Live Bands

For all you Stolen Horses fans out there here is an update of what the band is up to in May 2009. The band is doing a recording later this mo of a great song called Kissing on her Redneck. The song has great county drive and is really grabbing peoples attention everywhere the band is playing the tune at. David Lyle, Lead Singer, can see the potential of the song hitting the charts. Stolen Horses is going into studio and recording this tune later this month, and should be available on their demo CD by June. Stolen Horses has recently acquired a new guitar player whose name is Keith. He has a great chicken pickin country style that imitates a Brent Mason type of playing. He has been with the band about a mo now and and has really enjoyed playing with the rest of the guys so far. A new agent that Stolen Horses has recently started booking through is Dagen Entertainment . Their most recent booking was at Shooters Saloon in Superior, WI . This is a great country music venue that brings in people from all over Northern Wisconson and Minnesota. The gig was in early May and done Tuesday through Sunday. This was a great chance for the band to gel and learn more music for future shows. Some new songs the band now knows is Copper Head Road, which is a great tune that features the Mandolin, and Good Time, a popular tune by Alan Jackson. They have goals learning songs like Country Man by Luke Bryan and any more bluegrass styles. They look forward to playing at the bar Cowboy Up in Mendon, MI this next week and play out any of the new country tunes that they have learned. The Cowboy Up Bar is a great line dancing Bar that really pulls in a lot of country fans far and wide. Stolen Horses feels privileged to be one of the Cowboy Up Local Bands that play their regularly.


Rock Music

The super talented group Big & Rich have released their most recent CD on the Warner Brothers Nashville recording label, entitled Horse Of A Different Color.

This one really grabs your attention right from the beginning with Rollin (The Ballad Of Big & Rich) and will not let go until the very last note of the very last song Live This Life, which is another great track by the way.

Horse Of A Different Color is a nicely varied, mix of 13 tracks that are very well written and brilliantly performed songs by these clearly gifted musicians. Most of the songs display a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Seemingly drawing from what I can only imagine are their own real life experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions of love, and the pain of failed relationships can certainly be heard.

I give Horse Of A Different Color my highest recommendation. It just plain belongs in any serious music collectors collection regardless of genre preference.

While this entire CD is really very good some of my favorites are track 2 – Wild West Show, track 5 – Six Foot Town, and track 13 – Live This Life

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore […as in “Stuck On REpeat”] is Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy). Outstanding!

Horse Of A Different Color Release Notes:

Big & Rich originally released Horse Of A Different Color on May 4, 2004 on the Warner Brothers Nashville label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Rollin’ (The Ballad Of Big & Rich) 2. Wild West Show 3. Big Time 4. Kick My Ass 5. Six Foot Town 6. Holy Water 7. Saved 8. Real World 9. Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) 10. Drinkin’ ‘Bout You 11. Love Train 12. Deadwood Mountain 13. Live This Life

Release Notes Big & Rich: John Rich, Big Kenny. Additional personnel: Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, Jon Nicholson. Producers: Big Kenny, John Rich, Paul Worley. Big & Rich: John Rich (vocals, acoustic guitar); Big John (vocals). Additional personnel include: Adam Shoenfield (electric guitar); Mike Johnson (steel guitar); Nicole Summers (flute); Michael Rojas (keyboards); Matt Pierson (bass instrument); Wayne Killius (drums); Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride (background vocals).


Guitar Music

Guitar Amplifiers

Chances are you’ve just bought your first Electric guitar and wish to find out all about guitar amps. Maybe you’re just curious as to how long amps have been around, how they work, or which to purchase. Whatever the reason, by reading this article, you’ll get answers.

History of the Amplifier

Guitar amps have been around for roughly 70 years now, having first appeared during the 1930s. The earliest amps had very poor high treble and bass responses. This was improved over time, as amps became better developed. During the ’60s, the guitar amp greatly evolved to where it is today when guitarists of that era experhymented with deliberately overloading their amp to create Distortion. From that point on, most amps were provided with preamp distortion controls. Playing with distortion has since become an important part of Electric guitar playing.

Types of Amplifiers

There are two types of amps: solid state and vacuum tube amps. Additionally, there are any amps that combine both solid state and tube technologies. Most amps, especially the least expensive ones, are solid state because they are lighter and easier to repair than tube amps are. A lot of guitarists, however, prefer the tube amp due to the tube amp’s analog sensitivity, which they claim makes tube amps sound better. While this is probably the case, most beginners cannot afford to shell out the $500-$1000 it costs to buy a good tube amp. That’s why solid state amps are actually a good buy in any cases.

