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Monthly Archives: November 2016

New Orleans Jazz

While Jazz is considered an American art form and particular to New Orleans, the question is often asked “Why?”

All styles of traditional jazz (swing, Kansas City, dixieland, Chicago, west coast) are unique for any number of reasons, but New Orleans is often thought of as first and foremost in the genre. This is mostly because New Orleans is where it all started. While most Americans were dancing to military marches in the late 1800s, New Orleans was moving more to the sounds of voodoo rhythms and drums. Of course, you don’t have to travel far to also feel the strong influence of Delta Blues that combine those famous drumbeats into the style now known as “rhythm and blues” – but that’s getting ahead of the story! Rhythm and delta blues, together with the sounds of gospel hymns from early 20th century churches, put together by the local musicians of New Orleans created the style that first came to be known as “jazz.”

The first jazz greats are not always famous or taught in history class. But from Buddy Bolden, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong, the genre has continued to hold the interest of contemporary great musicians, such as Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Connick Jr. When Papa Jack Lanine’s band circa 1885 played, it was noticed that he did so in “ragged time.” It has been said that these musicians who were playing in various tempos invented the next genre, called “swing.” This may be so, but Papa Jack was also a well-known clarinetist, teacher, and mentor to many of the early jazz musicians.

Another factor in the early New Orleans sound was the importance of improvisation. In classical music the goal is to play the same songs without varying from one note each time play a piece. Now as for jazz, the idea is to use the melody line as a guide and then to play extemporaneous passages based on that melody and chord structure.

New Orleans jazz can also be called “hot jazz” or “early jazz”, which led to the Lindy Hop dance in Harlem not so many years later. But the real reason New Orleans took off as the birthplace of jazz is because the unique cultural environment of New Orleans in the late 19th and 20th centuries (home to both Spanish and French colonial roots, together with recently freed African slaves) couldn’t be found anywhere else. It’s still true today – there’s no place like New Orleans.

By 1917, the early pioneers of jazz were taking their music on the road. From Chicago, to New York and from Kansas City to the West Coast, New Orleans jazz spread like wild fire. The long list of musicians who each left their stamp on the evolving jazz style continues to this date. New Orleans jazz is alive and well in the city of New Orleans and across America.

Furthermore, many of the great musicians stayed at home in the 1920s which lead to such great bands as Papa Celestin’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchstra, A.J. Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra, The Sam Morgan Jazz band and many others. None of these musicians became famous in the manner of Louis Armstrong or Jelly Roll Morton, but the truth is the musical scene in New Orleans remains fertile ground for creative musicians united by a common love of that syncopated swing sound known as New Orleans Jazz.

Bollywood Hungama Hits

A Nigerian friend of mine, newly settled in India, was telling me about how she had imagined India to be. Chirpy, lively, bashful, jocular, extremely emotional and waiting to burst into song were her words to describe what she thought Indians were. Of course, her picturesque imagination derived its inspiration from the vivid, spectacular and Technicolor burst of Bollywood songs. There is really none like it the world over! Hindi songs in all their glory have faced acclaim and criticism through the ages. Acclaimed for their ability to express varied emotions and their catchy tunes; criticized as being overly dramatic and sometimes cheesy. Love it or Hate it, there is absolutely none other like it!

Bollywood songs are, simply put, Hindi film songs. A Hindi movie can never be said to be complete without these beats. It has become a genre in itself. An interdisciplinary genre if you please. It ranges from Classical to Fusion to Indi-pop and in its new and evolving avatar has also incorporated rap and hip hop. Classical Hindi music of old had the soulful strains of Carnatic and Hindustani music. A more modern version of the classical is a blending of Sufi music and R&B. Punjabi, Pakistani and most recently Tamil are making their way into Hindi numbers, thus finding universal relevance in a country of around 21 officially recognized languages. That isn’t all. Crossing the borders of the subcontinent, Hindi songs are becoming quite the hit with International audiences as well. With big Hollywood box office hits like Moulin Rouge including and applauding Bollywood music, Hindi songs have really gone around the globe. From indoprepi in Greece to ‘chutney music’ in the Caribbean, Hindi music is influencing music globally.

In tribute to my friend’s hankering for Hindi music, we got online and downloaded some grooves. Now that wasn’t enough. She wanted to sing them too! “If Will Smith can sing ‘aati kya Khandala’ why can’t I!”‘ was her retort to my bafflement. She had a point. So I hit a few more searches. The Internet can really pull a rabbit out of a hat I tell you. It led us to a site through which we could get Hindi Karaoke music all ready to go. Soon we were singing away to its beats at the top of our voices. Since then, Hindi Karaoke music has become my popular choice for any and every occasion. All it takes to get a party going is a few clicks. I get my Karaoke link sent to me in an MP3 format, so I can download it and the scene is all set for a fab rocking party. Most of my expatriate friends are die- hard fans of a Hindi Karaoke Party now. Just goes to show how far Bollywood has come. It has faced derision and snickers and open disdain, but it has stood its ground. It has gone viral, it has gone global and I don’t know about you but I’m mighty proud!

