Tips to Learn Hip Hop Dancing

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

unnamedHip hop dancing has become so popular in the past few years, it is almost impossible to avoid it. From television shows like America’s Best Dance Crew to clubs in any city in America, this art form has become an undeniable part of the culture. Anyone can learn to have a great time with this dance by keeping a few simple tips in mind.

The first thing that someone wants to do when they want to learn hip hop dancing is forget everything they think they know about dance. Someone may be a classically trained ballerina, but if they keep those same principles in mind for hip hop, they will run into trouble. This high energy dancing is a completely unique form and dancers must be open to the new techniques they will learn.

A great way to get started is by turning on the television and flipping to MTV, VH1 or any channel that plays contemporary music videos. Since the music is so popular, it is easy to find examples of hip hop dancing in almost any music video.


How to Produce Music

Posted on March 13, 2016 By

music-production-tutorial-300x300You have just written a really good song, perhaps your best yet, but the process is not over. You have to mix the song next. This is the point where I used to feel pretty annoyed by my music mixing techniques and all momentum and happy feelings that came from creating something would disappear. I could write song easily enough but when it came to music production I didn’t have a clue. I was too proud to ask someone for music mixing tips or music production tips and nobody seemed to have the answers I was looking for. This is why now that I can mix my own songs; I thought I would put together some of my own music mixing tips and music production tips to consider before you start you journey into music production.

Make sure you listen to more than one genre – You should listen to more than one genre to make your palate as full as it can be; it will also teach you how to produce music without you being consciously aware of it. You


How to Read Music for Beginners

Posted on December 30, 2015 By

unnamed (1)While at the beginning it may seem quite complicated, anyone can learn how to read music and even manage to get themselves to a professional level. When most people first take a look at a music sheet all they see are a bunch of lines on which various symbols are written, each symbol pertaining to a specific note. Just like with any language, while at the beginning things seem to be complicated, as you start learning and work your way up from the basics everything starts to get clear. If you intend on being some type of musician, whether professional or simply recreational, you are going to have to learn to how to read music partition sheets. Fortunately, there are a few helpful tips that can make the process that much easier.

Learn How to Read Music Through Repetition and Association

When it comes to learning how to read music sheets the main thing you have to memorize is which symbol corresponds to which note. Once you have figured out the placement and symbol for every type of note


How to Make Dubstep Music

Posted on April 20, 2016 By

So you’re interested in producing some unique and hardcore sounding Dubstep tracks? That’s all fine and dandy, but before you continue why not sit down, get yourself a cup of coffee and read about these fantastic Dubstep production tips to give you that edge over the competition.

For readers that are not aware and are looking for a starting point, the best Dubstep production software is called DUBturbo.

Once you finish reading this article, it can be downloaded through the website links at the bottom.

A lot of DJ’s fall victim to sounding like other DJ’s, especially within a genre that can so easily be reproduced. Obviously what separates the boys from the men…or the girls from the women is the creative juice that is invested into each track. In order to give your Dubstep the charm it deserves, let’s jump right into the first tip.

1. Take your time on the beats:

Dubstep stems from Drum and Bass, which means that the beats are incredibly important. In fact what distinguishes a song in the Dubstep Genre often has to do with the beat. So take your time and listen to a couple

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Tips On Finding The Right Music Producer

Posted on April 10, 2016 By

The No 1 criteria a music producer must fulfil for you is this: Can He/She Do Music That Sells?

Notice the criteria is not about the ability to make music, rather it is to make music that sells! If you want to engage a producer, this criteria must be in the forefront of your thinking, otherwise the exercise of making music becomes a fruitless effort.

This criterion should help you streamline the number of producers you should be seeking, because many who claim to be producers have never sold 50 singles. Such a person is not for you.

This also means that many of your friends who have studios or should I say “computers” will not be included in your list.

Remember that the main aim of doing music is to make money from your craft and the team that can ensure such success must be included in the process. The selection of individuals, who can not show any type of commercial viability, should not be allowed to participate in your recording.

It may sound very harsh, but your time and money is not for someone else’s experiment. Even if you want to

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Tips to Improve Your Piano Playing

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

If you are a piano player and or looking for piano study tips to  improve your piano playing read these tips here below.

Are you playing the piano? It´s a great and rich instrument but before you can really start playing the great masters or that great jazz tune lots of practicing needs to be done… For this article I want to mention 5 ways to improve your piano playing.

