Apple iPod Classic – Let the Music Play

The Apple iPod Classic has great memory capacity of 80 GB (which can be upgraded upto 160 GB). This device gives you a great music experience and allows you to browse through and listen to your favourite videos and music. It has a good battery backup and can play great music and media files with exceptional sound and music clarity for about 40 hours.

It looks amazing with its sleek deign and appealing metallic look. It has a brand new interface with cover flow. The Apple iPod Classic is an innate companion which would entertain you whenever you feel bored.

The Apple iPod is light in weight and looks great with its stainless steel and aluminium look with rounded edges. It has the ability to store loads of media. Hence, one can store long playlists and thousands of tracks alongwith all the favourite videos.

The iPod has created a kind of revolution in the world of music entertainment. With this new and trendy way of listening to music, people seldom look towards the conventional disc man or CD players. The iPod Classic has an internal hard drive and also has a great photo viewer option. The users can easily connect it with a computer.

It has a 2.5 inch LCD screen powered with an LED back-light and a high resolution of 320 X 240 pixels that displays everything with great clarity. It has a Lithium Ion battery and the ability to play music files of various file formats such as AIFF, AAC, AV, and MP3. These highly efficient music features make the Apple iPod a great success story. It helps the people who crave for good music to rejuvenate and rejoice with great music round the clock. It has certainly been a major impact in the world of musical entertainment.

Cutting Musical Programs – Not!

With all the testing that is required in states and schools now many schools and teachers are cutting musical programs. Or they are cutting out the big program that they used to do at the end of the year that displayed their students talents. This is extremely unfortunate because these programs provide valued memories for our children in the future. I am “older” and “mature” and “retire” yet I have forty year old x-students that still meet me today and say “Do you remember when you made me the Santa Claus in our program?” Even though my memory is fading I usually do remember. The question that I would like to turn around and ask these x-students is “Do the remember anything that I taught in the classroom?” I’m sure their answer would be no.

We are stealing memories from our students by cutting these memorable times out of their lives. I feel the answer to this is to have plays and programs that are easy to put together and require less practice time. These plays or programs can be put together in a 2 or 3 week period with a minimal amount of practice. They require little memorizing and give ways that you can conceal a script or use a narrator with a script and just have the students act out the parts. The students still get to get on stage and take parts and display their talents.

Music could be taught by the music teacher all year long and then put in at the appropriate places. Better yet use music that is well known that the students already know.

Another way to give them these memories is to do mini programs throughout the year that require very little practice as use it as an assembly. Such as for Red Ribbon Week, Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Flag Day, Valentines Day, Constitution Day, Christmas School Sing Along Programs, and End of the year programs that include all the seasons and songs that you have already taught and just need to review. Maybe you could do a short program assembly using books for when you do a book fair. There as so many days in the year that could be celebrated with a short assembly program put on by a classroom in a school. And if there are not enough days then make up a day and have your own celebration and do a fairy tale play, a pets day play, a celebrate the world day fashion show.

The main focus is to give students a chance to use and develop their talents. As one little boy did that told me once that he wanted to be front and center on the stage, but he didn’t want his face seen. What do you do? Well, we made him the unknown comic, stuck a paper sack on his head, cut slots for his eyes and gave him a mike. He brought down the house with his jokes. He later went on to play parts without a sack on his head because he felt so good about himself.

Just don’t do away with programs and plays altogether or you will loose student memories.

Play Music to Your Baby Before Birth

There has been research done that shows that babies who here music when they are in the womb, recognise it and remember it after they are born. The research also shows that babies who are given music to listen to before birth have more active brains than other children.

We need to take this opportunity and provide wonderful music to our children before their birth. Who knows she may end up being an amazing musician later in her life. I am also a believer in reading to the child inside the womb as well. I mean if she can hear then we will want to provide the best messages and stories we can to the baby. Maybe one day we will find that reading to her then will help her read after she is born.

Its incredible how much a young baby can learn. Have you thought of teaching your young child to understand sign language? Many parents are doing this now to help them understand what the young child needs, because even though they are not capable of speech yet they can tell you what they want with sign language.

Then there is also the opportunity to teach your child to read really early in her life. Reading really opens up an amazing world and imagine if you followed Glen Domans instructions and your child could read at one or two years of age. What a great start that would be for her in life.

Why not give your child a big jumpstart in life and start playing music for her while she is still in the womb.

Drum Tips For Playing Latin Music

Latin music originated in the Caribbean back in the 18th century. African slaves coming to the Caribbean Islands brought along their instruments like congas, cowbells, djembe and timbales. Originally, they used these instruments as means of communication between different ethnic groups. Cuba became a hot-bed for various instruments. This collection of instruments later became the percussion section of Latin music. The most important thing to remember in Latin music is this: there was no drum set back in the day. With this in mind, contemporary drummers have to merge the style of a drum set with the exotic percussion instruments in the original Latin music instrumentation.

A typical drum set in Latin music merely replaces the percussion instruments that should have been there. For example, toms will simulate the conga pattern while the cymbals will duplicate a timbale’s bell pattern. The bass drum will play along the bass guitar’s line while the snare drum replaces the clave or conga part.

Playing drums in Latin music is beneficial because you learn different beats, melodies and patterns not found in contemporary music scene such as rock and pop. Along with these patterns are the 2-3 Rhumba Clave beat, the 3-2 rumba clave beat, the Son Clave beats, Bossa Nova beats and many more. These beats and patterns are also found in different forms of swings and jazz. But the difference is the percussion they use for making these rhythms.

To get the best out of Latin music, you need to learn authentic Afro-Cuban instruments. If you can, try your hands on congas, djembes, cowbells, bongos and timbales. Sometimes, a Latin song requires you to get-off your stool and into the percussion section. A typical Latin percussion section consists of congas, tambourines, cowbells and wood blocks. Welcome the challenge of playing these instruments because the knowledge you will gain is very valuable once you get back in your drum kit.

Lastly, listen to different types of Latin music; open up to a different kind of flavor coming from Salsa, Rumba, Bebop, Cumbia and Samba. Get a copy of Santana’s albums and study the techniques of his drummers such as Karl Perazzo and Paul Rekow. Surprisingly, jazz and Latin music have a lot in common. Maybe because of their African roots, both genres share the same patterns and grooves not found in other music such as blues, rock and country.

Latin is a whole new ball game for you. Trying your hands on salsa, rumba and Bossa nova presents opportunity for your development as a musician. What you will learn has a great impact to your development as a drummer and as a musician. Your whole outlook in different instruments, techniques and rhythms will help you in creating your own style.