Chamber music is the oldest and most diverse genre of performance music. Encompassing a vast variety of sizes and instrumentations, chamber music has been around in one form or another since the dawn of modern man. Unlike large group ensembles such as concert bands or symphony orchestras, chamber music groups are much smaller, often with only 4 or 5 members, and most often utilizing only strings, woodwind instruments, or brass instruments. While percussion instruments can be, and are used in many small chamber music pieces, they are much less common. The Origins of Chamber Music Chamber music has evolved over the thousands of years of human existence, but in general the term refers to music played for smaller, more intimate gatherings of friends, family, or respected guests begin...
When the British took South Africa from the Dutch in 1815, they imported technologies brand new to the Africans who lived there. The tin can, first patented in 1810, was especially well received – not only as a readily recycled container for food and water, but as a newer, louder, and more brilliant resonator for stringed instruments. The most noteworthy outcome of that revelation was the ramkie, a plucked or strummed instrument related to lutes, guitars, and ukeleles. The traditional ramkie is based on an oil can. Cooking oil? Motor oil? Who cares! If it has a pleasant "ping," it will do very nicely. Cookie tins, round or rectangular, are less traditional – but often produce a superior sound. Once the can has been selected, the builder must create a workable neck for the instrument.
Blues music wouldn’t be complete without the banjo. That being said, there are actually a number of different musical styles which wouldn’t sound the same if the banjo weren’t played. The banjo has been around for a long time, and there’s a new appreciation for this humble little instrument which it didn’t have before. The sound of a banjo is very distinct, and more people have learnt to love this unique and easily distinguishable sound. Are you a banjo beginner? Then you may be having some difficulty choosing the right banjo for your needs. Here, then, are some top tips on choosing the proper banjo. Consider the strings You should know, first of all, that banjos can be incredibly versatile, and its versatility includes the fact that it comes with different strings. For instance
If you didn’t know it already, background music has a crucial role in whatever video you would like to create. With the proper background music, your video can get the attention it needs and you can encourage a greater reaction from your audience as well. Background music can help you transmit the right message about your video in ways that visuals cannot. But choosing the right background music is easier said than done. Here’s how to choose the right background music as a complement to your video. The value of feelings Ask yourself the following questions: how would you want the viewers to feel as soon as they view your video? Do you want viewers to feel excited about a new service or product, or an event? Do you want them to feel warm and cosy because of a testimonial from a cu
Pop music during the 1980s reflects the ‘me first’ generation. The top 10 solo artists from the 80s garnered about 12% more most-requested songs on the top 50 charts for each year during the 1980s than scored by the top singers during the previous decade. In contrast, musical groups in the 1980s account for 20% fewer top 50 hits than during the 1970s. Even the most successful bands of the 80s were arguably driven by big name individual stars like Bono from U2 and Jon Bon Jovi. Among others, Steve Perry left Journey for a solo career as did Miami Sound Machine’s Gloria Estefan. Consolidating Pop Culture Madness data for the 50 most requested songs from 1980 to 1989, the lists below show the most requested bands and solo artists from that era. Top 10 Pop Music Groups The b
The word “love”, “loves” or “loved” appears in 232 of the song titles in the Pop Culture Madness database of most-requested hit singles from 1960 to 2008. This analysis ranks those most-requested love hits, applying current statistics from the Pop Culture Madness online rankings for each year in which those love songs were released. About 13% or 31 of the 232 songs mentioned above made the Pop Culture Madness annual top 10 lists for most-requested singles. These 31 top 10 singles are detailed below. Most Popular Decades For Love Songs The eighties and nineties were decades during which the largest number of popular love hits were released, with 56 most-requested songs from each of those eras. And while many baby boomers still love sixties music, only 38 of the most-requ