Live Bands

Is it time to boogie now that the wedding service has been finalized with the exchange of the vows? Damned right it is. So what are we waiting for – Music Maestro Please?

Choosing the Proper Wedding Music can be a difficult task. Trying to please all will be hard because not everyone shares the same taste in music thus leaving you in an awkward situation. A sure way of achieving satisfaction is to hire a disc jockey. His or her collection of musical compilations will no doubt be unlimited so I am pretty sure all your needs will be serviced in the way of great music. The good thing about opting for recorded music is the fact that the guests can request their favourite songs.

A good DJ with experience on weddings will entertain in between breaks. Explain in fine detail before hand what music you would like played on the turntable. How can you tell if the guests are enjoying themselves, well that is easy, watch their dance moves If the foot work is similar to that of Michael Flatly doing the river dance then you have chosen the proper wedding music.

Another option for entertainment is to have a live band perform at the wedding. Depending on your place of venue you may need permission for this so be sure to check this out in advance.

There are many types of music to choose for your wedding. It is crucial that you select the right melodies and tunes because without a doubt it is the music that sets the mood and creates the atmosphere.

Contemplate during your wedding service to have a choir sing hymns accompanied by the church organist this can add an essence of ease among the guests and for the bride and groom.

Before booking a live band for the wedding, ask if you can listen to their music first. Also have a chat about the emcee duties.
Keep the music on going at all times with a little background music in between intervals. The reason for this is no one loves the dreaded silence when the music ceases to play.
If you like jazz then play jazz. Rock and roll is a guarantee for a successful night. Remember rock around the clock – now that is proper wedding music for any reception. When have you never seen a foot tap to Bill Hayley and the comets

A way of knowing that you did the evening justice is when the guests sing at the top of their voices to an extent where they overpower the music. This is an additional bonus because you now have karaoke putting and end to your special wedding evening.

Guitar Music

If desire is the most important part of learning guitar(without it you would not have even started), then concentration is the most important part of practicing guitar.

I often say to people that 20 minutes of focused practice can beat, hands down, 2 hours of ‘normal’ practice, or just goofing about.

Many people are discouraged when they are told how much time they must put into practice. The truth is, you don’t have to practice all the time to be a good guitarist.

(I’m not saying you should not have time to goof off and play around. But if you want to improve quickly, you must keep playing guitar and practicing guitar separate. )

Let me tell you now…

It is not how much time you put into practice, it’s the quality of the practice that matters.

When I play guitar, I play to have fun, I play to perform for people, and I play for the fun of playing! That’s why I started learning guitar in the first place.

But when I practice guitar, I focus and concentrate on what I’m trying to achieve, and I work on the goals that I want to complete.

You see, if you completely focus on a thing you are more likely to do it well.

This may sound simple too to some. Some of you may be thinking “this is great, I only need to practice 20 minutes a day and ill improve more than I would if I practicing 2 hours a day”.

Well that’s not exactly true.

Its how focused your practice is that counts, not how long you practice. Can you really focus for 2 hours?

Let me give you this small example to illustrate my point.

Picture a red triangle inside a black box.

Close your eyes, and keep that image in your mind for 5 seconds without letting a single thing distract you – no other thought must enter your mind for that 5 seconds…

How well did you do? Be honest with yourself.

This is not an easy thing to do. Most people find this difficult at first. Its difficult to keep a focused mind like this.

I hope this example has shown you that it’s not that easy to keep focused attention & concentration for look periods of time.

But still, you must always remember that its quality and not quantity of practice that makes the difference between a great player and an average player.

This is a perfect time to tell you that you should not be spending hours and hours ‘practicing’, because you simply cannot focus for that amount of time.

If you are practicing for a solid 2 hours or more you are probably not helping your development as a guitarist that much.

A much better way of using this time is to practice in bursts.

A good idea would be to practice in bursts of 20 minutes or so. You can vary it depending on what you feel like doing, but try not to practice for long periods of time in one go. It’s not helping as much as you think it might be.

Also, it’s important to take breaks from what you’re practicing. You can do something else for a while, go for a walk, watch TV, or maybe just play around and have fun with your guitar and loosen up a bit before you start focusing on practice again.

