OUD or UD – the ‘Wood’ is the Middle Eastern Lute

In the arabic world the oud has the same popularity as the guitar enjoys in the western world, so whether you wish to play maqam-based arabic music or just want to explore the musical identity of your ud , here you can find quality ouds at affordable prices.

For solo work you can choose from one of the ornate arabic/egyptian ouds or for a more mellow sound the smaller turkish oud is perfect.

If you are a musician on the move then the lightweight traveling oud is the ideal instruments.

If you wish to incorporate the oud sound in your band, and want to be heard, one of the electric ouds is your choice.

Get your kids familiar with the instrument, buy them the children oud, or if you are a confident player, the professional oud will reward your hours of practice.

OUD BASICS

How is the Oud different from the other stringed instruments?

The main distinguishing feature is the fact that is does not have any frets (metals bars under the strings to trap the strings so it vibrates at precise note positions. like the guitar). Being fretless means any sound outside the western musical scale is possible with the Oud.

How many Strings has the Oud

Ouds are normally made with 11 strings of which 10 are double strung (meaning there are 2 strings in each of the five courses) and one of them is on its own.,

Ouds can also have 10,12 or 13 strings. It is always advisable to change strings just after purchasing an oud, to make sure that the sound quality is not affected by old and oxidised strings, also for ease of tuning and long lasting playing.

The body of the Oud

The body has a bowl like body made of staves of solid wood, this shape is much stronger than a flat body, which means it can be made of thinner wood, in turns it means that this instrument can be much lighter giving it a strong but delicate feel at the same time.

Materials used to make the Oud

The staves of the body can be made from rosewood, ebony, sap wood, teak,walnut. The bowl and neck stave is often constructed with alternating dark and light hard woods. The soundboard is usually solid spruce, the finger board can be made of ebony. The peg-box is often made of mahogany and the best pegs are ebony.

Looking after your Oud

When storing the oud, slacken the tension off the strings to keep the stress off the structure of the oud. To avoid dust collecting in the peg-box and other surfaces of the oud try and store it in a soft or a hard case.

Like all wood instruments do not subject the Oud to large variations of temperature or humidity, it is also important the Oud does not reach extreme temperatures and extreme humidity conditions, by extreme we mean anything that is uncomfortable for the human body.

Congas – the Cuban drums or ‘Tumbadora’

The Conga adds a fast paced Caribbean flair to any tune,
and is guaranteed to get people moving. So get out there and play for your friends and family to set the party atmosphere.

Gloria Estefan Conga

If you have ever jammed to calypso, enjoyed the beat of reggae funk, the drums that were setting the beat were most likely congas.

The conga is the drum you visualize when you imagine an island jamming session-you know, the one with the tall drummer with the dreads breaking down a beat so fast it makes you just want to start dancing.

The conga is all about the heat and spice of the Caribbean, and for good reason. It’s used for the Cha Cha, Salsa, and Rumba.

If you are lucky enough to have visited Cuba or Jamaica,  chances are that the beat stuck in your mind is set by the Conga drum.

In the world of the Conga, natural is still king. Even amongst
professional players, the Conga with mule hide is considered superior. The Conga can utilize any type of thick animal hide, but the most common are water buffalo and cow hide.

In today’s age of modern synthetic materials and screw tensioned drum heads, the Conga that is preferred by professionals stouts a fiberglass or staved wooden shell.

A beginner to the Conga can make do with whatever he can get his hands on, and it will still sound great.

The Conga drums are used to make the fast beats that set the tone to many of the Caribbean’s greatest dance beats. The Conga drums are unique in that they can be tuned and played in groups.

Many times you will see a Conga player playing two drums side by side of the same size, and other times you
may see a set of Congas. The Conga is named depending on the size of the particular drum, from largest to smallest the tumba, conga, quinto, and requinto. The fact that the Congas can be played in groups add to the depth of the beat that can be made utilizing Conga drums.

The Conga’s size set the tone of the particular drum.
The rumba can be used similar to a bass, while the quinto is used for fast tapping and rolls.

Each size of Conga is used for a particular part of a beat, the biggest ones setting the bass, with the smaller ones setting the rhythm.

The single stand Conga is also used by many players to great effect, and because the Conga requires a number of different tapping styles a very well rounded beat can be made from a single Conga. Usually the Conga sized Conga is used alone and sets of two.

If you want to dance to an authentic Cha Cha or Rumba beat, there is no way to do it without a Conga.

Chinese Gong – the ‘Event’ percussion instrument

The gong is used for a multitude of different occasions:- for ceremonies, to start and to end sporting contests, to announce the arrival of important people, for tv shows, and many other occasions.

To have a chinese gong in the house is still considered, in many south east asian countries, a sign of wealth, and touching a gong is still believed to bring fortune and strength.

