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This 3 Common Myths About Achieving Musical Greatness

Achieving musical greatness becomes impossible when you follow the (false) conventional wisdom that many musicians believe in. Avoid these 3 common myths to get on the right path towards becoming a great musician:

Myth #1. You Must Be Talented To Become A Great Musician

False: musical greatness is simply a byproduct of mastering musical skills and integrating them together. People who have natural talent were not born talented. They figured out on their own how to master the right skills to become good musicians.

Not having “natural talent” doesn’t mean it’s impossible to become great. Fact is, many of the greatest musicians began with no talent whatsoever. Everyone has the potential to learn the correct musical skills for achieving greatness by working with an excellent teacher.

Myth #2. Musical Greatness Is The Same As Originality

Greatness is simply the ability to express what you want to express accurately and effortlessly. Your expression does not have to be original. For example, a virtuoso pianist who only plays Classical music composed by other musicians. You can also be original without really expressing yourself (if you lack the skills needed to do so).

What matters most is that you have a strong desire to express something and are willing to learn how to clearly express it through music. Once both of these things are in place, you have everything you need to become great.

Myth #3. To Be Musically Great You Must Play Many Styles Well

You can express yourself very well in one style (that you love). Most of the greatest musicians in the world were specialists in a single style (or closely related styles). For example, two great musicians Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen never strayed too far from their respective genres. Musical greatness is about acquiring skills needed to express the sounds you hear in your head and mastering them. Don’t believe the false claim that you can only become great if you already have a lot of natural talent. This myth is destructive because it keeps you from even attempting to become better

Instead of making it a goal to become great in several musical styles, work together with an experienced teacher to learn things that help you become a better musician in ANY style. For example: music theory, aural skills, songwriting or live performance.

By avoiding these three myths you remove obstacles in the way of becoming a great musician.

Here Popular Songs Featuring The Voices Of Children

Spring is a popular season for many events, including festivals at local school districts throughout the United States. Perhaps the least appreciated, save for doting parents and grandparents, are the annual performances of various children’s choirs.

Generally, people enjoy the spontaneous singing of children more than an organized performance weakened under the supervision of adults. The presence of grown ups tends to drain the carefree joyousness of children singing while they play, a big reason few children’s songs have ever become enduring hits.

Nevertheless, some children’s voices are heard on some popular records, including one from a number album that also won several Grammy awards. In that particular case, the child can be heard crying rather than singing.

No one would expect that hit to come from Alice Cooper and, indeed, it was not from that ghoulish hard rocker who made Welcome To My Nightmare. Yet Alice Cooper does own the distinction of including more children’s voices in his discography than any other artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His first instance of including the voices of children came, quite appropriately, on his the hit title track from his School’s Out album. The kids can be heard cheering near the end, when Alice declares that “School’s out completely… “

An individual child can be heard asking a question on a song from the minor hit “The Ballad of Dwight Frye” from the album, Love It To Death. “Mommy, where’s Daddy?” the boy says. “He’s been away for so long.”

Welcome To My Nightmare contains the hit Department of Youth,” which features singing children in the chorus. The voices belong to Dave Ezrin and the Summerhill Children’s Choir, who stump Cooper as the song fades outs.

After the line in the chorus that declares, “We’ve got the power,” Alice yells, “and who gave it to you?” In unison they answer, “Donny Osmond!” prompting Cooper to jokingly shout them down.

Here are five other popular songs that feature the voices of children.

Playground In My Mind by Clint Homes

This hit reached the Top Ten, partly because of the children refraining “My name is Michael, I got a nickel, I got a nickel shiny and new.”

Dear God by XTC

A boy representing a young Andy Partridge sings the first verse of this anti-religious hit whose success was aided by a disturbing video, highlighted by Partridge himself taking a hammer to a tree filled with a stereotypical family.

The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking by Roger Waters

Actor Brandon De Wilde, who played the young son in the Western classic Shane, should actually get the credit for the child’s voice in this title track. After the Pink Floyd leader mentions Dick Tracy and the title film character, De Wilde can be heard saying to Alan Ladd, “Mother wants you.”

Big Dipper by Elton John

Rocket Man employs the talents of the Watford Football Team and the Audley Street Girl’s Choir for backing vocals on this track from A Single Man, his first release after the departure of songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Clair by Gilbert O’ Sullivan

The girl after which the song was written can be heard giggling toward the end of this Top Ten hit, not long after “Alone Again, Naturally” reached number one.

