Where to Find Piano Lessons

So you got a brand new piano you're ready to go and excited to learn but you need a teacher! So where's a good place to start if you need to find a quality instructor who is talented, educated and consistent?

As it stands, you currently have basically three choices. You can either contract with an independent instructor or go through an institution or music teaching network. All three options have their pros and cons and in the following paragraphs I will try to outline those details.

Searching for an instructor on the Internet
With the advent of the Internet a lot has changed in the last 10 years with regard to finding a private piano instructor. For one, it is much easier these days to have access to hundreds of even thousands of piano teachers at the tip of your fingers. And with that kind of access also comes a lot of confusion and sometimes an overabundance of options. So how do you narrow it down? The first thing to do is decide exactly what it is you're looking for. For instance, if you're doing a search on the Internet with Google you should be very clear about the search terms that fit exactly what you're looking for. If you're looking for a private piano instructor that comes to your home be sure that is what exactly you search for. If you're looking for an instructor that does not come to your home but teachers out of the studio Your search term should probably be "Piano studio in" and then type the exact geographic area or ZIP Code you living in. This will help greatly narrow your search from the start. If you're looking for piano lessons for kids then you should type that exactly as well plus your geographical location.

Independent instructor versus music teaching network
Most folks who are looking for any kind of contractor must consider budget first. Finding the balance between quality and affordability is usually the top concern for most people these days and that can be a tricky balance to attain. First, you have to know the typical range of price. In most US geographic areas the typical piano lesson ranges from $ 25 a half hour to $ 75 per hour depending on whether or not you're going to someone's studio or an instructor's coming to your home. The typical range for a 45 minute piano lesson is $ 50- $ 55 per lesson and $ 65 per hour. Be sure to find out if an independent instructor or institution offers a block rate. When purchasing a block rate please consider consistency. Most instructors will not offer a block rate with make-ups. Being consistent would be very important if you plan to purchase block rates from most companies and independent instruors.

The advantage of an independent instructor is that you can barter and bargain much easier with an individual then you can with the company. The trade-off is a music teaching network or company does the hiring for you. They also make sure that the instructor's background checked, proficient in their craft and have a personality and teaching approach that works well with most people and kids. If you're not educated in this area it can sometimes be very difficult to choose the right instructor by yourself. When going through an institution or music teaching network you will pay 25 to 30% more but most people find that cost is well worth it when considering a return on investment over a long period of time. Having a consistent instructor that your children respond well to is usually the determining factor in whether or not they will continue to take piano lessons through their childhood and hopefully into adulthood.

A note of caution when seeking piano lessons
Remember the old adage: you get what you pay for. This is very true when it comes to instructors, whether independent or through a teaching network. If your plan is to just go on Craigslist and find the cheapest person beware that you may end up with someone who could be inconsistent, lack the appropriate background and teaching methodology. There are also safety concerns to be considered as well so please choose wisely. When hiring any contractor go with your gut but remember that choosing an instructor on educational background alone does not always guarantee that they will be a good teacher. Personality, articulation and having a pleasant disposition are all key factors when it comes to finding a great instructor for private piano lessons.

Source by Leslie G Palmer

Venezuela Music

The people of Venezuela boast of a history and culture that is rich in folk music. The national musical instrument of Venezuela is the “cuatro.” Ilanero is a typical Venezuelan music. It originated in the plains or ‘ilanos’ of the country and was made popular by many musical artists, including Juan Vicente Torrealba and Ignacio Figueredo. However, most of its popular music has been eclipsed by the music of its neighboring countries, especially Brazil, Trinidad, and Colombia. Merengue, salsa, and other imported styles are also quite popular in the country.

Simón Díaz and Reynaldo Armas are popular llanera folk singers from Venezuela. However, purists and the younger generation of Venezuelans are not very appreciative of this music. Neo-folklore is a form of music that takes traditional music and organizes it in an electronic style, to be played on electronic instruments.

Gaita is the name of another popular music of this country. It has its origin in the el Zulia region. It is played much fervor during the Christmas season and is even considered a national representation of the festivity.