To select Your Chinese Gong here are the main types, their traditional use, the look and the sound you can expect from your gong.

The sound of the chinese gong will vary depending on the type of gong (see descriptions below) and its size – the larger ones will produce the deeper pitch sounds and will sustain for longer.

The sound will also be affected by the materials used for the gong manufacture, the way it is suspended and how free it is to vibrate and how it is struck.

The Chao or Chau gong (or Bullseye gong) is traditionally used for music and also for meditation, The Chau gong has the classic dark spot in the center and dark ring on the rim.

This gong is thicker than the wind gong and has a deeper sound.
Its characteristic sound is made up of a strong fundamental note and many subtle overtones. To many people it has the true ‘gongy’ sound.

The Bao gong (or nipple gong) is the most spiritual of all the gongs as it’s found in temples in many south asian countries.

The Bao gong is usually played by striking the nipple in the center which makes the nicest sound, but it can also be struck in other areas to obtain different sounds. When you strike the Bao gong in the center it will make a bell sound, when struck elsewhere it will make a sound more similar to the other chinese gong s, but still retain its bells’ like quality.

When chinese gong s are struck they will all resonate and sustain if suspended by chords and usually held in stands.

The Bao Gong will still resonate if struck when not suspended, but it would not sustain as long as when suspended.

Celtic Bagpipes – mostly the Great Highland Bagpipe

The wailing, humming sound of bagpipes unfolds visions of misty hills in the morning, of men in plaid kilts, and strong women standing in the doorways of stone houses holding babies.

Celtic Bagpipes are instruments for memories, for remembering the people that came before and for preserving the beauty and wisdom of the past for the young people of the future.

If you’re interested in history, in mastering a unique musical instrument, or if you want to join a local bagpipe group, give the pipes a try.

Once you have the skills, there’s a surprising number of places you can play them and even opportunities for being paid for your talents.

Perhaps that yearning for history is part of what inspires so many young people, primarily of Celts ancestry, to take up the Celtic bagpipes.

When you start to learn, you start with a beginner’s pipe set, made of either African blackwood or of plastic.

The pipes themselves are the only permanent part of your bagpipes; the bags and reeds for both drone and chanter will be an ongoing expense, though with care they can all last quite a while.

Later, if Celtic bagpipes work out well as an instrument for you, a finer professional-level instrument is a worthwhile investment, though you can get truly lovely pipes with equivalent sound but beautiful decoration for several thousands dollars. These pipes typically are older, and have a history behind them.

Beginning pipers typically only use the chanter part of the bagpipes until they master that; often, they only use a practice chanter, not even the bagpipes themselves.

The drones, whether you use one, two, or three, are more
complicated to keep going, and so are added as the student gradually masters the celtic pipes. It will likely take approximately six months before the student can play the full pipes with an accomplished level of skill.

Though there are several types of Celtic bagpipes, they all have the same three basic parts: an air supply, bag, chanter, and sometimes a drone. The air supply in the most basic instruments is just your breath, filling the bag, but there are some types of pipes that use a bellows instead.

The bag is an airtight reservoir that allows for continuous play through the chanter, the part with either holes or keys used to create different tones. If the bagpipe has a drone, this tube produces the humming sound associated with bagpipes.

In the Scottish bagpipes, the drone is the tube or tubes resting on the piper’s shoulder.

There are dozens of types of bagpipes, ranging from what Americans commonly think of as pipes, the Great Highland Bagpipe, to the Turkish tulum or Breton Biniou. All probably spring from the same historical root, and all are supported by an active and enthusiastic musical community.

Celtic bagpipes can be found as traditional instruments in cultures from Poland down to Tunisia, and from Spain east to Turkey.

Among the most common types are the Great Highland, the chalice, the Mediterranean, and the medieval.

These types differ depending primarily on whether the bag is breath or bellows filled, and then in the number and types of drones and type of chanter used.

This leads to a multitude of variations of celtic bagpipes which allows you to find the perfect one to suit you.

Radio Advertising Undoubtedly A Better Option, But…!

Radio is one of the largest advertising mediums. Business tycoons are not only involved in TV commercials but also invest in radio advertising for radio is 24/7 accessible for the audience, regardless of the location. Accessing TV on your way to office – neither convenient nor even possible, but radio accessing is feasible and well-adapted as well. Not a matter of something to be avoided, radio advertising is a big advantage for any business to be boosted if the application has been effective.

 

Unlike TV commercials, radio commercials are to be much shorter and concise. There are no images to be displayed to fascinate the watchers, mere a story with impactful message about any services and products. The ad copywriter for radio must keep one thing in mind that there are only listeners and so the message has to be loud and clear. Once a person misses listening, then it is gone for good. That’s why the advertising must contain impactful beginning and middle and the end.

