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In our multi-cultural societies today the run up to Christmas is experienced in many different ways. The commercial version pioneered by Coca Cola’s magazine advertisements which established the red suited Santa Claus image, washes over us all through the TV advertisements and the decorations in the High Streets and shopping Malls. They built on and reinforced the Victorian version of Christmas celebrations which was dramatised by Charles Dickens in ‘A Christmas Carol’ which established many of the associated food and garland rituals in the public imagination – and helped Coca Cola promote their winter beverage sales. Much of this is accompanied by ‘seasonal’ music in the form of carols and hymns – often coral arrangements but sometimes instrumental – especially brass bands and the dreaded sentimental Christmas pop songs.
Music is often a subtle way of getting under the radar and evoking emotional responses from our subconscious. The commercial focus on Christmas seeks to convert these feelings into purchases – sometimes in crude direct appeals to consume but often in a more indirect atmospheric ways. While the committed Christians concentrate on re-telling the Christmas story through as many media as possible, including music – using the Advent season to recharge their spiritual batteries and encourage others to join them. Their tunes and sometimes even the words are often hijacked by those who wish to evoke a warm hearted relaxed atmosphere for the sale of their particular goods.
Much of this activity assumes a common Christian heritage and must strike those who do not share that background very oddly, not to mention the truly seasonal issues for those in the Southern Hemisphere who celebrate Christmas in midsummer rather than the deep mid winter. There is also the rival celebration of New Year which is a predominantly secular affair with a very limited musical repertoire – mostly of Scottish origin for some reason and this eclipses Christmas in many countries. Christians adopted the pagan Winter Solstice celebrations as part of their missionary progress but those ties were loosened by the reformation and the French, American and Russian Revolutions amongst others.
The seasonal hit at Download2MP3.com is Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with its Sugar Plum Fairy which fits neatly into the Victorian Christmas story telling context. While Debussy’s Children’s Corner with its ‘The Snow is Dancing’ (Northern Hemisphere Christmas/Mid Winter associations) is another favourite and forms the backbone of our Children’s Classics Collection which includes several of our shorter and lower priced recordings. Other beneficaiaries include our instrumental versions of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and Gounod’s Ave Maria
Recordings like these are an ideal way to personalize those iPod or MP3 player gifts for a few dollars more – perhaps introducing children to the classics in an accessible, amusing and memorable way.


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Do you love to exercise, but enjoy the extra boost energetic music gives you? Get out your MP3 player, here are some suggestions for some kickin’ music to listen to while you are running on exercising.

Mighty Wings by Cheap Trick

This 80’s rock anthem was written for the Top Gun Soundtrack. It may have been intended to be the musical background for Tom Cruise to go Mach 2 with. but it’s also great music for running to.

Lay All Your Love On Me by A-Teens

Bubblegum pop or not, this song has a great beat for running to. It is got a great almost techno beat that will keep your heart pounding and your feet moving.

Michael Flatley

The sound tracks from Michael FLatley’s dance extravaganza’s were intended for tap and irish dancing, but they sure are energizing! Celtic Tiger, Lord Of The Dance, and Feet Of Flames are all great sound tracks for exercising to.

Stars And Stripes Forever

The military march by John Philip Sousa is guaranteed to get the blood flowing to your extremities. It is got a quick enough beat to keep you moving at a good pace, too. Start marching, then break into a run!

80’s Rock

Lot’s of different rock songs from the 80’s have a great driving beat that are great for exercising to. Roxette has several great songs, such as How Do You Do, June Afternoon, and Sleeping In My Car. Pat Banatar has some great ones, too: Shadows Of The Night, Hit Me Also with Your Best Shot,


Guitar Music

When comparing live lessons and online guitar lessons, keep this is mind – If you are someone who doesn’t follow through and practice, either type of style to learn to play will not work for you. People quit trying to learn guitar for many reasons. Some reasons are as basic as, “It hurt my fingers”. Other excuses include statements that learning was just too hard or no time to practice. If any of these statements sound like something you would say, then really think whether you need to pay for guitar lessons, or not.

There area few sites that offer free guitar lessons online, but many of these sites are not going to offer you the complete range of knowledge and discipline that a beginner needs. However, these sites are perfect to just mess around and pick up a few chords.

Online guitar lessons offer ease for your schedule and allow you to learn at your own pace. Learning guitar on the net held special appeal for me. If I had free time at 3 am, I could go learn guitar tabs or practice chords. When you choose a high-quality training web site, you will be amazed at how much information is available. The videos online are even better than a “live” teacher because you can play them over and over until you get it. I don’t know many live teachers that will say something over and over at 3 am!

