Will Podcasting Replace Your Radio?

Have you tried podcasting yet? Maybe you are one of the ones that has still not found out about it. Perhaps you have heard of it but you still don’t really understand what it is all about. Since I even asked about whether or not you knew of podcasting, that should give you some type of clue how likely it might be too replace radio.

The new format of today happens to be podcasting which basically means distributing video and audio content across the Internet. Technically, it really amounts to nothing necessarily new nowadays. It basically means that you are embedding some multimedia content into some type of feed. (more…)

How to Write for Travel

Who wants to create their own travel website? Perhaps not many people reading this want to go as far as creating their own website to discuss traveling destinations tips. However, I have seen many posts that show a person being very capable of doing just that.

Almost on a weekly basis I will see someone on Facebook post about what destination they had recently visited. I also have seen many take the opportunity to write reviews on websites like Trip Advisor and others. Many of those are some really great posts. Therefore, you don’t necessarily have to create your own blog website to write about travel experiences. (more…)

Taking Your Music With You

The way we listen to music has not always been as it is today. The obviousness that small children take an iPhone, plug in their earphones, and listen to streaming music from Spotify is sometimes fascinating to watch.

They wonder why, when they’re on the train, that their music videos don’t work (because there is no WIFI).

This development hasn’t taken that long to happen. It started in 1978 in Japan…

The Very First Steps

The story of the Walkman is an interesting story of unintentional success. An audio engineer developed a simple portable cassette recorder/player for one of the co-chairman of the Japanese company Sony. This co-chairman had asked for such a device, because he wanted to listen to opera music on his many trans-pacific flights.

Sony coined the phrase “Walkman“; it’s a word that has stuck around quite long.

From Tape to Disc

Eventually technology made it possible to put music on a CD. The obvious advantage was that the audio quality always remained 100% of its original, and that you could not accidentally erase a recording.

The step from Walkman to Discman was a small one, and Discmans have been pretty successful too.

The only downside about the Discman is that they were not very suitable for joggers and other kinds of high motion sporting. The older Walkman you could simply toss around, and you would still be able to hear your favorite music perfectly.

While the Discman would pre-read between 1 to 2 minutes and then play it, pausing the disc in between. But if you would be jogging, the Discman was shaking too much, so the CD player could not resume reading the music track that was playing.

10,000 Songs in Your Pocket

In 2001 portable music took a big leap forward with the introduction of the iPod. The sales slogan was simple: “10,000 songs in your pocket“. The iPod, together with the music platform iTunes, radically changed how we looked at and used music.

Suddenly you could buy only one song, rather than the whole album, and you could fill you little iPod with exactly the songs you wanted to listen to.

We all know that after the iPod came the iPhone. Together with the ever-increasing amount of broadband that became available, the need for “owning” music started to disappear.

You no longer needed to download music to listen to it. You could simply download the Spotify app, and listen to pretty much every piece of music that was ever made in the world since music was invented.

Screaming Streaming

Next to music, Spotify and streaming music, the phenomenon of Podcasts has also taken off.

You can subscribe to podcasts using your iTunes account or you can use the alternative service from Stitcher.

Stitcher is growing rapidly. This is especially so because recently they have struck several deals with carmakers to install the technology to listen to Podcasts that are distributed through Stitcher.

This means that if you want to listen to your favorite Podcast, and you’re on a long distance journey or just doing your work commute, you simply switch your car radio from radio to streaming audio from Stitcher. No need to download, simply listen to that piece of radio in your car that you want to listen to.

The Hidden Costs of Learning to Play an Instrument

Learning to play an instrument is a wonderful investment for music lovers of all ages. Learning to play an instrument helps us learn discipline, dedication, and persistence. These skills can be translated to benefits in all areas of life. Depending on the instrument you choose, and the skill level you wish to reach, music learning can be a costly endeavor. There are several important costs to consider, and budget for, when learning an instrument.

Most of the times my family struggled to pay for my lessons, yet they kept supporting me until the end. Currently I have a scholarship to keep pursuing my music studies, but just for applying to this program my family had to spent 1000 USD. At that moment we didn’t count with the money, so my parents had to ask for an online credit. If you are a Spanish speaker as my father and want to know more information about online credit click here or just do a quick search for Dineromio.com – Préstamos Rápidos in Google.

Here I have translated some tips regarding payday loans (source: Salir de Deudas) and what costs to consider when learning an instrument.

