Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 5)

  1. Saxophone

The saxophone is a woodwind instrument which is closely related to the clarinet. This musical instrument, invented by Adolphe Sax in 1840 and typically made of brass, played with a mouthpiece. The saxophone is most used in classical music, jazz, marching and military bands. It has always been enclosed in people’s lists when choosing an instrument to learn because of its “cool” image. Playing any musical instrument helps you express your creative side, and the saxophone is particularly good for this purpose thanks to its wide range of flexible and dynamics sound that allows you to convey many styles and emotions.

There are 9 different types of saxophone in total, but the most popular ones are the Alto, Tenor, Soprano, and Baritone saxes. Whether you are tall or short, or enjoy playing the bassline parts or the melody in bands, there is a suitable saxophone for you. Playing saxophone improves your aural skill and the ability of finding the difference between a various type of sounds. This also helps in developing your language proficiency. Moreover, it contributes in identifying logical patterns that help in science and math.

  1. Flute

The flute, also belonging to the woodwind family, produces sound through the flow of air across an opening. The sound pitch is changed when the various holes in its body are opened or closed. The flutes for beginners  are often made from silver-plated or nickel brass while professionals use gold, solid silver,  and even platinum. Silver flutes produce a brighter sound while wooden ones produce a dark sound.

It is easier to learn to play woodwind instruments than string instruments or keyboard because we can learn three notes in the first lesson and make progress quicker on them. This versatile instrument is commonly used in jazz, classical, and modern band ensembles. Playing the flute is relaxing, helps improve concentration, co-ordination, and self-discipline.

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 4)

  1. Percussion

A percussion is a musical instrument which is sounded by being scraped or struck by a beater; scraped, rubbed, or struck by hand; or struck against another instrument. Percussion plays a pivotal role in almost every style of music. Especially, in recent popular music culture, it is hard to name three hip-hop, rap, funk, rock, or even soul songs or charts which do not have percussive beat keeping the tune in time. Playing the percussion gives a lot of mind and body benefits. This assists both kids and adults with their motor skills and coordination.

  1. Bass Guitar

The bass guitar is another kind of stringed instrument which is similar in appearance and construction to the electric guitar, but having a longer neck and scale length with four to six strings. It is a transposing instrument that is primarily played with the fingers or thumb, by slapping, plucking, popping, tapping, thumping, strumming, or picking with a plectrum. The bass guitar is often a solo instrument in Latin, funk, jazz, jazz fusion, rock, and other metal styles. Learning to play the bass guitar is as challenging as learning to play the six string guitar. If you are not sure about your musical abilities, it is perfect to get started with the bass guitar. Players often have to memorize long chords with a regular guitar while you can play more songs with only single notes with a bass guitar. This is the reason why it is easier for new musical instruments players.

The role of the bass guitar player is working hand and glove with the drummer to provide the rhythmic impulse. Double bass guitar musicians are sought-out readily to perform in a professional capacity. It is much easier for a bass guitar player to find work than a guitar player. Moreover, like any other musical instrument, playing bass guitar produces a special kind of pleasure that affects your life positively. It is beneficial to your health, mental ability, personal life, social life, and other areas of your life.

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 3)

 

  1. Electric Guitar

The electric guitar is a string instrument. It was invented in 1931 and basically uses a pick-up to convert the vibration of its strings , typically made of metal. The vibration occurs when a guitarist plucks, strums, or finger-picks the strings -  into electrical impulses. The electric guitar commonly has 6 strings but sometimes has up to 12 strings. The electric guitar is a little easier to play than the acoustic guitar. It has a bit lighter strings and a bit thinner neck, that makes things more comfortable for hands which aren’t used to fretting chords. It is convenient for new players because if it is difficult to struggle with the mechanics of playing, they are more likely to quit. Starting with a guitar which is easier on the hands helps remove one of the barriers preventing newbies from advancing on the instrument.

Most new musical instrument players have not chosen their musical direction. It takes some time for them to figure out what they really love and what they’re really good at. An electric instrument makes them have the freedom to explore those choices. Someone may find that they love playing classical music finger-style or strumming chords and eventually switch to acoustic guitar. Someone may decide to love jazz, metal, or country music. And people can play all of that on an electric guitar which gives them a greater amount of freedom to explore it all.