Solid state and vacuum tube amps come in combo (speakers and head) packages or separately. Guitarists who aren’t picky can just buy the combo, although those who are picky can “mix and match” heads and speakers. This is useful for those looking to achieve a certain sound.

How Amps Work/What Watts Mean

Without going into a big, long, technical explanation, amplifiers basically take the vibration (sound) of the string(s) and amplify it, thereby increasing the sound. If you wish to find out more about the technical side of guitar amps, there are several good books that cover the topic pretty thoroughly.

Each amplifier has a certain number of watts. The higher the number of watts, the louder the sound produced by the amp is. Generally speaking, those who wish to play shows will need to get amplifiers with at least 30 watts, preferably at least 50 watts, especially if they plan on playing at larger venues.

Guitar Music

Music is something that changes everybody’s mood. It can either make you cry or make you happy. Wherever we go we will always find some type of music. It can completely help you calm down your mind and soul. People whoever play an instrument must be aware about its good features and the power to create amazing music. Playing an instrument is very easy for the ones whoever love music. For such people, it isn’t at all a tedious task and they can do it with utmost perfection. The industry is full of manufacturers whoever create such gorgeous pieces.

If you are also planning to take up coaching or start with your own business, then you can look at some cool instruments available in the market. People mostly often play the guitar as it is very easy to learn and it has a lot of variety available in it. There are so many companies in the world which exclusively manufacture guitars. Even the artists present in the music industry completely inspire people to take up this instrument simply because it has the capability of creating something spectacular. Hence to start with your hunt for this particular music instrument you need to keep a few basic things in mind.

One can start with looking at a few Yamaha guitars. The company manufactures musical instruments and automobiles. From a very long time it has been ruling the market by manufacturing quality products. No one has been able to match the quality and features of the products made by this company. Therefore one can easily look for the best Yamaha guitars present in the market and make the final decision of purchasing them. Most the ones present in this category of full of some unique characteristics and give the perfect sound quality.

Even for beginners, there are a lot of choices to choose from. They can purchase the easy and easy to use one. For professionals some high end guitars are available. Once you finally choose the product, make sure you do enough research over the world-wide-web about it. Look at all the reviews given by people. Based on the reviews, you can get an idea about its functionality. Also, do not buy from anyone whoever isn’t an authorized dealer of the guitar. If possible make your purchase from the company outlet itself. This will help you give complete satisfaction when it comes to buying from the real manufacturer. Hence, all the above mentioned instructions will help you tremendously in buying the guitar of your dreams. Music is something that changes everybody’s mood. It can either make you cry or make you happy. Wherever we go we will always find some type of music. It can completely help you calm down your mind and soul. People whoever play an instrument must be aware about its good features and the power to create amazing music. Playing an instrument is very easy for the ones whoever love music. For such people, it isn’t at all a tedious task and they can do it with utmost perfection. The industry is full of manufacturers whoever create such gorgeous pieces.

If you are also planning to take up coaching or start with your own business, then you can look at some cool instruments available in the market. People mostly often play the guitar as it is very easy to learn and it has a lot of variety available in it. There are so many companies in the world which exclusively manufacture guitars. Even the artists present in the music industry completely inspire people to take up this instrument simply because it has the capability of creating something spectacular. Hence to start with your hunt for this particular music instrument you need to keep a few basic things in mind.

One can start with looking at a few Yamaha guitars. The company manufactures musical instruments and automobiles. From a very long time it has been ruling the market by manufacturing quality products. No one has been able to match the quality and features of the products made by this company. Therefore one can easily look for the best Yamaha guitars present in the market and make the final decision of purchasing them. Most the ones present in this category of full of some unique characteristics and give the perfect sound quality.

Even for beginners, there are a lot of choices to choose from. They can purchase the easy and easy to use one. For professionals some high end guitars are available. Once you finally choose the product, make sure you do enough research over the world-wide-web about it. Look at all the reviews given by people. Based on the reviews, you can get an idea about its functionality. Also, do not buy from anyone whoever isn’t an authorized dealer of the guitar. If possible make your purchase from the company outlet itself. This will help you give complete satisfaction when it comes to buying from the real manufacturer. Hence, all the above mentioned instructions will help you tremendously in buying the guitar of your dreams.


Guitar Music

Corinne Bailey Rae has released her most recent album entitled Corinne Bailey Rae.

I wish it weren’t the case but, it’s not everyday that I get a CD from an artist that I can just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. There is usually a song or two that I just cannot force myself to get through. Not at all the case with Corinne Bailey Rae. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.