The first thing you’ll need to consider is how much it will cost to either purchase or rent your instrument. Some instruments are much more expensive than others. A piano, for example, will generally cost you more than an acoustic guitar. A good, economic option is to start out by renting or renting-to-own your instrument. This will allow you to assess how dedicated you are to music lessons before you make a substantial investment.

The other major cost you’ll need to budget for is the lessons. Beginner lessons are, on average, less expensive than advanced-level lessons. Other factors affecting the cost are whether your lessons will be private, semi-private, or delivered in a group setting. Private lessons are the most expensive, while group lessons are generally the least expensive option. Also factored into the cost of lessons are the experience and qualifications of the instructor. A teacher with a degree in music will charge more than a teacher without one. When choosing a teacher, factor in how skilled you hope to become. If your goal is just to learn simple tunes for your own pleasure, you may not need a teacher with as many qualifications as you would if your goal was to become a professional musician.

Once these two costs have been figured out, you’ll need an idea of how much money you’ll be spending on music books. You can expect the cost of books to be lower toward the start of your music learning, and more expensive as you reach the higher levels of skill. Ask your teacher to give you a list of books that you’ll need for the first few levels of music lessons. Being prepared for the costs will help prevent any interruptions in your learning.

Aside from the lessons and the cost of your instrument, there are a few other things to prepare for in your budget. For example, are you planning on completing any music exams or participating in any music festivals? There are usually admission and/or application fees associated with such events.

Ask your teacher for as much information about costs before you begin lessons. He or she should be able to give you a good idea of the costs of such things as books, exams, and festivals. Preparing ahead for the costs of music learning can help you stay prepared and motivated to master your instrument.

How to Choose Music for a Funeral

Music goes above all words in expressing the most intense of human joy and sorrows. When grieving, music will consciously evoke tears and surround the victims with the most comforting embrace. Just like any other event, the kind of music that plays at a funeral service will touch the ears and live in the memories of all those who attend the service. Music makes the funeral service personal and more meaningful, escorting those who have rested with respect and love.

People are slowly walking out of traditional music in funerals and are becoming much more selective in their choice. The trend is towards songs that will leave a specific message with the audience, signify a past meaningful relationship or even evoke memories of a particular time in life.

However, one should keep in mind that when they do make their funeral music arrangements and price out their options for their burial, they ought to do so before getting funeral coverage insurance so the policy will be quoted properly to cover one’s end of life event.

Choosing a familiar person to perform

If there are people whom for some reason you feel should perform at a funeral service, choosing them to perform a song will be the most meaningful way of ensuring that they participate. These could be friends and family members who are talented musically and willing to do a piece for the departed. As a planner, you may leave the selection to their discretion or feel free to direct them regarding the kind of songs that they will present. Some individuals get overwhelmed if they are not prepared emotionally in time. It is therefore a good idea to inform the person in question early enough so that they prepare adequately and harden enough to handle the emotions that may spring up.

Hiring musicians

If you love live music as part of any memorial service, then a live band would be the most appropriate option. There are various resources that will help you find a band within your area. However, these should be bands and musicians who will bring the exact emotional feel that you desire. Taking recommendations from friends and family members will also help you in selecting a perfect band.

A soloist could also find way into the service under this category. Soloists can be ordinary people who are good at evoking people’s emotions or musicians who specialize in funeral events. Whatever the selection, be in charge of the music and ensure it communicates the intended message.

Pre-recorded music

There is a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to pre-recorded music for a funeral event. Because of this overwhelming nature, some guidelines ought to be followed. For instance, choose songs which can express both grief and hope and not just the most popular ones. These are the two main ideas that should be communicated in a funeral. We must express a sense of pain, loss and grief. On the other hand, we must communicate some hope to those who still breathe, especially those who were close and dependent upon the deceased.

Balancing family choices with the larger community’s considerations is another essential consideration that should be made. While the family will lean towards songs which the deceased treasured while alive, not all of these will give hope to the attending community. Strive to strike a balance between the two.

For example, I know of a guy that died from a kayaking accident and his family decided to have music from his favorite rock band, Green Day, to be played while showing a slide show of pictures of him kayaking  at different locations. For what its worth, it turns out his kayak was already cracked from a previous accident and he never took the time to look for a replacement kayak (All he had to do was read a few kayak reviews and order one before his next trip!)

In summary, there is no specific music that is assigned to a particular funeral. It is a matter of assessing the situation and selecting an option that will convey the message of many and leave them touched.

The Piano, A Timeless Classic

The piano is undoubtedly one of the best loved and most flamboyant musical instruments currently in the market. This is hardly surprising when you take into consideration the long and rich history of this instrument, which spans well over three centuries! For those who may not know, the piano was invented in the late 1600′s by the talented Italian instrument maker Bartolemeo Cristofori. And at once revolutionized music forever!