  1. Violin

The violin is also a string instrument which typically has four strings and is the smallest but highest-pitched instrument in its family. The violin is usually played by drawing a bow across the strings. It is an important musical instrument in many musical genres like jazz,  metal, country, and folk music. Learning to play the violin is at the top of many bucket lists for aspiring musicians and has great benefits such as improving concentration, coordination, and discipline.

Playing the violin requires more impeccable posture than almost any other musical instruments. It takes balance and strength to keep your body and hold your violin in the proper position for an extended period of time. It also requires incredible strength in the shoulder and upper arm muscles. Playing the violin improves your hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and physical strength, and makes the players ultimate multi-taskers.

 

 

 

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 2)

 

  1. Piano

The piano has particularly been an unparalleled outlet for those who are seeking for simply fun and joy, creative expression, and escape. The modern piano has a total of 88 keys including 36 black and 52 white keys and is played by using a keyboard. It was first invented around the 18th century and is used for many genres of music like jazz, classical, traditional and popular. Often considered as the best musical instrument to start playing with, the piano is highly versatile with a wide range and the ability to change dynamics.

Playing the piano offers different advantages to the players of all ages. Children will develop perseverance, emotional expression, and concentration. It also helps in enhancing their fine motor skills and concentration as well as improving their memory and focus. It is such a relaxing and calming musical instrument to learn, too. Moreover, playing the piano is a great way of stress relief and provides opportunities to bolster self-esteem.

  1. Classical Guitar

The guitar is a string instrument having from 4 to 18 strings with a normal one having 6 strings. Typically, it is played by strumming the strings with one hand and fretting them with the other hand. Learning to play the guitar has the great advantages of developing social skills and building confidence. As with the other musical instruments, playing the guitar enhances the fine motor skills of children and improves their focus, memory, and concentration skills. Learning and practicing guitar increases the knowledge of music theory and helps memorize individual notes and not patterns.

  1. Drum set

Drums, the percussion instruments, are the oldest form of musical instruments, which have existed in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. They are commonly played by being struck with beaters or anything from bare hands to wooden sticks to wire brushes. Playing drums helps relieve disappointment, stress, and frustration. Learning to play drums makes you understand how to break complex tasks into manageable ones. Drumming is interactive, about coordination and timing, both of which force the drummers to be in the present moment.

The 10 Best FIFA World Cup Songs Ever (part 2)

 

“Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan

Originally, “Wavin’ Flag” was written by the Somali-Canadian artist and considered as an inspirational song for Somalia. Then it was remade as 2010 World Cup song of Coca Cola in multiple versions. The catchy beat and inspirational message remained and made it a hit of all time.

“We Are The Champions” by Queen

Although it wasn’t written specifically for the FIFA World Cup, but doesn’t matter. “We Are The Champions” of Queen was one of the 1994 World Cup official songs.

“La La La (Brazil 2014)” by Shakira feat. Carlinhos Brown

This song is a mixture of pop and Brazilian funk. Therefore, it is a bit different from the more anthemic FIFA World Cup fare. But its music video, featuring football stars such as Lionel Messi, James Rodríguez, Neymar, and certainly, Piqué and son Milan, more than made up for it.

“Colors” by Jason Derulo feat. Maluma

Although the 2018 official Coca Cola anthem “Colors” is more hip hop than pop, it manages to make you dance. The original track by Derulo has been remade by many stars around the world, but the standard is the version of Maluma.

“World In Motion” by New Order

Although “World In Motion” was not the official 1990 World Cup song, it landed New Order, an English pop band, its first No. 1 on the UK charts. It’s a must for people who love all things the 80s and 90s.

“Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)” by Carlos Santana Ft. Alexandre Pires, Wyclef, and Avicii

“Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)” was the 2014 Brazilian games’ official anthem and it’s quintessential FIFA World Cup in its use of upbeat tempo, the message of glory and hope, and many artists from many countries. But it is also fun. No wonder “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)” is finding its new listeners in the streaming era.