There are several fusion artist groups such as Un Solo Pueblo, Huracán del Fuego, and Grupo Madera, who have combined Latin American music such as jazz, rumba, and salsa. Aldemaro Romero is a well-known creative Venezuelan composer of Caribbean jazz, Venezuelan waltzes, and other symphonic works. Vicente Emilio Sojo is renowned in the country and internationally for his contributions to Venezuelan musicology and music education.

Venezuelan calypso music, which has its own characteristic rhythms and lyrical style, has its roots in Trinidad. Argentinean rock groups have had a strong influence on Venezuelan rock. Cuban-American salsa music is also another variety of imported music that has achieved popularity. Rock music is also very popular. Several groups such as Desorden Público, Caramelos de Cianuro, and Los Amigos Invisibles have made their presence felt on the scene.

Source by Josh Riverside

Stress Management: Music, Music, Music

When I write and speak about stress management, I prefer to call it stress mastery. I prefer to call this stress mastery because why do not you want to take the next step and master it?

Music has charms …..

It's been said that music has charms to sooth the savage beast.

While that may be true, I know for a fact that music has charms to soothe your savage stress.

I think there are very few times in my life when there is not some type of music playing. This is a life long habit. I remember my dad bugging me as a teenager asking me if my car would run if the radio was not on.

I did not know and did not care to find out.

Your stress mastery studio

Here are some great things about music and stress mastery:

1. You can listen anywhere – in the shower, at work, in the car, when you wake up, etc.

2. Since so many of us are scaredened awake each morning by an alarm clock, why not wake to your favorite music?

3. You can choose music to match your mood. Some hard rock if you are frustrated and angry, followed by some smooth jazz to wind down.

4. It's no or low cost – when you are online, you can listen to almost any kind of music absolutely free at places such as itunes.com.

My challenge to you is to experiment and play with (pun intended) how you can use music to help you in mastering stress.

Happy listening.

Source by Jeff Herring

Why Art and Music Education is Important

For the past ten years, public schools have had trouble funding school programs such as art class and music class. Not having at least some kind of music or art education gives kids a severe disadvantage when they enter college and the work place. In art and music classes, children learn to be creative and use other parts of their brain besides the logical part of the brain used in most school subjects. Also, studies have shown that music and art help kids in other subjects like science and math. Studies have shown, too, that art and music class can help kids gain confidence needed to succeed in school and in the professional world. Finally, in art class, students learn how to use tools like drafting chairs and drafting tables that many professionals use, such as architects and graphic designers. Therefore, it is essential that public schools make sure they get the funding they need to keep these programs alive.

Music and art classes teach kids about creativity. When children are being creative they are using a different part of their brain that they don’t use in regular classes, like math and science. It is important to develop this creative part of the brain, so kids have a better chance at being successful in their chosen career path. For example, a child who wants to go into advertising as a career choice will need to have creativity to come up with new and innovative ads for a company. If kids only have an education in science, math, English, and social studies, then they will not be prepared for life after school.

There have been many studies that have proven that art and music education help kids do better in their regular classes. It is a fact that a good music education leads to better math grades. Art education helps teach children to be creative, which then helps them learn to come up with creative solutions to problems given to them in other classes. For example, in science class being creative would help the student come up with innovative and new hypothesis in class, which may result in better grades. Art and music class are important in helping teach children tools that can be applied to other classes.

Tools that are used in the art classroom and instruments used in music class teach kids how to be responsible for expensive equipment that they will most likely be working with for future employers. For example, having a child be put in charge of a musical instrument helps teach the child responsibility and it helps teach them to be respectful of equipment that is not theirs. This is important because employers will expect there future employees to be able to be responsible and take care of any materials that will be on loan to the employee, like a computer, for example.

Public school boards need to make sure that music and art programs in their schools are well funded. Art and music education helps teach children the creativity that is needed for numerous jobs. Art and music classes also help teach children tools that can be used in other classes that will help improve their grades. Finally, using instruments and art supplies in these classes help teach kids responsibility and respect for items that are not theirs. Children who do not have any kind of music or art education will surely be at a disadvantage when entering college or the work force.

