Using music to soothe a child

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Music sure does soothe the soul, and it helps to calm my little one when she is upset. Are you the parent of a little one that seems to become upset easily? Did you know that there are several music selections that can soothe a screaming baby in just a few beats? Did you know that playing music in a baby’s nursery at night can help the precious little one sleep for longer stretches? To learn about the effects of music on children, visit my website. There, you will find several suggestions that can help you get through many difficult situations with your little ones.

Tunes On The Go: Portable Musical Instruments You Should Consider Learning To Play

Learning how to play an instrument can be a relaxing and rewarding endeavor that brings with it the chance to entertain your friends and family at any given social gathering. However, if you’re interested in (or if you play) a larger or relatively uncommon instrument such as the piano or the upright bass, you’ll have a much harder time accommodating any request for music – after all, who keeps their tuba in their car at all times? So if you’re looking for a few ideas of lovely but portable musical instruments you could learn in order to play for others on the fly, then here’s a few that you should consider. Harmonica The ultimate in portable instruments, the harmonica is small enough to fit easily in your pocket or purse, but still common enough of an instrument that you’ll have no problem locating one and finding either a teacher or how-to guide to teach you to play it. Harmonicas come in a couple of different sizes (along with different types), with the 10-hole being the smallest and the 16-hole being the biggest, but even the 16-hole harmonica is able to easily fit in your back pocket, purse, or even comfortably in your hand for a night of entertainment. Pan Flute A slightly more exotic option, the pan flute is one of the oldest instruments in the world, so named for its consistent appearance in sculptures, etchings, and paintings of the Greek deity Pan. The pan flute consists of a series of carved tubes of different lengths, each stopped at the bottom by wax in order to produce different tones....

Tips For Planning Your Irish Themed Wedding Reception

If you are interested in celebrating your wedding with an Irish themed reception, you will want to take a few moments to check out the following suggestions. This way, you and your guests will be sure to have an amazing time. Add Irish Music To The Mix Now, while there is nothing wrong with having your DJ play nothing but Irish music, it might not resonate with everyone in the crowd. Therefore, you might want to mix it up a bit. You can use some famous Irish folk songs for things such as your first dance, the dance with the father of the bride, or some dancing games that you want to play. As the evening wears on, you might want to start incorporating more upbeat or current dance music that the majority of the people at your reception will recognize and enjoy dancing to. Offer A Variety Of Irish Foods While you might want to have more traditional wedding reception foods for those whom might be picky eaters, you will want to incorporate your Irish theme with the addition of a few simple dishes. For example, having potato soup and a corned beef carving station would be a great start. You might also want to ask the bartender that you are hiring what he or she may have in the way of Irish beers to serve those who are of the legal drinking age. Just make sure that you are still having your bar tender serve other types of drink as well for those who are not fans of Irish beer. Add Green Everywhere Whether you are looking for...

Three Qualities That Make One Brand Of Piano More Valuable Than Another

Pianos, like violins and cadillacs, are highly valued acquisitions. Yet, what makes one brand of piano more valuable than another? That is actually an easily answered question with at least three parts, or in the case of a piano, three qualities. History of the Company Just like Strativarius and violins, piano quality is associated with history and time. A highly valued piano comes from a manufacturer that has been in business for centuries, and is therefore considered a master piano craftsman. Additionally, pianos that are not mass-produced, but handcrafted over a lengthy period of time are also very valuable to pianists. A Bosendorfer piano, for example, has been produced by a company in Vienna, which has been in the business of making pianos for almost 187 years. The Soundbox Principle Also referred to as the “resonation box principle”, the quality of the wood used to make the piano’s soundbox and the resonation qualites achieved with a particular type of wood is what makes a piano valuable. The soundbox is the largest part of a piano and holds all the strings and striking hammers. When a pianist hits the keys and activates the hammers to strike the strings, he or she is looking to hear a clear resonation of each note. Lack of resonation or too much resonation makes the music the pianist plays sound a little off, and no one will want to hear the pianist play. Ergo, the wood, the quality of the wood, and the soundbox’s resonation because of the wood used are all part of the second quality that makes one piano more valuable than another....

Want to Keep Your Piano in Better Condition? Two Things You Shold Be Doing

Having a piano in your home adds a level of sophistication and serves as a built-in entertainment option. However, keeping your piano in good condition requires work. In addition to regularly tunings (consider scheduling appointments with Cannon Pianos), there are a number of things you can do on your own to maintain your piano. Here are just two practical ways that you can extend the life of your instrument: Location The most important thing an owner can do is ensure that they are placing their piano in an appropriate location. Your piano should never be placed in a room that reaches extreme temperature or humidity levels; a more moderately regulated room is best. Particularly when it comes to humidity levels, frequent changes increase the level of moisture in a space. When a piano is exposed to too much moisture this can cause damage. Soundboard cracking or distortion, rust, and warping are some forms of damage. On the other end, when the humidity level is too low, this can cause the wooden joints within the piano to weaken. If you’re limited on space and unable to store your piano in an ideal location, install a humidity control system in the piano. These systems monitor the humidity levels within the piano and add moisture or dehumidify the internal air as necessary. It’s also best to avoid installing the piano in the direct sunlight as this can damage its finish. Cleaning Regular cleaning is another integral part in piano maintenance. The first area you want to focus on is the cabinet. Some owners overlook this area because it doesn’t contain any music-making...