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 1)

Each person who loves music may have a different way to enjoy it. Some like to listen to the songs, hum the tunes, or play the musical instruments. Each person has his/her own choice in linking himself/herself to music. Some of those can actually compose music or play an instrument. It could be as a career choice or just as a hobby. There are many different kinds of instruments that we can learn to play through. Having the ability to play an instrument can bring us many advantages. Some use it as a kind of stress buster or meditation, some do this out of the passion for music, and others use it as a pastime. So, which instruments are the most popular ones that you can easily learn to play? This is the list of the top 15 easiest of them.

  1. Electronic Keyboard

The electronic piano, keyboards are very low maintenance and extremely versatile. Electronic keyboards can recreate a wide range of synthesizer tones and instrument sounds with less complex sound synthesis. They are great for recording and changing performance and have become popular with younger children nowadays. The main difference from a piano of a keyboard is that its sound is portable and produced electronically.

Electronic keyboards are commonly designed for home use, especially for beginners and non-professional users. As learning to play the piano, learning to play the electronic keyboard has some benefits such as developing the memory, concentration, focus skills, and fine motor skills.

  1. Recorder

The recorder is the perfect wind instrument to start learning to play musical instruments because it is cheap and seems to be treated as a good alternative to a real instrument. The recorder has an interesting history since its development was resumed in the twentieth century after being stopped for centuries. The recorder can be played by everyone, from the absolute starters to skilled professionals. A common benefit of learning to play recorder is that people don’t necessarily need a super-skilled teacher to teach them how to coordinate their tongue, their breath, and their fingers to play any tunes to a reasonable standard.

 

The 10 Best FIFA World Cup Songs Ever (part 1)

 

Football and music have always been close friends. From World Cup anthems to songs which have inspired football stars to dance on the glass field, music moves this sport. From the 1998 hit “The Cup of Life” of Ricky Martin to  “Live It Up!”  by Nicky Jam and Will Smith, here is the list of the best FIFA World Cup songs ever.

“Live It Up!” by Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi

The track produced by Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi is catchy and growing. With unifying message, a reggae/ska beat, and easy to remember chorus “One life, live it up, cause you got one life”, we can see people and ourselves singing along at the 2018 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony.

“Waka Waka” by Shakira

Shakira is the Queen of the FIFA World Cup. 2010’s “Waka Waka” of Shakira has become the most successful FIFA World Cup anthem ever. It came in at No. 38 on the Billboard 100, and notched 1.8 billion views on YouTube and became the 26th most-viewed video in the history of YouTube. Today, even after 8 years since it was released, the MV of  “Waka Waka” still averages over 1 million views/day.

“The Cup of Life” by Ricky Martin

Despite the fact that its performance at the Grammy Awards in 1999 jump-started the “Latin explosion,” “The Cup of Life” penned by Robi Rosa and Desmond Child for Ricky Martin to sing at the 1998 FIFA World Cup is a Latin/global blockbuster and features the most soaring and anthemic World Cup chorus ever.

“La cour des grands” by Youssou N’Dour & Axelle Red

In order not to get confused, “La Cour des Grands” (translated to The Big Leagues, or The Big Court) was the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, while Ricky Martin’s “The Cup of Life” was the official song. Although the sentiment of perseverance and triumph was the same, more mellow rendition and the French lyrics make these two songs ying and yang.

Top 10 genres of Music Industry (part 2)

  1. Dubstep

Dubstep is an electronic music genre which uses instruments to attract listeners by its bass and rhythm. Although Dubstep is considered as a darker form of music, it has made its firm place in the music industry since its birth in the 1990s.

  1. Rhythm and Blues

Vocalists like Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Usher, Beyoncé, and the legendary Michael Jackson have made this music genre become huge in the music industry due to their love for it. This African-American music was originated in the 1940s and is a combination of hip hop, dance, funk, pop, and soul. It focuses on themes such as relationships, freedom, and sex.

  1. Techno

You may have listened to techno music several times, but it is Detroit techno which is believed to be the foundation of this music genre. Today, the use of technology has much raised the quality of techno music and popularized it day by day.

