Rise of Music Streaming Service

Over the past decade we have seen music streaming services in the industry rise tremendously. The idea of music streaming services is to bring you millions of songs, of all genres, for whatever situation you land yourself in. Streaming services have forced big players like iTunes to follow in their path or unfortunately get left behind. Streaming websites argue they are contributing positively to the industry with the underlying fact that music seems to be growing again. But like anything else in this world where there is ups, unfortunately, there must be downs and for streaming websites this has certainly been the case, especially over the last couple of year.

Music streaming sites in general all operate in similar ways. The majority allows consumers to use their service for free, with the downside of having to listen to advertising in between songs, but also have a paid version of the service, where you pay a set price per month or year, and draw in little to no interruption. Streaming services, in short, have banks of music from a wide range of artists and genres where customers are usually allowed to customize their own profiles with any music they choose, create playlists of their own and use the services radio setting where they curate songs for you. Before music streaming services started booming, paying a set price for a single song on iTunes and uploading it on your device seemed to be the most traveled path. In today’s age it is clear that streaming services are taking over, from movies to music, streaming seems to be the most efficient way of operating. There are many streaming services to choose from in our day and age, such as, Pandora, Google Music, Amazon Prime Music, Apple Music, etc. But I want to focus on the player that has impacted the industry the most, or so it seems, Spotify.

Spotify, founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, launched in 2008 in hopes of changing the way we listen to music forever. Along with most streaming services, Spotify allows you to search any artist, track, album, genre or playlist to find exactly what you’re looking for. Spotify also allows you to “follow” your friends and artists in the industry to see what they’re listening to. Spotify partnered up with Facebook where users with Spotify accounts could choose an option where the recent songs they listened to would pop up on their Facebook profile. In my opinion this was Spotify’s best decision as far as growing their service. Today, Spotify has 1,500 employees, 75+ millions users, music available in 50+ languages and is available in an application form on almost every platform.

Singing When You Are Sick

It happens to many of us. Especially around the cold and flu season. It may be hard to talk when you have a cold or the flu, but can you imagine how difficult it would be to sing in front of a crowd of people when you are sick?

This article will hopefully help you and give you tips on how to preserve your voice when you are sick and you have to sing on stage.

  1. This may sound obvious, but it is by far the most important thing you can do for your throat and vocal chords. And that is to rest. The night before your singing performance, try to get a good night’s sleep. And it might also help to take a nap before your performance. This is because sleep can help to heal your vocal chords. Resting your voice also means to try to limit talking throughout the day and up until your performance. Only talk when you need to.
  1. If you are a singer who has performed regularly on stage, then you most likely would already be in the habit of doing vocal warm up exercises before your performance and vocal warm down exercises after your performance. These exercises are so important as they help you to strengthen your voice and will help you to hit those high notes. However, when you are sick, you will need to spend more time doing your vocal warm ups and warm downs. This will help to avoid any damage to your voice and vocal chords.
  1. Stay hydrated throughout the day. Water can ease the itchiness in your throat. I always find that warm water with a couple of slices of lemon in it can help soothe my throat when I am sick. And this will help you to lessen the amount of coughing during the day. I also find that when you have a coughing fit and you can’t stop coughing, then take a cough lozenge. This will help to coat your throat so that it is not so itchy and will help ease your coughing fit. Another good thing to do when you are on stage is to take a bottle of water with you on the stage so that you can take some sips of water in between songs.
  1. Try not to over extend your voice. I would advise you to change your song choice if you have a challenging song to sing. This is because when you are sick, your voice is not in best condition and so you will not be able to hit those super high notes. So I recommend you choose songs that you are comfortable singing where you know you will definitely hit each note perfectly.
  1. My last tip that I have for you is to not panic. Imagine this, you wake up in the morning of your performance and discover that you have a sore throat. You ears might be hurting and you basically don’t feel well. What would most people do? Panic! But you must try your best to not panic. Don’t worry. The worst thing that can happen is that you miss a few notes. But if you are panicking on stage, then your anxiety will only exacerbate your sore throat and you will sing even worse than you should. If you are extremely sick then maybe you will have to call off your performance. I know that is a disappointing and extreme decision to make. But keep your spirits high because you will always have the chance to sing again when your voice has healed.

I hope that these tips will help to ease your mind about singing when you are sick. Depending on the severity of your cold or flu, you still may be able to make an outstanding performance. So next time you are sick and you have to sing, remember the above tips and you will be able to do your best and hopefully “knock their socks off!”