1. Find a Qualified Piano Teacher

Don´t fall into this trapp from other people saying you don´t need a piano teacher. I highly recommend you grab your local paper or phone and find a qualified piano teacher. Why? Most importantly, you will learn much faster and eventually play much better then if you have to do this all by yourself.

2. Practice Regularly
Never practice when you are tired you cannot focus and concentrate well enough to make good progress.

Practice Regularly Piano playing requires good coordination and music reading skills. To get best results with your piano playing practice daily for at least 20-30 minutes a day.

3. Set Realistic Goals

When studying your song, set realistic goals. Find a

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Tips for Music Composers to Create Inspirational Music

Posted on March 31, 2016 By

Everyone likes to hear good music. Some people take inspirations from music because it allows them to feel better when they are a little down or undergoing turbulent moods. Music has a lot of effect on the lives and moods of people. It can help people come out of depression as well.

Music composers get all the credit for composing such stupendous music compositions. If you are one of those who create music, then here are a few tips that will help you to create inspirational music for your audience.

1. Evaluate Your Personality

Firstly, you should evaluate your personality as to what kind of music you like and can create masterpieces with. Do you like acoustics, rock, or funky, upbeat songs? If you love acoustics, ensure that you are familiar with the use of a guitar and can produce great music pieces with the instrument. If you like funky music, then you should consider composing beats that make the listeners dance to your tunes.

2. Add Personal Touch to Your Beats

Concentrate on creating unique beats. Practice with different beats and try combining them to compose music that becomes your signature style.


How to Write Music for Lyrics

Posted on March 23, 2016 By

If you are looking for how to write music to lyrics, then I am glad you discovered this web page not to mention, I strongly suggest you keep on reading, for the simple reason that this is definitely my uncensored news on how to write music to lyrics.

There are many basic techniques that I found which are necessary to adding music to lyrics. I have used several different practices before I uncovered the one thing that was able to help me achieve my goal on how to write music to lyrics.

The downside each of us lyricist have is that often we write down some good lyrics and we have no music to go with it. A few of us might know a number of friends that play musical instruments or maybe uses a machine beat maker. Unfortunately, the melodies they create is not what makes our lyrics pop. I get very displeased, I practically just wish to cease writing. Therefore I had to do something about trying to figure out how to write music to lyrics.

I am music savvy myself personally and I came to the realization that there is simply no

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How to Practice for the Amateur Musician

Posted on March 3, 2016 By

Practicing is a way of life for the professional musician, but few know that it is also important for the amateur musician. Practice is the only way besides playing gigs to get better. Even if you are an amateur, it will greatly enhance your enjoyment of playing your particular instrument. If you occasionally play guitar around a campfire or piano for a party, you want to have the skills to be able to play without stopping, pausing, remembering chords, or not being able to sight read a song. The only way to correct these problems is to practice. Think about how much more enjoyment you can bring to people at a party when you actually have a repertoire that you can play with no mistakes. Here are some good practical practicing tips.

1. Buy a metronome and use it. This tip is the first because it is the most important. We all have our internal clock that makes us think that we are playing straight through a piece of music in perfect time, but your internal clock is quite fallible. What is really happening is that you are playing through the music and you are unknowingly making


Tips to Help You Choose The Right Music for Relaxing

Posted on February 28, 2016 By

There are many kinds of soothing music for relaxing the mind and body, and many people use music as a background for their meditation. The idea is that you have to find something that is going to take care of the background noise, but not so distracting that you are paying more attention to the music than to meditating, or to calm your nerves. Some people find that while they really like a certain kind of music, whether it is rap, rock, or new age, this same genre doesn’t help with their meditation. In order to help you find music that will help you, here are just ten of the many tips out there.

The first tip is too really sit down and evaluate the music that you listen to, compared to the meditation. If it has too much of a beat to it, or has songs that you really like, this can be distracting. You may find yourself listening to the music more, getting into the songs or whatever, and paying less attention to doing your meditation.

On the other hand, you also don’t want to pick music that is going to put you to


How to Have a Successful Band Practice

Posted on February 21, 2016 By

Some bands have the luxury of a practice area, or lock-out practice room that allows them to keep their equipment set up all the time. You can find out about practice areas in our 101 Ways to throw a great show article. For those of you who don’t have that luxury, here are a few tips to help you out.

