Practicing Music

Types of Guitar

Nowadays we have many different types of guitar, however the instrument has a fascinating history, as the guitar’s true origin has never been conclusively proven. Similar stringed instruments evolved over the years, but we do know that the guitar as we know it developed in Spain. Because the lute was a popular stringed instrument during the Renaissance, many believed [...]

Religious Music

Religious music (also known as sacred music) is defined as anything that has been written as devotional to any given faith. Many stone tablets depicting hymns have been uncovered from ancient times, with The Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal believed to be the oldest piece of religious music ever to be uncovered at over 3,400 years old. You can listen [...]

Music For Trad Jazz Bands

Traditional jazz, also known as ‘trad jazz’ describes a style formed in Britain in the 1950s and 60s that was a revival of New Orleans Dixieland jazz. Dixieland, (also referred to as ‘hot jazz’ or ‘traditional jazz’) originated in the 1910s and as a combination of African American New Orleans ragtime and Sicilian music. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band made [...]

Harmony And Counterpoint

Harmony and counterpoint can be confusing for music students to distinguish at first. This is because counterpoint is a form of harmony, however it is a compositional technique in its own right. While techniques forming two note chords and beyond can be classed as harmony, counterpoint is more specific. Counterpoint is defined as ‘two or more musical lines that [...]

Barbershop Music

Barbershop music is a distinctive a cappella group that is characterised by its close harmony of four-part chords. Originating in the late 19th Century in America and following a revival in the 1930s, the genre is still very much alive and popular today. The barbershop quartet is probably the most well known grouping for this style as barbershop music [...]

Backing Vocals

The popularity of backing vocals soared in the 1950s and 60s with an explosion of groups who brought vocal harmonies to the forefront of pop music. Sometimes these harmonies sing ‘ooh’s and ‘ah’s, and other times they support the lyrics and sing the same words as the lead vocal. Other well-used lyrical harmony techniques include singing in a canon, [...]

Music Degrees

There are lots of different types of music degrees that specialise in all kinds of areas within music and sound. Lots of institutions will combine areas and specialisms, however there are a few ways of categorising the main areas of study. Undergraduate music degrees mainly fall within three classifications: BMus – Bachelor of Music BA – Bachelor of Arts [...]

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