Consider an example of a C major chord. The root note, C can be transposed to other keys by moving it up or down the scale. For example, the same chord in D major would be followed by the notes D-E-F-G-A. If we wanted to play this chord in A minor, it would go A-C#-E (or E as a sharp).
When musicians want to play music that has been written for a different key than they are playing it at, they will often transpose it. This is done either by playing an instrument in a different key or singing or performing with different instruments and voices that are tuned to match the notes of the song being played.
A single piece of sheet music could be used for many songs in different keys because all of these songs have at least one note which is common between them (i.e., they share at least one note with each other).
When sheet music is transposed into another key, not only do all of these common notes change but also some unexpected ones may change too! Often times there will be two options: one which uses sharps and another which uses flats.
“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier [Tuesday] surrounded by his family.” The statement referred to Watts as “one of the greatest drummers of his generation!”
Watts’ death comes several weeks after it was announced that the drummer would not be able to perform on the Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour of U.S. stadiums. “Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation,” a rep for the band said in a statement at the time. “With rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks, it’s very disappointing to say the least, but it’s also fair to say no one saw this coming.”
According to Wikipedia… “In a musical composition, a chord progression or harmonic progression is a succession of chords. Chord progressions are the foundation of harmony in Western musical tradition from the common practice era of Classical music to the 21st century. Chord progressions are the foundation of Western popular music styles and traditional music. In these genres, chord progressions are the defining feature on which melody and rhythm are built.”
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As a musician, you might be interested in knowing how you can separate melody from lyrics within your own brain.
We found this article of interest, as it also helps the song-writer as well as the musician playing tunes, to discover some insights on how it all comes together in the brain.
Since there’s evidence that a song is separated into two paths through the brain, it’s interesting to note (pun intended – hehe) how the musician combines the essence of both into one pleasurable listening experience.
Take a look-see yourself to understand how this might assist with your music experiences.
Credit is given: npr.org and journalist, Jon Hamilton @ https://www.npr.org/people/2100615/jon-hamilton
As noted in this article…
“A song fuses words and music. Yet the human brain can instantly separate a song’s lyrics from its melody.
And now scientists think they know how this happens.
A team led by researchers at McGill University reported in Science Thursday that song sounds are processed simultaneously by two separate brain areas – one in the left hemisphere and one in the right.
“On the left side you can decode the speech content but not the melodic content, and on the right side you can decode the melodic content but not the speech content,” says Robert Zatorre, a professor at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute.”
Collecting guitars can not only be fun but profitable. Case in point, in early August 2019 Duane Allman’s ’57 Les Paul Goldtop that was used to track parts of “Layla” sold for one and a quarter ($1.25) million dollars.
Greg’s Gibson SG played on the band’s, At Fillmore East live album, sold for almost $600k. Yet to date the top auction seller for collectable classic rock nostalgia instrument played by rockers is still, Jerry Garcia’s, ‘Wolf’ guitar.
In this article you’ll discover a list of other famous musician guitars that sold for some big bucks.
The 1957 Goldtop was Duane’s main guitar during the first two years of the Allman Brothers Band, and was used to play on recordings included on the famous rock band’s first two studio albums. Most notably, it was the guitar used by Duane to play on the famous outro solo of Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominos’ 1970 anthem, “Layla”.
In more recent years, the guitar has been used by notable players including… >Learn more here<
“When I say feminine album, immediately the perception is that it must be soft and lovely, but I mean feminine in the violent sense. Desiring, but not being able to define your desire, wanting power but being powerless and blaming it on yourself, or just hurting yourself as a way to let out the aggression in you. It’s a lot of pent-up anger or desire without a socially acceptable outlet.”
Not to long ago I talked about the rise and fall of Tower Records and how the vinyl record industry had their days and then essentially died… well get ready because they’re back!
Many of you vinyl aficionados already knew this was happening. The fact that pressed records remain dynamically pure and essentially a great way to archive recorded material, makes the vinyl application a great consideration for recordings of music.
This article from The RollingStone highlights some of the latest sales numbers as they associate with the CD and Vinyl marketplace.
“When vinyl sales started to climb in 2006, some experts saw it as a fad. No longer: Those sales hit a 25-year high last year, and labels are investing in more sophisticated packaging than ever… many artists have taken note; Bruce Springsteen released his latest box set,The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996, exclusively on vinyl, with no CD option.”
Tenille Townes just released her debut EP on Sony Music Nashville in April, a four-song collection titled Living Room Worktapes. Though the EP wasn’t actually recorded in a living room, the raw way Townes and her co-writers wrote every track — with nothing but a melody and a guitar — is similar to the realness that a setting like that allows.
“I love a living room — it makes me think of my family and the safe spot where we can talk about anything,” Townes tells Billboard.