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Music in the 20th and 21st Century

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This was a guest post written by Marcus from Digital Piano Review HQ. His website provides reviews for the best digital pianos in 2016. If you ever happen to be interested in tickling some ivories and getting involved in music, his site is the one site you should be sure to check out first!

Music development and evolution

Music has in the recent past increased its momentum and continues to gain fame. Many people have developed a lot of interest in listening to radios. All of this has happened with the beginning of the 20th century and phonographs were used to make replays of music and also make the distribution. There was increased research and wide exploration of new styles and rhythms not forgetting sounds too. As the technology continued to grow and expand, new methods and machines of making recordings were invented. These machines made sound recording more easy and quality and thus new emergence of classical music came up.

Jazz music in the 20th century

jazzThe evolution of this type of music happened during this 20th century period. It became a very important aspect and genre of music for the whole of the whole this century. Jazz music is a type of music that owes it introduction to the African American communities who are the pioneers of this type. These communities lived in the southern part of the United States. Right from the time it was introduced in the music industry, this genre has incorporated other types of music from the 19th century as well as the 20th century popular American music. This genre has also had a number of subgenres that have come up under it. Some of these include the famous New Orleans which came about in the 1910s.

Rock music

This is the genre that came about in the second half of the 20th century. This is the period around the 1960s. Its sound usually circulates around the acoustic or the electric guitar. This music type usually uses the strong back beat which has been laid down using a rhythm section of the drums and the electric bass guitar. It also encompasses other instruments such as the piano and organ. This type of music has three chords in its purest forms. These are a catchy melody as well as a strong and an insistent back beat. During its 60s and 70s, the genre broke down into subgenres which ranged from jazz rock fusion and blues rock to punk and heavy metal rocks.

Performance of music

This is considered as the physical expression of music. When a performance is being carried out, it can either be improvised or rehearsed as well. In order for a musical work to be performed, its instrumentation as well as its structure will have to fully satisfy those who created it. However, during the performance, some changes can be effected if they deem fit to the creators of the music. Improvisation usually involves an idea in music that was brought up without being premeditated. Rehearsal on the other hand involves repeating an idea until perfection is achieved.

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Elite Music Training – When Your Brain Rises to the Occassion

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ana-laura-guitar-brainThe term “practice makes perfect” gets thrown around a lot, but only the truly introspective will realize that the process of personal and physical growth that comes with repetive and focused training is something truly remarkable. Practice, i.e. the process of doing, is the most potent of human activities. It not only trains your body, but it trains your mind.

The rise of the information era (i.e. the Internet) has given us humans the access to the entirely of worldwide knowledge, but we have not yet figured out how to best utilize it. Many suffer from information overload, and other simply don’t take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of us. Especially with musicians or aspiring musicians, we really haven’t fully come to grips with the potential that online music training and education can bring us. Perhaps we can change that…

Online Guitar Training – The Perfect Practice

Practice makes perfect, but how can we make our daily practice a bit more perfect? We can’t consult our mentors or instructors every day (well, most of us can’t), so how do we go about our daily music training in the most ideal way? The Internet has given us this option in the form of online music training. Sites offering first rate online guitar lessons are available, sometimes for free, and can provide access to hundreds of video lessons, lesson plans, song tabs, and all types of extra resources, and can become part of your daily routine.

Incorporating this type of daily routine has benefits not only on the physical aspects (i.e. finger movement, wrist strength, muscle memory), the neurological aspects, (i.e. memory, instinct, associative processes), but also the psychological (motivation, dedication, routine). Keeping a routine going is the best way to insure that you stay motivated, focused, and ready for new challenges.

The best routines come from opportunity. If you don’t have the ability to practice the way you’d like, you are going to lose focus and disrupt your routine, and that’s why having online resources that are available to you anytime you’d like make it easy to incorporate into your practice.

The Future of Education

We are already seeing a shift away from standard university education. More and more online courses are popping up, and this is directly correlated to a reduction in cost, an ease of access, and the ability to fit within an ever growing, complex schedule. People cannot devote their entire lives to the pursuit of higher education, but this should not and does not mean they cannot devote a significant portion of their lives to it. Having access to all these from the screen of your laptop or iPad are what make the future of education a purely online entity. Getting ahead of the curve with your music training, and starting to utilize online music and guitar training, is the best way to become an elite musician.…


Cognitive Neurosciences of Music

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Music impact to a human being

musicMusic has great impact to the brain of a human being. Many people refer to music when they are stressed in order to cool down their thoughts. As someone once said, music is the heart of the soul. This means that its effect human being is immense. The scientific study of brain based mechanisms is known as cognitive neuroscience. These mechanisms have a direct involvement in all the processes that underlies music in general. Some of the behaviors involved in this process includes but are not limited to performance, composing, reading, writing and also music listening. This study also encompasses the brain basis for musical aesthetics and emotions as well.

This field of study is distinguished by the fact that it relies on a direct observation of the brain using a number of techniques that of the latest technology. Such techniques include the functional magnetic resonance imaging among many others.

Cognitive musicology

This is a branch of a broader field of cognitive science. It usually deals with computationally modelling of musical knowledge. This is aimed at a better understanding of both the cognition and music. When computer models are used, they offer an exacting and an interactive medium whereby one can be able to test as well as formulate theories and also have roost in cognitive science and artificial intelligence too.

This field also deals with the study of the parallels that exist between music and language and music in the brain of a person.

Evolutionary musicology and psychoacoustics

This is basically concerned with where music originated from. It also deals with the question of animal song and also the pressure selections that surround the evolution of music into what it is at the moment. Those involved in the study tries to understand the idea of music perception and the activities which are in the context of the theory of evolutionary.

On the other hand, psychoacoustics is a scientific study that is concerned with how the idea of sound perception. In a more precise way, it is a branch that specifically deals with the general study of psychological responses which are involved with sound including music and speech.

Role of culture in music cognition

The culture that one is born in has great effect in their music cognition. This includes their preferences, musical memory as well as emotional reaction to music. There are some cultures that have taken music seriously and this means that anything to do with it is a great deal to them. There are others who have no much reference to music and this means that it has no significant impact on their day to day life. Those people who come from places that are culturally familiar with music usually have a greater music memory than those who are not.…


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