History of Ukulele Music – You Can Get in on the Fun Too!

Instrumental ukulele music is on the verge to becoming just as popular as mainstream ukulele music is. People are finally starting to realize that the ukulele is capable of making very good music. This instrument has been around since 1879 and it is just now being realized how it can make such enjoyable quality music.

When the ukulele was first invented the Hawaiians where not impressed with the beautiful music that the instrument was capable of making. It wasn’t till around 1915 that the ukulele popularity came over to the main land. It was after that the craze of the ukulele began which raised the popularity of the instrument. No matter what the history is behind it, the ukulele is now Hawaii’s most popular musical instrument.

There was a great demand for ukuleles, which meant that production had to increase substantially. Of the original creators, by 1910, only one of them remained and he couldn’t keep up with the demand. New competitors entered the field after time offering unique designs. Although there was a great deal of competition, there were still enough orders that each business was still being flooded.

Competition took a turn when the main land guitar manufactures started making ukuleles around 1915. The Hawaiians where angry when it was learned the mainland manufactures started stamping “Made in Hawaii” on their Ukuleles. The Hawaiian ukulele makers created an original stamp that the legislature backed. Sometime in the 1920’s, main land makers started mass-producing the ukulele.

Today we are seeing surges of ukulele music popularity coming back. Hawaii is home to many musicians who have devoted their life to playing the music of the ukulele. The ukulele is very light and also very portable which means that it makes it very easy to practice it.

Even though ukulele music has been around for over 130 years and it is still a very popular musical instrument choice. The music has a lot of history behind it but no matter what the history is, it is now a very popular instrument in world-wide. Even now the demand of ukuleles is growing in South America and other unexpected places.

The ukulele is the little brother of the guitar family and is usually seen with four nylon stings. The volume and tone of the instrument depends solely on the size that it is. They come in four different sizes and are enjoyed by countless individuals all over the world. The three smaller ukulele sizes are the soprano, concert, and tenor, and are tuned to the Key of C with the reentrant “my dog has fleas” tuning. The largest ukulele, the baritone is tuned to the Key of G like a guitar and the baritone ukulele is tuned exactly as the 4 smallest strings of a guitar. All guitar players can immediately play the baritone ukulele, although they may not know it.

How to Find Free Piano Sheet Music

Let’s face it… finding musical piano sheets can be a drag. We are fortunate to live in an age where we have access to virtually millions of sources of information, right at our fingertips. Ahh yes, the Internet. All you have to do is go to your favorite search engine, type in the title and composer of your piece, press “Search,” and voila! Results in less than a second.

Now, finding some specific pieces can be harder than others. And unfortunately, it’s not always going to be free either. Before the Internet, people had to actually go to a music store and BUY all their sheet music! Today, we don’t even have to leave our home to get free sheets, and we can print them in just minutes to our home printers. How convenient!

Before the Internet, it was difficult to find free resources. You basically had to know someone who already had those pieces, so you could borrow or photocopy those sheets. Today, there are many options to find sheet music… absolutely free of charge.

Take Advantage of Search Engines

This is the most basic way to find free pieces. Just go to your favorite search engine, type in the title and composer of your selected piece, press search, and see what comes up. You can even search for more arbitrary keywords like, “free piano sheet music,” “free piano sheets,” or “free sheet music.” When you use an Internet resource such as Google, you will basically receive search results with a mixture of purchase options or free options that you can choose from in your search results.

Search Blogs

Over the years that I have personally searched for free pieces, I have found blogs to be one of the best resources ever. There are a lot of regular people just like you and me, who create music blogs on Blogspot or WordPress or whatever free blog software, and they will either compose their own arrangements or upload pieces to their blog, absolutely free for download to share with the world.

Public Domain Resources

If you are searching for sheet music that has been composed very long ago by composers who have long been dead (like Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, etc.), you can most likely access this sheet music completely for free because the copyright licenses on these works have expired. In general, as soon as something is written, drawn, painted, composed, and so on, it is automatically copyrighted by the creator. However, anything that has been composed before 1922 is in the public domain. That’s why it’s much easier to find very old, classical sheets on the Internet than it is to find more modern, popular sheet music. Popular sheet music is copyright protected, and therefore MUCH harder to find on the Internet without directly purchasing it.

I Still Can’t Find It!

Now, if you’ve tried all of the above and STILL can’t find your favorite piano piece… it may be virtually impossible to find it for free on the Internet. I experience this all the time, most likely because I am looking for a very advanced, popular, or relatively new piano piece.

