Music Stores: More Than a Business

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When you go to a music store, there is a feeling of endless posibilities and as if you are were you belong as a musician. Of course it also depends on which store you find yourself in, but in many cases, it’s not just about selling products, it’s more about a community, where musicians can… Read more »

Music History: Japan

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Despite all the connections and relationships between different cultures, there is still a big difference between the east and the west mostly between Western culture and Asian culture. While music is a place to share a universal language, there are many interesting differences in the way music developed since many centuries ago. According to britannica.com… Read more »

More Than Just Music Videos

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For a long time music videos have been a part of the music industry, many times as part of the whole promotional plan or to broaden the artistic value of the music. Golden Age of Music Videos Before MTV first launched in 1981, music videos where out in the world, but it wasn’t until they… Read more »

Virtuoso Performance and Composition

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Being a virtuoso has a lot to do with something that is near magical, sometimes some techniques and compositions come from a place that can hardly be copied, that’s why is so easy to know when someone is being replaced in a band, someone that really made it shine, and the new person filling the… Read more »

Melodies as a Time Machine

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Music has it’s way of getting to people through feelings in a very strong way, and those melodies are also timeless in way. Everyone has felt some nostalgia or flashbacks whenever a certain song is played, we see memories and feel what we felt in a specific moment or part of our lives and that… Read more »

Sounds of a Generation

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Sometimes a movement happens, and it leaves a mark in history through its consequences in culture, politics, art and literature, some of these movements were the Beat generation and the hippies during the Vietnam war in the United States. It just so happens that these important moments in history were also accompanied by music that… Read more »

Why I Disagree With David Grohl

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by Jamey Mann, Catoctin School of Music “David Grohl Proves You Don’t Need Lessons to Rock” While surfing YouTube for new music and educational videos for my students I was dismayed to find the titled video above. I was hoping that the title sarcasm and the video would offer some insight in the work it… Read more »

Music as a Language

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Many musicians and people in general believe that music can express many things and thus it can even be considered a language. David Ludden from psychologytoday.com says: Like language, music has syntax—rules for ordering elements—such as notes, chords, and intervals—into complex structures. Yet none of these elements has meaning on its own. Rather, it’s the… Read more »

Music in Times of War

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History has taught us that music is an art form that can make its way into every place and context there are ears to listen, this includes celebrations, complement other art forms, entertainment, politics and even war. There have been many events throughout history that have taken advantage of the power of music, as in… Read more »

Pop Music

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What do we know by pop music? Popular music has changed over time, as all things there are trends, and people’s common interest change. One day Liszt is known by everyone and loved by everyone and the other few people know him while they listen to Bruno Mars and Kanye West. First of all, there… Read more »