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Famous Musicians of Harlem Renaissance

The African-Americans gained new-found freedom through the renaissance and expressed it through the form of music and jazz. The musicians and singers formed The Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom, which didn’t just attract the black crowd, but also the white people as much, making African-American music a rage in the 1920s.

Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington (29th April, 1899 – 24th May, 1974)

Ellington was an African-American music composer, pianist, band leader, and the 20th century’s best-known artist. He brought many great artists together and formed one of the most well-known orchestral units in the history of jazz musicians. He recorded for many famous American record companies and acted in several films as well. Ellington earned 13 Grammy awards from 1959 to 2000 for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Best Jazz Performance By A Big Band, etc. He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame awards for several performances, including Mood Indigo (1931), It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing – 1932), Cocktails for Two (1934), amongst many others. Among the many honors he received for promoting music, a new coin featuring him was launched

History of Rock and Roll Music

The development of rock and roll music has always been inextricably linked to the technological development in the field of recording and sound engineering, as well as development in the instruments themselves. The invention of the electric guitar in 1932 was crucial for the conception of rock and roll.
Rock and roll is a widely variable music style, incorporating many sounds and including many genres. It began, in a form that is recognizable today, in the 1950s.
It was always an inclusive genre, having originated from an indiscernible mix of jazz, blues, swing, and country music. Its proto-forms were known as ‘race music’, due to the predominance of black artists. However, the success of white artists such as Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, and Elvis Presley made liking rock and roll mainstream.
Some of the most influential early artists in the rock and roll genre were Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, etc. All these artists were rooted in jazz and blues traditions.

It is difficult to pinpoint one particular song as the first ever rock and roll

How Does Music Affect Teens

The Affect Music Has On Different Teens.
Music is something that every person has his or her own specific opinion about. Different people have different taste, and various types of music have many ways of leaving an impact on someone. It can be relaxing, angering, soothing, energizing, and many more.
There are so many types of music out there today. Rap, pop, rock, country, indie, alternative, hardcore are some of the abundant types in the world. Music sends out either good or bad messages that have big impacts on how people act. People usually become friends with others who have a same taste in music as the rest of the people they hangout with, or it can be vice versa. People may not want to associate with people who have different tastes in music because they’ll argue about what they think is better but its just their own opinions.
Rap and Rock music are two very important types of music in the world. They both send out different messages and help kids. The lyrics sung or rapped by the artists can be things going on in their

Reasons Why Women Love to Date Musicians

Women, what is it about men with picks in their grasp and drums at their feet, that we can’t help? How can it be that we’re so goddamn pulled in to anybody holding or strumming a guitar? Why do we give men who can read music quite a lot more acceptance?

They are Kids at Heart
Just because they write serious, soul searching songs, doesn’t mean they are going to behave like grown-ups 24/7. These masterminds love engaging in their favorite sports, playing video games, or listening to various types of music to unwind. They will always poke fun and joke around with the guys, and there’s rarely a boring moment when around them.

They Have Great Concentration Power
Musicians concentrate until they are done with a particular segment of music. Concentration is in their genes, and it percolates to their private lives too, making them devoted lovers. About the common view that men fall through their eyes and women through their ears, musicians are able to make an exception; they tend to process both auditory as well as visual cues, thus making women believe musicians listen and understand them more.

They Write Songs and

Jazz musician famous

Jazz music is characterized by its liveliness accompanied by strong and complex rhythms. It originated during the early years of the 20th century in the African-American community. Instruments like the saxophone, piano, trumpet, and clarinet are typically used in jazz music. The basis of jazz music has much of its roots present in blues and improvisational music. The lyrics are about every day events and feelings.

Popular American music of the time such as soul, funk, and R&B, played a very important role in changing the feel and theme of jazz music along the years. This is another reason why, jazz has evolved tremendously over the years and can be credited to have led to the creation of other music genres. This Buzzle article mentions some of the famous jazz musicians of all time.

Art Tatum
The God: Of Piano
(October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956)
In 1989, he was posthumously bestowed the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Arthur “Art” Tatum, Jr. was born with cataracts which left him completely blind in one eye and spared very little sight in the other. Both his parents were musicians and he was raised listening to gospel music. Arthur

Ways to Write a Rap Song

Initially, a domain which exclusively belonged to African-Americans, rap is gaining worldwide popularity as people from all races and cultures get down and start rapping. Rap, ideally when written, should exude a fascinating blend of poetry, doubled up with impressive wordplay. The legendary rapper Tupac considered himself more of a poet than a rapper.