 

By today, radio advertising Australia has been proved to be one of the biggest channels for marketing brand values and reaching wider customers. However, with this much of advantage, yet some fail to experience a better result because of poor application of radio marketing mode. A state may have numbers of radio stations but you being the sole responsible for marketing have to choose the most-listened-to radio station so as to target the largest base of potential customers. To avail the services of any radio station, you have to do some dig-ups before you finalize your deal.

 

It is not that difficult to make research on any specific radio station’s history so far. The regular radio listeners and even you too can decide which station is the best for your brand. Otherwise, you can go on asking your friends and relatives which their favorite radio channels are. Not that complicated, nor have you to be involved in some methodical research, if you are willing to know about any radio station’s status in the market. Self-research and a little bit self-assumptions are enough to make you trust or distrust a radio station.

 

There are various genres based on what each channel is aired. The channel, which is busy playing top listed club music, famous advertising jingles Australia, airing interesting love/breakup stories, quiz shows on popular trends, conservative talks, adult contemporary, country music and progressive talks is actually the most-listened-to radio station (as evaluated through random research). Hence, whenever you are planning to air your service or products over any radio channel, make sure that channel is involved with all the aforementioned programs.

Bongo drums – ‘Bongos’ the drum pair

Select Your Bongos

All the bongos here are made with quality siam oak or rosewood and and have similar tuning mechanisms.All the parts are accurately made and fit well toghether to ensure stability when tuned.
The major difference is the drum head material, which is either synthetic or natural skin.

The synthetic head is more durable and its tone tends to be less affected by humidity and temperature, the natural skin has a sound which is preferred by the majority of the advanced players.

The Crown bongos by Remo have synthetic skins and the Tycoon bongo drums have the natural skins The other main difference between the bongos is the type of wood of the shell and its decoration or finish and color, and it’s a choice of personal preference.

Start playing your bongos

The great thing about playing the bongos is that you have two hand drums in front of you, one lower pitched than the other that you can quickly and easliy set up rhythms by playing two hands on the same head or one hand on each head and switch combinations to find more complex patterns.

Some experts advise on learning the different basic sounds you can make with the drums by striking the head in different ways and resting one hand on the head while striking it with the other hand.We suggest to tune the instrument and immediately have fun with different rhythm patterns, then as soon as you are looking for more out of the instrument start learning the 5-6 basic different tones that can be obtained.

Tuning your bongos

The present tuning system used on all bongos on sale here was invented in Cuba.

Some bongoceros (bongo players) advise tightening/tuning the bongos just before playing and releasing the drums after playing, to ensure the skin is not overstressed for a long time and retains the desired tone. However beginner players may not worry about this as more damage can result from overtightening the drum; althought it is not very easy to do.

Each bongo has four screws pulling the head tight against the shell. To tune each bongo drum turn it upside down and tighten the screws. The screws should be tightened in the sequence of one screw then its opposite, rather than ‘going around the circle’ sequence; this will ensure more even pressure and better playing tone. Do not overtighten the screws as it may damage the head skin or the tuning/base ring. Just tighten a little and then play it to hear the tone. Then tighten/slacken until the preferred tone is heard.

How to hold your Bongos

The drum is held while seated and the classical way to hold the drum is between the knees with legs slightly apart and letting the sides of the drum rest on the calves while applying medium/light pressure on the sides of the drum with the inside of the knees/tights. The larger drum rests on the right leg.

It may take a little practice to find the most comfortable position that allows you to play at length. Like most instruments it is important to keep the right posture and learn to relax all the muscles as much as possible while playing so you can last for a long time without getting tired. This happens gradually over a few sessions.

There are other ways to hold the bongos especially if you are not comfortable with the classical way described above. Bongo stands are available to hold the drums while they are being played.

Alexandria Doumbek or Darbuka – the ‘Goblet’ drum or belly dancing drum

The doumbek has many sizes and weights. However, there is no definite size that a beginner should use. You should pick one that would fit you, and the same goes for the weight of the instrument. The different styles in which the instrument is played, however, is what separates the professionals from the beginners.

The Alexandria doumbek has such a strong and powerful sound that, if used efficiently, it can be used to make great harmonious reverberations that can complement almost any type of song or instrument. The Alexandria doumbek is known for its clear & crisp high tones as well as soothing bass tones. It has distinct high and low sounds that make it popular for belly dancing and drum circles. Its very pleasing, aesthetic shape shows how much craftsmanship goes into making the instrument; it can also be handled in different ways to help produce different sounds.