Lessons are imperative to a good and solid technique. I know guitarist who have taught themselves guitar, and take it from me, the amount of mistakes I see in their playing is astounding. But not all online guitar lessons are good… I have tirelessly looked on the internet, trying to find online guitar lessons only to meet hurdles of dodgy techniques or simply show off guitarist looking to show off their skills through posting online video guitar lessons. After many ages of research, I have discovered a source of inspiration, a new method so fruitful; it started me on a path of online guitar learning discovery.

Online guitar courses are absolutely the way of the future. Given the major advantages they have over conventional guitar tuition, it seems certain there are many more innovations and improvements to come.

Beginning guitar students are flocking to buy their guitar lessons online, and guitar teachers had better move with the times if they need to keep their businesses viable. For those guitar teachers willing to embrace new methods, the opportunity to take advantage of new innovations in guitar education is ripe.

Guitar Guide Online

The one-stop source for guitar lessons that will guide you every step of the way and it is dedicated for aspiring Guitar players of all levels. You’ll be able to make up your own songs, play along with any song and jam with other people. You will know how easy it is to do things that you did not realize you could do and you’ll never need to put your guitar down. You can check it out the largest web resource for learning to play guitar leads, solos, and songs and to become a professional in a few weeks by visiting here


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Lonestar released their most recent CD entitled Crazy Nights.

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 one of Lonestar most impressive releases ever.

Overall Crazy Nights is a solid release. Quite possibly Lonestar’s best to date. Really spectacular from beginning to end. If you’re even mildly into Contemporary country music you’ll enjoy this CD.

While this entire CD is really very good some of my favorites are track 1 – Come Cryin’ To Me, track 5 – John Doe On A John Deere, and track 11 – What Do We Do With The Rest Of The Night

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore […as in “Stuck On REpeat”] is track 6 – You Walked In. This is a great track!

Crazy Nights Release Notes:

Lonestar originally released Crazy Nights on June 1, 2004 on the BMG Special Products label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Come Cryin’ To Me 2. Everything’s Changed 3. Cheater’s Road 4. Week In Juarez, A 5. John Doe On A John Deere 6. You Walked In 7. Say When 8. Amie 9. Crazy Nights 10. Keys To My Heart 11. What Do We Do With The Rest Of The Night

Lonestar: John Rich (vocals, bass guitar); Richie McDonald (vocals); Michael Britt (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Dean Sams (piano, background vocals); Keech Rainwater (drums, percussion).

Additional personnel: Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Brent Mason (electric guitar, classical guitar); Bruce Bouton (lap steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro); Larry Franklin, Rob Hajacos, Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Dennis Burnside (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Duncan Mullins, Dave Hungate (bass guitar); Lonnie Wilson (drums, percussion); Tom Roady (percussion); Dennis Wilson, Harry Stinson, John Wesley-Ryles (background vocals).


Guitar Music

If you have just started out playing the guitar, this lesson will show you three basic chords that you can then use to play a lot of different songs, after a bit of practise (the famous ‘3 chords’ !).

Step 1 – Tune Your Guitar

Before starting a guitar practise session, always get into the habit of tuning your guitar. If it’s out of tune, then any chords you play on it won’t sound too good, so to avoid getting discouraged, tune it up first. The following is a quick guide to putting your guitar in Standard Tuning:

1 -||–|–|–|–|–|– (highest-sounding)
2 -||–|–|–|–|-X|–
3 -||–|–|–|-X|–|–
4 -||–|–|–|–|-X|–
5 -||–|–|–|–|-X|–
6 -||–|–|–|–|-X|– (lowest-sounding)

If you’re playing the guitar by holding the neck with your left hand, then if you tilt the guitar towards you, you should notice the strings arranged like this. You tune the strings one at a time, by putting one finger on the fret marked with an ‘X’ in the diagram, and playing that string, together with the string above it (ie higher than it).

So start off by tuning string 2 (next to top string): put your left index finger on the 5th fret on string 2, as shown in the diagram, and while playing this note, play string 1. If the notes don’t sound the same, adjust the tuning peg on string 2 until it matches. Then do the same for strings 3, 4, 5, 6. Watch out that you put your finger on the 4th fret when doing string 3, for all the other strings, use the 5th fret.

