The Importance of the Guitar in Country Music by Nadel Paris

Country music has one of the biggest fan bases in all of music, coming in second just behind rock and roll. Country music has evolved tremendously over the decades. One of the very first things older generations will remember about country music is how simply it started out. When country music was just becoming popular, there were no big extravagant concerts. A concert usually consisted of a few singers or bands coming together in a concert hall, where they would take turns performing for the audience. There were no big productions. The stage usually consisted of the singer or band, a microphone, guitar players and maybe drummers. Today country concerts are light shows, with dozens of electronics piping out sound to thousands of fans. And most concerts now will only showcase one or two singers.

 

If you look back through country music history, no other instrument has shaped the sound of country more than the guitar. Most country artists got their starts by performing on stage at various Nashville, Tennessee bars with just their guitar and songs in hand. And when they made it big, the single thing that every country artist looked forward to is playing on The Grand Old Opry. Today that is still one of the greatest honors of any country star. To be showcased on the Grand Old Opry stage, is to have made it in country. What is amazing about the Grand Old Opry is that it is still a simple show, with minimal use of technology on stage. Acoustic guitars were the only guitars allowed at the Grand Old Opry until 1941. It was then that Earnest Tub had enlisted a guitarist to use an electric guitar on the recording of his hit “Walking The Floor Over You”. That steel guitar sound established Tub’s style and it was after that hit went to number one (on the charts) that the Grand Old Opry finally began to allow electric guitars on its show.

 

Guitars completely shaped the sounds of country, especially the steel guitar. Its sounds are twangy and those sounds are what attract listeners to country. The steel guitar was the first guitar to ever be amplified. Jimmie Rodgers was one of the first country artists to have a guitar named after him. In the early 1920’s he was inspiring other musicians to buy and learn the guitar. Other guitarists like Gene Autry, Chet Akins and Les Paul have left their mark on the country industry by sharing their talents with the world. They have each inspired some of the greatest guitarists in country music today. Their legacies will continue to inspire up and coming artists and guitarists for generations.

 

Today country music is growing fans at an unbelievable rate. Nadel Paris an EDM artist believes that is because of the musical talents of some of the best guitarists today. In the last few years, more and more rock artists are crossing over to country music because they are finding country to be more their style. And some of them have doubled their success in country and crossed over fans of other genres at the same time. Country is no longer getting the low class, bad rap that it used to get from other genres. That is because several country music artists are now using their guitars to completely outsell (in record sales and on the charts) some of the most popular rock, rap and pop artists. America is addicted to the sounds of the guitar, realized or not. And no other genre showcases the sounds of the guitar, quiet like country music.

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A Quick Overview of Musical forms by Nadel Paris

There are many different musical forms. Here’s a quick overview of some of the most common ones.

Concerto

A concerto is usually composed for one or more soloists combined with an orchestra. It will usually be identified by three distinctly different movements. It evolved along with another music form the concerto grosso which was composed for a small instrumental group to play with an orchestrated backing. The concerto grosso wasn’t used after the Baroque period, but the solo-based concerto continues to be played. The three instruments traditionally used in a concerto composition are piano, violin and cello but woodwind and brass solos are also known.

Symphony

A symphony is best identified by its complexity. It isn’t a form of music in its own right, but rather a style in which a composition is orchestrated. Usually it comprises four movements, the first of which being a sonata, however in the 18th century symphony was used as an interchangeable form for sinfonia and overture.

The word symphony comes from the Greek word meaning “agreement of sound” which is why despite the complex orchestration heard within the symphony, the integrity of harmony is kept intact. Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven were among the more famous symphony classical composers, but symphonies continue to be composed today. Although for the most part they remain to be composed for orchestras, there are some symphonies which are composed for specific instrument groups such as wind instrument bands.

Sonata

This musical composition will comprise either three or four contrasting movement. Alongside the fugue it was one two musical foundations for concert music analysis. Most popular during the Classical period, the sonata was also composed during the earlier Baroque period, and later Romantic period.