Source by Connor R Sullivan

Music for Children With Cerebral Palsy

The Benefits of Music for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Music evokes an emotional response from everyone.

For the child with cerebral palsy music does this and much more. It acts as a vital aid to communication and language development. It builds physical, sensory and cognitive skills. It addresses social, psychological and behavioral. All this occurs in a stimulating, non-threatening and fun environment that encourages the child to extract as much benefit as possible without the pressure of formal academic learning.

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) tend to have a good sense of hearing, as the auditory function is usually unaffected by the condition. This is particularly true in those who are visually impaired, as their quality of life is so much more dependable on what they hear. For children with limited vision and restricted movement, music is particularly important as it provides an accessible and enjoyable way to develop and learn.

Singing is a valuable tool for aid the development of speech and language. Speech and singing are accessed through different parts of the brain, so children with cerebral palsy who finds literacy skills difficult, will respond much more positively to a sung approach. Encouraging children to listen to singing and joining in themselves, however limited their ability, will significantly enhance the development of their oral motor skills, articulation and breath control.

Repetitive songs will improve the children's vocalization and pronunciation as repetitive, rhythmic music aids the internal absorption of the patterns and sounds of speech. Because of the enjoyable and stimulating nature of musical activities, increased language learning takes place subconsciously and without anxiety. For example, the recurring word patterns found in familiar songs such as Old MacDonald, or This Old Man, will help to improve the child's vocalization and pronunciation in a fun way, as well as working the cognitive and memory skills. Any familiar song adapted to use the children's names, will further add to the pleasure of learning.

For speaking children, the rhythmic nature of many songs aids the intelligibility of pronunciation and the pacing of words. Children with limited vocal skills enjoy anticipating and supplying the final word of a line of song lyric, for example, 'Hickory Dickory Dock'. Plenty of time should be allowed for the responses so that the consequent praise and feeling of achievement heightens the enjoyment of the activity as well as increasing their self-confidence.

For non-speaking children, music provides an ideal opportunity to develop the use of a Picture Exchange system or other communication aid. Children can participate by choosing from a small selection; the picture of the next animal for Old MacDonald, for example, or a picture that represents a request for the next song to be sung, or sometimes the favored percussion instrument to play. Simple Makaton or other signing should be encouraged whenever appropriate as familiar rhymes are sung, enabling non-speakers to participate and feel an important part of the activity. Stop-start games can be used to encourage children to signal in their own way for more and to enjoy the feeling of anticipation. Signing also strengthens the understanding of speaking children.

Enhanced language learning takes place when movement is used to reinforce music. A familiar example of this is the song, 'Here we go round the Mulberry Bush'. Everyday actions such as handwashing, teeth-cleansing, going to bed, cuddling a teddy and so on, can be mimed in conjunction with actions aimed specifically more specifically at individual children, such as the use of a switch. Encouraging and assisting children to move within their capabilities, while listening to the repetitive words of the song, reinforces the connection between the action and the words, so increasing their awareness and acceptance of common activities.

Information can be absorbed in small chunks through music. The days of the week, occasional, or the child's home telephone number, children's names and names of family members, etc. are more likely to be retained if taught by means of a fun and stimulating song. Words can easily be adapted to fit the tunes of familiar songs or alternately can be chanted very simply on one or two notes accompanied by the steady beat of a drum.

Simple percussion and wind instruments play an important part in the development of fine motor skills, requiring the application of different and sustained handgrips and positions and the consequent releases. Small instruments such as castanets, finger bells, light handheld shakers, and beaters for instruments such as drums or triangles, can be used to improve children's coordination and dexterity. In many cases it will be necessary to apply some ingenuity to adapt instruments for use, sometimes by attaching velco straps or devising a way to suspend instruments. A favorite instrument placed just out of reach may encourage stretching, acting as an enjoyable way to reinforce medically prescribed exercise.