The C Major Chord

Ok, now hopefully your guitar’s in tune, so let’s move on to learning the first guitar chord – C Major. The chord diagram for it looks like this:

1 -||–|–|–|– (highest-sounding)
2 -||-1|–|–|–
3 -||–|–|–|–
4 -||–|-2|–|–
5 -||–|–|-3|–
6 -||–|–|–|– (lowest-sounding)

In this guitar lesson, we’ll only be using the first 3 frets on the guitar. The numbers in bold on the chart show you where to put your fingers. Your index finger is 1, middle is 2, ring finger is 3, then little finger is 4. So the steps to forming this C major chord with your hand that is holding the guitar neck are as follows:

* Put your 1st finger on the first fret of string 2, and hold it down

* Add your 2nd finger on the second fret of string 4, and hold it down

* Finally, add your 3rd finger on the third fret of string 5, and hold it down

If you followed these steps, you should have all three fingers holding down strings 2, 4, and 5. When pressing down on the strings, it’s important to put your finger as close as possible behind the fret. So not right on top of the fret, and not too far away either. This way, the string won’t make a ‘buzzing’ sound when you play it. In this chord, strings 1 and 3 have no fret held down – you just play the string as it is (this is called an ‘open string’). When starting, it might be hard to get string 3 to sound, as your other fingers might be stopping it from ringing. If it doesn’t ring to start with, don’t worry about it, just play the other strings.

One important point when putting your fingers on the frets to make the chord, is that the fingers should curl down onto the strings from directly above. This way, each finger is only holding down the fret it’s supposed to, without affecting other strings next to it. This helps you get a cleaner sound to the chord.

So if you have managed to have your fret hand fingers in place to hold down the chord as shown, then strum the strings with your other hand (either with the plectrum, or just your fingers). If you’re holding down the chord correctly, then you should hear the C major chord sounding. With this chord, the bottom string (string 6) is not normally played, so try to strum just strings 1 – 5.

Congratulations – you have just played the C major chord! If it sounds a bit strange, then you might need to check your guitar’s in tune, or check you have got the right strings/frets held down. Practise playing this chord a few times, until you get the hang of it.

The G Major Chord

Moving on to the next chord, the diagram for G major is as follows:

1 -||–|–|-3|– (highest-sounding)
2 -||–|–|–|–
3 -||–|–|–|–
4 -||–|–|–|–
5 -||–|-1|–|–
6 -||–|–|-2|– (lowest-sounding)

In the same way as you did with the C major chord, try to form the chord step by step, starting with your 1st finger on string 5 at the 2nd fret, then 2nd finger on string 6 at the 3rd fret, finally your 3rd finger on string 1 at the 3rd fret.

When you can hold all three fingers down on the correct frets at the same time, try strumming this chord. Strings 2, 3, 4 should ring freely, so try to ensure your fingers curl down onto the fretted strings without obstructing them. Most strings should be strummed for this chord.

Sometimes it can be a bit of a stretch between fingers 2 and 3, so practise this one until it feels more comfortable. I personally use fingers 2, 3 and 4 for this chord as I find it more natural, and it also makes it easier when switching back and forth between G Major and C Major. Basically, don’t be afraid to experhyment a bit, and find what works best for you.

The D Major Chord

OK, so here’s the last of the three basic chords, D major:

1 -||–|-2|–|– (highest-sounding)
2 -||–|–|-3|–
3 -||–|-1|–|–
4 -||–|–|–|–
5 -||–|–|–|–
6 -||–|–|–|– (lowest-sounding)

Again, form this chord step by step, one finger at a time. When you can hold all 3 fingers down, try strumming it. Usually for the D major chord, the bottom two strings aren’t sounded, so try just to strum the top 4 strings if you can.

Practise!

Well those are the three basic chords. The next step is to practise them over and over, until you can form them reasonably quickly each time. What you find is that when you first learn how to play the chords, and are forming them step by step, placing each finger in turn, it seems to take ages to position each finger.

With plenty of practise however, your hand gets used to forming the shapes, with a kind of ‘finger memory’, and it gets a lot easier. Take plenty of breaks in between practising them, and you will find that in each practise session, forming the chords gets easier.

Link Them Together

Once you have got to the stage where you can form each of these three chords fairly easily, the next step is to try changing from one chord to another. For example, state you’re playing the C major chord. Try strumming this for a few counts of 4 (ie count ‘1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4’ aloud as you’re strumming the chord), and then change to one of the other chords (G major or D major).

For example, you might come across chord progressions (sequences of different chords) written out like this:

| C / / / | C / / / | G / / / | G / / / | D / / / | D / / / |

So here, for each bar (part between the ‘|’ symbols), there’s a count of 4, and in this progression, you play C major for 2 bars (‘1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4’), then G major for 2 bars, and finally D major for 2 bars.

Again, as with when you were practising forming the chords, it will seem to take a long time to change your fingers from one chord shape to another. Just keep practising though, and it will get easier, to the point where as you’re counting aloud, as you count ‘1’ when you’re changing from one chord to another, your fingers will form into the next chord shape without you thinking too much about it.