Sonatas composed primarily as piano solos were the most common during the Classical period, although sonatas for violin and piano, or violin and cello were also composed. During the sonata’s important classical period, the movements generally followed a generic three-movement layout of allegro, middle movement (slower such as an adagio or largo), a closing movement such as a dance minuet or another allegro.

In a four-movement composition the first three movements were as for a three-movement sonata, with the addition of a final movement in a fast tempo such as a sonata-rondo form. Although used by many composers, Beethoven was particularly fond of the sonata form with 32 piano sonatas plus sonatas for other instrumental combinations.

Sonatina

Sonatina’s are a lighter version of sonatas. They have less than the four movements required in a sonata, the movements are shorter, and the level of complexity is lower – making them popular with students of the piano. This doesn’t mean that they are all easy to play however, so you need to watch the skill level required for each piece. Usually a sonatina is composed as a piano solo but some composers also created works for both piano and violin.

 

Bourree

This is a dance musical form from 17th century France. It is usually composed in quick double time although some composers use triple time. Similar to a gavotte, the bourree differs by starting on the last beat of a measure creating a quarter measure anacrusis (the gavotte has a half-bar anacrusis). Used by such composers as Bach, Chopin and Handel, the Bourree still exists today being used by contemporary artists such as Jethro Tull, and Tenacious D.

Fugue

This is a distinct musical form where themes are repeated in a contrapuntal style with the various harmonies being interwoven one with the other. Dating back as far as the Middle Ages this musical style was popular in works of a canonic nature. A fugue opens with a main theme which is then imitated by each “voice” in the arrangement. Once each voice has imitated the theme, then exposition is said to be complete.

Nadel Paris is a music artist who defeated all adversaries and established her name in the music world by her hard work and talent. Now Nadel wants to empower other people and strives to produce other artists and open doors for them. She feels it’s a win-win situation to discover talent. You can listen to her songs on Itunes, Spotify or on Amazon. To know about Nadel visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

Cool Thing in The World of EDM: “Trap Music”

Caught in a trap? Music that catches you and doesn’t let you go. What a weird name though, you must be wondering what the hype behind trap music is? After all, it is quite similar to dubstep and we all know just how big an impact dubstep has made on the music industry.

Many artists are defining music as the new dubstep; it certainly has become the new craze in the industry. Although the history of the genre dates back to a decade ago, it has only recently started to gain recognition and hype.

Many people consider the fact that since trap’s crossover to EDM it has started to grow in demand with sold out glow-sticked arenas due to EDM Trap’s popularity. The major reason why this genre has been ambushed by the world is the transformation trap music has gone through, with not as much rapping and more feet moving beats involved in the songs.

To get a better understanding of music, it could be broken down and described as a combination of dubstep, hip hop, and dance music.

So basically what kind of music is trap music? Traditionally it’s a term generally used to describe hip hop music from the Southern regions of America. Music has pretty much become identifiable with Hip-hop and takes influence from the rap sound in the South.

Trap has become a raging craze with the masses of people at clubs, parties and underground gigs. It is no surprise that it is such a big hit with the people considering the music is so likeable and trap stylings can be injected into any form or style of music. No wonder it has caught everybody in its trap much faster than dubstep or electro and it’s fairly simple to see why.

By now, you have probably heard of the many different trap trends like “Trapstep” or “Dubstrap” – Everyone has their own names and definitions, but most agree that this new phenomena of trap music may just be the next “BIG THING”.

As a genre, trap is adaptable, flexible and in many ways infinite. But some people disagree and say that trap is ultimately hip hop music even if you mix it up with dubstep. Nothing out of the ordinary some may say.

For now this genre is the most hyped and talked about music, but wasn’t it just a couple of years ago that Dubstep was ruling the music industry, it seems like music is living up to its hype right now but who knows where it will stand in a couple years.

Many Producers and DJs have come up with their own styles and sounds to define the genre. But there is no doubt about the fact that, trap music as a genre is definitely growing and evolving into a style of its own.