While it is tempting to help immobile children hold musical instruments in their hands, very little value is gained from pumping their hands up and down to enable them to 'play' an instrument. Help should be given to enable the child to forgive, for example, a beater but the helper should then move the instrument towards the beater to allow some sound to occur. Instruments should be chosen to facilitate easy sound making, for example, a triangle or a cymbal.

Instruments that are visually stimulating act as an aid to concentration. Instruments in this category include ocean drums, transparent rainmakers and some ethnic instruments. Similarly, tactile instruments such as the shekere, add further sensory pleasure, especially important for visually impaired children.

Recorders, whistles and other easily blown instruments, especially any that produce an amusing sound, such as a kazoo, can all be used to aid the development of breath control and lung strength. If used in a group situation, care needs to be taken to ensure hygienic use of instruments.

For children with very limited movement, the placing of their hands on the vibrating skin of a large drum, or on the edge of a cymbal played with a soft beater, can ericit a positive response as the vibrations travel through the child's skin. Varying the pressure and volume of the beat will enhance the sensory experience for them. A very effective way of reaching a visually impaired child is to sing very quietly to them across a softly beaten bodhran, using their names as the basis of an improvised song or chant. The singer's words vibrate across the drumskin directly to the child.

Usually, music is an great leveller. There is no right or wrong in music, so it holds no fear for disabled children, who feel safe to experiment with self-expression. This leads to a sense of achievement and pride that may be difficult to find elsewhere, particularly for those with low levels of motivation. The consequent increased self-esteem and confidence can then be transferred to other areas of their lives.

Within a group setting, many opportunities arise for the reinforcement of important social skills such as taking turns, following directions and interacting with peers. For example, the game 'The Farmer's in the Den' teachers about contact and enjoyment with strangers and about waiting for a turn. Circle and imitative games such as 'Hot Potato, Pass it on' also encourage an understanding of turntaking and imitation, with the additional enjoyment of anticipation.

Listening to a wide variety of music is an activity universally enjoyed by children with cerebral palsy. The playing of calm live or recorded music significantly aids the relaxation of mind and muscles, whilst favorite music can make a less popular activity seem more pleasurable, or act as a reward. Rhythmic music can be used as an aid to simple aerobic movement or as encouragement during mobility training.

Finally, music is a healer. For children with cerebral palsy the enjoyment and stimulation of music, either as a participative activity, or as relaxation, provides a wonderful, albeit temporary, distraction from the daily pain and discomfort of their condition.

Source by Mair Forder

How To Become A Christian Recording Artist

I have been asked by a few friends to compile a list of things that you need to do in order to make a living at Christian music. So, below you will find my personal opinions on what you need to do to succeed. I will warn you that these are my opinions and not the only way to succeed. There are always exceptions to the rule. However, these things have worked for me and thus I will share what I know. I am not going to sugar-coat anything so if you are easily offended, my apologies already. Before I start, let me dispel a few myths.

Myth #1 If I had a record label to support me, I could be full-time

So, So, So Wrong. I have a better idea, go max out all your credit cards, take out a huge loan, borrow money from your family and live off that while you build your career in music. What? No takers? Why not? In effect, that is exactly what you are doing with the label. You are living off of money that isn’t yours. When you are out busting your butt touring to support your new CD, guess where the income goes? It goes to pay back that money they gave you to live on. I am going to say this once, STOP CHASING A DEAL! I did it for years. When I finally stopped and focused on making my music my business, the record deal found me. What you would be offered as a no-name/no-momentum band will be crap anyways. Go out and sell 10,000 copies of your self-produced demo and then we can talk about record deals and if they make sense. Until then, shut up and play.

Myth #2 I can just play churches/Christian events and survive

How can I put this? Christians are cheap! For the most part, Christians are not going to give you the financial support you need to survive. This will vary by region but all-in-all people think that ministry = free. Be careful how you present yourself to not get pigeon-holed here. You can be an artist that is Christian as well as a Christian artist. Let the music speak for itself, and when the opportunity presents itself, share what’s on your heart. If you try to bill yourself as only a Christian artist, you will not be able to play enough to survive.

