Nokia 5700 – Let the Music Play

The new Nokia 5700 XpressMusic 3G smartphone comes in a choice of colours including red, grey or black color with in a smooth white finish. This model from Nokia 5700 is stylish, fashionable and a fun handset measuring 17.3mm thick, 50.5mm wide and 108.2mm high. The Nokia 5700 mobile phone comes with a removable battery, a headset, travel charger, USB cable, Nokia PC Suite CD Rom and a user guide included in the start up kit. This model mobile phone from Nokia comes with a high quality music player that can be easily accessed and managed with the twist action feature.

The music player existing in this model phone is capable of playing music in MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ & WMA format. The stereo in the mobile phone comes with a built in equalizer, stereo widening, balance and loudness features that assures excellent musical experience. The mobile phone also has a built in FM radio providing the user with a visual radio feature that will help him in listening his favourite radio stations.

The added feature of this model mobile phone from Nokia is the built in 2 Mega Pixel camera complete with flash and 4 x zoom option. The camera function ensures the user of photos of perfect and excellent quality. The camera feature also has photo editing features that will help the user to edit the pictures according to his preference. It is also possible for the user to play popular video formats in this model mobile phone. The Nokia 5700 XpressMusic mobile phone comes with an enhanced video editor that comes complete with different effects and video options waiting for the user to create and enhance the videos.

The 5700 XpressMusic mobile phone comes with a battery that provides the user with approximately 288 hours of GSM standby time and 3.5 hours of GSM talk time from a full charged battery. There also exists Bluetooth wireless connectivity, USB cable connection with Pop Port and infra red making things more beneficial for the user. The 5700 XpressMusic also has EDGE technology and GPRS that ensures easy data transfers.

Piano Chords for Beginners 4: Learn to Play the Carol, O Christmas Tree, with Four Basic Chords

In our Piano Chords for Beginners articles so far, we have seen how to play Silent Night and Away in a Manger using only three different Major chords, and we have discovered how to add Minor chords to our accompaniment in Good King Wenceslas.

To play the piano accompaniment for this Christmas carol, O Christmas Tree, we will need to add yet another important chord type to our piano chord repertoire: the Seventh Chords.

The Seventh Chords

The Major and Minor chords we have studied so far were all composed of three notes played at once on the keyboard. In Seventh chords, four notes are played at the same time. The Seventh chords are closely based on their corresponding Major chord. In fact the first three notes of the Seventh chord are the same as those of the corresponding Major chord. However, the final note of the Seventh chord adds a beautiful harmony and richness to these chords.

For the carol, O Christmas Tree, we need to use both the C Major chord and the C Seventh chord. The actual notes in these two piano chords and the chord symbol for each chord are given below:

C Major

– Notes: C E G

– Chord Symbol: C

C Seventh

– Notes: C E G Bb

– Chord Symbol: C7

Play the C7 chord with the fifth, third, second and first (thumb) fingers of the left hand.

O Christmas Tree: Two Major Chords, One Minor Chord and One Seventh Chord

To play this Christmas carol we will need the following piano chords:

C Major:

– Notes: C E G

– Chord Symbol: C

F Major:

– Notes: F A C

– Chord Symbol: F

D Minor:

– Notes: D F A

– Chord Symbol: Dm

C Seventh

– Notes: C E G Bb

– Chord Symbol: C7

Practice these chords in the two octaves below Middle C on your keyboard.

Lyrics and Tune of O Christmas Tree

Play the tune of O Christmas Tree with your right hand, starting on Middle C. There are three quarter-note or crotchet beats in every bar in this carol. In my notation, the ][ symbol represents a bar line separating the bars in the music.

O ][ Christ-mas tree, O ][ Christ-mas tree, Thy ][

C ][ F F F - G ][ A A A - A ][

leaves are faith-ful ][ ev-er; O ][

G A Bb E ][ G F - C ][

Christ-mas tree, O ][ Christ-mas tree, Thy ][

F F F - G ][ A A A - A ][

leaves are faith-ful ][ ev-er; Not ][

G A Bb E ][ G F - C ][

on-ly green when ][ su-mmer glows, But ][

C A D C ][ C Bb Bb - Bb ][

in the win-ter ][ when it snows. O ][

Bb G C Bb ][ Bb A A - C ][

Christ-mas tree, O ][ Christ-mas tree, Thy ][

F F F - G ][ A A A - A ][

leaves are faith-ful ][ ev-er!