Nadel Paris is a jack of all trades; an accomplished singer, producer and writer. Nadel writes about music and its various genres, other related topics and shares her experience she has over the years. She offers expert advice and great tips for the all aspects of music genre through her blogs.

Read also: Tango – The History of Argentina’s Dance

Trance Music Can Provide You With an Escape From Reality

Trance music is the way to escape from reality. These days we all need a path of escape, it is necessary. These are trying times for all of us, and we cannot allow stress and pressure to destroy our lives and our health. Meditative music is a non-destructive way to rid you body and mind of stress. It is a way to be free, to forget about all else that may be happening in our lives.

Too many people just bottle up their problems and negative emotions. This is very destructive practice. Our bodies are not designed to operate under that kind of stress. Just like high-performance machinery wears out quickly, so will your body and mind if you put it under a demanding load for a long period of time.

Trance music will bring you into a sort of meditative state. If you allow the music to take you away you can even achieve an “out of body” experience of sorts.

Now, beat software is advanced enough that anyone can produce their own unique music right on their laptops. Beat software is extremely affordable and is very simple to use. If you pick a quality beat software your tracks will even be recorded in broadcast quality.wav files!

This opens a whole new dimension to meditative music. Beat software allows anyone to produce trance music which means there will be much more on the market with much more diversity. Many people are looking for an escape, and trance music is their escape. If you download beat software and start producing professional quality music you could even market and sell your tracks for a lot of money!

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer. Nadel writes about music and its various genres, other related topics and shares her experience she has over the years. She offers expert advice and great tips regarding all aspects of music genre through her blogs.

To know more about Nadel visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

Rap Music Evolution in U.S

Rap music has basically originated from the African-American culture of praise singing of the griots and hence it does not connect to the American roots. This music style, having an illustrious history, was popularized late in U.S. and hence it still poses to be a minority artist creation. It is majorly considered to be a fad left to fade away but factually, it is a musical art form prevalent in United States since 1970s.

It is basically intertwined with the hip hop culture which also includes break dancing, appearance, graffiti and the attitude of people who subscribed to the mores and traditions of this subculture. The present state of this genre is a result of the influence Jamaican music had on this music and major American artists and their styles and the technology which played a major role in its evolution in the United States.

The origin of this genre was Bronx in NYC which was full of poor people accompanied by crime, drug addiction, and unemployment which gave a surge to street gang activity. The first ever street gang was called Black Spades of which, the well-known hip hop legend Afrika Bambaata was also a part.

The early eighties brought a culture of music and dance in clubs with a major spread of graffiti. Graffiti connected people like Keith Haring and Fred Brathwaite, better known as ‘Fab Five Freddy’. Graffiti and rap music originated from the same cultural conditions and some prominent graffiti writers went on to record and play an influential role in the development of the rap industry, for example FUTURA and PHASE 2 and Fab Five Freddy.

Break dance was also an integral part of hip hop which affected rap music. The dressing style of loose pants by blacks was emulating a style that had originated in prison. The point here is, though this industry was proportionally influenced by the blacks, its primary audience was white and lived in the suburbs. Rap music can withstand the influence of other (ethnic/social) groups and still remain popular and flourish.

As this music evolved and became popular, even women rappers came to the front; it maybe because there are more women buying records who would like to relate to women artists and there are more guys who want to hear a woman’s point of view. Female rappers besides offering a different attitude have shown that rap can be far more significant and flexible than its critics have admitted.

Sometimes, this music serves only as dance music and the people cannot understand what the artist was saying. This goes on to show that, it is the beat and the rhythm that is more important and the rapper’s role is to match the intensity of the music rhythmically. This also explains why some records whose lyrics are racist or so violent in nature can be so popular.

Also, there are many other influences like gospel music is one musical area in which they are beginning to produce their own rappers. This music cannot influence other types until rap music itself is not influenced by other styles.

