Depending on the way you look at it, there are literally thousands of musical genres. It is almost ridiculous. A quick Wikipedia search reveals four separate pages containing all the genres in an alphabetized list. It’s crazy. But do we need all these genres? And what exactly is one. A quick Thesaurus lookup defines genre as a number of persons or things that are grouped together because they have something […]

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I sincerely apologize for the lateness of this post. If you were eagerly anticipating this, refreshing my RSS feed every 20 seconds, forgive me. I owe you a soda. You know, people can become rooted in their habits. This is particularly true with music. We find our artists, buy their music, and listen to it. Once we get to a certain point, we no longer go searching. Then, when we […]

Pianos are quite possibly the most well know instrument in music. It seems that virtually everyone knows how to play at least “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” But very few people actually know how pianos work. Pianos are an incredibly complicated instrument. If you have ever looked into a piano you have probably seen the hammers that hit the strings making sound. If you think that the hammer is simply […]

Music and movies have been intertwined since movie theaters became truly popular. Even before the advent of the talking picture, some of the bigger theaters had orchestras that would play along with the silent film. The very first talking film (i.e. film with audio dialogue) “The Jazz Singer,” included several music numbers. And music has been taking a bigger roll in film ever since. The reason that music is featured […]

Ludwig van Beethoven is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. He wrote music for piano, orchestra, voice, chamber, strings quartets and more. He wrote hundreds of compositions, many of which are still played by many to this day. And he did this all in 52 years, over 25 of which were spent, for the most part, deaf. We wonder how it is possible. How could […]

Thursday I had the opportunity to attend an excellent choral concert in Orange County CA. It was put on by the Mater Dei high school, a Catholic school. I was amazed by the quality of performance. There where several groups, including a bell choir, that sung, although they were all from the same school. The venue was beautiful, as you can see in the picture below. There was  a massive […]

Many of you may have seen the 1996 film, “That Thing You Do!” Directed by (and, not surprisingly, starring) Tom Hanks, it follows the tale of a fictional 60s band called the Oneders (pronounced “wonders”). In the film the band becomes immensely popular with a song called “That Thing You Do.” Soon after this, the band falls apart, leaving everyone to wonder what happened. This is a classic (although somewhat […]

In going back and reading my previous posts in these series, I realized there are a few things I left out. In this post I want to go back and cover those things. Dynamics One very important thing in music is dynamics. We have to know when to play to play loud and when to play soft. To the right you can see the most common dynamic markings. The “p” […]

iTunes is currently the top dog in the music business. Apple sells millions of songs every day to millions of customers. This is far more then any online and most likely any physical store in the world. But the question becomes, is all that trickling down to the artists in the way it should? Well, according to a recent piece from the Huffington Post, it’s probably not. As you probably […]