Isn’t She Lovely? by Stevie Wonder

Songs In The Key of Life spawned numerous hits on its way to number one, including this ode to Wonder’s new born daughter who can be heard crying in the song.

How To Find Top Show Bands For Your Event

The best show bands have agents, and you’ll have to work with an agent to get the best, and the right entertainment option for your event. It isn’t difficult to work with an agent, most are nice people, and ready to do what you need done, in fact… most will go the extra distance to be certain your have the best possible band at the best price.

But, there are three simple ways to find the top show band for your event that you need to know. So, let’s reveal those right now:

1 – Google Search Keyword Phrases

In these days of high technology, Google really is one of the best methods of locating what you want. And, as they say… If it ain’t online, don’t buy it! Google has figured out what people want and how to put it in front of you on their search engine, but you’ll need to know what to look for. Keyword phrases that help guide the search engine to your preferences are often primed by agents who speak better BAND than they speak customer. So, think like the band instead of the customer. Look for names and locations that might label the band.

For instance:

  • “music for afternoon garden wedding” didn’t bring up any bands, or agents to choose from, but rather a long selection of tunes.
  • “best dance bands for hire” brought up a whole list of dance bands and agents who support and market bands for events.

2 – Word of Mouth Referrals and References

Ask others who have hired bands for events, for weddings, or corporate training events, or community entertainment who they call to find the right band. Don’t be shy, if you find a band you like, look them up on YouTube.com or ask for referrals, and references for the best dance bands. Your friends won’t lead you wrong, and you can always test their references on YouTube. Look them up.

3 – Find Event Planners Who Work with Bands

Some of the best event planners will have bands and agents they work with all the time. Don’t count on the lowest price or the cheapest option fulfilling your dreams. Sometimes you have to pay for what you want. But… it’s worth it!

The key is to find the right agent who understands what you want and will work with you to present the very best!

Not only does our on staff agent offer the absolute best dance bands available for a wide variety of events, but you get the option of hearing our bands on YouTube, to help make your selection. David Levin Entertainment brings the best show bands available to your event, click at http://davidlevinent.com and request a quote to find the BEST band option for your event.

Choose A Between Individual Pedals or a Multi-Effects Unit

Imagine you are a young guitar player sitting in your bedroom at home and playing your favorite songs. As you play more, you begin to hear how the music you play is crafted, and you seek to find out how certain sounds are created. Sometimes it’s a percussive element that involves attacking the strings in a unique way with either a pick or your fingertips (or fingernails, but that’s another discussion).

Other times, though, you find there are sounds that add to the music in such a way that the addition is clearly manmade, but their impact is astounding. Unable to rest, you hop online & see your favorite guitarist jamming away, but there is obviously something going on at their feet. Suddenly, realize that they are stepping on various buttons that help in the creation of the sounds you found so awe-inspiring. You now know that whatever it is he/she is stepping on, you need to own the same equipment.

Such is one possible foray into the world of effects for guitarists. Not satisfied with the basic function of connecting their instrument to an amplifier, guitarists have sought to manipulate their guitar signal to create other-worldly noise. There was a time about midway through the 20th century that these types of effects were rudimentary & time-consuming to create in the studio. Savvy manufacturers quickly understood that there would be a way to monetize the effects industry if they could provide these effects to musicians in a more direct way and quite literally put them at their feet.

Herein lies the genius of the multi-effect (ME) unit. This “all-in-one” solution to having all of your effects in one box meant making one expense as opposed to buying individual pedals for certain sounds. Say an ME unit provides twelve effects for $100.00. If you bought each effect in a stand-alone pedal for $50.00/pedal, you’d be looking at $600.00.

However, it needs to be understood that quality of the product is paramount to the success of the effects market for guitarists. In fact, recent high-dollar effect offerings under the ’boutique’ moniker have shown that guitarists will hand over four figures for an individual effect pedal if they feel that this effect is of the highest quality & doesn’t degrade their tone.

What also separates users of individual pedals & multi-effect units is the environment in which they’ll be used. For example, a church band may opt to use ME units because they can more easily connect them directly to the house PA system & do away with the stage volume issue associated with an amplifier. This option also allows for effects “patches” to be saved for certain songs. While convenient, an individual pedal user may feel a bit too constrained & unable to activate sounds as the moment takes them.

All in all, every guitarist’s experience will be an individual one. Whether you choose individual effects pedals or go the way of the multi-effect unit, you are taking an important step to establishing your signature sound, and you need to rely on what inspires you the most to keep making music.