Why you child should learn to play an instrument

Why you child should learn to play an instrument

Music is one of the universal language that appeals to all, studies have shown that even before a child is born, music in form of the mother’s voice and from other external sources, is one of the things that they positively respond to and helps them grow. Outside the womb, it is advisable to not only let a child listen to and enjoy music, but also learn how to make music through the study and mastery of a musical instrument.

To an average person, a child learning to play a guitar or piano may seem harrowing, but the truth of the matter is that it is not. There have been proven benefits to this experience and top on the list is that it aids in brain development. The ability to play an instrument directly affects the automatic processing of the brainstem, the segment of the brain that controls all motor and sensory information.

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The ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius of 1721

Check out this video of the Lady Blunt a 1721 Stradivarius violin

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Top selling instruments

Top selling instruments

Music is a vital part of culture and society; being a way for people to express themselves and entertain others. For this reason, more people are investing in music classes. One can tell which instruments are most popular by looking at the top selling instruments. A very popular instrument around the world is the guitar, which can be either electric or acoustic. For learning purposes, the acoustic guitar is recommended. This string instrument is used in almost every popular song, and is largely associated with rock music. Many people buy guitars because knowledge of the instrument forms a basis to learn to play the base guitar a lot faster than usual.

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Are Competitions Hitting The Right Note?

As Simon Cowell launches another singing competition this fall, we will watch as talents are discovered and dreams are crushed. There is no denying the entertainment value of these shows but are they simply a fun distraction from life’s stresses or do they have an impact on the future of the music industry?

The demographic for these shows encompass a wide age range due to their family-friendly nature. They offer dramatic stories of people overcoming adversity to pursue their dream.
For many families, this provides a great opportunity to discuss their own dreams

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Electrophonic instruments

Electrophonic instruments generate their sounds by electronic means. The sound reproduction is often faithful to the instrument the equipment is trying to reproduce. However, although the electrophonic instruments allow for a more stable tone, they do not always allow for the greatest amount of creativity on the part of a musician.

The electronic keyboard, made popular by many rock and alternative bands in the 1980s is perhaps the best known instrument of this type. Trumpets, flutes, trombones and even the bagpipes have electrophonic versions. Keyboards can also imitate the sound of many other instruments. The range of sounds artificially reproduced by keyboards depends on the electronics on keyboard.

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Morphtable instruments

The use of morphtable instruments can be simply stated as enabling computer generated music to attempt the nuances of music made by an instrument like a piano. A piano played by a musician can sound different depending on the musician even if the same piano is used. Each player might have differences in his timing and in his striking of the piano keys. Similarly, morphtable instruments although based on computers generating the music can also be interacted by the musician who is using the 3D computer music technology. Just as a musical instrument has various sounds depending on the player so does the computer generated musical technology depending on the player. Variations depending on player add another dimension to computer generated music which involves knowledge of musical scores as well as computer inputting techniques. A musical score can be written on morphtable instruments that can be as unique as the individual who is doing the recording of the musical score.

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The Most Expensive Guitar in the World

Guitar and music fans, do you know what the most expensive guitar in the world is? No, it is no longer “Blackie,” the guitar played by Eric Clapton during the middle portion of his career. Despite the fact of its sale for $950,000 to a guitar archaeologist in 2004. Currently, the world’s most expensive guitar is a Strat electric guitar signed by famous musicians including, but not limited to Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Sting, Def Leppard and Bryan Adams (coordinator of the project).

The Strat guitar was originally donated to the charity ‘Reach out to Asia.’ An auction was used to sell the guitar to Qatar’s royal family, which generated around $1 million. On November 16, 2005 the guitar was purchased at an auction in Doha, Qatar, for around $2.7 million. The auction in Qatar had several famous bidders, including former United States President, Bill Clinton. When all was said and done, the guitar technically sold for $3.7 million, when you figure its original selling price of $1 million to the royal family and the $2.7 million it brought at the latest auction in 2005. Not bad for a guitar signed by several famous musicians. Who would have ever thought that a guitar signed by famous musicians, but not actually used on stage could out shine that of “Blackie,” the guitar actually used by the ever so famous Eric Clapton.

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History of Musical Instruments

Mankind has been making and using musical instruments in one form or another for thousands of years.

Early humans first discovered the art of making sound on the drum. The first drums were hollow logs, and the sounds may have been made as early long distance communication. The drums later were made by stretching animal skins over wood and gourds. These drums could produce different ranges of sounds.

On a 5000 year old cave wall, an ancient guitar like instrument is depicted. This stringed musical instrument very much resembles more modern guitars and lutes. It is very obvious in the drawing as to what it is used for. A man, his dog, and his guitar all together in the one well preserved painting. The Lyre another very early guitar ancestor is mentioned frequently in the Bible, showing it to have a history of 3000 years or more.
The early Greeks played a variety of instruments including the lyre, the phorminx an even more guitar like stringed instrument, the 12 string khitaris and a variety of wind instruments made mainly from conch shells. The drums had evolved and were made of metal, wood, gourds and more. Brass instruments were developed many thousands of years ago, where ancient drawings show people blowing into a trumpet like creation. The ancient Israeli priests used silver trumpets as part of their ritual.

Music has been a long time part of human tradition. Instruments not too distant from the ones we use today, can be seen all throughout history.

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