Sheet Music Plus

Sheet Music Plus has the world’s largest selection of instrumental sheets. Sometimes, if you cannot find your music for free, it’s worth paying for it. This website offers individual songs for prices as low as less than $5.00. This is definitely a small investment for receiving authentic piano sheets. You can download it right away to your home computer and print it out straight away. You can also buy full piano books by different musicians/composers, books focused on technical work, or books catered to different genres.

Virtual Sheet Music

Virtual Sheet Music is another option if you are willing to pay for. Basically, you pay a flat fee of $37.75 per year and you are granted access to unlimited free music sheets (for several different instruments, not just including piano). If you downloaded five or six pieces, it would be worth the fee. But with their membership fee, you can download hundreds of pieces, as often and as much as you desire! One of the best things about this website is that they are dedicated to providing very high quality music sheets. The scores won’t be visibly photocopied, they won’t have splotches everywhere, and they won’t be too small to read. You are guaranteed to receive the highest quality of sheet musical notation when you sign up for their membership.

The Evolution of Jazz Music in the 1930s

Jazz is a musical art form that has expanded well beyond its own genre definition, transforming with every era and begetting countless other popular modern genre forms in the process. As an artistic invention of African American communities primarily in the Southern region of the United States, jazz finds its earliest roots in New Orleans, where black performers blended Southern blues, the startling variations of Caribbean music, and an altered form of traditional European instrumentation.

Resistance to “hot jazz” in the early twentieth century ultimately contributed to the evolution of jazz music in the 1930s. In the 1920s, jazz music had spread to the North, Chicago and New York, where bands gave their performances on the margins of society. During the Prohibition era, jazz was often performed in illegal speakeasies and the Red Light district, causing this “wild” music to be associated with the decadence of that era. However, with the onset of the depression the Dixieland jazz that had dominated up until the end of the 1920s was gradually supplanted.

The End of Dixieland

Jazz slowly began to creep in at the edges of mainstream music because of its popularity on college campuses, and in general, amongst American youth. The evolution of jazz music in the 1930s amounted to a compromise between the music industry and the older generation of white Americans, who were gradually accepting the presence of jazz music in popular culture. However, this increasing popularization affected a considerable dilution of the form, shedding much of the raw, impromptu quality of earlier Dixieland jazz.

Dixieland was characterized by the convergence of many forms – polyrhythmic ragtimes, the low pitch of blue notes, French Quadrilles, and improvisation, as well as a large rhythm section of the trombone, trumpets, tuba, guitars, clarinet, the piano, drums, and banjo. It was unpredictable, and the individual performers showcased their improvisational skills, playing from their souls not their notes.

The Rise of Big Band Swing

At the beginning of the decade white big band swing performers played “sweet” jazz, making use of violins and arranged sheet music. The reasons for this particular evolution of jazz music in the 1930s were twofold. It was more composed and less offensive to the older white American audience. At the same time, the onset of the Depression created a widespread need for inexpensive pleasantries, and jazz-inspired music gradually gained footing in the newly burgeoning radio industry.

The more recognizable swing arrangements evolved when dancing became linked to big band. Dance styles, such as the Lindy Hop, that had been popularized in black communities in the 1920s were appropriated by white teenagers and introduced in dance halls. Swing orchestras became larger, with 20-25 pieces in a typical band. Music was still arranged, but individual performers were given complex solos, and as was also typical in sweet jazz, a singer performed vocals to the music. Popular performers of the era include Shep Fields, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller.

The undomesticated “hot jazz” of black performers – including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Jimmie Lunceford – persisted throughout the big band era, but never gained the popularity of its white counterpart. Big band singlehandedly dominated the entertainment industry, extending beyond radio to television and film in the 1940s. The evolution of jazz music in the 1930s led to its eventual popularity across the continent and later, internationally. Jazz music has been adapted globally across cultural lines, but its humble roots remain in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Pakistani Music

When we say music, most of the people think at the great musicians from the eastern world. But what about the western music, I say? What about the Indian or the Pakistani music? I have noticed that only few people know some general information on Pakistani music. Well, this article is meant to change all that.

A genius man once said “Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays”. The Pakistan people, I must say have been very fortunate to have so many big names of music. If you know something about it, I bet you know about Noor Jehan who charmed generations with her beautiful music. This woman had an extraordinary voice that could touch even the most evils souls. It was simply a gift from God. “These sons are not an ordinary entity sold in the market” is the translation of “aye putar hatan tay naiin wikday” the patriotic song broadcasted on every radio station after the 1965 war. Back then, in her glorious days, she was considered to be the icon of the Pakistani music

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was another voice people couldn’t get enough. This is also one of the most popular Pakistani Music celebrities. He sand so beautiful than even those that didn’t understand Pakistani at all listened to it. Some even consider him the main reason the Pakistani music survived. One sure fact is that, he is the reason Pakistani music made it to the open. He was the first to reach the international market and made Pakistani music popular in the world. Even now, years after his dead the Pakistani people talk about his music and his mysterious character.