It is important for you to have a definition in your own mind of ‘practicing guitar’ and ‘playing guitar’.

This will keep you more focused and allow you to reach your goals as a guitarist much easier.

An exercise for you to try to help you further develop concentration is to sit silently and count slowly from one to ten in your mind.

If anything should interrupt your counting, whether it is a noise, a stray thought, or the awareness of your own breathing, you must start over from one.

Again, it’s unlikely you will be able to achieve this straight-away. It’s a hard thing to do. However how out and ‘Zen’ this exercise may seem, it will re-focus your mind on the task in hand, and it’ll help you learn faster if you can stay focused on what you’re practicing.

You should try this exercise whenever you start to feel like you’re loosing your focus.

Guitar Music

The guitar is a stringed musical instrument that is played by plucking or strumming the strings, while the fingers hold down the strings in certain combinations, to play the notes. Most guitars have six strings that are tuned on the scale E A D G B E. There are two broad categories of guitars today, acoustic and electric.

Acoustic guitars have hollow bodies, called sound boxes, which produce the sound, and thus do not need amplification. However, some modern ones do come with the electronics so that it can be connected to an amplifier. On the other hand, the body of an electric guitar is solid on only semi-hollow and needs to be connected to an amplifier to be heard.

Thanks to the electronics you can produce all kinds of effects and sounds with an electric guitar that is very hard or impossible to reproduce on an acoustic guitar. Samples of the special effects that can be produced on an electric guitar are: distortion, wah, phasers, compression, vibrato, flanging and chorus effect. These effects cause the sound produced by the same note to be different. For example:

– Distortion effect. This will produce a distorted and very heavy sound, as often used in heavy metal and rock music.

– Wah effect. The frequency of the note goes up and down each time you hit the foot pedal.

– Flanging effect. This effect causes a pause in the signal, followed by a series of the note originally played, sounding like an echo.

The guitar is used to play almost any kind of music, and is usually a big part of the music played by a band. Learning to play a guitar can be exciting and is a great way to entertain yourself and your friend.

When you decide to learn to play the guitar you will also have to learn tablatures and sheet music. Guitar sheet music is useful to guide you when learning to play the guitar, as you just have to follow the notes and tablatures illustrated on the sheet music. It is a great tool to help you play your guitar. By practicing frequently and being dedicated to learning the notes, you will soon be playing like an expert.

Live Bands

In 2004, the Lance Armstrong Foundation created the Livestrong cancer band. This was when these bracelets really became popular. The bracelets are used and worn to raise support and money for cancer research.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation was established in 1997 back when cyclist Lance Armstrong was able to overcome cancer. The foundations mission is to inspire as well as empower people affected with cancer together with their families and friends.

Today, these cancer bands are created for almost all type of cancer. These cancer bands are definitely a great way to support the research for cancer in hopes to find a cure.

Cancer Bands was created in order to inform people of these cancer bands as well as inform them about the many types of cancer. It is said that cancer is the second cause of death in the US – trailing behind heart disease.

Each year, more than a million Americans get some sort of treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, 330000 of them usually die. Cancer attacks people of all ages – from newborns to the elderly. Cancer Research was created to inform, help, and provide ways for people to learn about cancer and donate to cancer research. Cancer Research hopes that spreading the news and awareness of cancer through their website and through cancer bands will help safe lives.

The website provides information about all different types of cancer such as:

•breast cancer,

•prostate cancer,

•lung cancer,

•pancreatic cancer,

•colon cancer,

•skin cancer,

•ovarian cancer,

•cervical cancer,

•testicular cancer,

•liver cancer,

•bone cancer,

•thyroid cancer,

•stomach cancer,

•bladder cancer,

•brain cancer,

•throat cancer,

•kidney cancer,

•uterine cancer,

•and mouth cancer.

With all category of cancer listed on the website, users are able to read information about each type. The website provides information such as incidence of each type of cancer, signs and symptoms, who is at the most risk, prevention, and treatment.

Guitar Music

Do you really need to spend any of your valuable time learning guitar scales and theory?

The argument that a guitarists will use to not learn any type of theory is that they will be in danger of losing there originality. They will not be able to be or sound like themselves, they will be caught up and constrained in the confines of rules and regulations. The only problem with that kind of thinking is that you are in danger of not growing and progressing as a musician.