The Significance of Music

I guess there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to music, so where do I start?

Well, music is important to everyone, whether they know it or not. It could be their favorite band or their favorite jingle or even a holiday song that they really like, or maybe the sound of birds in the morning; it doesn’t matter, they’re all music. But how important exactly is music?

Whether you know it or not, music is a vital thing! Like the simple stuff you listen to every morning in the shower can really set your mood for the day. Haven’t you realized that whenever you’re listening to the radio and a sad song comes on, even if you had an incredible day, for that moment you would get into the sad feeling of that song and maybe even sing along? After that, you may resume being incredibly happy or you might get your mood switched to a slightly more negative one. All through the power of music!

Whatever you listen to, you program into your head and it goes straight into your subconscious mind, even bypassing your conscious mind! Music gets programmed into you easily, so what happens when you’re the type of person that constantly listens to break-up songs or just enjoy listening to emo music?

I can’t say I was far from that situation really. I used to listen to every type of music, especially ones on the slightly emo side. What I did not realize was that I was programming whatever I listened to or sung into my head! How’s that a bad thing? Well, when a seed gets planted, over time, it grows into a huge tree. The same works for when something is programmed into your mind. I did not realize it at the time, but I was pretty emo, even when nothing bad was really happening. And since I was sending out emo vibrations, like what the Law of Vibrations and Attractions say, I attracted a bunch of emo people too and we were all being emo together happily.

So why am I telling you all of this? Well, after I went for a couple of ET Youth sessions, Elango mentioned about how music gets programmed into you. And although I did not take it very seriously at the time, I slowly reduced listening to these “emo” songs. Slow change, remember?

Since music is a crucial thing in our life, I surely had to replace this empty void where emo songs used to be. I started listening to more inspirational and uplifting stuff, or even songs about just having fun. I do occasionally sing along to songs about love but that is because I feel that emotion at that time and by singing those songs, I can kinda let the emotion pass. And another thing, my environment started changing after this slow change started to set in. Although I do meet the occasional emotional person, most people I hang out with now are working on their goals and following their Hearts, and so am I!

My environment started changing without me even realizing it because all this programming was in my subconscious mind and that’s how powerful music can be. It totally affects you without you even realizing. And by making the small change of changing the songs I frequently listened to, I managed to change my environment without feeling much difference, because all the work was done by the music I listened to in my subconscious mind!

You shouldn’t be afraid of listening to music now, but you should be slightly cautious, I suppose, as the music you listen to really does reflect the type of person you are in the inside. Also, think about it this way. You weren’t aware of the powers of music and how it programs your mind, so now that you do know, you can turn this situation around and use this information to make whatever you’re listening to part of your goals, so that it aids you in achieving your goals. Now, wouldn’t it be awesome to have this powerful thing call Music help you in achieving your goals?

Playing the Guitar How to Play Fast

Learning to play something new on the guitar, whether it is slow or fast, involves teaching your brain to move your fingers in some new way. The goal is to teach your brain to be able to play this new piece without you having to think about it. This is a very important point. But before we start, if the passage you want to learn is long, you need to break it up into pieces that are relatively short. A passage can almost always be split up into shorter pieces. You learn each piece individually, and string them all together in the end.

So how do you train your brain to play something ‘automatically’? In order to achieve this, you start slow. You slow way down. Be sure to tap your foot or use a metronome to keep the beat. You need to make a point to keep the beat and play the piece in time, because if you don’t, your brain will get accustomed to playing it that way and you have just wasted a lot of effort.

Slow down and play it.

If you make a mistake, stop, and play the piece from the start. Again, we don’t want to teach the brain to play with a mistake in it, because it will be hard to get rid of once you have played it a couple of times.

Keep on playing the piece, at the same slow pace, until you can play it without making a mistake. Done it? Now play it again. And play it again. Play it until you can play it without mistakes at least 5 times in a row. You are teaching your brain to play this new pattern of notes. Try not to think about the individual notes. Focus instead on certain `trigger’ notes, for example, the note that lands on the first beat or third beat. Literally let your fingers play the rest.

Once you can do this it’s time to speed it up. Speed it up slowly. Play the piece at this faster pace. If you have to think about the individual notes, you are playing too fast: slow down again.

Now you repeat this process of playing at a certain pace, guiding yourself on trigger notes, letting your fingers do the work, and increasing the tempo when you can play the piece without mistakes, automatically, until you reach the desired tempo. By that time you will have trained your brain this new pattern of notes and you can play it, without error, at an amazing pace, without having to think about it.