The Piano Effortlessly Plays Both Soft And Loud Music

Before the invention of this instrument, music composers could only write their pieces for either the harpsichord or the clavichord. Both of which were limited when it came to playing soft and loud music in the same composition due to their rigid internal mechanisms. The piano did away with this hindrance, and could effortlessly play both soft and loud notes on the same musical piece. Hence its original name “gravicembalo col pian e forte” which literally means a harpsichord that can produce both soft and loud notes.

The Addition Of Pedals Enhanced The Range Of Notes The Piano Could Produce

Despite this achievement, the earliest versions of this phenomenon musical instrument were far from being perfect. Composers could only write pieces on the Alberta bass line that is basically a series of notes such as C, E or G that could be played on the piano. This drawback over time brought about the invention of the pedals that are still found on modern pianos. These new functionalities enabled this instrument to produce a huge variety of notes than it previously could.

An Overhaul In It’s Keyboard And Internal Mechanisms Fine-Tuned It’s Capabilities

Another remarkable hallmark of how the piano (instrument and music) has evolved over the years is its keyboard. The earliest pianos’ keys operated via a mechanism that plucked their strings, which significantly limited its dynamics. Modern pianos now possess hammers that strike the strings when a player presses the keys. These strings are fashioned from metal and are set on a large iron frame where they are stretched very tautly. Modern pianos also have a soundboard that is positioned behind the strings and effectively resonates the sounds produced by the hammer hitting them. There are even digital models available today that produce just as elegant a sound as acoustic models!

Unmatched Versatility In Producing Any Kind Of Music

What makes the piano special when compared to most other musical instruments is the fact that it can produce virtually every conceivable music note. Digital pianos of today can even produce electronic sounds! This is brought about by the varied number of strings each key possesses. In essence the keys that produce low notes are only connected to one string, those that produce medium notes two, while treble keys usually play three strings. This means that the more strings hit by a key, the more louder the sound produced. Most normal pianos possess up to seven octaves, while concert pianos can have more than twelve. Piano players can also be in a position to hit chords and multiple notes at the same time unlike most other instruments. This obviously underscores the versatility of this amazing instrument that is arguably the best invention the music world has produced to date.

How to Best Educate Your Online Visitors to Encourage Return Visits

What is even better than having someone read your content the first time? It’s certainly rewarding to inform those people about the topic you want to share when they visit your article or website. They have been educated, entertained and enlightened through what you had to say. Perhaps there would be one thing better… that would be enticing them enough from the content they have already absorbed to have the desire to come again later to read, listen and be informed once again.

You don’t have to be the best writer to write for the Internet. It just takes a few components that you won’t necessarily see in your average books you read. Yes, it helps to have a certain flare in your writing but not necessarily so. Here are some definite tips to help break your readers back for a return visits.

Choose Clever Headlines

Your headline needs to attract your reader to your content. It also needs to be a brief and accurate description of the content that follows. You can write the best content ever but if you don’t have a good headline to bring your readers to it then you have lost them already.

The First Paragraph

Do you know what is more important than the headline? Yes, I know you already have the answer, the first paragraph. This is where you have to start your delivery. You have then on earth with your readers presence after they were enticed with your headline. Now you have to deliver. At this point if they don’t see enough reason in the first paragraph, they will stop reading.

Be Succinct

Know that today’s readers have a short attention span. They want to quickly scan what they’re reading. In a moment’s notice their attention may be drawn to something else.

Keep your paragraphs small. If you find some of your paragraphs becoming too large, just break them up. Try not to ramble on using words that could easily be trimmed out of your writing. Help them by getting to the point so they don’t have to read long paragraphs.

Take Advantage of Subheadings

Many or even most of your readers will be in a hurry when they approach your article. They will want to scan your article as quickly as possible. If you don’t let them have a glimpse of what your content is about, they might go looking for an alternative very quickly. So what do you do?

Use of subheadings when you can. This allows your readers to see and certainly what your content will be about in each section. It helps them to skip through your content if needed.

Be Real

Write as if you are speaking directly to your listener. Let them see who you are in your writing. Don’t come across like a textbook. Help them get the idea that you want to get across by giving them an example.

In order to let them feel that you’re talking to them directly, try recording your thoughts first. Speak into the recorder as if you were talking to your friend trying to describe something. Afterwards, listen to your recording in attempts to see what words you used and how you used them.


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