The fact is I can go play 3 hours of cover songs at a bar and make more money than taking a love offering from 200 people. Shocked? Don’t be. It is sad but true. Be open to playing where you are needed, where your message is needed. If churches can’t sustain themselves financially, how can they sustain you? The research tells us that 2% of people who attend church actually tithe (the full 10%). Those are not the kind of odds I want to bet my family’s well being on.

On to the Top 5 list:

1) Be Competent

I heard Billy Joel once say that the reason he has been successful for so long is that he is competent. Most musicians are not as competent as they can be and thus fizzle out faster. If singing is your thing, take lessons, improve, study, practice! The same can be said for your respective instrument. If you are only OK at playing, OK isn’t good enough for full-time. There are plenty of mediocre musicians doing gigs for free that make it harder for you to make a living. So, be better! Be much better. The back half of this is to accept the Truth. If your parents tell you that you are great, get a second opinion. If strangers come up to you after hearing you play and fawn over your music, now you are talking!

2) Be Unique

There are many good performers out there. What will separate you from the pack? Is it your vocal style? Your guitar playing? There needs to be something that makes you, you! Whether it be using loops, a different tuning, a particular look or whatever; keep people watching and wanting to see what you are going to do next. A great resource for creating memorable moments is Tom Jackson seminars. I have had Tom’s home course for 4 years and refer to it often. I build my set lists around his formulas. Guess what, it works! You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, just research and study wisely. Find yourself before others find you.

3) Have a Great Recording

So, you have practiced hard, prepared a good show and created moments to remember, now what? If you do these things well enough, others will want to remember as well. You need a recording of yourself. This is the first true key to Full-Time. A good recording will get you gigs, a bad recording will not. Should you record in your home studio or go to a larger one? Good question. My experience is that most of us do not have the talent to create a good recording at home. Please note, good equipment does not equal good recording. You can have all the bells and whistles, but if you don’t know how to use them, you are wasting money.

I used to have great equipment at home but I didn’t know crap about using it to its full potential. I sold all of it and used that money to record with professionals. The results were fantastic and enabled me to have a quality product that was a true representation of what I sounded like. I used that CD to send to venues and book gigs. There is no doubt that it helped me to go full-time. A quick word about recording budgets, if you have a $1000 to record as your budget, do fewer songs with better production. A great 3-song demo is much more valuable than an average 12 song LP. You will sell many more at $5 each if they are great quality. The great quality will also get you attention of industry folks as well. Any prayer of radio play, etc. will only happen if the quality is great!

4) Be a Publicity Hound

You need to take every opportunity to promote yourself. Even the smallest opportunities can birth bigger and better chances to play. I started playing anywhere I could, parties, churches, youth groups, restaurants, charity events, business functions, bars, prisons, you name it and I’ve been there. Have a nice handout to give to people. Places like Club Flyers can print you thousands of post cards and posters very inexpensively. Use these to give out to everyone at gigs. If there is another band playing in your area that has the same style as you, go to the gig and hand out your material as people leave the venue. What?! Commando style? Yes, a full frontal assault on your prospective audience. Don’t be an ass. Use your head, be enthusiastic and invite people to your next gig. Go visit your local radio station and offer to play for any events they might have coming up. Many times they have a charity event they would love entertainment for. You need to go looking for it. If you can afford it, hire someone like Ariel Hyatt at Ariel Publicity. She does an absolutely incredible job on a 3-month publicity campaign for about a thousand bucks. In the publicity world, that is dirt cheap. She can obtain press, reviews, radio play and is a wealth of knowledge to help you promote yourself. Heck, she even got us playing live on Sirius Satellite Radio! One thing is for sure, if you are going to wait around for the opportunities to come flooding in, you are not full-time material. Sorry.

5) Think out of the box

This phrase is overused but it does hold true. I have done several things that many would never have thought of to survive. For instance, I played a Holiday Inn once a month in their restaurant/bar. I played 40+ cover songs over 3 hours. My arrangement was that they pay me in Priority Points. These internal points are funny money for the hotels. Giving you 20-30,000 points is nothing to them. However, it is 2-3 free nights at any Holiday Inn for you. This is very valuable when you are on the road touring. Limiting expenses is the key to success. For the hotel, it is free entertainment. For you, it is free lodging.