After him, other Pakistani music idols came. The pop era followed, and celebrities like Junaid Jamshed and Ali Azmat (a rock star) had a great success. With them Pakistani music evolved a lot, and once with them so the Pakistani people. They now can understand the eastern music culture and borrow some from it. Nowadays, Pakistani music is even available on the internet; more and more websites based on this appear each day.

Now, we can categorize the Pakistani music into six types:

Classical – it is a disappearing form, but still influences many of the present artists

Semi classical/Ghazal – this is a form of music in which a poem is sung

Folk – there are four provinces in Pakistan, each with its own characteristics

Qawwali/devotional – this dynamic genre became internationally popular by artists like Sabri Brothers, Aziz Mian and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Film music – Tarranum Madame Noor Jehan is the most popular film music artist. She sang songs of all genres for the Pakistani television.
Pop music – the privatization of Pakistani television made this genre so popular. Nowadays many television broadcast pop music. More, a Pakistani popular single, Najane Kyun recently featured on the Urdu Soundtrack for Spiderman 2.

Music On Your Caribbean Charter: Jammin’ In The Sunshine

As any cruiser knows, besides the mandatory rum drinks, music is an important part of any Caribbean charter.

Whether you are listening to your own collection, music from other cruisers in your anchorage, or local island entertainment, the musicians of the Caribbean have a style all their own.

Caribbean music varies from island to island, and local musicians will tune up almost anything to make a rhythm. Bongo, conga and steel pan drums, maracas, guiros (notched hollow gourds played with a stick), tamboo bamboo (hollow bamboo tubes hit on the ground), as well as electric and acoustic bass, trombones and trumpets, and almost any other instrument contribute to today’s Caribbean sound. The music is lively, fast and full of explosive expression.

Most cruisers on a Caribbean charter think of Caribbean music as the ballads of Jimmy Buffet, the 1970’s reggae sounds of Jamaican Bob Marley or the 1980’s Calypso hit, “Hot, Hot, Hot” from Montserrat’s Arrow. Yet, the music of the Caribbean encompasses a much more diverse variety of musical styles and traditions.

There are over 70 different styles of distinct Caribbean music, which varies from island to island. These include the junkanoo from the Bahamas, the rumba from Cuba, Jing-Ping from Dominica, the meringue from Haiti, Reggae from Jamaica, Zouk from Martinique and Guadeloupe, salsa and bomba from Puerto Rico, and Calypso from Trinidad and Tobago.

Several of the islands have more than one sound originating from their shores. Most of the styles combine features of music from Africa, as well as from the West. This combination began with the European colonization and slave trade, but still continues into the present. Caribbean music never stands still. Constantly borrowing and developing, it keeps pace with technological advances while remaining rooted in age-old tradition. Underpinning all the Caribbean rhythms is the reverberation of African drums, and no matter where you cruise on your Caribbean charter, you will hear the sounds all over the islands.

In addition to traditional drums, Caribbean percussionists will resort to gourds, tamboo bamboo, biscuit tins, dustbins, kitchen pots and the popular steel pan drums, first used in the 1930’s by Trinidadians, who recognized the musical potential of discarded oil drums from the booming petroleum industry.

Most Caribbean styles can be grouped into three categories – folk, classical or commercially popular music. The folk styles have African drum-based rhythms, and include the tradition of collective participation with call and response vocals. Local forms of classical music were created in the 1800’s in Cuba and Puerto Rico, as formally trained composers began to immigrate to the area. Today, jazz has also found a home in the Caribbean. With over 30 jazz festivals taking place each year in the region, local musicians combine New Orleans rhythms with their own distinct Caribbean flavor. Many cruisers plan their Caribbean charters around these festivals.

By far the more well-known forms of Caribbean music are the modern popular styles! Although the cruiser on a Caribbean charter will hear various versions of the genre, the styles to gain widespread popularity outside of the Caribbean include salsa, reggae, calypso and zouk.

Salsa refers to a style of music developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s from Cuba and Puerto Rico. The sound grew from the mambo orchestras of the 1950’s, and was mixed with pop, jazz, rock and R&B. Recently, rapping has also been included in the most modern form of salsa. Salsa is essentially dance music with primarily percussion instrumentation and simple sentimental love lyrics. Songs may be sung in Spanish, English, or a mixture of the two, called “Spanglish.” Crossover singers like Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan have brought this form of Caribbean music to the American pop-market, while Caribbean bands like NG La Banda and Los Van Van are popular on the Spanish speaking airwaves.

