In the world of music, composers contribute to the vast library of sound as they create entertainment. Music lovers subscribe to these creations in search for recreation and relaxation. Everyday musicians wonder how they can maximize their efforts to connect with people who can appreciate their work. One approach is to pinpoint what is being consumed by music lovers on the largest scale and to mimic that sound as closely as possible. A second approach is to craft one’s music in very specific, uniquely appealing ways so as to differentiate and define oneself and one’s sound. The latter approach is the lesser attempted of the two. It is best to head down this path with a sharpened set of skills. The best way to develop them is to learn from those who make clear ways of understanding different aspects of music.
You Can Play the Ukelele
Thanks to Eddie Vedder, Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls, the band Train and a host of other D.I.Y. music icons, the Ukelele is enjoying a 21st Century resurgence. The distinctive ‘pluck-pluck’ sound can add an organic nuance to a song or give a singer a solemn platform upon which to croon. Lately, when musicians wonder how to make a song resonate with subtle authenticity they are turning to this compact instrument. Despite the size it reveals a world of surprising depth while offering friendly ground to guitar players. Have you ever played a Ukelele?
A hands-on road map to all Western music, the piano is an often overlooked tool capable of yielding profound results. A melody line keyed out during an intro, bridge, refrain or any other part of a song can add depth and emotion to accentuate the lyrical message. Conceptually, piano can carry an entire song in the way of a keyboard that is programmed with specific digital effects according to the composers preferences. Even rudimentary knowledge of music theory through piano playing can assist songwriters in finding that elusive note that finds lasting resonance with the listener
Guitar Hero or Zero?
It is a commonly held notion that anyone can play guitar. This is true for the most part, however not everyone can play the guitar well. Fine tuning of guitar skills can help players and composers in understanding when less is more and when more is more. Sometimes a song needs to build and then have the guitar line recede a moment before chiming back in. Other times a certain piece is just begging for an all-out ripping and shameless solo. A deeper understanding of the most common of all instruments can help you hone your skill for creating memorable music.
The Business of Music
One of the hardest jobs in music is the creation of quality material. Once this is done it does not imply that the hard work is over. The next hardest job is figuring how to get the finished product out into the marketplace. Completing this last part of the equation can make all the difference when it comes to getting your music into the ears of other people. Deliberate networking and the building of meaningful relationships is what holds the industry together. In addition to the advent of social media, which continues to grow in relevance, good old fashioned face to face interaction still plays a key role in getting music distributed. Do you know what it takes to get your music to the masses?