♫ The Basics ♫
Rapping has two main aspects: the words and the beat. Hence, one should understand the beat and the rhythm, and should be able to work their way through it. In case you are not able to create a beat on your own initially, there are several beat machines that will create the beat for you along with a steady bass line. Eventually, you should be able to make the beat yourself!

To get the words right, get a grip on the phonetics! Learn what words rhyme with each other. And over time, you will also learn how to turn non-rhyming words into rhymes – ‘wordplay’. It’s all about twisting the pronunciations of the word to fit the song.

♫ The Scheme ♫
How should a song ‘go’? Well most songs are structured as: verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, breakdown, chorus, and an

History of the Melodious Indian Music

Music is truly one of the most expressive art forms, which has a universal appeal. As long as you can feel the rhythm and the harmony of the beats, you can comprehend and enjoy any type of music around the world. Indian music inherits a rich musical culture, and is replete with rhythm, harmony, and emotion.

History of Indian Music

It dates back to the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC, during the Indus valley civilizations. Archaeological studies have validated the presence of several musical instruments like harps and drums during this era. The Samaveda which is one of the four Vedas (scriptures) that include hymns and descriptions of Indian music. The Samaveda states that music originated as a tool for meditation and spiritual awakening. The era starting from 1500 BC to 500 BC witnessed the Vedic music. Vedic music was supposed to be closely intertwined with the Vedic religion, since music was an imperative element of the religious Vedic rituals.

Vedic music was mainly played for two reasons – please the Gods and as an accompaniment to the sacrificial offerings in the Vedic rituals. The prominent instruments of the Vedic era include veena, tunav, dundubhi, bhoomi-dundubhi, and talav. The Rigveda contains

History of Traditional Japanese Music

Traditional Japanese music is very diverse. While music was once primarily confined to live concert performances and operas, the introduction of the radio, and later television helped bring it into the homes of the public.

There are essentially two basic types of traditional Japanese music, namely folk music and art music. This article mainly focuses on the art form of music. Art music has many different styles, each being established in different periods in Japanese history. These time-honored styles have been well maintained by the Japanese over the years with only a few modifications. In the history of music, vocal music has always played a very important role, more so than instrumental music. Apart from this, the music was developed as a part of drama like Bunraku, Noh, and Kabuki.


The first significant development that took place was during the Heian Period (794 – 1192 AD). This is the period in which music that was popular amongst the common people was being sophisticated. All the different types of music from various other Asian countries were assimilated and then modified to acquire certain distinct Japanese characteristics.

Gagaku was the type of music that was performed at the court and was popular with

Why is Music Important

Mary Anne Evans or George Eliot as she is more popularly known, was a creative person who believed in the power of music and how it affects us as individuals. And that is a truth that all of us will agree with. From moments of extreme grief to times when we experience ecstatic happiness, our one constant is music. As a race we have long shared our story with music. It is so intertwined with our lives that it is impossible to actually trace its history. It has been around since the first rhythmic thumping of feet that was recognized by human beings. Maybe that is the reason why it is such an integral and important part of our life.

Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Why is music important to human beings? There is no objective answer to this question. The importance of music is different in every individual’s life. It inspires people and allows us to get in touch with our emotions in a way that is unique. For those amongst us who find it difficult

Does Music help you sleep ?

Did You Know?
Max Richter’s ‘Sleep’ is a cradle song, termed as ‘my personal lullaby for a frenetic world’ by him. This eight-hour piece includes pieces that will take you into a trance-like state, and holds the record for being the longest live broadcasted composition of music.
It is a well-known fact that most Americans have trouble getting enough sleep. In fact, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), 40 millions Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Sleep deprivation can have serious repercussions; it can affect memory, decision-making abilities, and overall mental health.

As babies, most of us went off into dreamland peacefully listening to lullabies. But can music help adults sleep as well? Well, the answer is yes, and no. Music may not make you sleep, but it can definitely help you sleep.
Music And Sleep
The International Journal of Nursing published a study of 557 adults suffering from sleep disorders. In this study, music was played when they were sleeping. Over a short period of time, improvement in the sleep quality of most individuals was seen. In certain cases, there was no significant difference. Such cases may need a longer study to get

History of Funk Music

Funk was a danceable, rhythmic genre of music born from the amalgamation of soul music, soul jazz, and R&B. It reached the heights of its popularity in the 1970s, with artists like James Brown, Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone, and Parliament dominating the music charts. Funk was famous for its strange costumes, danceable beats, outrageous personalities, and lyrics. It brought the strong groove of drums and electric bass to the foreground, while giving less emphasis to melody and harmony. After entertaining the youth for a few decades, it further evolved by the fusion of other forms of music, creating more such inspirational music to entertain further ahead.


