Imagine what life was like before recorded music. How often would you hear music since you could only hear it performed live? How important would musicians have been back then? What if no one in your family played an instrument? Or, if they did play one, what if they didn’t own one at the time? When and where could you hear music if not at home? Let’s say you went into town, would you hear it then? Maybe there would be a minstrel or street musician with a hat out for tips, but how likely is that? Perhaps music could be heard from the saloon or tavern, but do you want to go in that environment when you’re just there to buy supplies? I don’t know, just tossing out ideas. You can see my point; it wouldn’t be very often that you’d hear music.
Scientifically, many medical practitioners wonder how a hum of a mother can put her baby to sleep. Or the old favorite song of an octogenarian played into her ears put on a smile to her wrinkled face.
Hip hop has changed over the last few years and it has become more connected to the rap side of the music industry. Hip Hop was a very particular kind of genre where the music would consist of a rhythm and a speech that is chanted to the beat. It was highly associated with beat boxing, graffiti and break dancing and was also seen as a way of life and culture. Most people tend to place Rap and Hip Hop music in the same category. Rap music is highly urban and is an art where people rap or chant to a beat. Great hip hop artists include Mos Def, artists such as Nas and De La Soul have influenced hip hop music. Rap artists that are popular today are Rick Ross, 50 Cent and Eminem.
To learn specific skills that are hard to learn other places. There are some great schools that really focus on today’s new music environment (Berklee and Oberlin come to mind), as opposed to the more traditional schools. Learning skills like albeniz guitar production will put you miles ahead of the throngs of people using software like Garage Band at home.
If you own an older computer model, it is advisable that you listen to music when you are not doing anything else on your computer. When you open your media player, and choose your music to listen to, everything else on your old computer will drag. This may also cause your music to skip and stutter. This normally doesn’t occur with newer computers. If your music is skipping, or your computer is lagging, it usually means that you are doing too much at once.
Constantly observe your written music for any unexpected changes in harmonies, rhythm or note patterns. If the key changes in the middle of a song, mark it so that you will become more aware of it during your practice. Look for tempo changes in the song and highlight them as well. Examining the music and marking it will help you learn about it faster and make it easier to perform in the long run.
It is my fervent wish that you will go to concerts, opera, ballet and such places and enjoy the live music. I also hope you might discover the pleasure of silence if it is not part of your regular routine.