  1. Country Music

Country music, originated in the 1920s, is another popular American music genre. It has roots from western music and American folk. It is created by using simple forms of instruments like mandolin, electric and steel guitars, drums, or mouth organ. There are very popular country music singers such as Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers.

  1. Electro

Electro or electro-funk is a perfect combination between hip hop and electronic music. It uses the drum machine, talkbox, and vocoder, that helps to distinguish it from a similar form of music, Disco. There are notable artists having been into this music genre, for example, Freeez, Arthur Baker, Midnight Star, and Man Parrish.

  1. Indie Rock

Originated in the 1980s, Indie Rock has changed the music industry gradually. After a decade, it also gave birth to a number of sub-genres in similar styles like noise pop, math rock, post-rock, emo, and lo-fi.

  1. Pop Music

“Pop” is derived from the word “Popular”, therefore, Pop Music is simply known to be a popular music genre. It has roots in the rock & roll style and can contain any form of music like urban, rock, dance, country, and Latin. You can listen to this music form by listening to songs by some famous artists like Britney Spears, Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga and especially the “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson.

Top 10 genres of Music Industry (part 1)

A genre of music is a conventional category which identifies the music pieces belonging to a set of conventions or a shared tradition. Music can be separated into distinct genres and in different ways. The classification of music are usually controversial and subjective, and some music genres may overlap with each other.

Here are the top 10 genres of music currently:

  1. Electronic Dance Music

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is the music form produced by DJs who add many tones to a piece of original music to create their unique music. You can hear this genre of music mostly in clubs. In the early twenties, EDM was known as Jamaican dub music, the disco music of Giorgio Moroder, the electronic music of Kraftwerk, or the Yellow Magic Orchestra, and etc.

  1. Rock Music

Rock, originated as Rock & Roll in the U.S., has rocked all the world since the 50s. Although Rock started around string instruments, now it also uses some other modern instruments. Therefore, it is someway difficult to give this genre of music an accurate definition. Having strong and loud beats, it is more popular and favored among the youths. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bill Haley are three of the rock stars who have popularized the culture of rock music. And the rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Metallica, Nirvana, and The Doors are the modern rock bands who have taken the culture of rock by storm.

  1. Jazz Music

Jazz is identified with blue and swing notes. Jazz has roots both in the European and West African culture. It is said to be “One of the original art forms of America” and boasts a unique mixture of coactions, creativity, and interactivity. Originating in the late 19th century, this music genre has played a significant role in introducing many women performers such as Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters, and Abbey Lincoln.

 

 

How To Make Your Children Love Music

Music has many benefits for your children. It is believed to be an important part of their development. It is a great stress reliever and helps them to express themselves.

To develop a love and appreciation for music takes more than just learning it. In order to get your children to appreciate the full benefits and the impact on their lives of music, you should follow these instructions.

Is Appreciation for Music Needed?

In reality, the answer is yes.

Music can be said to be a universal language with no boundaries. It helps to open the doors into the periods in history and other cultures also. Mostly everyone is affected by music.

You can teach your children to develop an open mind by teaching them to appreciate different music types. By this way, you can also teach them that cultural boundaries are not the walls to keep people out. Music helps them to develop necessary social skills, therefore, to have more opportunities in life.

Start Early

The love of music can start when a child is in the womb because he can listen and learn while in the womb. Although music probably won’t increase immediately your child’s IQ, if being done in moderation, it can make a healthy effect on him when he is born.

Once being born, the mind of a child is a sponge, so you should expose them to different music types. Soothing music is probably the best type to start out with.

Continue Their Education

When they get old enough, you can introduce tools to your children. There are several ways for you to do this.

Toys: Give your children musical toys or instruments that are designed for their age. They can be a great music learning tool.

Apps: There are a lot of apps to teach music to your children. Make sure you know well about the apps before you download them.

Classes: If you feel that your children are ready, sign them up for a music class. There are some sites such as LessonRating.com that can help you find teachers to teach your children how to sing, play instruments, and read sheet music.

Let Them Make Their Own Decisions

When your children get old enough to decide their own music tastes, let them explore what’s available for themselves. The important point of teaching kids to appreciate and love music is to make them be able to discover new things about the world and themselves. The only way to do that is to let them keep trying new things.