G A Bb E ][ G F

Practice this melody until you can play it by memory.

O Christmas Tree Chord Accompaniment

Now let's look at the piano chords for O Christmas Tree. Play the chords in a regular rhythm corresponding with the three quarter-note or crotchet beats in each bar.

A special note about the chords highlighted in bold face: these chords are played by themselves, half a beat before the final note of the melody in those bars. For example, at the end of the first line, F chords are played with the syllables 'Christ-' and 'tree', then the Dm chord is played by itself, followed by the melody note, A, by itself, with the word 'Thy'.

O ][ Christmas Tree! O ][ Christmas Tree! Thy ][

----][F----F----C----][F----F----Dm ----][

leaves are faith-ful ][ ev-er; O ][

C----C----C----][C7----F --------][

Christmas Tree! O ][ Christmas Tree! Thy ][

F----F----C----][F----F----Dm----][

leaves are faith-ful ][ ev-er; Not ][

C----C----C----][C7----F----F----][

only green when ][ summer glows, But ][

F----C7----C7----][C7----C7----C7----][

in the win-ter ][ when it snows. O ][

C7----C7----C7----][C7----F--------][

Christmas Tree! O ][ Christmas Tree! Thy ][

F----F----C----][F----F----Dm----][

leaves are faith-ful ][ ev-er.

C----C----C----][C7—-F—-

Don’t the seventh chords give a glorious sound to the fifth and sixth lines of this carol? All the chords that you will find in books of beginner piano music can be played easily by learning a set of simple patterns! There is no need to memorize dozens of individual chords or read complicated sheet music scores. However, for all but the simplest songs, it is a great advantage to be able to read music notes so that you can accurately read the tune and rhythm of the melody from sheet music.

Playing piano chords and learning to read music notes can be done with ease by using the correct techniques. Then you can progress to playing your favorite popular piano music with your own unique accompaniments — with ease!

Role of Music in Human Life

Music is passion

Music is energy

Music is joy

Music is creativity

Music is eternal

Music is love

Music is soul

Music is life

Music is one of the greatest creations of human kind in the course of history. It is creativity in a pure and undiluted form and format. Music plays a vital role in our daily life. It is a way of expressing our feelings and emotions. Music is a way to escape life, which gives us relief in pain and helps us to reduce the stress of the daily routine. It helps us to calm down, an even excites us in the moment of joy. Moreover, it enriches the mind and gives us self confidence.

Music surrounds our lives at different moments of lives, whether we hear it on the radio, on television, from our car and home stereos. Different kinds of music are appropriate for different occasions. We come across it in the mellifluous tunes of a classical concert or in the devotional strains of a bhajan, the wedding band, or the reaper in the fields breaking into song to express the joys of life. Even warbling in the bathroom gives us a happy start to the day. Music has a very powerful therapeutic effect on the human psyche. It has always been part of our association with specific emotions, and those emotions themselves have given rise to great music.

The origins of Indian music can be traced back to the chanting of the Sama Veda nearly 4,000 years ago. The primacy of the voice, and the association of musical sound with prayer, were thus established early in the history of Indian music. Today, music is available for us in different forms and the choice for music varies from person to person just as the reading choices vary from one another. There is folk music, classical music, devotional music, instrumental, jazz, rock music, pop music, hindi movie songs and many more.

In the modern world, Music has gained an honourable designation of ‘HEALING WITHOUT MEDICINE’. Doctors feel that music therapy has been helping them in treating many people with problems like dementia, dyslexia depression and trauma.” Many children with learning disability and poor co-ordination have been able to learn, and respond to set pieces of music. Many people with genetic disability have found a new light in the form of music.

Dance critic Ashish Khokar cites an experiment as proof: “Music is produced from sound, and sound affects our sense perception in many ways. Even fish in an aquarium were once made to listen to different kinds of music and it was found that their movements corresponded with the beat of the music. Mind you, fish do not hear, they only felt the vibrations of the sound through water. So you can imagine what a profound effect sound and music might have on the human mind.”

