When we left piano in part one, it was starting to look quite a bit like a modern piano. It had a damper pedal, an action that allowed rapid repressing of keys, and the beginnings of the modern grand where starting to show there faces. But did the piano stop there? No, it did not. Up until the 1820s, all piano hammers had cotton or leather coverings. In 1826, Henri […]

Song: The Edge of Glory Artist: Lady Gaga Chart: Pop Peak: 6 Currently: 6 Peak on Hot 100: 6 Currently: 6 My Thoughts: I liked this song from the moment I heard it. Although it’s not in the top five for it’s chart, it’s on the top ten on the Hot 100, and I thought it deserved recognition. Gaga claims it’s about her grandfather, who recently died, but, well, you […]

Behold: The piano. The instrument has become a world favorite. Many many young musicians start with it. Composers use it when they compose, and it has become a favorite when accompanying vocals, both choral and otherwise. It is an incredible piece of machinery, but where did it come from, and how has it evolved? Back in the day (by which I mean the lat 1600s), two of the most commonly […]

I will start off by saying that you don’t need to know any of this. Now that I get that out of the way, I will say that this whole subject can be endlessly fascinating. If you like music and you like science, you will not be sorry you read this. The science behind sound is incredibly fascinating, the science behind music even more so. Chances are, if you have […]

Every week on Sunday or Monday I look at one of Billboard charts and choose one of the top five songs to be my song of the week. This weeks song is If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away by Justin Moore First things first. If there was any other chart that had songs worth listening to on them, I would post those. But as it is, there isn’t really any […]

Chances are you know what a piano is. But have you ever heard of a Bazantar? In this post, I will show you some of the strangest instruments currently in use around the globe. If you don’t know them, don’t feel bad. If you do know them, well, I would like you to come guest post for me some time. Please note, these are not in any particular order, I […]

Note, this review will be a little more expansive then my Born This Way review. For two reasons. One, I liked this album more, two that last review was a little lacking. You may recall that I posted yesterday about how excited I was about the new Owl City album, All Things Bright and Beautiful (ATBAB). Unfortunately, I’m not a big important person, so I wasn’t getting it until it […]

Yes, this post is a little abnormal, but normality is boring. I’m stoked. Excited. For tomorrow is the day. THE DAY. Don’t know what “The Day” is? Let me educate you. Don’t feel bad for not knowing, I don’t blame you one bit. Once upon a time there was a 20 year old who worked loading trucks at a Coke factory. Unfortunately, this guy was an insomniac and had lots […]

Song: Help is On The Way Artist: Rise Against Chart: Rock Peak: 3 Currently: 3 Peak on Hot 100: Not Charted Currently: Not Charted My thoughts: Not my style at all. Although I can see how a song like this could make it to the top of the charts, I don’t particularly enjoy it myself. I have my mother’s dreams, I have my father’s eyes, You can’t take that from […]

Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” —Shinichi Suzuki What an incredibly wonderful idea. The Suzuki method is a technique for teaching and learning music that has gotten much attention over the past several years. People like […]