All basic lead guitar instruction courses at the root level will tell you to learn chords, scales and arpeggios because they know that you will gain a greater understanding of how the music process inter-grates and works together, you will expand your playing with new possibilities and concepts, rather than the reverse.

And here is the most important factor. A lot of self taught musicians tend to suffer from episodes of self doubt because of not knowing what to play, which in turn can breed insecurities and lack of self confidence in your playing.

Knowledge is power as they say, so if you want to advance your guitar playing to expert status as a lead guitar improviser or if you want to be taken seriously as a professional musician, there is no two ways about it, you are going to have to set some time aside to practise modes, scales and learn notes on your guitar fretboard.

Here are some pointers you might want to keep in mind when getting started.

1. 5 or 10 minutes a day of disciplined practise will yield more results than 10 years of picking up your guitar and ‘noodling’ about, sitting on the end of your bed.

2. Set aside ten minutes for a practise session and decide before hand what it is you are going to do and learn. Too many guitarists tell me they practised for 8 hours a day and when I ask them what did you learn – I’m not mostly given a clear answer.

3. Always use a drum machine or metronome when practising as you will learn in time that timing is everything.

4. You don’t have to practise at the speed of sound when you start. You will find most guitarists who play fast, find out that speed is not what music or guitaring is really about and end up going back to their roots and playing melodic phrases that satisfy themselves.

5. Don’t beat yourself up because you are not Steve Vai or Dave Gilmour after 2 weeks.

Also, something that is not discussed very often about practising guitar scales or modes or arpeggios is that it doesn’t have to be drudgery and boredom. Spending 10 or 20 minutes a day working on the theory aspect of your playing will yield benefits far beyond what you can come up with on your own. I don’t think that there is a single musician on the planet who has spent time learning theory and said I wish I hadn’t have spent all that time learning all that crap.

Conclusion: If you want to advance your playing or write songs that are original and express who you really are, you should consider opening yourself to some solid theory because the road to originality is through other peoples stuff. If you have a good working knowledge of guitar scales, you will identify what your favourite players are up to and be able to duplicate those phrases in all keys for yourself.

Guitar Music

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One can learn to play either an acoustic guitar or electric guitar or both techniques of playing either style is slightly different. Lernguitar. net can help one master both the techniques. In a space of just two weeks one can start playing the guitar confidently in front of a small family gathering or even a party. One can even imitate the style of their favorite guitar players by learning from the internets top instructors such as Sonya Perricone, Rick Napolitano and Don Lappin. The site contains hundreds of compositions from the world’s best guitar artists.

All the lessons are placed in a continuous flow so that you do not get lost in the mix. The site is unlike any other free guitar lessons site where guitar lessons are just posted without caring about the order. The site also shares the secrets of the Pro’s which have made them what they’re today. One can follow in their footsteps and become a professional guitar playing artist himself by learning through learnguitar.

Next on the list of imparting lessons is learning the tricks of mastering the different scales on the guitar. Mastering scales requires a lot of practice but Learnguitar makes it easy and enjoyable. The best part of the site is that it encourages the learner to try out the different styles with a lot of confidence. One can master more than one style and be good at both of them. Apart from mastering scales, the site also teaches you how to become perfect at playing chords and rhythm. The best part of playing any musical instrument is that if one plays it in the correct manner one gets a lot of confidence and motivation to continue the learning process and this is the sole purpose of Learnguitar.

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Live Bands

So you’ve exchanged vows, and have said your ‘I do’s, now it’s time to head out to the reception and party like you’ve never partied before. If you want live music playing in your reception, then you would want to hire a live band. But first, you must check with people that rent the venue where you’re going to hold your reception, to see what type of live music they allow. Some venues have stringent restrictions when it comes to live music.

The type of music that you choose to play in your wedding should be an expression of both the bride and groom’s personality, personal taste, and the overall theme of the wedding.

It’s very important to select the right music, because the music will become a pervading presence all through out the wedding, and right down to the reception. Music creates an atmosphere. It will set the mood of your wedding.

