notes are on the bottom of the staff.

    * Learn the letters that correspond with each note, or key. Notes range from A to G. Try these pneumonic devices to remember where the notes fall on the treble clef: On the treble scale, the notes ascend on the five lines as E, G, B, D, F, or Every Good Boy Does Fine. Notes on the treble clef four lines ascend in the order of F,A,C,E, or Face.

    * Use these pneumonic devices to learn the notes on the bass clef: the notes on the five lines of the bass scale in ascending order are G,B,D,F,A, or Good Boys Do Fine Always. Notes on the four lines of the bass clef in ascending order are A,C, E, G, or All Cows Eat Grass.

    * Learn the difference between sharp and flat notes. When the black note occurs above the white note, it is a sharp. When it occurs below the white note, it is a flat. Black notes can be both sharps and flats, depending on how they are played in a piece.

    * Pay attention to scales. If you know what an F looks like, they you can assume that the next note is G. If you're unsure of a note, consider the note nearest to it that you do recognize and count up or down.

    * Begin to see a sheet of music as a whole composition, rather than individual notes. For example, when you read, you don't consciously think of each note. Instead, you read words. So it is with playing the piano. In order to become fluent, you must "read" the whole piece. Practice playing scales, followed by chords. Both these exercises will improve your fluency and help you learn the notes.

    * Try to play a simple piano piece without looking at your fingers. Use your ear, the fingering provided on the music and your intuition. This exercise will train your brain and fingers to find the notes automatically.

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Music Has Good And Bad Health Consequences

Have you ever noticed when singing a song that the words seem to just pop right out with very little effort to remember the lyrics? If so, you are not alone. Studies have been done trying to answer the question of how people remember songs; by lyrics, melody, or title. The answer has a similar result that learning styles do with determining the best way people learn.

For example, do people learn better through auditory means - hearing the information; by kinesthetics- a hands-on approach; or do they learn through the visual spectrum - reading about it?

In this regard, the majority of people learn from a more hands-on system where they are actively involved in the process of learning. Auditory and visual components are drastically less in numbers of who learn in these two latter methods.

Likewise, those who remember songs do so by the melody more than by the lyrics or title. The mind works in such a way that memory uses mathematics a great deal to remember sequences, timing of beats, or a rhythm. Another example is the human heart. Listening to music that is perceived as fun, happy, or otherwise a positive experience, the stress levels are lowered and blood vessels open up. This is medically proven as a healthy outlet.

On the other hand, those who listened to music that they did not like or found to cause strong emotions of frustration, anger, or anxiety of any kind were found to have blood vessels constrict; the same effect as blood pressure increases. This would be a more unhealthy result.

Up-beat music that has a beat where you feel like dancing, playing the drums on the steering wheel or a table top, or bursting out in singing along with the radio or IPod all are considered positive attributes to connecting music with your health.

As you can tell, music has important affects on your health by influencing your emotions, your memory, and your ability to feel stress or be happy. Coming back to the topic of being able to remember songs, all of this information is directly related to your ability to recall certain songs and their respective lyrics. It may even surprise you sometime when driving down the road and hearing a song for the first time in decades and you jump in singing to the music as if you have been listening to it all of this time.

In short, your ability to recall music is tied to how you perceive it as a like or dislike. Enjoying the music creates a certain chemical reaction that helps the blood vessels open up and you are relaxed in the sense that you feel no stress or anxiety.

The next time a song is played that you like and can sing along with, or if you happen to be hearing the song from a live band, think about how easy it is to follow along. Likewise, try to listen to a song that you absolutely despise and pay close attention to how it makes you feel. Does your pulse increase and do you feel a bit of stress or anxiousness? This could be a fun exercise to help you find ways to improve your health that includes the music you include in your life.

By James R Eberts

James is a research and creative writer for EverDream Web. James specializes in educational and informative articles that are readable and have contextual integrity.

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Learning How to Sing Like Popular Singer

Popular singers usually take vocal coaches when they were a child. However, it doesn't mean that you also have to take vocal coaches to be a professional singer. Learning how to sing at home can be a great alternative. It is an easy and less expensive way to master singing techniques. People can't underestimate your effort since some popular singers also gain popularity without taking vocal coaches. Do you know that Justin Bieber didn't take any vocal coaches? This Stratford boy has natural talent in music and he works hard to develop it. There are also many other singers who learn singing by themselves and they are successful in the music industry.

The success of young singer like Justin Bieber really inspires the young generation. Many teenagers try to do they way he learns music and upload their performance videos on YouTube. Do you want to know how to sing like popular singers? Below are some steps to learn singing like professional singers in the music industry:

1. The singers usually started their career by performing their singing talent as often as they could. For example Justin Bieber, he joined local singing contests and created homemade videos to be uploaded on YouTube. Thus the first step you have to do is performing your singing talent as often as possible in many occasions. It is important to train yourself to sing in front of different audiences.

2. The next step to do is increasing your vocal range. You need to know that your vocal cords consist of muscles. You need to train these muscles regularly so that they get stronger. Play a piano in a middle C and start singing to the note. Go to higher and lower note as far as you can. This is a warm-up that you should do before practicing.

3. Practicing vocal control. Practicing singing is not only about increasing vocal range but also controlling your vocal. As a singer, you need to have the ability to hit the note correctly. You can control your vocal by singing arpeggios; they are notes of a chord played in rapid succession. You can learn from YouTube about arpeggios.

4. Last but not least, practice songs*that are familiar for you. You can sing your favorite songs and match the notes. Practicing songs will help you learn how to harmonize and finally you can sing just like your idol.

