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Essays on Music

Jazz
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... jazz is not the most influencing music currently in the nation, its history proves that it is a great form of music with many origins, a multigenerational life span, numerous styles, many legendary musicians, and its own creative, independent interpretation. Jazz is over 100 years old, probably making it one of the longest, lasting forms of music so far. Jazz was not created by Europeans, it was created by Afro-Americans who descended from ancestors in Africa. These Afro-Americans learned how to play these European instruments well, including percussion or the drum set, trumpet, cornet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and many other instruments. They want ...



A Cappella? Is That How You Spell It?
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... singing without instruments A Capella? Some musical dictionaries indicate that the Italian a cappella is preferred over the Latin a capella (one "p") yet both are technically correct. Why do those dictionaries muddy the waters with two spellings? The phrase was first used in Italian Catholic churches, where Latin was the language for sacred text. Thus, the Latin spelling for 'in the style of the chapel' - a capella - has some historical basis. However, most other musical terms - forte, accelerando, and many others - are Italian in origin. Since the Italian spelling is more consistent with other musical terms, it has been used more f ...



History Of Percussion Instruments
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... have had an extensive background on many factors of their sound, and playing style. All percussion instruments fall into two main categories, idiophones and membranophones. Idiophones produce their sound from vibrations without the use of a stretched membrane. This could include castanets, rattles, and mallet instruments. Membranophones are those that produce a sound from the vibrations of a stretched membrane. These include any type of drum hit with a stick. Both of these instruments are tunable in many different ways and forms; therefore, these instruments can be used as melodic instruments (“ Percussion” 653). Basic idiophones (also refereed to as c ...



The Music Of Louis Armstrong
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... persona have played into this influence into today’s jazz music. Louis was an incredible American who lived the American dream through his music, which resulted in an everlasting impact on many Americans as well as on the world of Jazz. The American tale of rags to riches is defined by the life and development of Louis Armstrong. Armstrong was born into a childhood of challenges and struggles. He was born poor and illegitimate in New Orleans on the fourth of August 1901. In addition to his hardships, Armstrong was forced to grow up lacking a fatherly figure. Due to this, Armstrong’s main support through out his childhood is accredited to his mother (Ward 16) ...



Nirvana
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... in music. They played alternative music. Their first album was Bleach. It was releases on June 1989. It was a big hit. From the success of the album the went on tour in England. Then the released another album called Nevermind. It was released in 1991. The album just went platinum. For the album they went on tour to Europe. Nevermind album hits the number 1 charts for the second time. Then one day Kurt Cobain meets a girl in another band called Hole. Her name is Courtney Love. The ended up getting married in Hawaii in February 24, 1992. Then in August 18, 1992 they have a kid and name it Frances Bean Cobain. There next album Incesticid ...



Rock Music
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... of the 60's, of the 70's and of the 80's. Within these sections I'm also going to discuss several sub-topics such as famous composers and groups, and characteristics of the music. The first section of this essay is Rock n' Roll of the 1950's, when Rock n' Roll was born. It emerged from rhythm and blues, a music similar to jazz played by blacks. This kind of music started to attract white teenagers. Disc jockey Alan Freed was the one who introduced this music and later gave it the name of Rock n' Roll. Record companies distributed records played by whites but composed by blacks. Whites were frustrated because there weren't any white artists and they didn't want the ...



Jerry Garcia And The Grateful Dead
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... and mournful, high-lonesome vocal style of Bill Monroe, the principal founder of bluegrass. When Garcia was ten, his mother, Ruth, brought him to live with her at a sailor's hotel and bar that she ran near the city's waterfront. He spent much of his time there listening to the drunks', fanciful stories; or sitting alone reading Disney and horror comics and pouring through science-fiction novels. When Garcia was fifteen, his older brother Tiff - who years earlier had accidentally chopped off Jerry's right-hand middle finger while the two were chopping wood - introduced him to early rock & roll and rhythm & blues music. Garcia was quickly drawn to the music's f ...



Being A Disc Jockey
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... is exploding, new stations are being formed, and more jobs are always being created”(Robinson). Having a job as a radio DJ offers a wide variety of benefits and pluses. Some of those special benefits include interviewing famous bands, going backstage, plus receiving free tickets and promotional items for almost every band of your choice (Carter). Even when a disc jockey is new to the station and just starting out, many opportunities are available, which include those listed above, plus many more. The best way to start out in this field is to work at a college or local radio station, either or just an intern(Robinson). Aside from having their own daily show, one ...



A Rock Concert
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... all packed in there liked caged wildcats. I had to move as the crowd allowed or insisted. Everything was done as a group. There were no individuals here. It was only one group of crazed fans fighting for that one glimpse of their favorite band. The crowd would shift as people passed out. This only allowed me to move closer to the front. As you can tell, I was packed in until the end. Your sight was not left out either. Plenty of pyrotechnics kept your eyes filled with colorful wonder as the music played on. Souvenir "AC/DC money" fell from the top of the building. The bills fluttered down to the hungry hands of the crowd. The stage was a constant f ...



The Difference Between Punk And Ska
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... good all put together. Not only are some of the instruments different, but the ones that are the same are played differently. There are differences in sound effects, methods of playing, and beat. Punk will use a lot of distortion, but not a lot of other effects like flangers and wahs. It is fairly easy to hear what they are playing. Although ska doesn’t really use distortion, they do use a sound gate that makes their guitar sound very snappy. Ska also uses a lot of unusual effects just for fun. Punk bands have a lead guitar player, and sometimes a rhythm guitarist who backs up the lead guitarist. In ska, all the guitars make quick, snappy, upward strums and qui ...




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