During the wedding itself, the choice of music mostly depends on the wedding. Most church ceremonies don’t allow secular music. They stick to more traditional, or religious music. A man and a woman duet is mostly sung during the ceremony. A church organist mostly provides the majority of the music.

For the reception, the bride and groom has a choice of recorded music, or live music. If you opt for recorded music, it would be best to hire the services of a DJ. The best thing about this, is you can request to have all of your favorite songs in the playlist. Ask your friends if they know any good DJs that are willing to play for wedding receptions. If they don’t know any, you could always just search the yellow pages, internet, or even contact your local radio station.

Once you’ve settled on a DJ, have a one-on-one discussion with the DJ. Just to explain what type of entertainment and mood you want to have during the reception. Also discuss, the selection of music that you have in mind. Ask if the DJ’s familiar with wedding protocol. If not, you might want to brief the DJ first about the sensibility of the event.

On the other hand, choosing live music offers you a choice of hiring a band, soloist, instrumentalists, jazz group, etc. It all depends on what kind of theme you have in mind for you wedding.

For more formal weddings, classical groups, piano soloists, and instrumentalists are more appropriate. It would not be a bad idea, to also consider the sensibilities of your guests, to ensure that everyone has a good time!

If you want to have a rocking good time for the reception of your wedding, then hiring a band is the way to go! The energy of a live band gets people going. There’s nothing else that spells a rocking good time better, than a rock and roll band.

Before hiring a band, ask them if you could listen to their music first. This will help you decide if that particular band is just right for you. Also discuss, if the band will do emcee duties, as well as provide the music.

It’s best to hire a band that has had previous experience with wedding receptions. This way, they’d know what to expect, and will be able to provide the proper entertainment that’s fitting for the occasion.

You always want to keep the music going, so include some background music even when the meals are being served, or when the bride and groom are doing their rounds of greeting, having their pictures taken, etc. This will also maintenance the atmosphere of the wedding all through out the reception. So choose wisely, because your choice of music can make or break this occasion!

Guitar Music

It isn’t hard for a newbie to learn to play the guitar, the guitar is among the simplest instruments you can learn to play, know that 65% of the American people know how to play the guitar. If you’re unaccustomed playing guitar then it can look a little bit overpowering, but take it from me when i tell that it is simmering well to do and if you’re able to get past the learning curve it is truly a good deal of fun to play guitar.

What are the pits a starting artist have watch out for when they learn to play guitar? the 1st thing is that in the beginning it Is not much fun and since the fingers are not accustomed it they’ll start to hurt, and that’s enjoying when you’re learning to play the right cords, getting the right cords in the beginning might be hard and discouraging from time to time, but there’s no pleasure without pain and this is something that all new guitar players will have to go true in their travel to learn to play guitar. To assist you in your pursuit to learn to play the guitar I’ve mad a list of the things you should keep in your mind.

Tip 1, Buy a good guitar

Learning to play guitar will go better when you’ve a good guitar, this is truly significant, naturally you will be able to buy yourself a guitar on the flea market for under the $200- but that does not make your efforts to learn guitar playing a any better, if you’re serious in studying how to play guitar then you need to make a investment in a good guitar, it does not have to be the best and the costliest guitar in the market, but do yourself a favour and don’t buy one from the flea market,The right guitar will give you comfort and a healthy sound and will keep you propelled to do tip two

Tip 2, exercise, exercise, exercise.

As you know the expression goes “practice makes perfect” and that’s also on-key when you’re learning to play guitar, try to practise as much as you will be able to, you will see how much quicker you’re improving and it will keep you propelled, keep in mind that you can merely learn to play guitar by practicing, leaving the guitar in the corner of the room does not make you a guitarist.

Tip 3, studying guitar playing by yourself.

This is also a serious tip i want to give, get the basic learning curve done by yourself, it is fund that folks that begin to learn to play guitar have a lot less pressure when they’re on their own figuring out the first view cords, I am not stating that you never should use a teacher or somebody to help you i just want to point out that it would be advisable if the student would knew any basics before taking group classes.

It all comes down to getting cracking and work your way true the basics, and then you will see that learning how to play guitar is really well to do and when you have reach that point you will discover that there’s nothing so smashing as playing your own music on your own guitar.

