Archive for July, 2011
The choice of song to study and learn is crucial for those who are beginning blues guitar lessons. This will make it easier for you to understand how to learn playing blues guitar, as well as the music itself. Below are some of the recommended blues songs that you must study while starting out to speed up your transition from a novice to a blues expert.
Worried Life Blues (1941)
Maceo Merriweather wrote and recorded this song. The song took inspiration from Sleepy John Estes’ Someday Baby Blues but has since become one of the best known blues songs out there. In fact, many artists have covered this song to make their own version.
This song was written and recorded by famed blues artist Howling Wolf. When the song released to the UK in 1964 courtesy of Pye Records, the song reached the top 50 status. It also received a 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame award. The song does not contain chord changes and was inspired by a driving riff.
I Got My Mojo Working
The song was performed by Muddy Waters but was penned by Preston Foster. It is considered as one of the most popular blues songs in the UK and was covered by many artists, although Alexis Korner’s version was the most popular. Korner was also one of the first few to establish his own blues band in the UK.
This song was originally released in 1937 by Robert Johnson, who was also the one who wrote the song. However, the song failed to gain popularity not when Cream released its own version over three decades later in 1968. The song also helped to propel the success of Cream as a band, as well as Eric Clapton’s musical career. Since then, the song’s catalogue from Robert Johnson caught the music industry’s attention and all blues fans.
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
Solomon Burke wrote and recorded this song in 1964 and used to be performed as opening act to the Rolling Stones shows. However, the band opted to release a version of this song on their album “Got Live if you want it”, which helped to launch worldwide success for the band. The popularity of the band helped to generate a new awareness for blues music until the song ended up in Rolling Stone magazine’s All Time Greatest 500 Songs.
The Hound Dog
Jerry Leiber composed this classic 12 bar blues. Willie Mae Thornton recorded this song in the year 1952. Since then, she has been singing the song across various blues festivals in America and Britain. A remake of the song was released by Elvis Presley in 1956 until the song quickly reached the #1 spot to become his second chart-topping record.
Baby Please Don’t Go
The song was originally performed by Big Joe Williams and was later covered by “Them”. The song also became the first hit song by Van Morrison when it was released in 1964 and launched their world wide fame. It became more popular when used as a tune for “Ready Steady Go”.
You can take your pick from any of the above famous blues songs for an effective beginning blues guitar lesson and become a blues expert yourself in no time.
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It is interesting to observe how fast children learn when they are young! Research supports our observations that learning experiences must begin in the early years from birth to age five. This is a critical time in a child’s musical and cognitive development. The benefits of music and movement in the preschool years have been well documented. Research studies show that music enhances brain development and academic learning. Music affects many areas of brain function and neurological development. Many levels of neurological readiness exist in children, and music is a powerful enhancer at each stage of neurological development. The earlier a child is exposed to music and movement, the better. Research findings include:
• Children who receive early music training score higher on standardized tests.
• The use of music during learning can increase a child’s IQ.
• Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training.
• There is a link between spatial reasoning and participation in music and movement activities.
Preschool children are at the beginning of the learning spectrum. Parents and teachers set learning patterns and attitudes and introduce children to learning by providing the first exposures. These exposures should encourage the joy of participating in music and making music. Joyful experimentation will result in the growth of musical skills and lay the foundation for future music learning as well as for future academic success.
As a music educator for 40 years, I have seen the positive results of music education for children. At Silly Bus performances, I enjoy seeing the positive reactions of the children to the songs and interactive presentations as they learn a variety of educational skills and concepts. The music and shows have great appeal for children.
As children make music, listen to music, and move to music through a variety of experiences, they develop creative abilities, attention spans, motor and rhythmic coordination, socialization skills, mental agility, and the ability to process aural information. It is very important for parents to expose their children to music and to encourage participation in music and movement activities informally at home and in more organized music education settings.
Movement is innate in children and provides the basis of everything young children learn. It contributes to the growth and coordination of the large and small body muscles. In addition, movement is an important nonverbal learning tool. Preschoolers understand much that they cannot yet put into words. They demonstrate their understandings through gestures and other movements. As we observe the child’s movement, we gain insight into what the child is thinking and understanding.
Songs help us to learn as well as express ourselves in a musical manner. Appropriate songs for preschool children include nursery rhymes, finger plays, educational songs that incorporate counting, letters of the alphabet, animals and animal sounds, colors, etc. Songs and recorded music should promote activities such as walking, jumping, dancing, and marching. Clapping or patting the steady pulse or beat of rhymes, songs, chants, and recorded music is a valuable activity and preparation for future music ensemble participation. The ability to perform a steady beat while singing, speaking, or listening to music aids the child’s success in reading and other academic areas. Music education is an important aspect for a child’s learning process in life. From simple beginning experiences the child is guided to more sophisticated musical and creative activities.