In U.S., even though this genre is a billion dollar business, both black and white local radio stations are still reluctant to play it for fear of loosing advertisers. They fail to understand that now this music style has reached such a level where record companies cater almost exclusively to rap music.

Rap music in America is indeed a minority which deserves more credit and recognition. There is still more evolution to achieve for this music style in U.S.

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer. Nadel writes about music and its genres, other related topics and shares her experience she has over the years. Her new album “Ooh La La La La” is now available for purchase on iTunes. It features remixes by your favorite EDM DJ’s like Ray Rhodes, Pascal, Starbright, Cyphonix, Drew G and DJ M. Chicago. Two of the beats “Oh La La La” and “Funk it Up” feature rapper extraordinaire KXNG Crooked I.

To know more about Nadel visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

The Balance Between Beat Making, Creativity & Copyright Law

Let me say straight off the high hat that creativity & copyright law do not make instant bedfellows! Within beat rap there is a tendency to sample, which is both quick & easy, versus “copyright ownership” highly focused on what may constitute theft. The discussion can veer between litigation on the one hand and ignorance on the other. The basic problem is how to objectively measure how much of the remixed song “borrows” from the original.

One of the current stumbling blocks to licensing copyright (and thus incentive to copy without paying) is administrative overhead and cost. Recording licenses can be obtained at a flat fee normally ranging from $100 to over $10,000. This is countered by royalties to recording owners of between 0.5 cents and 3 cents per track sold. 15% of the original new work’s musical composition copyright might be assigned to the original author, and if extensive looping and reuse is employed, up to 66% may be allocated.

Non paying sampling artists have two current defense strategies that they can deploy: de minimis and fair use. De minimis is the most commonly used defense as it claims that the re-use is basically trivial and therefore does not amount to infringement. The definition of “trivial use” is normally very vague and courts can resort to using ordinary lay listeners in an attempt to untangle the issue! Fair use on the other hand can employ open parody using the justification of “social purpose” based on intended criticism or commentary.

If you really want to circumnavigate the whole copyright issue and can read music AND you are feeling the funk then Public Domain Music may be worth a look. Who knows, maybe you get an IDEA from this? Any composition (not sound recording) copyrighted before 1922 in the USA may be used without limitation. Unfortunately there is no “international copyright” so you will have to delve into your local copyright laws if outside the US.

All of this of course distracts from the intended aim of being creative. Admittedly legality only really gets in the way of creativity when enough money is involved! If you sample Pink Floyd and then distribute it widely then the chances of litigation go up. Everything should be based on an idea (the thing that makes you go) in the first place. If you add sounds later that alter your original framework or concept then that’s just the way things go!

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer. Nadel writes about music and its genres, other related topics and shares her experience she has over the years. Her new album “Ooh La La La La” is now available for purchase on iTunes. It features remixes by your favorite EDM DJ’s like Ray Rhodes, Pascal, Starbright, Cyphonix, Drew G and DJ M. Chicago.

Also read here: Strategies to A Great Song Writing Experience

Beat Making Software – 3 Crucial Pieces to Make Your Own Beats

With so many choices, finding the right easy to use beat making software that will fit your needs can be confusing. Here’s 3 things your beat making program must have if you want to make beats that sound hot.

Transport Bar: The transport bar is an essential part of your beat software because you can use it to do basic things like play, record, stop, and rewind. But the key feature here is that it lets you speed up or slow down your beat. This is known as your BPM (beats per minute) or Tempo.

Most beat making programs default to 120 BPM and you can adjust it up or down from there.

Setting your BPM depends on the style of beat you’re creating.

If you’re making a dance beat you would set the BPM higher than if you are creating a Hip Hop beat or RnB slow jam.

For example, if you’re making a club type beat like Ushers “Yeah” you would set the tempo around 95-105 BPM. But if you were making a slower “snap” beat like DFB “Lean Wit It Rock Wit” you would set between 75-85 BPM.