When practicing singing, you can't tell if you have sung the song well. To know how good your vocal is, ask your family or friends to watch your performance and give critique.

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Tips to Become a Professional Wedding DJ

If you have decided to become a wedding DJ, you may have to work hard in the beginning to establish your name. If you get an offer to DJ, a small party or occasion does not reuse the offer as it may be the first stepping stone for getting success to become a professional wedding DJ. You may work under some trained wedding DJ for few months to get training and experience. To become a successful wedding DJ you have to give away your sleep as you have to work at night.

It is important to understand the tastes of audiences at different weddings, and you should have an ability to judge the moods of people at a wedding. Certainly, it is very important to fix a meeting with the couple of few days before the actual wedding to know about their guests and tastes. Get an idea from the couple about the theme and various songs which they would like to play at their wedding. Some couples like dancing songs whereas others like to play a mixture of dancing songs and emotional songs. Thus, you have to prepare a list of songs which you have to play at different weddings. Every time, you have to prepare yourself.

To become a professional wedding DJ your equipment should be in a good working condition. You can give your best performance if all your equipment were in a good condition. Check all the equipment before you go to DJ a wedding. If possible carry a separate set of equipment along with to meet an emergency.

Another important thing that people look in professional wedding DJ is registration with Disk jockey association. So, get membership of Disk jockey association so that you are easily recognized as a professional and certified DJ. You should have a liability insurance to cover any damage that may occur during the event.

Never forget to sign a contract with the wedding couple in which all the terms and conditions are written. It is important to get a claim if any damage to your equipment occurs during wedding by any guest.

As you will start getting contracts to DJ a wedding, you will understand the taste and demands from different age groups. The only thing is that you have to keep yourself updated with latest songs that may be liked by people of all age groups as people from all age groups are present in a wedding and you should have potential to make them happy and contented with music and your voice. If at any stage, you think you lack the capability to DJ a wedding does not accept the offer as it may ruin your image in the future. Keep video clips of your previous performance ready to show it to your clients so that they can easily make their decision to select as a DJ for their wedding.

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Healing Benefits of Music

Music is a powerful, wonderful force of nature, creating visceral, primal connections to the mind, body and spirit. Music can elicit the most powerful of responses of every kind of emotion from love to sorrow to joy to desperation and everything in between.

It affects everyone differently. It is a very personal experience, and what affects one person profoundly, may have absolutely no effect on another whatsoever. It can bring one to tears, or laugh out loud with joy.

Music can also be a great source of healing. It can calm and soothe, rejuvenate, energize, relax, inspire and restore. Music can have an amazing transformative effect in harmonizing our body systems. In fact, studies have shown that using music with the intention of healing has brought about positive effects on the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.

Music healing has been a powerful force for centuries and has the ability to promote harmony and well being. Native Americans have for centuries used music healing in the forms of chanting, singing and drumming as part of their healing rituals.

Music has the ability to reach into our souls, and help us to connect with our true selves and to heal from within. One of our greatest gifts is the sound of our own voice, and one of the highest forms of vibrational healing is through chanting or toning. Some music that is very useful for healing mind, body and spirit are some New Age Music, Gregorian chants, drumming ( like the beat of the heart, the drum has a regulating effect on the human body that is soothing and hypnotic), singing bowls and many, many others, all of which produce audio vibrations.

Professionals in the field of music and sound therapy believe that such audio vibrations can affect us in many ways. One profound way is called entrainment. This is a phenomenon in which spirit and mind become in sync with music as the body becomes aligned with the rhythm, melody, and lyrics of a song. Have you ever felt that nostalgic feeling you get when you hear a song that brings up a memory stored deep within your psyche? Feeling it all flood into your consciousness on all levels, filling you up with emotions of the past? Such is entrainment.

The natural link between music and healing is an excellent resource for connecting members of a family. Whether you have professional drums available to you or just pots and pans, or whether you have the voice of an opera singer or you are tone deaf, the results of intent healing will not differ. You also do not need any musical training or background-and the more you practice, the better you will get!

Want to give it a try? Begin by assembling your family and/or friends in a circle, along with their drumming device of choice. Take care not to hurt your hands by over slapping or exerting them (using sticks is a great alternative). Have everyone begin by actively sustaining a repetitive simple basic rhythm between the members, allowing time to pass until a sense of belonging is felt among everyone-in other words, rhythmic entrainment.

Next, allow yourself to intuitively release "your" sound. Any note, pitch, timbre, or frequency will suffice. This may be more difficult for adults due to environmental conditioning. The important thing, however, is not to judge yourself; know the cacophony that comes out of your vocal chords is the perfect sound for you and the group's healing process.

You might also want to experiment with a sacred chant called Om Shanti where you sing Om with one long breathe followed by Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. This chant comes from both the Hindu and Buddhist practice. Om is translated as the past, the present, and the future, a sound that represents reality and Shanti simply means peace. When Shanti is repeated three times it is believed that you are chanting for peace within body, mind, and spirit.

So, anytime you want to change the resonating frequency in your body, music is a great tool to use. And it is fun! As you allow your body to respond to the frequencies of different melodies and rhythms, you will feel different physical responses. Breathe deeply and relax. There will be differences in your heart rate and blood pressure!

If you like organic folkadelic original healing music, I would highly recommend you listening to music of Shawn Zuke. She is currently offering a free MP3 offer of one of her most dynamic songs, "Shanti", that will captivate you with the affirmations of love, harmony, and spirit, and Om Shanti. Be sure to listen to the Om Shanti section of the song!