Refreshingly, this was one of those CDs I was able to just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.

One of the refreshingly nice things about this CD is the way all of the participating artists seem to be really enjoying themselves. Combine that with the overall presentation and you’ve got a very impressive debut release from this talented songstress.

Corinne Bailey Rae is one of those musicians that has the ability to just win you over with her talent. The kind of artist it’s really a treat to be able to listen to.

Listen to Corinne Bailey Rae and I believe you’ll find there’s not much to dis-like about it. The songs are inspired, the production is simply outstanding, and Corinne Bailey Rae is clearly in top form. So much so that if you’re even mildly into Pop music you’ll enjoy this album.

While this entire album is really very good some of my favorites are track 1 – Like A Star, track 3 – Put Your Records On, and track 5, Disc 2 – Another Rainy Day

My SmoothLee Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore […as in “Stuck On REpeat”] is track 6 – Call Me When You Get This. It’s a great track!

Corinne Bailey Rae Release Notes:

Corinne Bailey Rae originally released Corinne Bailey Rae on Feb 06, 2007 on the Capitol / EMI Records label.

CD Track List Follows:

DISC 1: 1. Like A Star 2. Enchantment 3. Put Your Records On 4. Till It Happens To You 5. Trouble Sleeping 6. Call Me When You Get This 7. Choux Pastry Heart 8. Breathless 9. I’d Like To 10. Butterfly 11. Season Change DISC 2: 1. Since I’ve Been Loving You 2. Emeraldine 3. Munich – (Editor’s Cover) 4. Venus As A Boy – (Bjork Cover) 5. Another Rainy Day 6. Daydreaming – (Aretha Franklin Cover) 7. Enchantment 8. I’d Like To – (remix)

Personnel: Corinne Bailey Rae (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Spanish guitar, bass guitar, percussion); Steve Brown (various instruments, sampler, background vocals); Rod Bowkett (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Steve Chrisanthou (electric guitar, programming); Jason Rae (alto saxophone); Andrew Hale (piano, programming); Paul Siddal (keyboards); Colin Waterman (drums). Recording information: Olympic, London, England.


Rock Music

Proteins are boring stuff, for those of us who are forced to study them. Several a time, our eyes struggle to make sense of the message hidden in the DNA sequence of A, G, C, and T which are ultimately made into proteins.

Not any more. Through an amalgam of molecular biology and classical music, it is now possible to ‘hear’ proteins instead of just looking at them. Chords and chord variations are used for each amino acid and rhythm is based on the protein sequence. Pioneered by Rie Takahashi from UCLA, this work is claimed to be much more melodic and less discordant than her predecessors.

As a scientist, I’d say that this is a step in the right direction for science in making it more accessible to the average layperson. However, the musician in me would frown at the apparent ‘non-musicality’ of the whole approach.

Yes, it sounds like a jazz piece, and maybe jazz just is not my cup of tea. But, come on, how can a series of three-note chords, randomly scattered around the treble clef stave be called music?

Apparently, a CD is going to be made out of these protein compositions. Fellow scientists would rush quickly to the local music shop to buy it, but count me out. I have much higher standards than that.

Rock Music

One point is crystal clear that since the beginning of humanity musical instruments have been in existence. Evidently, musical instruments developed independently in many populated regions of the world, and India being a land of civilization has been the center of music and musical instruments. Various uniquely designed musical instruments in India are appreciated globally for their musical value and importance.
Various Indian musical instruments such as Harmonium, Sitar, Tabla, Tanpura, Sarangi, Dholak, Bansuri, Shahnai, Pakhawaj, Sarod, Saraswati Veena, Mridangam, etc. have necessary role in the history of Indian music. Noteworthy fact is that many of Indian musical instruments are either originally Indian or have been adapted from one to others. Moreover, some
musical instruments have been imported from outside world.
Sitar is used widely in Indian classical music. Tabla on the other hand is a ubiquitous musical instrument in Indian classical music as well as in Indian film music. Sitar and Tabla are popular not only in India but in neighboring countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, etc. Famous Sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar has given wide popularity with his live performances across the globe. Ustan Zakir Hussain is famous for being a Tabla maestro. He has given numerous live performances in India and overseas.
Veena is a plucked stringed instrument. The musical instrument used by Goddess Saraswati has necessary importance in Indian classical music particularly in Carnatic Indian classical music. Various versions of Veena are available depending upon sizes. Flute or Bansuri on the other hand is found in every part of India. The instrument could be said to be an easiest one in terms of making. Carved from bamboo it is made in every possible size which determines sounds generated from it.
Indian musical world is incomplete without Shehnai which is a part of marriage ceremonies and other festivals. Shehnai is a double reeded wind instrument with a widening tube towards the lower end. Ustad Bismillah Khan has given wide popularity to Shehnai. It was he who gave numerous live performances in India and abroad and people around the world came to know the magic of the simply made but pleasing music of the instrument.
Various companies in India manufacture quality musical instruments. You can buy music instruments directly from manufacturers or from retail shops spreading in length and breadth of the country. Various Indian music instruments such as Tabla, Tanpura, Sarangi, Dholak, Bansuri, Shahnai, Pakhawaj, Sarod, Saraswati Veena, etc. are made available by us at highly competitive prices. You should be cautious when buying musical instruments as genuine instruments have different output than locally made spurious products.