Sequencer: Now that you’ve decided on the style of beat you’re creating and you’ve set your BPM, it’s time to bring the beat to life! The sequencer allows you bring to life your music ideas by “drawing” the notes in the Sequencer.

You can also set the beat software to record mode and tap out the music or drum pattern using on screen piano keys and pads. This is useful if you can feel the beat or melody but aren’t sure where to place each hit. Basically, the sequencer is a grid that represents time. You use this grid to place the notes and drum sounds exactly where you want to hear them play.

Be aware that some software is meant to be played as a digital instrument only (known as VST’s) and needs a sequencer in order to create a beat. Without a sequencer you can’t make beats. So make sure the beat making software has a sequencer!

The Mixer: Ah, the mixer! This is where you polish your beat and create balance between instruments. If one sound is so loud that it’s drowning out the other sounds, you can turn down the volume of each instrument within the mixer.

This is something that new beat makers tend to skip. However, properly mixing within your beat making software will increase the sound quality dramatically helping you get that HUGE and highly hypnotic “industry” sound!

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer. Nadel also writes about music genre, other related topics and shares her experience she has over the years. You can listen to her songs on itunes, spotify or on amazon.

Also read here: Making Beats – Simple Tips by Nadel Paris to Consider

Louis Jordan – One Of The Most Important Contributors To The Birth Of Rock & Roll

Louis Jordan was one of the most important figures in the developing stages of rock and roll music;

  • Jordan came out of the New York big band swing scene in late 1930’s
  • Leading his own band by 1942 playing a style called jump blues. Example is Caldonia (below)
  • Jump blues was the bridge between big band swing and rhythm & blues (R&B) of the late 40’s
  • R&B of the late 40’s emerged into Rock & Roll

He had it all covered; he was an energetic entertainer who wrote great catchy songs loaded with wit and humor, sang, band leader, played the alto saxophone.

Even though the tenor is my favorite and the one I play, Louis Jordan’s approach to alto was like a tenor. Another alto player like this is Earl Bostic and later Edgar Winter. By that mean it sounded big and ripping and he made it wail. Most other guys were playing this raunchy style on the tenor.

If you’re new to the sax or just like any kind of swing jazz, jump blues, R&B, and rock & roll music then you gotta love Louis Jordan. He was a true inovator and his brand of Jump Blues was a big influence on R&B and rock & roll. A few other artists that credit Louis Jordan as a major influence are BB King, Van Morrison, James Brown, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles to name a few. That’s some pretty good company!

Louis Jordan’s best known song is probably Caldonia, unfortunately it’s one of those songs that has been beaten to death because so many have recorded it. Still, the reason for that happening in the first place is that it’s such a great song. Caldonia’s opening horn lines are so natural and perfectly fitting to the walking blues shuffle the rhythm section is playing that I don’t even remember ever having to “learn” those lines, you literally just sing them out of your horn. You can hear this in many of his songs…. just natural, sing-able, perfect horn lines.

Louis Jordan must have been the most prolific songwriter of the genre in his time. They didn’t call him “king of the juke box” for nothing… He had 57 hits on the R&B charts between 1942 and 1951.

A couple of them are Knock Me a Kiss and Saturday Night Fish Fry.

A few of Louis Jordan’s contemporaries who were also hitting the charts were Wynonie Harris, Cab Calloway, and Louis Prima. These guys were also great contributors to this very important and innovative musical period of the 40’s.

Louis Prima: one of the few whites that made it to the R&B charts, and, he was writing songs that black singers were covering and charting as well. This was years before he went to Vegas and had a very successful career as one of the most popular acts there.

Another interesting fact about Prima was that a song he wrote in the mid 30’s Sing, Sing, Sing was recorded by Benny Goodman and remains as one of the most definitive songs of the swing era.

Cab Calloway had a similar song writing style as Jordan, very humorous and witty. (The hi-de-ho guy) The big difference with these two was their sound; Jordan usually worked with 5 or 6 guys and Calloway had the full big band complete with rhythm, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone sections…you can say he had one foot in the swing sound and one in the R&B sound.