History Of Music

Where did music begin, and where is it going? The answers are surprising. There is a modern movement leading humanity back to the musica it first created tens of thousands of years ago. A conflicting movement is creating ever more complex sounds, and creating a world of smaller audiences for more musicians.

Before humanity could write, and even before they could speak, rhythm and single tones were used to communicate. The song of a bird may have inspired a prehistoric man to mimic and improve on the noise. Evidence of prehistoric mus1c is sparse, since there was no language to describe the sound to descendants. Drumming objects and mimicking are considered to be the first “music”. This continued with words being added as speech was discovered.

After the development of writing, music became more refined. Crafted instruments were added. Harmonies were created. Pipes, flutes, basic stringed instruments, and similar tools were used to create the first sounds that modern man could easily recognize as music. The oldest known song is over 4000 years old, written in cuneiform, and uses the diatonic scale. This period is referred to as “ancient” music.

Further developments created more regional sound, as different technology discoveries in different areas led to unique instruments. While “classical music” is generally assumed to be the sounds of composers like Bach or Beethoven, it actually refers to any song of this period. The songs was usually religiously inspired or supported, and usually taught formally as a skill rather than developed through experimentation. As musical notation unified regionally, the composed masterworks of the area were generally performed according to the rigid written work.

Folk music continued soon after. This was generally the sound of the unlearned classes, those that could not write or read. Learned orally, this music was learned and modified time and time again to reflect the personal artistry of the performer. This type of music often portrayed the concerns of the illiterate class. It was usually not supported, but tolerated, but the government and religious leadership. The tradition of folk music still continues as a genre of music to this day throughout the world.

Classical music developed into a less rigid modern style of music, mixing with the concept of personal artistry from folk music. Performers would still use either written or learned pieces, but would add their personal touch. The sounds would sound different each time it was played, even when played by the same performer.

The invention of recorded music and radio began the slide backwards. Recorded music is very rigid. It never changes. Audiences began to expect live performances to be as close to the recorded music they have been listening to as possible. Sheet music allowed amatures to closely mimic the original performer. To appeal to a larger audience, music started to become less an expression of what the artist wanted to say, and more what the audience would pay to hear.

This trend continues today in the form of ever simplifying music. It has to be quick and easy to identify. Complexity would lead to missed sales. Many modern styles forgo either the lyrics or the melody completely. Recycling previous musical in the form of sampling gives an artist an instant audience, while limiting the artistry possible.

Fortunately, the Internet allows for any artists from any styles to combat the decline in music artistry. The low cost of entry makes it possible for almost anyone to gain an audience. The low cost also allows artists to perform what they wish, rather than pander to a larger audience. Hopefully, this will allow the trends in popular to reversePsychology Articles, creating ever more artistic and unique music in the future.

Singing Better for Guys

Here are some fruitful tips if taken properly can do wonders for you so quickly go through them:

Easy breathing:

Your breathing is that conveyor belt upon which the music rides. Breathing for speaking and breathing for singing are two different parts. For singing you need to focus on diaphragmatic breath and belly breath. When singing the only thing that needs to move is your mouth not your shoulders or your arms. Keep your stomach out and push your diaphragm as much as possible to really fill your lungs to capacity. The best exercise for this to happen is to lie flat on the floor on your back with a book resting on your navel and try to make it rise while inhaling.

Fix breaks and cracks:

Don’t force your voice while singing. Lack of confidence can also create breaks in your voice which is obviously not a good impression when you sing in front of people. The reason behind these breaks and cracks is your vocal weakness between your chest and head. Some vocal exercises which are easily available on wide internet can help you out and of course you need not to avoid being tense or scared.

Control Power:

Every singer dreamt of singing with more power but very few know how to control it. You need to understand the fact that more volume is not necessarily equals to more power. To get more power you need to control your tongue. Where your tongue stays can cause problems when you try to sing with more power. If you hold your tongue back, it blocks your airway, result stress on your voice. Always try to keep your tongue pressed against your bottom teeth to master power.

Timing is everything:

And lastly it is all about the perfect timing. Give 20 minutes to your warm up session if your vocalist is in good shape. Now the question is what should be there in your warm-up session. Well a warm-up session must consist of various musical patterns covering the full pitch range and includes various vowels and consonants, different patterns of notes and increasing level of volumes.

So these 4 points are I guess pretty enough to start a ride on your musical track. Rest there is a lot more to know that can’t be covered in a single post. Until then you are free to drop your suggestions in the comment box below.