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Funk Music History

Funk derived its name from the vernacular of Jazz. The music was derived from R&B, disco, hip hop, liquid funk, soul music, jazz, blues, and psychedelic rock, and was born somewhere around the mid 1960s. This genre of music received its well-deserved popularity in ’70s and early ’80s. The legendary bassist James Jamerson from Motown brought the bass guitar to the forefront, making it more prominent, and separating other music forms from funk. The beats of fun were heavily based on

Types of Music Genres

What is music? For some a blissful experience to be enjoyed along with a glass of the finest red, for some a distraction during a boring treadmill session! Some would consider Beethoven’s piano sonatas a copyrighted property of the Lullaby Channel, some would struggle to pronounce ‘bougarabou’ (which is an African drum, by the way), and some would mock Indian classical music — the oldest surviving school of music — as sheer wailing!

Sounds never evoke the same emotions in different people. Thus, a comprehensive and universal definition of music is practically nonexistent. Having said that, some would consider it an exercise in futility to go ahead and try to define a list of musical genres. Fortunately, while some maintain that sounds such as a car horn and a crash of a falling plate constitute genres in themselves, the rest of the world has been sensible enough to discern musical genres from mere noise.

What is a genre?

A genre is a group of styles of music having a common tradition or common fundamental values. It can be likened to a genus in taxonomy, which is constituted by animals sharing a common evolutionary ancestor and having some distinct anatomical

Ways to Rap Better

Today rap is one of the most popular forms of music. Once limited to areas of the Bronx, and to the African Americans alone, this genre has grown more and more popular, and is now loved by so many people all over the world. Rap is no longer restricted to being just a cult genre of music. It is now a worldwide phenomenon.

Tips on Becoming a Better Rap Artist:

If you want to be the best, you got to feel like you’re the best. One of the most crucial parts in a rapper’s act is the confidence. If you’re going to the rap battles, confidence is the most important criteria on which you’ll be judged. So rap as if you haven’t a worry in the world.

Hear Yourself Rap
Take a simple voice recorder and record what you rap. Listen intently to how you rap and get some feedback from your friends. Rappers need to sound assertive. The assertiveness and the required amount of confidence will come by practicing it over and over again.

Widen Your Scope of Lyrics
To be a good rapper, you need to have a wider scope of lyrics. Broaden your understanding. Talk about more subjects.

Merengue Music Dance:History and Characteristics

Fast Fact
The first meringue song was supposedly written in 1844, which also marked the foundation of the Dominican Republic. It is a war song that makes sarcastic remarks about a soldier called Thomas Torres, who abandoned a battle and ran away from his fellow soldiers.
Merengue music as well as dance first originated in the 19th century, and has a typical Latin American flavor to it. This art form also has an African influence, and is the national dance of the Dominican Republic. Merengue was further popularized by the dictator of this nation, called Rafael Trujillo. In the early- to mid-twentieth century, he extensively promoted this music, which later on spread to other parts of Central America and also to the USA, where it was first introduced in New York city.

There always has been a controversy regarding the derivation of the name ‘merengue’. Some say that it has been derived from the French dessert confectionery called ‘meringue’, which is made up of sugar and egg-whites. This recipe has a ‘light and bubbly feel’ to it, which was compared to the same feature of merengue music-short, simple, and cyclic rhythm patterns. It is very similar to other Latin

History of the Soulful Gospel Music

While most hymns sung in churches around the world are based on canticles taken straight out of the Bible, gospel music is more personal and appeals to a majority of the crowd. It is soulful and has the ability to plunge you into an abyss of thought. Gospel itself means “Good News”, and gospel music is nothing but spreading this good news through soul-stirring music.

Gospel music is relatively easier to grasp and is filled with feeling and emotions that one can easily relate to. The theme for all gospel songs is the same, they resound the relationship with God. Talking from personal experience, gospel music has always managed to calm my tensed nerves, all because it comes from the depths of the human heart.

Gospel music doesn’t restrict itself to a particular genre of music, thus, it can be expressed in any of the music styles, including blues, jazz, reggae, and even rumba.