Wynonie Harris was one of the more popular “blues shouters” that was singing jump blues music. Two others that come to mind are Roy Brown and Big Joe Turner (who recorded Shake Rattle & Roll long before Bill Haley). Harris released the Roy Brown song Good Rocking Tonight in early’48.

This version recorded by Wynonie Harris is considered by some to be the first rock and roll song. There’s a couple other songs that come into this argument which will probably go on forever but that’s not my point here. Either way, Harris’s version of the song is right there as one of the very first songs that started this revolution called rock and roll. Roy Brown’s version recorded just months earlier didn’t have the same effect because it just didn’t rock; it was more of a jumpin’ blues. Harris’s was done with a much stronger back beat which emphasised the 2nd and 4th beat of the bar, complete with hand claps to really drive it home.

This was 1948 and it was coming from an R&B artist and it made such an impact that everyone else wanted to record a “rocking’ song. The movement was fast and furious and people wanted to call it something other than just R&B because it was different… hello rock and roll!

By the mid 50’s the new rock and roll era was in full swing and this created some problems for Jordan so he re-recorded many of his hits of the 40’s that had been done before the new rock sound came to be. To add the new flavor producer and arranger Quincy Jones was called in and added the rocking guitar of Mickey Baker and the great tenor saxophonist Sam “the man” Taylor.

What a difference a decade makes; Listen to the 40’s version of Caledonia and then the 50’s version. Also the 40’s version of Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens and then the 50’s version and you’ll hear a huge difference in sound, style, and feel.

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer, recording artist. She is making her statement as a female vocalist and a sole composer of all her songs and hope that it will inspire many others to do the same. You can listen to her songs on itunes, spotify or on amazon. To know more about Nadel visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

Electronic Dance Music – From Public Nuisance to a Respectable Profession

Just two decades ago, people used to get horrified with the tales tabloids used to tell of drug fueled profligacy linked to electronic dance music. Two decades later, seeking a DJing or rapping career or following the hip hop culture has become the new “in thing” among the youngsters.

So how did the public opinion on electronic dance music change so dramatically in such a short span of time? Let’s take a look at what it was before and where it stands today.

The Rave Scene

When electronic dance music first entered America in the 1990’s, it was not adopted because of the rave way in which it was being presented by the artists. It was isolated and fallen apart and was largely associated with underground rave parties.

Expansion

As more time passed by, hip hop artists as well as electronic dance music began to attract a new group of people and incorporated new and innovative genres of music into it. It began to have a wider appeal to people because it directly addressed the lives of the people involved.

Open Acceptance

Today, no matter if it’s a 16 year old school going music lover, or a 35 year old Wall Street professional, EDM has swept away everyone alike. It has exploded in an era where social media, huge festivals, cheap music technology and information about the hip hop artists is all at the finger tips of this generation.

Preference over Traditional Bands

Today, rather than going to the concerts of traditional pop and rock bands, people prefer attending an event where they could enjoy electronic dance music. DJ’s and hip hop artists have begun to make a lot more than professional singers, and the trend continues to grow at a rapid pace.

No One Uses the R-word anymore

With all the white dress codes combined with super expensive sets, the big club nights can really no longer be called ‘raves’. If there is the next big dance event coming up in your town, there is no way that a big-name DJ is not making an appearance. Hip hop artists have rightly earned the reputation of knowing their audience and thus the music is exactly according to their taste.

The dance music culture is becoming a rising commercial tide, and with it, it has introduced several impressive names such as Nadel Paris that have totally revolutionized what EDM stood for just two decades ago.

Nadel Paris is a music producer, recording artist, musician and her music is a mix between different styles: Dance, EDM, Pop, Urban …etc. She is making her statement as a female vocalist and a sole composer of all her songs and hope that it will inspire many others to do the same. You can listen to her songs on itunes, spotify or on amazon.

Also read here: The Past & Future of Dance Music Styles