The combination of deep bass tones (“doum”) and high, crisp tones (“tek”) give the Alexandria doumbek its name. A wide neck doumbek has shorter resonance than a narrow neck drum of the same size giving the doum stroke a higher tone; the flare on a narrow neck drum adds to the resonance resulting in a deeper “doum”. Many are also tunable, which gives more control over the tone, while some are fixed. Doumbeks are usually made of ceramic or metal, and occasionally wood, with drumheads made of acrylic, cow hide, goat, sheep or fish skin.

There are two main types of doumbeks. The Egyptian style has rounded edges around the head, whereas the Turkish style exposes the edge of the head. The exposed edge allows closer access to the head so finger-snapping techniques can be done, but the hard edge discourages the rapid rolls possible with the Egyptian style.

Alexandria doumbek also differ in the materials from which they are
made.

Ceramic doumbek usually produce a warm and earthy sound and
traditionally have heads made of fish or goat skin but synthetic heads also are used. Mid East ones are popularly made from various metals, including brass, copper, aluminum & nickel. Egyptian cast-aluminum Alexandria doumbek don’t break easily and the mylar heads don’t change tone with changes in temperature and humidity.

Most players say that aluminum body is better ‘resonating’ and produce a more metallic tone. African ones are commonly made from clay. The rich and varied history should get anyone excited about buying a darbuka.

They are inexpensive, and make sounds that are unique and cannot be replicated by other instruments. However, their use in popular culture has been increasing as of late. Recently the Alexandria doumbek has been incorporated into some folk dance groups. Its use in more contemporary music is helping the awareness of this drum and the rise in popularity of this great instrument.

Making of Music

Making of Music, Inc. believes in, and is actively engaged in, the following:

1.The minute a student walks into a public school he/she should be thought of as an “author”, inherently capable.

2. Sources of intrinsic reward must be built in with the same attention that is poured into sanctions. Teachers need to recognize and find the will to do this difficult work. Nothing runs on empty. Extrinsic rewards – salary raises, extra compensation, promotions, are important and every skilled teacher deserves them. But no school reform budges until there is an infrastructure of motivation and intrinsic reward: reliable sources of pride and satisfaction that allow both students and teachers to experience themselves as inherently capable. Emphasis on teaching and learning.

3. There must be candor among stable groups of educators – teachers, mentors, coaches, principals – who are willing to critique their work, even though it already “looks and smells successful.

4. There must be demands balanced with supports: everyone engaged in whole-school change needs a balance of opportunity and accountability.

5. There must be a mutual compact with community partners to collaborate at more than a cosmetic level so that each partner becomes a better educator.

6. Arts education is effective and well worth studying for the ways in which it provides equitable access to excellence. This is partly so because it can provide challenging work for currently low-performing students. A second concerns the need to replace heavy-handed strategies of remediation with an instructional repertoire – a range of ways of reaching students.

7. There is a need to “rethink accountably”. In a concerted effort to create reform there must be on going inquiry into what works and why. This requires careful and pubic examination of data and the mutual commitment to use data to inform and possibly change current practice.

8. Begin with Permanence in Mind. It is never too early to begin to survive”. It takes time to develop good practices. Time, they say, will never be devoted to gathering and refining good practice without the stability afforded by ongoing funding and community support.

9. In exactly the same way that every student deserves physical health and academic opportunity, we owe young people the skills and experiences to become contributing members of the cultural communities in which they live. This form of well-being has to become an integral part of the mission of public education.

10. Students require more than schools to become contributing members of their cultural communities. They deserve a broader learning system that allies schools with libraries, museums, community centers and many other cultural and community resources. They also deserve the time, mentors, and means of access that help them become creators and thoughtful critics. Young people have the right to be more than consumers and witnesses.

Buy cheap electric guitar strings in virtual shops

To buy cheap electric guitar strings, have a look at the virtual shops. Right now, there are many online shops, which sell stainless steel, nickel-plated or nylon strings for guitars.

Stainless steel strings have certain features. They do not corrode easily. They are also durable and give great sound. In the case of nickel-plated strings, they are actually stainless steel strings, which are coated with nickel. Some guitar players prefer to use this type of strings since they produce less finger noise.

The strings are also softer and easier to play compared to stainless steel types. Many guitar players use this type of strings as acoustic guitar strings with the intention of producing blues or jazz music. Immaterial of whether you are looking for stainless steel, nickel-plated or nylon strings for your guitar, you can find them online nowadays.

The best part of online purchase is the possibility of getting the strings of your preference for low prices. Rather than simply buying at any virtual shop, which offers a low price, check out a number of online shops first. Compare the prices from the shops and negotiate for the best possible price. By negotiating, you may end up getting a lower price for the strings of your choice.

Benefits of online Low-cost DVDs store

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Online searching online might be very fulfilling experience and you get to know the newest releases and who’s topping the charts at any given time. When you identify a selected store which is devoted to your video and DVD genre, changing becomes laborious until you’re evaluating prices amongst other sites.

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