Roots of Gospel Music

Tracing back the roots of gospel music, it seems to fore-date the African tradition of oral communication. How is this remotely connected? Well, most African music was centered around daily activities including agriculture, hunting and war. Singing, automatically became a means to

Learn How to Play Piano Music

The piano is one good instrument for music lovers who may want to enter into the music industry professionally. It is believed that learning to play the piano is a good option for getting to know music throughout. Piano lessons most importantly focus on the basics of music such as staff notations, traditional tunes, and other techniques. And once a person is well acquainted with the fundamentals of piano music, he can possibly learn to play any kind of instrument. There are many methods to go by if you want to learn how to play the piano fast. The Internet has also made way for new learning techniques.

Learn How to Play Piano Music

Piano Tutor
Getting piano lessons is the most conventional method of learning to play the musical instrument. You can get in touch with a piano tutor in your neighbor and join classes. Just make sure you do a research with the tutor’s previous students regarding the quality of his lessons. This method is quite good if you want to learn the basics and that too by professional means.

Online Instructional Videos
The best part of online instructional videos is that you can learn almost every skill which

Different Types of Pianos

The first piano was invented in 1700 by an Italian harpsichord manufacturer named Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1700. Since then, the varieties and quality of pianos has increased by leaps and bounds, and although the basic design has remained the same, one can find pianos in many categories, which suit the purpose of the performer, depending on whether the player is using the instrument for personal entertainment at home or for a large audience at a concert.

Today, only two primary types of acoustic pianos are available, i.e., vertical and grand. Electric/digital pianos belong to a completely different category. The major difference between vertical and grand pianos is that, the actions and strings in the former are vertical, while in the latter they are horizontal, due to which the mechanics differ by a large margin, and feel different during play. Another significant difference is that vertical pianos do not possess a double escapement mechanism which permits the player to use various keys in rapid succession. Any key of a vertical piano has to return to the starting position before another key is played. Let us look at the various types of pianos in the vertical and grand categories, and see

History of Ska Music

The music genre of Ska originated in Jamaica during the late 1950s. It rose in popularity because its sound was heavily influenced by a diverse range of musical genres such as Jamaican mento and Caribbean folk styles such as calypso, American Soul, rhythm and blues (R&B), and swing. Since mento, a Jamaican folk music style, greatly shaped the sound of ska and reggae music, it can be called the base or foundation of Ska. This genre has been said to have evolved in three phases or waves during which time, the popularity of ska rose, and its sound changed dramatically. This Buzzle article discusses the history of ska music and its waves through the years.

♫ Characteristics
Ska music is upbeat and follows a 4/4 time progression, wherein the drumbeat focuses mainly on the 2nd and 4th beats, whereas the guitar dominates the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th beats in the bar.

♬ Ska Music History ♬

Jamaicans began to have increased access to radios post World War II and thus, were introduced to Caribbean calypso, steelpan and soca music from Trinidad and Tobago, and more American styles of music such as R&B and jazz. Popular

Ways Make a Catchy Jingle

An effective jingle is one of the best advertising strategies. Catchy lines that have a peppy tune are easily remembered. People hum these tunes, share them with each other, and in some time, these tunes go viral and become popular with the masses, leading to word-of-mouth publicity of the product(s) they are made for. Thus, a catchy jingle helps build a good customer base.

Due to elements such as rhyme, melody, a set pattern of words, or repeating phrases, a jingle is easily remembered. Didn’t we give tunes to plain sentences in order to be able to recall them easily during exams? That’s the method some of us used to mug up answers, didn’t we? The same principle applies to jingles. It is about giving a good tune to lyrical words, such that they become easy to remember. Obviously, having catchy and impactive words does help a lot.

As a jingle maker, you should be aware of this and have a basic sense of rhythm. You should be able to write well to come up with good words that can go together, be given a tune to, and best describe the product/service that the jingle is about. Making catchy jingles

Types of Music

No matter what the media ‘industry’ says or does, music shall always remain a form of art. Even when made solely for the purpose of getting rich, it still needs a source of expression. Every genre has a build-up and then a follow-up. Every style has its high point. Today we have such a large list of musical genres and styles, that it would be impossible for anyone to listen to every piece of music created even in a hundred lifetimes, let alone one! And that is why we make categories: to find a style that suits us and explore it as much as we can.

The music of the old days. The kind of music that most of us have forgotten, yet listen to everyday. Because most of what we hear now is derived from what the great classical composers created decades and centuries ago. The main categories in classical music are Orchestral music, Chamber music, and Opera.
We may think of classical music as what orchestras play in a giant auditorium, wearing black clothes, with a conductor frantically waving his staff about. That’s a very base description of something that the composers dedicated their lives