Category Archives: Music

The Evolution of New Wave Music – Part 2

As New Wave made itself known in the U.S., two well-known middle-class new journals (‘Newsweek’ and ‘Time’) both featured front page stories on the New Wave/Punk movement. New Wave had truly arrived in America, although critics offered mixed reviews, being somewhere unsure about the transition.

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The Evolution of New Wave Music – Part 1

The term “New Wave” was first uttered in the mid-late 1970’s as another way of describing Punk music. Punk originated as a way of countering the self-indulgent, blood, machinations of the big progressive rock groups with a short but uber-successful shelf life. The U.S.A. saw New Wave as being something of a fad.

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The History of Country Music – Part 2

Honky tonk music originally developed in the 40’s in honky tonk bars near Texan oil fields. Honky tonk acts typically included drums, stand-up bass, fiddle, pedal steel guitar, and acoustic guitar, and the songs tended to be about pain, heartbreak, love, and loneliness.

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The History of Country Music – Part 1

Country music was among the earliest genres in American popular music, with the very earliest style being old-time music. It evolved in the American’s southeastern states as a combination of African American blues, church music, and folk music from the British Isles. It was performed on such instruments as the banjo, fiddle, autoharp, mandolin, and the acoustic guitar. Old-time music […]

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The Slow Foxtrot – The Most Famous Ballroom Dance in History

The Foxtrot is a famous ballroom dance that has been around for decades. For those familiar with ballroom dancing stars, the dancer Fred Astaire is a well-known name. Fred Astaire with his partner Ginger Rogers is said to be the best at the Foxtrot. The dance is meant to compliment Astaire’s smooth dancing ability. When audiences saw his performances, other […]

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The History and Evolution of Ska Music

Music is discovered continuously in the most unusual of places, from bathrooms to your nan’s living room. As a type of music that makes use of all the styles of music, Ska mainly originated in Jamaica. The form primarily comprises of American jazz mixed with R&B. Ska is considered to be punk music but a lot slower with brass and […]

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Music Styles and Genres That Are Perfect for Weddings

Getting married is one of the most important and perfect occasions in a person’s life. Apart from the hundreds of activities planned for the wedding, most people forget about the music that would be played during the entire event until the last minute. Apart from the actual ceremony music, people usually opt for bands to come and play for a […]

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The Different African American Music Styles That Set the Trend

Jazz, Blues, Funk, RnB and Gospel music and all the styles in between are driven by African American origins. The musical instruments that are used in producing African American music like the Banjo and Drums have been used across several styles, to create the rhythm and beat that is associated with foot-tapping music. Music has a strong ability to connect […]

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Artists Who Influenced Soul Music

African American music made a big impact on the music lovers around the world. A fitting name to describe the genre was Soul. The late 1950s, saw the rise of Soul music artists with the rising popularity of gospel music in the African American churches. The song originates from the times when slavery was predominant in America. The Africans were […]

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The Right Guitar Techniques and Style of Music to Learn

Some of the greatest songs serve as inspiration for people to start playing the guitar. Watching their favourite guitarist rip across the fret, leaves enthusiasts wanting to be just like their heroes. To any seasoned guitarist, this is perhaps the first step to learning the instrument – the fascination. Even if you have never touched an instrument before, the guitar is […]

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