A win-win situation for all. I also played many coffeehouses around the US. One of the coffeehouses I played also was a roaster, i.e. they roast their own beans and make their own brands. I offered to bring samples of their coffee to all the houses I play and drop them off. If the venue places an order for coffee, the roaster covers my lodging and meals for the trip. Pretty sweet right? Necessity is the mother of invention.

If you truly want to make your living performing, all of the above will help. However, if you are not willing to risk it all, don’t bother. I don’t want to rain on your parade and I understand we all have obligations. But if God has put a true calling in your life, there is nothing that should stand in your way. It is too easy to find excuses. I did it for years. And I was miserable playing part-time and experiencing small successes. Every second I wasn’t doing what God put on my heart, I felt disobedient. If you don’t feel the same way, that same indescribable pain that is in your heart, the pain that affects everything in your life, your work, marriage, relationships, etc.

Full-time isn’t for you. And you know what, that is ok. Accept the truth if God calls you to part time ministry. Make the most of it. You can not force God’s will. But for those of you who know that it is all or nothing. I salute you and pray that God gives you the courage to answer the call and leave all reason behind. I’ll see you on the road!

Source by Brant Christopher

Music And Its Influence On Behavior

One need only observe a crowd of sports fans when a song associated with their favorite team is heard to get an idea of the influence music has on behavior. Whether it is uplifting or downtrodden, the tone of music can and usually does have some effect on the listener.

The rock music scene of the 1990s was at one point strongly influenced by the grunge bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, etc. As someone who regularly listened to these bands during that time I can tell you I believe these had a considerable effect on my mood. I’m not saying these bands drove me to any physical acts against myself or others, but my mood was definitely changed from this music and its often bleak melodies.

Contrast the woeful sound of grunge with the higher energy sound of music like Ska, Hip Hop, etc and the mood of a listener is affected in a different way. For me, listening to what I would refer to “happy music” really gives a lift and perhaps a little more energy.

I’ve heard a certain NFL player comment that before a game he likes to listen to really heavy hardcore metal music because it pumps him up for the game. That speaks volumes for what effect music has on behavior. I prefer to listen to high energy music before I will be working on a difficult task because in actively listening to the music my mind is spurred to focus on the task at hand and eliminate any distractions.

One of the interesting things I find about music is its emotional component. A simple pattern of tones can elicit good or bad feelings, high energy or low energy. This does not preclude responsibility for ones actions, however. I do not believe you can solely blame things like a suicide on listening to depressing music. If anything, the music may have simply aggravated a condition that was already present.

Music has a powerful effect on the emotions and mood – it’s up to the listener to use that knowledge as they choose.

Source by Paul Heingarten

Learning Rhythm – Musical Rhythm

You have to learn rhythm in order to play notes on a piano with the correct rhythm. There are four steps to learning rhythm, and to begin with you need to understand that each note has a particular number of counts. Basically what this means is when playing the piano, you need to hold down the corresponding key for a certain number of counts. For example, if you were to play a whole note, which contains 4 counts, you would hold down that key as you count to 4. If the note was to be a quarter note, if it were a half note you would count to 2, and so on. When incorporating musical rhythm, for quarter notes you would actually be doing 4 in the same time that it would take for 1 whole note.

Learning time signatures is another facet of learning musical rhythm. You will find the time signs at the beginning of a piece of music; the most common time signature you will see in music is the 4/4. When you see this it means that the top 4, signals that there are 4 beats in a bar. A bar is the space between the vertical bars in sheet music. The bottom 4 would indicate a quarter note. So what the 4/4 means is that there are 4 beats per bar and a quarter note gets one beat. Both the top and bottom number in this symbol can change, meaning the beats would change.

The next step in learning music rhythm is learning to play notes in time. One of the best ways to learn to play notes in rhythm is to use an imaginary drumbeat that keeps time with the time signatures. You play the notes in time with the make believe drumbeat.

