January 2014 / 29 posts found

Boss Major Salute: Hustler, Lover, and Brooklyn Representer

by Helmut Eder
New rapper from Brooklyn, Boss Major Salute, has many different sides. Read about how they transfer into his music. Read More »

Keyboard and Guitar Amplifier – A Beginner’s Guide

by Helmut Eder
Learning to play a musical instrument can be an extremely rewarding experience and can bring you years of satisfaction. Even though many people start learning to play an instrument when they are young, there is absolutely no age restriction. Read More »

Play Guitar Chords Faster With This Tip

by Helmut Eder
Let’s talk a bit about guitar chords and why it’s important to learn the basic chord shapes using the correct fingers. Now that last statement could certainly cause some questions, and there may also be some arguments as to proper fingering of chords. So let me just say right now, the “rules” I’m going to lay down should be looked at as general guidelines for playing guitar chords. There will be exceptions, as there often is in ALL areas of life. Remember people, there isn’t a whole lot in this world that you can count on being 100% one way […]

How to Improve Singing Through Essential Vocal Warm-Up Techniques

by Helmut Eder
There are many ways that a vocalist can begin to learn how to improve singing. Professional vocalists know that the easiest way to perfect and improve their voice begins with learning essential vocal warm-up techniques. There are many vocal warm-ups that you can practice to ensure that all the muscles in your vocal tract are engaged and prepared to vocalize with peak performance. However, your body functions as a whole instrument for your voice. As a unit, your body requires that you warm-up all muscle groups in order for all your muscle groups are prepared to support your voice as […]

Free Your Neck, Jaw and Tongue to Strengthen Your Voice

by Helmut Eder
Which muscles do you use when you sing? If you answered, “vocal cords,” you’re partially right. The vocal cords are muscular bands that rapidly adduct to create a buzzing sound, the basis of speech and singing. Read More »

The Elements of Music

by Helmut Eder
Whether you’re a music lover or learning a musical instrument- knowing about the elements of music can help you maintain a lifelong love of music. Let me introduce you to the elements of duration, dynamics, structure, tempo, pitch, and timbre. Read More »

For Love Of The Guitar – Part 4

by Helmut Eder
I could finally listen to a song on the radio and think, “Yea, I can play that!”. I learned the basic chords and rhythm to “Free Bird”, “Dear John” by Taylor Swift (You laugh that a grown man is playing this song, but it is actually good for practicing your rhythm), “Wild Thing”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “The Weight” by The Band, “Wild Horses” and many more. Read More »

Are Melodious Songs Departing From Bollywood?

by Helmut Eder
When I hear the word ‘Melody’, names like Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigaam and Shaan come to my mind. Since my childhood, I have grown up listening to their soulful compositions created by ace Bollywood music directors. They had a romantic appeal in them, which used to strike an instant chord in the listener’s mind. Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to Mixing: EQ and Compression

by Helmut Eder
After do your rough volume and panning mix, it is time to move on to EQ. This is where a good chunk of the time goes into the actual mixing of a song. Finding the correct frequencies to boost and cut, and how much on each instrument is vital to getting the ideal mix. Read More »

The Evolution of the Modern DJ

by Helmut Eder
There has been a long and interesting evolution of the disc jockey, from radio record spinner to club DJ. Modern day artists now create new sounds from existing music for many occasions. Read More »
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