Guitar Music

Electric pianos, also called digital pianos are become increasing popular, due to their many benefits. Quality digital pianos now how a sound and feel very close to an acoustic piano. In fact, any digital pianos can rival the best grand pianos in sound quality.

One of the best benefits of digital pianos is their digital output of sound, so it’s very easy to record music using just your digital piano and your computer.

Most keyboards and electric pianos have a one quarter inch stereo output. Most computers have a one eighth inch stereo input, so you’ll need an adapter. You can get the necessary adapter at Radio Shack or a similar store.

Once you have your electric piano plugged into the microphone port on your computer, you’ll need software to record with. Audacity is about as good as you can get. It’s free, and supports multiple tracks, plus has many useful effects.

Once you install Audacity, you’ll need to adjust your keyboard volume. You can adjust the volume via the Audacity interface or on your keyboard.

To record, just click the record button and start playing. . . then click stop when you are done. To record multiple tracks, just click record again and play along with the track you already recorded.

If you add acoustic tracks, such as guitar, vocals, drums, etc to your recording, you should use the Noise removal effect on Audacity. This tool is very helpful in removing static and noise from your recordings. It mostly will not be necessary for your electric piano, though, since all the recording is digital.

Using your electric piano and Audacity, you can easily create recordings with a “full” band. If you need more voices for your keyboard, you can get midi boxes or software to add 100’s of extra voices – absolutely everything from drums to flutes.

Rock Music

The extremely talented group Montgomery Gentry have released their most recent CD on the Columbia recording label, entitled My Town.

This CD really grabs your attention right from the start with My Town and will not let go until the very last note of the very last song Good Clean Fun, which by the way is another great track.

My Town has a pleasantly varied, mix of 13 tracks that are very well written and brilliantly performed songs by these clearly gifted musicians. Most of the songs display a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Clearly drawing from what I can only imagine are their own personal experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions of love, heartbreak, pain, failed relationships and unattainable romance. They’re all here.

Listen to and I think you will concur that the song choices are excellent, the production is outstanding and Montgomery Gentry is clearly a group that is in top form.

While this entire CD is outstanding some of my favorites are track 3 – Break My Heart Again, track 9 – Why Do I Feel Like Running, and track 11 – Lie Before You Leave

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore […as in “Stuck On REpeat”] is track 13 – Good Clean Fun. This is a great track!

My Town Release Notes:

Montgomery Gentry originally released My Town on August 27, 2002 on the Columbia label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. My Town – (Piano Intro) 2. My Town 3. Break My Heart Again 4. Scarecrow 5. Bad For Good 6. Speed 7. Hell Yeah 8. Lonesome 9. Why Do I Feel Like Running 10. Free Fall 11. Lie Before You Leave 12. For The Money 13. Good Clean Fun

Montgomery Gentry: Eddie Montgomery, Troy Gentry (vocals).

Additional personnel includes: Johnny Neel (harmonica, Hammond B-3 organ); Chuck Leavell (keyboards); Jeffrey Steele, Curtis Wright (background vocals).

Recorded at Westwood Sound, The Compound, Loud Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; Madison Garage, Madison, Tennessee.


Guitar Music

You will hear keyboards in music throughout the world.

All types of concerts feature keyboard players including classical music where the piano mostly accompanies solo musical instruments and singers. The piano is often a solo instrument and an example would be called a piano concerto. Classical composers whoever are considered to be brilliant pianists are Liszt, Beethoven and Mozart.

The piano often plays a big part in jazz bands. The music of jazz originated in America from work songs and traditional spirituals. In jazz music each instrument plays its own tune and often musicians will add or create additional notes as they go. During the 1900s jazz music spread throughout America and the rest of the world.