While music is a viable stand alone educational program, music also reinforces and enhances the learning of other skills and benefits learning in many ways. This is especially true for reading and language arts. Music helps children focus on the structure of sounds which is an important aspect in language development and literacy skills. Having a musical vocabulary of melodic patterns and phrases directly transfers to the ability to develop a spoken vocabulary of patterns and sounds—thereby aiding the child’s success in reading and communicating.
It has long been believed that brains change as a result of music learning. Researchers in neuroscience, utilizing recent advances in MRI technology, are actually studying the human brain in the act of creating or listening to music. And what they are finding is remarkable.
Perhaps the most exciting news is the evidence that music can actually change the physical structure of the brain – a fact that has critical implications for both education and medicine. Music may even be a major key to unlocking the mystery of how the brain actually learns.Tags: brain development, brain function, music and movement, music educator, neurological development
Classroom teaching help students to learn more in less time, but students generally tend to forget things fast. Many times the lesson is so lengthy that students fail to maintain their concentration throughout the lesson and so they miss important points. Many times the lesson complicated, and so learning gets tough.
Teachers are well aware about this problem and hence to help their students overcome these problems they prepare worksheet or they even encourage their students to make worksheet on their own after the discussion. These worksheets are basically a format where the entire details of the lessons are broken into small points. These points are easier to learn and also helps student to retain information.
It is preferred that the content of classroom music worksheets contain information about one topic at a time. Trying to cover too many topics in single worksheet will lead students clueless. The classroom music worksheets are now attached with different graphical and technological aspects and these changes makes worksheets more interesting. It is advisable that to make classroom music worksheets more expressive by using fonts that are clear and readable.
While designing classroom music worksheet it should always be considered that they are simply structured, yet they should not leave any vital information. Many times people try to cover much information in single worksheet, which does not assist in learning process. It is also important that when teachers are working on these worksheets, they should always keep the age of student in mind; this will help them to step into the learner’s shoes before they give the final shape to these worksheets.
By introducing the music worksheet in classroom teaching process, the faculties will be able to make students learn things in better and faster manner. These sheets will also guide students in comprehending information in complete and expressive style.Tags: classroom music, expressive style, faculties, music worksheets, technological aspects
Types of Blues Music
I thought I would write a little piece about the types of blues music. There are so many out there it can sometimes be hard to tell which is which. For those out there who are aspiring to be great blues musicians or guitarist, knowing what the different types of blues is crucial. It will help you in several aspect. First you will just sounds smarter and well rounded with discussing the blues with other musicians, secondly it will help give you a better understanding of the blues and history of it which in turn help you become a better blues musician.
As there are several types of blues music I will go ahead and just cover some of the major ones.
Vaudeville Blues - This was a popular style of blues in the 1930′s. Vaudeville refers to a theatrical genre of entertainment in the U.S in the 30s. Bessie Smith was one of the most popular Vaudeville blues signers and is often referred to as the “Empress of the Blues”
Boogie- Woogie – This is a style of jazz/blues piano played in rapid temp. the left had will maintain a rhythmic and melodic pattern and the right hand will improvise in the treble.
Chicago Blues – The Chicago blues style was developed in the late 1940′s. It electrified and amplified the Delta Blues. Adding drums, bass, and piano. The form is flexible to accommodate signers, guitarists, pianists, and harmonica players.
New Orleans Blues – This style is mainly piano and horn-driven. There is a happy element to the music with a “lazy” feel to it.
Electric Blues – Electric blues in unique in that in embraces every kind of blues. Stylistically, the form is a wide-open field, accessible to just about every permutation possible— embracing the old, the new, and sometimes the futuristic. Some forms of it copy the older styles of urban blues (primarily the Chicago, Texas, and Louisiana variants), usually in a small-combo format, while others head into funk and soul territory. Yet electric blues is elastic enough to include artists who pay homage to those vintage styles of playing while simultaneously recasting them in contemporary fashion.
Texas Blues – Texas blues pulls in several different elements of other blues genres. Its earliest appearance came in the middle of the 20′s. Stevie Ray Vaughn is often considered a Texas Blues Player.
Delta Blues – This style comes from the deep south. Actually from a southern part of Mississippi it is often referred to as “the land where the blues was born”. This type of blues is often guitar driven, acoustic, and solo by nature.Tags: blues boogie, chicago blues style, new orleans blues, rapid temp, types of blues music