Guitar Music

Learning guitar scales can be a very frustrating experience for many guitarists. It’s very easy to feel totally overwhelmed with just how much needs to be learnt. To learn and master every possible guitar scale out there would take many lifetimes. Because of this, many guitarists find it hard even knowing where to start!

In this article I’ll reveal three powerful tips to help you in your quest for guitar scale mastery. They are designed to help reduce any feelings of overwhelm that you may currently have. Let’s take a look at the tips now…

**Tip #1: Develop a written plan for learning guitar scales. **

This is really important. It is vital to introduce some structure into your scale learning process. Rather than aimlessly practicing guitar scales, you want to become laser focused. This is achieved by writing down things such as…

– How much time each day you will devote to scale practice.

– What guitar scales you need to learn, in order to play the style of music that you love.

– What keys are the most common to the style of music that you play.

– What specific guitar scale exercises you will learn.

– What books, DVDs and other resources you will use to learn scales.

– What specific things that you don’t understand yet.

If you don’t know how to work out the stuff above, then I recommend booking some lessons with a professional guitar tutor. Make sure that they can play the style of music that you love. It’s not much point asking a classical guitar tutor what scales you need to learn for jazz guitar!

**Tip #2: Learn one scale at a time. **

I cannot stress this tip enough. A major reason why many guitarists never master guitar scales is that they try to learn too many at once. This mostly causes them to learn scales on a very superficial level. They may know lots of scales, but they absolutely have not mastered any. This causes them to sound very unmusical when they improvise. They just sound like they are running up-and-down scales.

**Tip #3: Don’t worry about trying to learn guitar scales in all 12 keys. **

This advice goes against what a lot of guitar tutors and guitar books say. The reason why I say it is simple…

Trying to learn all scales in all 12 keys leads to a feeling of overwhelm for most guitarists! It can take months to learn a scale to mastery in one key. Especially if you want to know that scale over the entire fretboard AND be able to improvise fluently with it. For some guitarists, just thinking that they need to do this in all 12 keys is too much. They just give up! Here is a much better approach…

1. Find out what the most common keys are for the style of music that you play.

2. List the keys in order. You will put the most common key at the top, and the least common key at the bottom.

3. Master the key that is at the top of the list.

4. Master, (one at a time), the rest of the keys on your list.

There we have it! Implement these three tips and turbo-charge your ability to learn guitar scales!

Guitar Music

Learning to play guitar by ear is one of the hardest things to learn. However require natural talent and knowledge of music and sound. If you want learn to play guitar by ear you will need to be patient and have a quiet place to practice.

Basic music knowledge

If you want to learn to play guitar by ear it is always best to have a basic knowledge of music. This does not mean you need to be able to read sheet music or be a professional. It just means you need to have had some basic experience with another instrument or general music knowledge.

Patience

Patience is most definitely the key when you learn to play guitar by ear. You need to be able to repeat the same chords and riffs many times in order to perfect the sound. His will be very repetitive and you need to be prepared.

The use of CD’s

The main key when you begin to learn to play guitar by ear is to sort through your CD collection and find CD’s with an extensive guitar section. A fantastic example is Carlos Santana or Mark Knopfler (lead guitarist for Dire Straits). This will allow you to hear some of the best guitarists in the world and help you try to replicate their sound.

No need for sheet music

When you learn to play guitar by ear there is no need for sheet music or for long lessons of chords and riffs. Listening to a guitar set and replicating it is a way of developing your natural talent and will also help you in the future if you decide to join a band. If you learn to play guitar by ear, you will be able to cover any mistakes made by other guitarists and it will also help you improvise on stage.

A rewarding experience

When you learn to play guitar by ear you will find your accomplishments more rewarding as you are completely self taught with no help from teachers or books. In the entertainment industry, guitarists who learn to play guitar by ear are well respected and often called upon for their expertise and experience.

Surroundings

Ensuring your surroundings are quiet is an important factor when you learn to play guitar by ear. Silence is needed so you can hear every chord and riff on the CD’s and so you do not skip a note. A quiet atmosphere will also ensure you remain calm and patient and can absorb many things you need to when you learn to play guitar by ear.

Don’t forget practice is what makes the difference between a good guitarist and a great guitarist! So keep practicing and you will be rewarded with a fantastic talent!