• Music Styles and Genres That Are Perfect for Weddings

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    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 […]

  • The Different African American Music Styles That Set the Trend

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    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 […]

  • Artists Who Influenced Soul Music

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    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 […]

  • The Right Guitar Techniques and Style of Music to Learn

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    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 […]

  • The Folk and Flavour Behind the Ukulele

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    There are so many instruments that you can choose to learn. However, almost everyone is drawn to the beautiful folk style of the ukulele. The ukulele has only 4 strings and is an easier choice when it comes to mastering. People also find that the ukulele is very easy to manage when compared to a large guitar mainly because of […]

  • Where Did the Blues Come From? Origins of the Blues Music Genre

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    The blues is a musical form that came from within the Deep South in the late 1800s after the civil war; especially Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. Although the origins of the blues genre are as American as you can get, its roots are steeped in tragedy, thus how the style got its name. Slavery and the Blues Hundreds of years […]

  • The Evolution of Persian and Middle Eastern Music

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    Music was used in the Persian empire predominantly in rituals and for the entertainment of the king. The history of the music goes back hundreds of years before Christ, according to the earliest record. Some of the musical instruments that were used are harps, flutes and drums.  The oldest system of music in Middle East was called the Khosravani. It […]

  • The Gift of Music for Health and Healing

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    Music is all around us in many forms. In nature, we hear birds singing, a brook babbling, crickets and frogs chirping in harmony. If you listen carefully, rain falling on a roof can sound like planned rhythm. Music has existed for as long as man, perhaps even before. In ancient times, people gathered around to sing and accompanied their songs […]

Where Did the Blues Come From? Origins of the Blues Music Genre

The blues is a musical form that came from within the Deep South in the late 1800s after the civil war; especially Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. Although the origins of the blues genre are as American as you can get, its roots are steeped in tragedy, thus how the style got its name. Slavery and the Blues Hundreds of years of slavery brought field hollers, spirituals and work songs with it. African American’s expressed their sufferings and hope through music that became known as the blues. It’s generally known that the blues came from old African forms of music combined with the styles of country dance and revivalist hymns. Unfortunately, most of the earliest forms of it went to the graves with the first slaves and sharecroppers. Back in those days, it was not possible to record it for all of posterity. The earliest recorded forms of the blues that we have are from the 1920s. If you’re interested in hearing some, look for artists like: Leadbelly Charlie Patton Son House Blind Lemon Jefferson The Blues Goes Mainstream A man named W.C. Handy helped raise public awareness of the blues genre in 1912. He transcribed and published sheet music for...

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The Evolution of Persian and Middle Eastern Music

Music was used in the Persian empire predominantly in rituals and for the entertainment of the king. The history of the music goes back hundreds of years before Christ, according to the earliest record. Some of the musical instruments that were used are harps, flutes and drums.  The oldest system of music in Middle East was called the Khosravani. It was developed by Barbad, a musician of the courts of the king. The origins of Persian music are recorded to have existed even before Islam. There are drawings of people playing the harp and huge tambourines, which is the only evidence of the music. Other instruments that were depicted in the drawings are lutes and double flutes. Once Islam arrived, music became a very important part of the Islamic civilization. While the instruments that were used in the past, are used to this day, the sound of the music has evolved over the years. Through different invasions of Persia, music was attempted to be squashed. However, the instruments and musical traditions survived. In today’s Persia, Persian music has been mixed up with other genres to produce beautiful folk and alternative music. When East Meets the West The classical music of...

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The Gift of Music for Health and Healing

Music is all around us in many forms. In nature, we hear birds singing, a brook babbling, crickets and frogs chirping in harmony. If you listen carefully, rain falling on a roof can sound like planned rhythm. Music has existed for as long as man, perhaps even before. In ancient times, people gathered around to sing and accompanied their songs with clapping, using their bodies as instruments. Music, in all its glorious variety, is still a fundamental part of every culture in the world, including tribal groups which are isolated from the rest of society. In fact, in some places, musicians are elevated to god-like status. But why is it so important that it seems ingrained into our very being? Music is influential on our brains and many of its cognitive functions. Brain health, intelligence, mood, learning, focus and age are all improved through music. It is a gift for our well-being. Music sensibility is as fundamental to humans as language is. Music and the Brain Scientists say that music stimulates more of our brain than anything else. It has the power to change the structure of the brain through a process called epigenetics. In fact, the brains of musicians...

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The Music That Emerged from Under the Ground and Lit-up Hearts

Alternative rock is a genre of rock music that confused, yet, enthralled listeners who were used to the usual rock music, that they were used to.  The huge popularity of the genre laid hidden for a long time but was known by ardent music fans worldwide. When the media and larger audience caught whiff of the interesting tones and styles, that the genre produced, there was a craving for more. Much of the music that was produced in the underground like punk and alternative rock was not considered normal, at a time, when there were predominant artists producing, familiar music. However, it is these underground jewels that lay the foundation for, what we call, popular music today. The Beginning of The Underground Era In the 1980s, is when underground artists started emerging and gaining popularity. Indie artists such as Stone Roses and Happy Mondays started producing unique music and people loved it. Soon mainstream media picked up on their gems and started airing them for everyone to enjoy. With this new introduction, bands such as Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins started making a name for themselves. By the 90s there were many more artists that started emerging producing music that was...

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Top Music Genres and Their Origins

There are now over 1,700 sub-genres of music after the proliferation in the 20th century. New sub-genres are usually based on existing ones and created by mixing or modifying them. There are way too many genres to list them all here, but let’s look at the nine most popular music genres, their history, and their classification. What is a Music Genre? A genre is a way to categorize music according to a particular set of conventions or traditions. It is not the same as musical style or form. Music genres have three variables which define it: Valence: The emotional feeling of the song. Arousal: The energy level of the song. Depth: The songs emotional depth level. Keep in mind that music genres often overlap. Since music is a creative field, genre classifications are subjective depending on the listener as well. Not everyone will have the same reaction to a given song. And without further ado, here’s the list of the top nine genres in popular music: Blues The blues originated in the deep south with African Americans. Deep and soulful sounds and enchanting lyrics capture the attention of the audience. Year of the genre’s conception can be placed at around...

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