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What Music Theory You Need to Know to Play

Playing in a Rock Band was always an interesting experience for me. I am a drummer, and I played in a wide variety of different bands – from hard Rock through to soft pop, blues and even Jazz (well I was pretty bad at that, but if needed I could fill in).

I came from a classical music background – my mother made me play piano as a young child, and I went on to study classical percussion at University, so I never really had one of the issues that most drummers face: Problems reading music.

It was always interesting playing in Rock Bands with other musicians who often couldn’t read any music. They had a great way of communicating with each other – they could start playing a song and the other musicians would just “pick it up” by ear. This was something I always struggled with.

Admittedly I’m a pretty average guitar or bass player, but if I was taught the chords or a riff I can certainly play it. With it written down on paper I’d have no trouble learning it, however I just couldn’t pick up a song and play it without first learning it. However this is not the case for most Rock musicians. For most Rock musicians its the other way around – they can pick stuff up, but give them some dots on a piece of paper and they are lost!

So what do Rock musicians really need to know about music theory? and how can we best help people who really want to be able to read and are prepared to make the effort, but still struggle.

Here are some tips:

Only learn what you need for your instrument

There is very little point in Bass guitar players learning to read treble clef notes, or drum notation. Concentrate on the Clef that is used by your instrument, and the aspects that are most important to it. For Guitar it really is rhythm. Most guitarists can work out the tablature ok, but I’ve found that they struggle when reading rhythm. For bass players it is reading the bass clef notes.

Focus on rhythm and pitch as separate things

Each musical event has both a pitch (what note it is) and a duration (how long it is played for). Make sure that you are taking note of both things, and practice drills and games to develop your skills in both areas, not just one.

Practice score reading while listening to recordings

A great thing to do is listen along to recordings and follow along with the printed music, naming the notes as you go, and finding them on your instrument

Analyse real sheet music as much as possible

There used to be loads of Ascii Tabs around on the internet for guitar, bass and drums, but there is nothing like real sheet music for learning to read music. Go to the music store and buy some. Support the artists that created it and do your music reading a favour at the same time!

Hopefully this has given a couple of ideas for Rock Musicians who want to improve in this area. With a little bit of the right training and a good attitude it really isn’t that difficult to learn to read music.

The Popular Type of Music

Rock music is a well accepted form of music, which is a combination of drums, guitars and bass. This music uses keyboard instruments like piano, synthesisers, organ, etc. There is a band of musicians who focus only on rock music and they are called rock band. Rock music is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. Hard rock is specially liked by the western youth.

Today, people are crazy about music. They want to listen their favourite music whenever they have leisure time. Music is created to give you pleasure. The fascinating world of music lets you enjoy music in one form or other. There are various types of music these days: pop music, folk music, jazz music and rock music. All these type of music are enjoyable to hear. The songs take you through different emotions. Rock music is loud and fast than anything you’ve heard before.

In 1960, British and American rock bands became popular. Bands like Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Queen, Black Sabbath, etc. are some of the famous bands. In 1980,the genre that was quite popular was glam metal. The various artists like Twisted Sister, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Queen, Kiss, Sweet and the New York Dolls were the artists of 1980’s.

This type of music became popular in the 1950s in America and Europe. This famous music is mainly based on older musical styles like the rhythm and blues music originated by African American performers such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard. The music has a heavy focus on guitar, drums and powerful vocals. The most popular artist of rock music in the early days was Elvis Presley. His dance and powerful music can surprise anyone. “The Beatles” became successful in the 1960’s. This group was inspired by Blues and rhythm.

Rock music is evolving itself and coming in a variety of styles. Other music forms like heavy metal are also a form of rock music. Some of the heavy metal bands include Metallic and Megadeth. Rock music comes in a wide range of forms like soft pop and heavy metal. This “Rock ‘N Roll” type of music became popular in 1950s and 1960s. This new sound came from many musical styles.

In the initial days, this music was admired only in small clubs and on radio. Afterwards, it became famous with the programs like American Bandstand. Then, people could view their favourite bands on the television. Many people criticised about this type of music as they did not like the loud and fast lyrics.

Rock music began with jazz music, blues tunes, etc. It also featured electrically amplified guitars, drummers and harmonicas. By the mid-1950, performers like Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Joe Turner became famous with the white audiences. Radio disc jockeys named this music rock ‘n roll.

One of the best musical album, “Sticks and Stones” has everything from fun to catchy guitar riffs. It covers a range of emotions and depicts the depth of their talent. The album grabs attention with the song “Cathedral.”. The catchy rock beat combines with a variety of instrumentation. The title track “Sticks and Stones” is also worth listening. The hard to resist lyrics would make your day. The instrumental track “ZOZ” is a classic jam track with brilliant double guitar interface. Another noteworthy feature of this track is the striking beats. Another beautiful track is “All Roads Lead to Home”. This track shows the fast and catchy style of the band. Lastly, there is a song that most college students can appreciate. “Raise a Glass”, an old Irish folk song has people singing along in the background. The album is a mixture of a broad variety of the music in the history of rock. This rock album is definitely worth listening and deserves a space on your iPod.

You can find a variety of rock music videos online and find the top tracks in the rock music charts. Don’t wait, just browse the internet to get your favourite rock

What Is the “Kindie Rock”

You’ve probably heard of “Indie Rock,” but how about “Kindie Rock”? It’s a lot more popular than you might imagine. The most popular new trend involves creating rock music for kids – it “melds the sensibility of the singer-songwriter with themes aimed at kids under 10,” according to Salon.com. Unlike the more “bubble gum” pop music you hear on radio channels designed for kids, Kindie Rock aims to combine classic, cool rock music with lyrics aimed towards being a kid. Think of it as family friendly rock music that everyone can enjoy.