Anand Avinash, founder of the Neuro Linguistic Consciousness workshop who has researched music therapy says,”the mystics and saints from ancient to modern times have shown how music can kindle the higher centers of the mind and enhance quality of life.” Mantras, or chants used in the West, repeated monotonously, help the mind to achieve a sense of balance. A combination of the sounds in Sanskrit mantras produce certain positive vibrations and elevate the mind to a higher lever of consciousness.

We all know that meditation cleanses the system of its negative energies and vibrations. And music is a powerful aid to meditation. In many meditation workshops, music is used to make people more aware of their moods and feelings. People are made to lie down and empty their minds and then listen to the music which is systematically changed so that they can fit through different emotions and state of consciousness.

Many people also believe that any music you respond to positively will work for you, regardless of its content. Thus, even pop music might work wonders for you.

Music affects all of us in some way or the other. It also is the most common interest of many people. People who love music, listen to it while traveling, reading, meditation, walking, some even have soft music while working in their busy routine. It helps them to relax and escape from the stress of our day-to-day lives. It can transport us to another time or place and it is a great feeling of seeing or doing or experiencing something different. People have special music corner for themselves and some people give importance to listening in silence and some people love to read with light music and even some people love listening to music before sleeping. Many people love listening to music in bathroom because they feel it is one of the few rooms in the home where privacy is routinely respected. Some people also love to sing in the bathroom and are called ‘bathroom singers’. Music has now become a part of our life as it serves different purposes for each one of us.

  • It serves as an entertainment tool. For instance, in an occasion or event, music plays a vital role that makes the event to be lively for the people. Similarly, it creates cordial relationship among the people.
  • Moreover, it serves as a tool for corrective measure. Music tell the people on the habit that is uncultured so that such behavior can be for better. Furthermore, it is an agent that is used to educate people. Music can easily convey message to the friends and enemies.
  • It serves as tool for settling dispute between two or more people. It often helps to put an end to disagreements after listening to related meaningful songs. Music is played for the group to show harmony among them.
  • Music also serves as a source of income to human life. It is a profession of particular classes of people like lyricist, playback singers, music directors, musicians, musical instrument players, djs etc.
  • Lastly, music serves as a message or symbol that indicates the occurrence that is going on in a particular place or event. For instance, If bad occurrence happen in a particular place the type of music played their will show the audience or listens what happened in that event. The type of music played will justify to the listeners what actually going on there.

Playing the Guitar to Communicate Feelings and Emotions

Guitar is an instrument that creates distinct sounds that are incorporated in most musical genres. While its history roots from the ancient times, it has evolved into a number of forms, shapes and size. Similarly, the music that it has created through the centuries has evolved from one period to another. The long history of its creation and musical applications explain why the instrument is used in playing most of the musical genres. Man’s love for music has paved the way for the guitar to transcend from century to century. And since music is man’s favored expression of feelings and emotion, the guitar has become one of man’s favorite tools for musical expressions.

You may have experienced watching singers who also plays the guitar at the same time. You may have witnessed a professional guitarist do a solo act. One prime example of such artist is Carlos Santana. He may not sing but he manages to bring life out of his music. The play of his notes and the artistry of his performance is evidently a potent expression of feeling and emotion. His infectious music works like magic. Even with no words, he relays message, emotion and feelings the music he creates with his guitar. Hence, even without words, the music played by the guitar becomes the extension of an artist’s powerful command of musical expressions. It makes no difference if the player is a professional or an amateur.

When it comes to guitar artists or guitarists, there are three kinds of listeners. There are those that have no feeling for music at all. Rarely will you meet this group of people or may never meet one at all- people who are not affected even when the world ceases to make music. The second group would be those who use music as a pleasant background for their daily activities. They basically love music because they need it, they use it. These people treat music as a friend that they would love to keep company, like an important article of their daily lives. The third group of listeners is those who are aware of what real music is. They recognize music as an emotion. They recognize the magic that emanates from an artist through his performances. Think of these people watch a solo act of a professional guitarist like Carlos Santana, they will surely be satisfied.

The effect of music depends on its listeners. But the bottom line is that music affects life. The music that you play or create with your guitar may be meaningless to some people but is meaningful to most people. Music is life, music is emotion, and music is energy. Music is the energy of a man who understands and experiences emotions.