They can be heard on XM Radio’s Reggaeton out of Puerto Rico. Or, while cruising the islands, tune into JAMZ at 105.3 FM, a cutting-edge music station with an up-tempo urban sound. Most cruisers on a Caribbean charter are familiar with reggae through the songs of Bob Marley. The roots of reggae music are based in Jamaica, although its popularity is now worldwide. Its origins can be found in traditional African drum music as well as American R&B. One of the main themes of reggae music is social liberation. The lyrics usually try to raise the political consciousness of the audience. Recurrent themes also include poverty and resistance to government oppression, especially the repression linked with the prohibition of ganja (marijuana).

Reggaeton Music Popularity Exploding in North America

There are few music lovers who are not familiar with reggaeton music, especially those who love Latin music. Reggaeton is a type of urban music which gained popularity with the youth of Latin America during the latter part of 1990s. After gaining wide popularity, this particular genre of music slowly spread to Asian, European, and North American audiences. The origin of this type of music can be found in Panama. It was not long before this type of music also made its presence felt in Puerto Rico.

It was after this that a change came into being and this marked the evolution of new reggaeton. Basically this genre of music mixes together West Indian music like dancehall and reggae along with Latin American music like electronica, contemporary R&B, hip hop, bachata, cumbia, latin pop, meringue, salsa, plena, and bomba. In Spain, this music also combines singing and rapping. The popularity of this genre is slowly spreading to the Latino communities of North America.

Many people make the mistake of thinking regaetton as a type of hip hop or Jamaican dancehall but this is not the case. There is no doubt that this genre of music does take influence from Jamaican dancehall and hip hop, but it has its own particular rhythm and beat. The particular rhythm that is a characteristic of reggaeton is known as dem bow. Keeping in mind the amazing beat and rhythm this genre possess, it is not amazing to see how quickly it has become popular with the teenagers of North America.

Pop Music Can Be Creative

Pop music may include elements of rock, hip hop, reggae, dance, R&B, jazz, electronic, and sometimes folk music and various other styles. Pop music performers typically make use of state-of-the-art technology and recording studios to achieve the sound they want, and record producers may have a heavy influence. Pop music generally uses a simple, memorable melody and emphasizes the rhythm, often with syncopation, and stripped down to a basic riff or loop which repeats throughout much of the song. Pop music is often criticized for being overly simple and repetitive.

Popular

Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. Popular music is music that is not something else (usually ‘folk’ or ‘art’ music). Popular music is associated with (produced for or by) a particular social group. Popular music is disseminated by mass media and/or in a mass market. Popular music is also rarely entirely instrumental. Popular music is not really about ‘being heard’, but rather about ‘being heard again’; and ‘being heard again and again and again’ is what really popular music is really about. Pop is contemporary music and a common type of popular music (distinguished from classical or art music and from folk music).

The term popular music does not refer specifically to a single genre or sound, and its meaning is different depending on the time and place. Within popular music, “pop music” is often distinguished from other subgenres by stylistic traits such as a danceable rhythm or beat, simple melodies and a repeating structure. The broad appeal of pop music is seen to distinguish it from more specific types of popular music, and pop music performers and recordings are among the best-selling and most widely known in many regions of the world. The development of recording methods is seen as a major influence on the sound of pop, distinguishing it from classical music and jazz, as well as from some types of popular music which may seek a more “natural” sound.

Album

In the recorded music era, the single (a single song) and the album (a collection of songs) are the usual methods of distributing pop music. Notable highlights for pop music in the 1980s are Michael Jackson’s second Epic label release, Thriller, which went on to become the best-selling album of all time. Jackson was the most successful artist of the 80s, spanning nine #1 singles in the United States alone during that decade, and selling over 133 million copies with only two albums — Thriller, and its follow-up Bad.

Pop music in the 1980s was heavily influenced by an electronic sound with synthesizers and drum machines, and dance type music. Pop music, on the other hand, has primarily come into usage to describe music that evolved out of the rock ‘n roll revolution of the mid-1950’s and continues in a definable path to today. Pop music can range from the highly creative, iconoclastic or virtuosic to simple and downright dumb.

Popular Music With the Latest Musical Trends and Genres

Any music that has a wide appeal and gets distributed to a large audience, either nationally or globally, is termed as popular music. Contemporary music could belong to any type of musical genre. Usually, it is a contrast to traditional or art music, which gets disseminated only to local or smaller audiences either orally or academically. This popular music has initially become termed as ‘pop music’ as an abbreviation but in reality, but they are not normally interchangeable terms. Contemporary composition is the kind that appeals to all ages and all tastes, while pop refers to certain specific musical genres only.