So what, exactly, is the Kindie Rock Movement?

It all started with Dan Zanes, the singer for the alternative 80s and 90s band Del Fuegos. When Dan couldn’t find anything on the radio that was appropriate for his young daughter to listen to, he set out to make some on his own. The Kindie Rock movement was born.

The most important element to Kindie Rock is that it’s not the “cutesy,” kind of watered-down pop music that so many companies throw together. Like the name suggest, it’s real rock music for kids. And some of the most popular bands of today have hopped on the bandwagon, including They Might Be Giants, The Shins and Weezer. Newer bands on the scene include Recess Monkey and Secret Agent 23 Skiddoo, Laurie Berkner and Gustafer Yellowgold.

But here’s what’s really cool: you can hear this family friendly rock music almost anywhere. Kindie Rock bands tour all over the country, and put out CDs and DVDs. If you’re unsure about whether or not buying rock music for kids is a good idea, you can take a free “test drive” by watching an episode or two of the Nick Jr. show “Yo Gabba Gabba,” which is dedicated to showcasing some of the most popular – and fun! – family friendly rock music out there. There are also some really terrific podcasts available for free download from iTunes (as well as other places), including Zooglobble, Kindiecast, Goonie Bird Kids and Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl. They’re all wonderful resources for parents looking to explore the Kindie Rock movement a little more thoroughly before letting their kids listen to the music.

Family Friendly Rock Music

The best part of Kindie Rock has to be its adaptability. Studies have long shown the correlation between music and more advanced child development. Studying music – whether as a musician or as a music lover – leads to better concentration levels, better hand-eye coordination, and better self-esteem in children. But for years, it was believed that an introduction to classical music was the best (if not the only) route to take. Studying and playing rock music (for kids, tweens and adults) is just as beneficial – and in the interest of honesty, probably a whole lot more fun for more young learners. The surge in popularity for Kindie Rock has introduced scores of younger children to musical study, thus increasing the amount of kids who will become life-long music lovers.

Thankfully, the Kindie Rock phenomenon isn’t proving to be a flash-in-the-pan kind of thing. This style of rock music for kids is popular with people of all ages, which helps to keep it alive. And with more and more music instructors offering classes that encourage children to “rock out,” it’s a pretty safe bet that Kindie Rock will be around for a long, long time.

Indie Rock Bands

There was a time not too awfully long ago that when you would hear anything about indie rock bands, I would get a mental picture of skinny guys with half long hair and beards that aren’t yet matured, wearing suit coats made of corduroy. I’ve been active in music for many years now so I know from experience that they often seemed to be writing music that if you asked them, they would tell you it sounded like “Soundgarden meets the Phantom of the Opera” or some other comparison that for guys like myself just could not get our heads around. You see, I liked hard rock music, some alternative, some metal, etc, but all of these styles had specific names and as a result I had a pretty good idea of what to expect when some one said they played hard rock. The earlier description is just a little difficult to imagine for me.

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As I said above, I’ve been a musician for a very long time now. I’ve spent plenty of time and money at local, and not so local rehearsal spaces, and have heard literally hundreds of bands practice and write. My recollection of bands like this is that they practiced hard, usually too loud though, and they often sounded like they were practicing the same song over and over and over again. They weren’t of course, but the writing style they would have didn’t allow them to do more creative things, and so everything sounded the same.

I can remember listening to a cassette tape of a local indie rock band one time. It was titled “What Are We Doing Wrong” and I considered the guys in the band to be peers, really. My roommate came and flipped the tape over and told me to “listen to it now… It sounds the same.” He then grabbed another one of their tapes and listen to random spots on a couple of sides of that tape exclaiming that it all sounded the same. I remember it well.

Moving forward to our present day music scene, things are a little different. Sure those types of bands are out there still, but with the birth of the internet there’s literally a market or every type of music if you do your homework. And as a result of that, indie bands don’t necessarily sound like a 45 minute cassette tape (remember what they are?) of one song. Many bands actually find great success these days as independent music artists and I’ m digging it even more than ever did because there’s really some serious talent out there that have something to offer. Bands like the Killers got their start from independent roots, as well as bands like Arcade Fire.

Their sounds are different from each other yet they both had started as indie rock bands, and that is in fact my point. Indie rock has grown over the years to become something you can’t define with a particular sound or look. With the availability of computer recording and home studios being relatively easy to build, it’s become easier and easier for musicians of all types to record their music in a very close to professional manner and make it available to the world, and we all know that this has worked very well for certain bands. So at the end of the day, this new music isn’t necessarily the droning notes of the songs from years gone by, but is often very creative and polished rock music or alternative music, and so on. The only thing in my mind that defines this new music as independent music is the fact that the people releasing these songs are doing so without the aid of a record company to back them up financially. For many musicians, they just don’t need that kind of help anymore because you can record a pro sounding record at home, and if you’re savvy, you can market it yourself on the internet, and not need the help of the Record Companies and be successful doing it.

I remember the indie rock bands from 25 years ago. Indie music had a “sound” and these days, that’s just no longer the case. The talent pool has grown and gotten better, and even if you’re a fan of Hard Rock and Alternative music then you can be sure to find some satisfaction in the music of Independent Artists of today.