Please take 15 minutes to watch this video from Bob Taylor.
Please take 15 minutes to watch this video from Bob Taylor.
Love Supreme is arguably one of the most important albums that legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane recorded. It is known as Coltrane’s homage to God, and is his own spirituality portrayed through music. It is a four part suite recorded by a jazz quartet, which includes the following tracks: Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, Psalm. Each track represents a different phase of the “spiritual journey” which Coltrane leads his quartet through. Acknowledgement is open and meditative, starting with just drums followed by Coltrane improvising. Resolution and Pursuance are more frantic in nature, and the music continuously drives forward. The album ends with Psalm, which demonstrates a mournful, explicit feeling for the conclusion of the album. Some may question the spirituality of the album, as parts of it are chaotic and filled with fury. What makes this album spiritual is the combination of elements; the range of raw human emotions, evoking anger, violence, love, and tranquility all in one setting.
On May 12th, approximately 20 clarinetists in the Idaho Falls area participated in Clarinet Day at the store. Thanks to Rich Wetzel from Conn-Selmer Company, Larry Chamberlain from Yamaha Corporation, and Andy Blanco from DANSR, Inc. for sending copious amounts of merchandise for trial!
We tried new instruments and mouthpieces. Read through some clarinet ensemble music. And pretty much had a lot of fun!
Hand eye coordination is the coordinated control of eye movement with hand movement and the processing of visual input to guide reaching and grasping along with the use of proprioception of the hands to guide the eyes. It has been studied in activities as diverse as tea making, the movement of solid objects such as wood blocks, sporting performance, MUSIC READING, online first person computer gaming, and copy-typing.
Ever play a musical instrument? Well, if you have then you know how much music can improve your hand eye coordination.
Ever play ping pong? Well, if you have then you know how much that sport can improve your hand eye coordination. Racquetball and tennis are of the same ilk too. In other words, anytime you have to react to another person’s movement and a ball with your own hand, you’re going to improve hand eye coordination.
So last night Jason the drum guy and I the violin guy here at Chesbro Music Co. played doubles in ping pong last night at the weekly Ping Pong Nation evening of ping pong, and we won! So there you have it: play music, win in ping pong. Dare to challenge us if you think you can! Game on!
I have been a heavy metal fan for as long as I remember, but not until recent investigations did I learn there were so many subgenres of metal, as well as what sets all these genres apart. I have found nearly 40 subgenres of heavy metal! I will briefly explain the characteristics of a few more notable metal styles.
Classic Heavy Metal: characterized by mid-to-fast-tempo riffs, by thumping basslines, crunchy riffs, extended guitar solos, and clean, often high-pitched vocals and anthemic choruses. It is not generally categorized as a subgenre of metal, but the main genre of it. Examples include Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden.
Death Metal: characterized by the use of heavily distorted guitars, harsh vocals that are low-pitched or growled, dark and morbid lyrics, exceptionally fast-paced rhythms and melodies, frequent blast beats on drums, and complex song structures with multiple tempo changes. Examples include Possessed, Obituary, Morbid Angel, and Cannibal Corpse.
Black Metal: employs fast tempos, both shrieked vocals and low-pitched growled vocals are used, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking in sometimes droning or hypnotic patterns, and unconventional song structure. Lyrical themes opposing Christianity are heavily used. It places more emphasis on creating a specific atmosphere of dread or depression than death metal or thrash metal. Corpse paint is worn during performances. Examples include Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Immortal, and Behemoth
Power Metal: emphasizes clean, melodic, high-pitched vocals, fast pacing that is mostly driven by double bass drumming and melodic lead guitar. Sometimes, screamed vocals or gang vocals are used, but usually only as backing vocals. Power metal leans toward the positive side of life, seeking to empower the listener and inspire joy and courage. Power metal lyrics usually involve fantasy or science fiction themes. Examples include Stratovarious, Helloween, Dragonforce, and Kamelot
Thrash Metal: characterized by its fast tempos, complexity and aggression. Thrash metal guitar playing is most notable for the "chugging" sound it creates through low-pitched palm muted riffs, and high-pitched shred guitar solos. Drummers often use double-bass drumming. Vocals are most often shouted or sung in an aggressive manner. Examples include Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Pantera.
On Saturday April 28th Chesbro Music in Idaho Falls will be holding a canned food drive to benefit the Idaho Falls Food Bank.
For every five cans of food you bring in you will be able to enter your name into a drawing for a bunch of great prizes.
Fender Standard Stratocaster
Teton STG100 Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha APX500 Acoustic Electric Guitar
Fender Mustang 1 Amp
Fender Champion 600 Amp
Group Guitar Lessons
You must be present to win. The drawing will be held at 5:32pm on Saturday April 28th.
Come out and support a great cause and win some stuff while you are at it.
Music is a social, psychological, and emotional phenomenon that is an integral part of cultures throughout the world. Music is not universal in the fact that it plays different roles in various countries. Music may carry a different purpose to a man from Ghana who plays goumbe, as compared to the nine year old girl who is taking Suzuki violin lessons. However, the emotive purpose of music is what makes it universal.
The video above shows a group of teenagers and children from West Africa playing various drums and dancing. Rhythm is a central part of their musical culture; the children grow up hearing these rhythms every day, as they start participating in the music and dancing at a young age. In places such as Ghana, music is more of a way of life than anything else.
For those of us living in America, music here does not seem to be as much of a way of life as it is a social effect. There is a great need for music, but music seems most valuable in America in its ability to entertain. Musicians may spend hours of practicing to get into the symphony, or to reach whatever goal they may have, in hopes that they might make it big. However, this practicing is done behind closed doors, unlike the social aspect of music in Ghana, where it is played all day in the streets.
The purposes and reasons for music are obviously different between the two countries. But what makes music “universal” is the need to experience passion, hope, love, or whatever emotion it may be. This, more than anything else is what ignites people in their musical journey.