Saturday, May 29, 2010

Metalcore Bands

If you play in a
metal band then the music is likely to be loud. Therefore you need to protect your ears with some ear plugs. If you continue to play without ear protection then it is possible to end up with Tinnitus which is simply ringing in the ear. And this ringing could be constantly.

If you play in a metal band then you need inspiration. This could be by  Listening to Other Metal Bands and wearing the band t-shirts.

For example Australian Metalcore Bands such as:
~ I Killed the Prom Queen

I Killed The Prom Queen (initally called Child Left Burning ) was formed in 2000 and are from Adelaide, South Australia. They were one of the first Australian metalcore bands to reach a wider audience. They are vegans and are against animal cruelty.

~ Parkway Drive

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Parkway Drive was formed in 2002 and are from Byron Bay, New South Wales.

~ Switchblade

This band played during the years 2001 - 2011 and were from Sydney, Australia.

~ The Red Shore

The Red Shore was formed in 2004 and are from Melbourne, Victoria.

~ Daysend

Daysend was fromed in 2002 and are from Sydney, Australia.

~ Carpathian

~ The Valley

The Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia

The photo represents members of The Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia, one of a handful of recorder orchestras in the United Kingdom. The group consists of a range of ages from school aged to retired who love to play music together. They meet weekly and perform at concerts. Look at the range of recorders played.

Take a Look Here to view the recorder types this orchestra uses plus the range of notes each recorder plays in relation to a piano keyboard.

Does this stimulate you to take up one or more recorder types? Many people play more than one.Why not pick up a Recorder Here or Here! Up to An Additional 15% OFF! Exp. 8/1/11

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bass String Instruments

~ at left
~ is the bass member of the viol family

Double Bass
~ at right
~ is the bass member of the violin or string family

Spot the difference


These are a group of bowed, string instruments developed in the Renaissance period ( 14th to 16th centuries ) and then superceded by the violin or string family. However the instruments are revived today for performance of early music.

Viols came in four different sizes, just like the modern string family and were called treble, alto tenor and bass. A group of viols was called a consort or chest which usually consisted of six instruments. A wealthy family often had a chest of viols.

They resembled that of a later violin but had flat back, ridges called frets, and C-shaped soundholes. Notice this difference in the above pictures of the violone and double bass.

They usually had six strings but some had five strings eg french viols.

The bow had a large outward curve and was held above the hand as opposed to the violin where the bow was held below the hand. Fingers controlled the tension of the horse-hair.

All viols were played downwards with the smaller ones resting on the knees and the larger ones resting between the legs. They produced a thin tone.

In the 18th century, the violin took over from the VIOL as people preferred the louder sounds that it produced.

If you are interested in making sounds on the DOUBLE BASS then you need an INSTRUMENT and SHEET MUSIC

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cello Sounds

There were a number of cellists through the ages who have created great sounds on the cello. 

Here are just a few:

Jean-Pierre Duport (1741-1818), Pablo Casals (1876-1973), Pierre Fournier (1906-1986) ,Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987), Julian
Lloyd Webber (1951) picture to right

Cello sounds can be heard in a variety of settings which gives the player interesting music to play. You can find cellists playing

~ in the orchestra: there are a variety of different orchestras - a symphony orchestra has 8 - 12 players

~ as a soloist: in concerto with orchestral backing or on own

~ in chamber music: traditional string quartets and other ensembles like trios, quintets 

~ popular and jazz music: this is less common than classical music

~ bluegrass and folk music

If you have not got a cello you may want to learn to create some great sounds or know someone who does. Then you need a CELLO

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sound-Colours of a Violin

Violins vary in quality and a violinist varies the wrist movement as he or she presses on the strings and on the way the strings are stopped. Hence the tone or sound-colour varies depending on instrument and player.

If a player wants a warm tone then vibrato is used ie the wavering of fingers on the strings. If a player wants a loud, harsh sound, he plays with the bottom of the bow, called a heel. A hollow sound can be obtained by drawing the bow very near the bridge. A softer tone can be produced by placing a mute ( small piece of wood or metal that lessons string vibrations)on the bridge. An effect called pizzicato is produced by plucking the strings with the fingers instead of using the bow.

If you have a violin you are most likely using these techniques. But why not grab some MUSIC to really enjoy yourself.

If you have not got a violin you may want to learn or know someone who does.

Then you need a VIOLIN


Have fun with the sound-colours of a violin.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Two Fabulous Music Stores

Let's Go Shopping at:

1. Sonatina's Music Store
2. The Store

You can play your instrument in Small Groups, such as a band or chamber group or a larger group,such as an orchestra; all of which provide great outlet for musicians.

Small Group examples:

1. Metalcore Bands eg Parkway Drive - seen below

2. In Chamber Groups eg

a. A wind quintet which consists of 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 oboe, 1 bassoon and 1 french horn.

3. A string quartet which consists of 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello.

2.The Store

The Store has one of the most amazing collections of licensed logo band merchandise available online. At the Store you will find men's and women's t-shirts and hoodies, posters and fabric posters, infant and toddler apparel, hats and caps, backpacks and wallets, patches and magnets, stickers and buttons, wristbands and belts, jewelry and key chains, towels and blankets, guitar picks and shoelaces.

They fill all USA orders within 1 business day with USPS Priority Mail.

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