Set up is a very important and easy task to do. Every musician I know can’t wait

to ‘Jam’, but there are a few things that you want to take into consideration before you practice. Here is a list of things you should think about when you practice.

1) Remember to have plenty of water for each of the band members. Hydration is very crucial. You also want to make sure that there is ventilation or a fan to keep the air circulating.

2) Figure out where each of you will set-up. Be sure to leave enough room for each of you to practice your stage presence when practicing. Very important.

3) Every band has to set up, so here is a set up order I found that is very effective: Drums, bass


Learn to Play the Drums With These Tips

Posted on February 14, 2016 By

Becoming a drummer is not easy . It takes a lot of practice and patience to get to to the expert level while drumming. Here are some of the tips for achieving the expertise in drums. That said the drummer requires the skill of his hand to be there which we call as dexterity and of course hand eye coordination is a given.

Drummers are required to put in long hours of practice as they say practice make the man perfect. There is no short cut to the effort that you put in and another important thing to learn while you are it is the appetite for criticism. This will help you make a better drummer.

Taking of practice what you need is a studio or a secluded place where you can practice drumming. However given that most of us live in apartments with close by neighbors that can be a problem. The other issue is that if you work and come home only at night then practicing at night can be a tough thing as that means all your neighbors will be sleeping and you may end up disturbing them. No a happy scenario at


Tips to Help You Memorize Music

Posted on February 4, 2016 By

Being able to memorize music is a skill although it is not vital in your performance. Memorising help gives you chance to concentrate on other parts of your performance.

Tips to help memorize music use these tips:

1. Repeat small patterns regularly approximately 10 bars at a time, known as chunks. This helps commit the whole piece gradually to memory. It is easier to break down parts and memorise them that to tackle the piece head on.

2. By repeating the chunks will cement them to memory with repetition and practice.

3. Join the bars together.

4. Visualise and play the music away from your instrument. Take regular breaks and return to the chunk that you were practicing and repeat it again.

5. Read the music like a book.

6. Singing the piece helps your memory remember what the intervals between the notes sound like.

7. Play the chunks randomly. How about starting at the end of the page, playing the beginning then the middle. If you are able to play the bars in a different order than written, it will strengthen the memory of the chunks.

8. Close


Tips to Help You Play Better Guitar

Posted on January 24, 2016 By

Now let us have a look at these useful tips, which will help you to improve your skills at playing guitar.

Tip #1

Good Posture is one of the very important aspects of becoming a good player. You must sit upright in an armless chair, this is because any chair with arms will prevent you from holding the guitar correctly. By sitting up straight your back is also protected.

Tip #2

How to hold the pick. You must hold it firmly but not too firmly. Not gripping the pick firm enough will cause you to lose it during vigorous playing. Holding it too firmly will result in your whole arm becoming tired and aching. You will then feel that you will not succeed in your desire to play guitar. So choose a medium grip and this is the best advice you can get.

Tip #3

Choosing the right pick especially for a beginner, is very important. There are different styles of picks, finger and flat. Three different levels of flexibility are also offered.

Professional guitarists have often said that beginners should choose the softest and flabbiest pick that they can find. This will ensure that fast strumming will not be a problem. Also it is a lot


5 Tips To Finding The First Beat Of The Music

Posted on January 16, 2016 By

One of the most challenging humps to get over for many beginning salsa dancers is to learn to recognize the first beat of the music and actually count the music properly to keep on the correct salsa timing. Yet, rhythms are often innate in us. Just like we can become aware of our heart beat, we can become to be able to recognize the salsa rhythm.

However, just like it is actually much harder to count your pulse, learning to count and understand the direction of the salsa music is much harder. But with proper guidance counting salsa timing will become easy as well. Here is how to do it.

Tip # 1 Listen To The Cow Bell To Find The Salsa Rhythm

The salsa rhythm goes quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow. The first step to learning timing is to make sure that you can recognize the rhythm. After you recognize the rhythm, half of your job is already done. One of the easiest ways to recognize the salsa rhythm is to try to find the cow bell in the music. The cow bell plays on the core beats of 1,3,5,7, loops over and


5 Tips to Improve Your Technique

Posted on January 8, 2016 By

This week we’re going to look into some tips on how to improve your technical agility. One of the main abilities a musician must have is to have command of the technical aspects of his/her instrument.