Once you understand these basics of musical rhythm, you will be ready to try playing a simple piece of music. Find a beginners piece in a book and start there. Remember that if you do have trouble keeping the correct musical rhythm, all you have to do is imagine that drumbeat, and soon keeping rhythm will begin to come naturally to you. To really get your rhythm technique down, you will have to practice on a regular basis.

Musical rhythm is important and one of the beginning things you should work on when you are learning how to play the piano. Learning this cornerstone early will help you through the progress of your piano lessons.

Source by Yoke Wong

Master the Mosh Pit

It's tempting at London gigs to jump straight into the Mosh pit with no experience and start beating up the younger and weaker. But it seems that this phenomenon has become so popular that there are a whole bunch of rules and regulations to follow when entering your first backbreaking pit of hell:

The Laws

One – Moshing is not meant as a way for sadistic people to injure others. (Although it may seem that way.) If you enjoy inflicting pain then you might want to consider becoming a serial killer rather than a music fan.

Two – If someone falls to the floor and starts to get trampled like a cowboy in a stampede, you must make it your quest to free them from their position of pain and bring the injured party to the relevant medical centers. There is some kind of organization now called "The Metal Brotherhood" which makes this a must. (I'm not sure if it's a gay thing?)

Three – If a female Mosher joins the group do not try and slip your hand down her panties and then act all innocent! It's wrong and you will go to jail!

Four – Do not hit people, this is not "Ultimate Fighting Championship" is a ruddy music event.

Five – Take responsibility for your actions and realize that this is your own idea; if you get hurt it's all down to you baby. (There have been too many court cases recently and this is just wrong. If you want some lighter Moshing go to a ska gig.)

Six – Do not wear those brand new perfect white sneakers, they WILL be mullered.

Seven – Before you join the pit take a moment to access the risk. Is there a Demon looking guy who's breaking legs and faces in all directions? "He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day". (I learned that from Power Rangers!)

Eight – If you do not fancy the pit why not be a little scared cat standing at the side and pushing the "Real Men" back in who get flung out. This way you can build your confidence and start to get a feel for the ebb and flow of movement.

These are just a few tips to help get you started at your first gigs, but the most important thing to realize here is just one rule which goes with every Mosh pit.


Source by Benjamin Smyth

Tired Of The "Same Old?"

Many people love music no matter what type it could be country or classical. They all make people happy or just make them think of a time when things were better. The music they listen to can also make their mood and feelings turn blue but that is neither here nor there. The truth is music should be original. It should be creative it should make you say wow where did that come from. It's cool that music makes you dance but can you at least make sure it's an original beat. It does not take much talent to take an Isley Brothers song and remix the beat and make it a hit. News flash it was a hit before you touched it if it's not after you use it you should not be an artist. The goal is to make the song better not screw it up!

The sad truth is that the music industry sucks and we as a whole help it to go down the tubes. Turn on your favorite radio station and listen to their rotation. Now turn to your second favorite. What do you hear? The same thing is on every station it's ridiculous. Even with the radio stations they have no identity either. There is no reason for our music to be on one track course to nowhere. The music started out great R & B, Hip Hop but now it's just sad if the best music you can come up with is Toot and Boot It. We are in a downward spiral. Even though I must admit it is original and fun I just would not want my daughter or son to look at me and say daddy what is Toot it and Boot it?

I love Atl the city is great and there are some very talented artist there also. I am speaking on a factual basis being that I use to live in the A. I just feel like we are selling ourselves short with the remixes and lack of effort that artist put into their music. Music is supposed to be an art and not just a business. I know it's how you feed your families and you feel as though since you are selling records you are doing a great job. I would like to pose these questions to all of the artist out there. Can you look at yourself in the mirror and say that you did the best you could or did you just sell out and do what the big records wanted wanted to do? Does your music really represent you as an artist? If so good for you keep up the good work if not, I would like for you to raise your right or left hand, which is your strong hand. Now take that hand and thrust it across your face and wake up and get your act together!

Source by James Haynes III