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As a professional touring and studio guitarist for nearly 40 years, I urge beginners to be very choosy about which videos and other instructional information you follow from the Internet. Remember: ANYONE can post here and claim to be an authority on a given subject. Choosing the wrong instruction can not only set you on the wrong path, it can instill ideas and techniques that will be extremely difficult to erase from your mind and body once you realize you gleaned them from individuals who have...
Published by James R. Coffey 73 months ago in Music | +11 votes | 4 comments
After having the skill to distinguish the pitches in between notes and the ability to differentiate and pinpoint one note from each other, you can then proceed to learning a piece itself. Keep in mind that you still have to learn music theory; this gives you a very good edge when using your ear. You only use your ears to avoid reading sheet music and manuscripts. Music Theory will help you understand and appreciate the use of your ears when learning a song.
Published by Gerard 73 months ago in Music | +3 votes | 0 comments
Classical musicians especially pianists usually learn a piece by written musical notation which can be read in sheet music and manuscripts. The other way to learn how to play the piano, specifically a piece is by using your ears. This method has been used by musicians long before musical notation was introduced. Playing by your ears is a natural way and expressionistic way of playing a piece; it may not sound exactly like the original piece but more like a personal touch to a piece.
Published by Gerard 73 months ago in Music | +2 votes | 1 comments
Initially the brainstorm of George Harrison and Guy Laliberté, one of the founders of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, the Beatle-inspired Love premiered in 2006 at The Mirage, in Las Vegas. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, with executive producer credits going to Neil Aspinall (who died in 2008), concept creator credits go to Dominic Champagne and Gilles Ste-Croix (also a co-founder of Cirque), who is also credited as the director of creation along with Chantal Tremblay. George...
Published by James R. Coffey 73 months ago in Music | +16 votes | 12 comments
Aside from sexual references, the Beatles also used drug references to pay tribute to their recreational activity. Bob Dylan is responsible for introducing recreational drugs to the Beatles. Bob Dylan misheard the lyrics “I can’t hide”, he heard “I get high” of the Beatles’ song: I Want to Hold your Hand. Honest mistake but it caused the Beatles getting introduced to drugs after Bob Dylan slipped a few.
Published by Gerard 73 months ago in Music | +9 votes | 4 comments
John Lennon of the Beatles is very witty; he is responsible for the name The Beatles itself. The Beatles is somewhat a double meaning pun which can mean the bug, or the rhythmic “beat” used in music. As the Beatles’ song writing prowess improves, they have also added double meaning to their songs, not counting the drug references.
Published by Gerard 73 months ago in Music | +9 votes | 4 comments
After releasing the single “Bangla Desh,” George set out to organize The Concert for Bangladesh, two concert performances which came to fruition five weeks later, held at noon and 7pm on Sunday, August 1st, 1971, ultimately performing for a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It featured a true “super group” of performers that included George and Beatle buddy Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, and the entire Apple Rec...
Published by James R. Coffey 73 months ago in Music | +12 votes | 6 comments
Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal. The Beatles also used this technique, but not entirely, they still added their own flavours to the concepts other musicians used making them unique and better. Some of the concepts the Beatles “borrowed” are sometimes undetectable; they may sound vague but familiar. Seasoned listeners with wide knowledge could easily point out which concepts the Beatles “borrowed”.
Published by Gerard 73 months ago in Music | +9 votes | 3 comments
Even before 1970, John had enlisted the best of the best for his solo projects including the multi-talented guitarist/bassist Klaus Voormann, session pianist Nicky Hopkins, and veteran guitarist Hugh McCracken for the Wedding Album in 1969; Clapton, Voormann, and future Yes drummer Alan White on Live Peace in Toronto in late 1969; and Voormann, Ringo, Phil Spector, and Billy Preston for the debut of the self-titled album of his conceptual super-group The John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, in 1970. B...
Published by James R. Coffey 73 months ago in Music | +14 votes | 6 comments
By 1970, Rock was no longer in its developmental stages. It had become the dominant musical force that would come to define all forms of popular American music--from Contemporary (Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck) to Country & Western (Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings), Blues (Leppelin and Black Sabbath) to Pop (Partridge Family and Carley Simon.) And from its Black roots sprouted Southern Rock, Soft rock, Acid Rock, Country Rock, Funk Rock, Christian Rock, and a dozen other genres over the ...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +14 votes | 10 comments
Never in the history of American music were silly songs--the weird, the inane, the pointless, the down-right stupid--more in vogue and more an interregnal part of the American music scene than in the 1960s when Rock was setting the tone of the nation. In 1960, Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” was a monstrous hit, as was Hollywood Argyles’ homage to the popular comic strip character, “Alley-Oop.” This was just the first of many novelty entr...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +16 votes | 20 comments
By Wednesday, August 13th, 1969, an estimated 60,000 people had already arrived and set up camp at the 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel owned by Max Yasgur. By Friday the 15th, the roads were so jammed with cars that performing artists had to arrive by helicopter. And although the event wasnÂ’t exactly free (100,000 advanced tickets were sold at $39), by the time the first act went on, nearly 500,000 more men, women and children had arrived--most gaining access for free. From August the 1...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +7 votes | 2 comments
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