  • Tip #1: Play everything slowly – “Slow is the same as fast”. Maybe you’ve heard of that phrase. I’d like to interpret it as understanding that all movements that you make while playing rapid passages must have the same relaxed feeling as though you were playing slowly. What better way to do that than practicing slowly? You’ll have to practice slowly and do NOT increase the tempo at any time! Breathe relaxed, concentrate but don’t let your muscles stressed or tight in any way. Practicing slowly give you a chance to hear the music exactly, listen intensively and therefore make your brain learn it “inside-out”.
  • Tip #2: Concentrate on problem areas – Learn to isolate difficult passages. Listen into them. Figure them out harmonically, mechanically and rhythmically. After your practiced the difficult passage, connect it back to the music a few measure before and after. This way you are “de-isolating” the passage back into the music.
  • Tip #3: Remember, it’s about making music

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How To Choose Your Wedding Music

Posted on January 1, 2016 By

Choosing your perfect wedding music can be very tedious. You have to pick music that all the guests will enjoy. Whether it comes to rock, ballads, waltz’, reggae, hip-hop, pop, Euro or any of the famous, traditional wedding songs, the guests always seem to have some sort of opinion. However, make the song very personal to you.

You know the guests will like the music, if even they can relate it to you. Songs should be in accordance to the theme. That way, it helps add to the cultural atmosphere. The music should match the subject of the wedding. It would make sense that a traditional wedding would have traditional music, and a cultural wedding would have cultural music. However, it is still okay to have a different music pick then what may look obvious.

The main focus during a wedding is love. Try picking songs that are very romantic, romantic songs could never clash during a wedding. Not all songs have to have words either. Sometimes the sounds and rhythms of music speak more than words. Let the music flow into the wedding, and not clash with it. Music has a huge affect on the


Tips to Get Clear Vocal and Sound Effects

Posted on December 20, 2015 By

Unlike rock music where the vocals blend into the music, Hip-Hop Music needs clear vocal and sound effects. These effects are possible, when the rhythmic vocal style usually called rap has backing beats accompaniment.

To get clear vocal effects, it is better to manage the beat and the vocals separately. If you create separate groups and provide a separate group bus in the sequencer for the beats and vocals, you could connect all the instruments into the beat group and make a separately recording for the instrumental tracks.

A fine-tune setting for the perfect balance between the beat and vocals is possible, if during the recording of the vocal tracks you connect the microphone to the vocal group separately. A wider range of sound effects for your Hip-Hop style is also possible, if you isolate every element separately.The result is clear sound effects for the listeners. You could not get a sound balance, when for example you record all the drums in one track.

For adding interesting sound effects such as a slap back echo, you could record all snares in one track. Good snare sounds are important for a good beat, soul of the


Tips For Writing Rap Lyrics

Posted on December 10, 2015 By

If you want to learn to write rap music, then check this out. You will find out tips for writing rap lyrics.

Do you know how to create a title for your rap song? We will give you some tips on how to come up with a title to your song. One of the things about the title is that when you come up with a title, it will give you an idea on what to write about in your song. Remember that the title is often the most remembered part of the song. It defines the story of the song.

Tip 1 – Make the title something that is pleasing to the ear

You want to make sure that the title is a lead in to the rest of the song. You want people to like the title so much that they want to hear the rest of the song. The title will be your signature of the song. It will describe not only the song but also you as the songwriter.

Tip 2 – Read newspapers and magazines

Study various newspaper and magazines. Read the titles and the headlines. What did


5 Musical Tips For Achieving a Great Feel and Groove

Posted on December 1, 2015 By

I love listening to other drummers, to hear where they’re coming from musically and what motivates their choices. I often share my observations with colleagues while shooting the breeze. My questions framing the conversation are always the same; “What makes this drummer great?” “What separates him from the rest of the pack?” “What drives his musical choices and instincts?” Recently, a bass player colleague paid me a compliment by telling me that I play “right on the beat; not ahead or behind.” I was elated, until I realized I didn’t know precisely what he meant. Musicians often evaluate the worth of drummers with phrases like, “Behind or ahead of the beat”, or “Great time and feel.” But what do these phrases really mean?

Just because I can’t translate these expressions into specifics, doesn’t mean that others are clueless. What it means, is that I think of these traits in different musical terms. I’d like to share these with my fellow drummers and instrumentalists. Here are 5 musical tips for achieving a great feel and groove.

Feel Trumps Time
Don’t worry about your overall time. Instead answer the question, “Does it feel right?” There are countless examples

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