Forms of Contemporary Music

Popular melodies consists of several sections such as verse, bridge, and chorus or refrain, as well as forms such as verse-chorus form, twelve bar blues, and thirty-two bar form. Trendy songs could have an introduction and a tag called coda or outro but they are not absolutely essential. Songs using verses and choruses generally have a bridge, connecting the verses and chorus at required points in the songs. The verses and chorus get repeated throughout any song but other items like bridge, introduction, and coda are generally used only sparingly. A few pop songs have only solo sections, especially the ones influenced by rock or blues.

History of Music

The original popular western composition was classical and it was divided into various genres according to the periods in which they existed. The medieval music existed from 500 to 1400 AD, Renaissance was between 1400 and 1600 and baroque between 1600 top 1760. The tunes between 1730 and 1820 were classical and romantic melodies ruled between 1815 and 1910. The modern era lasted between 1890 and 1930. However, the most prominent change came in the twentieth century.

Twentieth Century Modern Genres

The first influence in western composition occurred when the African people started to bring in their styles of harmony, which were instant hits with people who had become accustomed to traditional music. The most famous African genres were Cape Jazz, Reggae, Semba and Afrobeat. The other melody was known as avant-garde which was mainly experimental. The blues became famous after that, with blues of different genres like African blues, country blues, punk blues, etc., though many American cities had their own types of blue like Chicago blues, Texas blues, Detroit blues, etc. Caribbean melodies, Brazilian compositions, Mexican melodies and other Latin American music also became part of modern musical trends. Even modern trends like metal and jazz are combining with neoclassical, modernist, postmodernist, etc. to bring something new to lovers of songs.

Free MySpace Plays and Views Makes Your Music Popular Free Of Cost

When you have started your career in music, it is quite natural that you would not have enough money to get your music promoted. Until and unless you have money or a good reference, it is indeed difficult to get the promotion of your music done. However, now with the technological progress there is special MySpace software available which would enable you to go for free MySpace Plays and views. As the name indicates, you can possibly understand that this software would allow you to get your work done absolutely free of cost.

Now you might wonder how exactly the free MySpace ace Plays and views works. Well, this is a kind of software which would help you to increase the number of performances in the site. You would be able to play your music free of cost. Apart from being free it is also quite easy to use which would help you promote your site in the easiest ways possible. It is easy to use and is also perhaps the best.

When you use this particular software, you can be assured that you would definitely be able to attract the attention of the record labels and the managers who frequently look up into these sites in search of musicians. With the service of this site which is available without any investment, you would not only promote your music but at the same time you would also be able to promote your video as well. This in turn would make your music more popular and the total numbers of fans for your music would definitely increase.

You would just have to download the free MySpace Plays and views and make your page look alive because here you would be able to increase your number of songs being played. You would just have to load your songs in the software and select the songs that you want to receive performances with the help of the site. However, you must ensure that you have a profile in this site because this software would only work for the site music profile.

Rock Music and Dance Music – Popular Music Genres

Rock Music enjoys continued popularity since last fifty years. It is, by far, the best selling music among all genres and forms. That clearly shows its popularity through out the world including U.S.A, U.K, Germany, France, and Australia. It enjoys great popularity in Asia, Africa and Americas as well.

It was born as Rock and Roll in 1950s. It was a fusion form of Rhythm & Blues, Country and other popular forms. It became instant hit across the United States of America. Bo Didley and Chuck Berry were the early rock artists. Little Richards and Fats Domino were also popular. It was widely accepted as popular form of music and spread to Britain and other countries.

Its spread to United Kingdom was fast and swift. Cliff Richards and John Lennon were the early artists. Both of them achieved great success. John Lennon later formed the legendary ‘The Beatles’. It enjoys great popularity even today. The Rolling Stones also achieved international success.

Cream, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and Pink Floyd among many others dominated the Heavy Metal genre of rock. U2, R.E.M, Sex Pistols, Devo, and Pattie Smith served the Punk rock as well. Madonna and Mariah Carey achieved great success in soft rock area. Songs of all famous artists are available as mp3 music downloads also.

With fusion with other forms, many sub genres became popular. Christian rock, Classic rock, Garage, Glam, Grunge rocks are the chief ones.

Dance Music also became very popular along with rock. It is electronic music with dance beats. Important forms are House, Electronica, Trance and Disco. It is usually played at discos and night clubs. Now, it is played at parties, functions and gatherings also. As the name itself implies, it creates great dancing atmosphere.