Holiday Music

My favorite time of the year is the Holidays and one of my favorite parts of the holidays is the Christmas Music.  Some may argue Christmas music will make you crazy if listened too much, but I disagree.  Let’s hear some of their crazy reasons.  Scientists have proven the reason most like Christmas Music before the Holiday season and why they dislike it after the season is over.  Makes sense to me, the anticipation of anything leading up to it’s event is usually more exciting.  Then there’s a let down once it’s over.  Kind of like a vacation to Hawaii – the plane ride over is filled with anticipation.  You arrive and the actual vacation is awesome and usually goes really fast.  Then that dreaded airplane ride home.  Doesn’t it always seem to take twice as long going home?   Or how about that house chore.  I visited my mother last month and she was so excited for a company to come and clean her carpets and furniture.  That’s all she talked about the entire morning.  Then they came and completed the job within a couple hours and my Mom was let down that it was done so quickly.  When I asked if she was unhappy about the job they did, she said no she was very pleased.

There’s something in our heads that cause this, the way we are wired.  I can’t explain it but I do know one thing.  Christmas is coming and Christmas will go.  We can look forward to New Years and go through the same pattern.  Then we forget about these exact holidays until next year when we rinse and repeat doing the same exact thing in some cases.  So if you’re one of those that are bothered by Christmas music, get over it.  It will be gone soon enough and chances are you will be humming Jingle Bells sometime towards the end of next year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!!

Music blog

Hi and welcome to my music blog. I’m going to use this space to ramble about… well… stuff. I guess I’m not quite sure yet, but i’ll figure it out as I go along. So, if you’re a beginner and you’re looking to learn, where do you start? Well, that’s a good question… I’m glad I asked it.

It all depends on you, which is the beauty of music. If you’re a complete beginner, then you’ll need some sort of understanding of music. From this standpoint, the piano is a good place to learn music. Reason being, is because it’s arranged in a very logical way. Each key works its way up (or down, depending on where you start) the scale. From a practical point of view, pianos aren’t the easiest to learn from a physical skill perspective. Also, if you’ve got small hands… you’re going to struggle.

If you’re looking for a simple instrument to learn to play, assuming you have a basic understanding of music… then go with a recorder. Lol–seriously though, I’d go with an acoustic guitar. Kinda like the piano, your fingers are going to have to do a lot of learning AND the skin on your fingers is going to need to toughen up. Unfortunately, learning the guitar for almost all beginners is painful. This is due to the pressure one needs to put on the string with one’s finger tips. It takes about six to eight weeks for one’s fingers to toughen up. Once you’ve got past the initial stages, then you can really get into learning how to play the thing.

Selecting a guitar is another consideration and something that isn’t going to be easy for a novice. I strongly recommend you do your research and ask the opinion of the person in the store before buying.

Get lessons! So many people try to learn unaided. It can be done, but it’ll take you far longer. You’ll also struggle to progress past learning tabs of songs. A good coach will drill scales into you morning, noon, and night. Why? Because all songs are based on a scale. What is a scale? You can Google this one for a more complete answer. Put simply, a scale is a group of notes that synergize with each other. They will always sounds right with each other. There is a mathematical reason for this… but I wont bore you with it right now.

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The next thing is to just practice every chance you get. Learning an instrument is quite simply, the more you put in the more you’ll get out. I’d also recommend that you find a band to practice with. Learning in groups often creates an environment that drives improvement and encourages success. Heck, if you get really good, you could even start doing gigs. If you get really, really good, you could end up as someone’s support act. If you get really, really, really good, you could even be the headline of your own tour!