The Harpsichord

The harpsichord creates a powerful sound which has a clear and crisp tone. It is a beautiful musical instrument which looks a bit like a slender grand piano. It is triangular in shape with four thin legs. The harpsichord may have more than one keyboard. The sound the notes keys are pressed and a small quill called a plectrum plucks the strings inside. The quills inside a harpsichord are made from the tail and wing feathers of a variety of birds. And so today, most quills are made with plastic. There are two and sometimes more strings for each key.

The Spinet

This musical instrument is considered the little sister to the harpsichord. People played the spinet at home over three hundred years ago because it was a small musical instrument and could easily fit into homes. The shape of the spinet is triangular and has a keyboard on the shortest side of the triangle. When you press the spinet keys, a tiny quill plucks the inside string to create the note sound. The music sound created is tinkling and quiet. If the lid of the spinet is propped up while being played, the sound grows louder.

The Foretepiano

Invented approximately three hundred years ago, by an Italian named Bartolomeo Cristofori, the fortepiano is an early version of the piano. Cristofori also built the harpsichord and the foretepiano looked like the harpsichord. The main difference between the two was the sound made. When the keys of the fortepiano were pressed, the strings were hit by small hammers, not plucked by quills. This produced a much different sound and was much louder than the harpsichord.

The Grand Piano

The grand piano are the largest pianos manufactured today and might be nearly ten feet long. They are called concert grands while the smaller version is called baby grands. The grand pianos have a sturdy iron frame holding the inside strings and the exterior is made with wood. During the playing of a concert, the lid covering the strings, is propped up to allow the louder sound. A small hammer strikes a string inside the grand piano to create the note. The grand piano also has pedals for the pianist’s feet to change the sound of the notes. The left pedal is used to make the sounds quieter and softer. The right pedal keeps the dampers away from the strings making the sound of the piano richer and fuller.

The Upright Piano

This piano is named for the shape. If you are learning to play the piano, you are most likely learning on the upright piano. It is named for the shape and because it sits against the wall, taking up significantly less space than the grand piano. A small hammer hits a string inside the piano when a key is pressed.

The Melodica

The melodica is a mouth organ that sounds very similar to an organ, but is played through a mouthpiece. The piano melodica has keys along the length of the instrument with a mouthpiece at one end. When air is blown into the mouthpiece you press the keys down to play a tune with the fingers of one hand. Inside the melodica there are reeds which are very slender pieces of metal. The reeds vibrate and produce the notes.

The Accordion

The accordion is a complex musical instrument. You must be physically strong as the accordion needs t o be squeezed in and out in the middle. This section of the accordion is called the bellows. When squeezing the accordion in and out, air is pushed over a set of reeds making the note sounds. The left hand of the accordionist is used to press finger buttons. The right hand is used to play the keys. Invented nearly two hundred years ago in Germany, you can hear the accordion played in folk music in Europe, North and South America.

The Dulcitone

The dulcitone produces a sound that is bell-like and very soft. This musical instrument is small and wooden with four slender legs. Inside the dulcitone is a row of metal bars of various sizes. When a key is pressed, a small hammer hits one of the metal bars to have a note. A Frenchman named Auguste Mustel invented the dulcitone in the 1800s. The original name for the dulcitone was the tuning fork piano.

The Celeste

The celeste looks slightly similar to the upright piano but produces a very different bell-like sound. Inside the celeste is a row of slender steel bars and the outer case is wood similar to the upright piano. Then the keys are pressed, a tiny felt covered hammer strikes the metal bars. A small hollow box is underneath each of the metal bars. This makes the sound louder. The celeste also has a foot medal, called the sustaining pedal, which makes the notes longer when pressed.

The Organ

The organ is one of the loudest and oldest musical instruments in the world. A row of pipes sounds the notes when air is pushed through. The longest organ is more than sixty feet and the smallest is just a few inches in length. There are two types of organs and each makes a different sound. The flue pipes are open pipes played with a mouthpiece. They might be closed at one end or open. The stopped pipe makes lower notes than the open pipe. Other pipes are called reed pipes and have the slender metal reeds inside making the sounds as air passes over them. And so today the biggest organs are played in churches and cathedrals.

The Electronic Organ

The electronic organ does not have pipes. The notes are created from signals produced by electricity. These signals are amplified through speakers. The electronic organ have two keyboards called manuals. They organs also have stops that are switches the player presses making a range of sounds. Percussion and drum sounds are built in to the organ to accompany the player. Electronic organs are played in many pop and rock bands.