Keep At It!

Well that is the end of this lesson on basic chords. Once you can get to the stage where you can play the above chord progression fairly smoothly, without too much of a delay when changing between the chords, you can try finding some simple arrangements of songs that use just these three chords. One example would be The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’, a basic version can be played with these chords.

Good luck with your guitar playing!


Rock Music

Mobile phones have become an essential gadget for all class of people in almost every region in today’s world. Now, mobile phones not only serve communication purpose, they also take care of entertainment features. Download Fun makes it possible for mobile phone users and other mobile devices to download ring tones, screensavers, and wallpapers over the net.

People want their favourite music on cell phones. So the latest and fastest growing feature available today is downloadable ring tones. There are other downloadable items available on the Internet like Java Games, wallpapers and screen savers but the most desirable feature requested is downloadable ring tones. Downloadable ring tones were simply an Engineering student’s good idea.

Ring tone is the sound that a cell phone makes when it’s rings. There are many types of Ring tones available like Polyphonic ring tone, Monophonic ring tones, and the most desirable MP3 format. However the new technologies like 3G also bring the music on your mobile cell phone.

Monophonic ring tones are basically one note ringer format which is not so popular these days. Initially cell phones were only capable of playing monophonic ring tones. Almost all cell phones have their own ring tones. A recent study shows that about Ninety-two percent of cell phone users have downloaded an exclusive ring tone that did not come with their phone. Every person desires to have the latest music on their cell phones. The ring tone industry is growing rapidly.

The stylish smart mobile phone sets and various ring tones have become status symbols. Ring tones choice shows that you’re up to date and happening. Choose a ring tone which best suits your personality. You can truly display your lifestyle and certainly your musical taste on your sleeve.

You’ll find many sites offering tones by today’s hottest musicians. You have a choice to pick monophonic, polyphonic or true tone MP3 formats. The first thing you need to know before you select, buy and download a suitable ring tone is that your cell phone sports that format. The Mobile phone that you purchased just a yr ago may not have features to play latest ring tone currently available. So make sure from your cell phone manual or call your service provider for guidance.

Most websites offer samples of each musical sound trace to know which type of music you’ll want to use on your cell phone. Polyphonic ring tones use midi technology. Polyphonic ring tone with its richer tonal quality sounds better than monophonic but when compared to MP3 quality it sounds pretty weak. The future of sound for ring tones seems to be hi-fi quality digital musical formats.

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Metal guitar strings are subjected to many conditions that shorten their life. The life of guitar strings can be extended with care and proper maintenance. This article will help you extend the life of your guitar strings.

Guitar strings can lose their tonal quality prematurely due to factors that include:

*Stretching

*Wear

*Corrosion

Stretching: Guitar strings naturally stretch during tuning and while playing the guitar. Over time strings slowly lose their elasticity and their tone quality. Guitar strings that are stretched no longer produce rich tone or harmonic overtones. As a result, the guitar becomes difficult to tune and the sound of the strings become dull and lifeless.

Wear: Guitar strings wear during the process of playing. This process comes from moving the metal strings against the metal frets on the fretboard. Of the two most common types of strings, wound and plain steel, wound strings are more susceptible to fret wear. Wound guitar strings tend to “flat-spot” more rapidly than plain steel strings. If left unchecked, the flat spots can create breaks in the windings of the strings. Flat spots and broken windings will decrease tonal quality and can also cause the strings to “buzz”.

Corrosion: Metal guitar strings are subject to tarnish, rust and corrosion. Metal guitar strings are also subject to the body chemistry of the individual guitar player. Individuals with higher acid levels in their pH will get less life from their guitar strings due to an accelerated rate of string corrosion.

There are several things guitar players can do to get extended life from their guitar strings. Taking the time to follow these simple steps will ensure that you get the most from your strings and reduce the cost associated with premature string failure.

*Do not over-stretch your strings during the tuning process.

*Be careful not to crimp the strings at the tuner peg when replacing the guitar strings.

*Periodically, check the condition of the guitar bridge and bridge saddle to avoid breaking a string during the replacement process.

*Monitor the condition of your guitar frets and replace any frets that develop excessive wear or sharp edges.

*Always clean your guitar strings when you finish playing the guitar.

It is impossible to say how long a new set of guitar strings should last. The life of guitar strings depend on many factors and variables. It is possible to extend the life of guitar strings through proper care and maintenance. Be sure to take the time to care for your guitar strings and you will get the longest life from each set.

When the time comes to replace the strings, choose quality replacements and change the strings carefully.