Inspecting A Used Guitar When Buying At A Pawn Shop

The display area for musical instruments within a pawn shop often appears similar to a music store. With a row of guitars hanging by their necks from a wall rack, you are compelled to move closer for a better look. Musicians or aspiring musicians can find the best deal on a great used guitar at a pawn shop. Many guitars of all types are for sale in pawn shops. Because of their inherent value, guitars are used as loan collateral. Guitars that are not redeemed are eventually made available to potential buyers. Whether you are looking for an acoustic or electric model, there a few quick inspection steps to take before making a purchase. Examine the cosmetic appearance Hold the guitar in your hands so that you can evaluate its surface areas for any scratches or small dents. It is not unusual for a used guitar to have a few slight cosmetic imperfections. The physical condition does not affect its sound, but it does provide some insight into how the guitar has been cared for over time. Inspect the neck After checking for any cosmetic blemishes, analyze the straightness of the neck. Raise the guitar up to eye level with the neck pointed away from you. Visually inspect both sides of the neck to ensure that the neck is perfectly straight. Check for any fret wear The top surface of the neck is referred to as the fingerboard. The fingerboard contains up to two dozen metal ridges referred to as frets. For the guitar to produce accurate notes, the frets must be smooth and free of excessive pitting. Some...

3 Reasons To Consider Hiring An Online Mixing Engineer

You’re surrounded by music for most of your waking life. You hear the radio in the car, a person’s cell phone speakers while you’re walking around, music in the stores that you shop at, and your own computer when you listen to the music that you actually enjoy. Because people are always surrounded by music, many people want to be a part of this phenomenon. Unfortunately, making great tracks is much more difficult than many people would think. Not only do you need to have a catchy tune and a great voice, but you also need someone to take recorded tracks of you singing and actually make them sound good. The person that does this is known as a mixing engineer. Previously, sound engineers were way out of reach of the normal person because technology was so expensive, but with the internet, there are now many people online who are willing to take your raw tracks and turn them into something great for a small fee. Here are three reasons why you should consider hiring an online mixing engineer. 1. They Know What They’re Doing Sound engineers know what they’re doing. They’ve honed their craft and will be able to ensure that anything that you give them will sound professional when they are done with it. This is important because they’ll be able to ensure that your song is completed while it’s still relevant. If you tried to use a mixing software yourself, you’ll have a hard time getting the it to sound the way that you would like because you simply don’t know what the software is capable...

The Sacred Store: Why You Should Buy Music At A Store Instead Of Online

There is no doubt that digital music is popular. It is convenient to go to a favorite website and download your favorite songs onto your phone or computer. However, the ease of digital music comes at a price. Here are three reasons to buy hard copies of your favorite songs from a music store instead of downloading them online. You Own It When you stream music, you are at the mercy of the provider. If they have a dispute with the artist, or simply stop offering the song, then it is no longer available for you to listen to. Similarly, when you download music to a device, it is only stored there as long as the device works, so if your music player dies, you no longer have your music. Even if you back it up, you only have access to the music for as long as the backup service provides it. In contrast, when you buy a hard copy of an album, whether a record, cassette or CD, you own something tangible that stores your music. As long as that item is protected, you will always be able to play your favorite songs. Better Realization of the Artist’s Vision Artists often arrange songs on an album to convey a certain vision or story. For instance, some artists might use their album to show the course of a relationship, or another might use it to express variations on a theme. When you buy a hard copy of an album, it is easier to listen to the tracks in the order that the artist intended. Artists also often put secret...

Three Tips For Your First EDM Festival Experience

If you’re a fan of EDM, nothing can compare to the thrill of seeing your favorite artists perform a live set. That’s why the atmosphere at a festival is filled with excitement and positive energy. However, if you’ve never shared a musical experience with 100,000 people before, it’s easy to make a few mistakes. The best way to avoid this is to know what mistakes people make. If you avoid these common oversights, you’re almost guaranteed to have the time of your life. Mistake #1–Showing Up Late Most EDM shows outside of festivals are either in arenas with assigned seats or smaller capacity clubs. That means you’re almost guaranteed to have a good line of sight on the artist no matter where you’re sitting. Unfortunately, the festival environment usually has tens of thousands of people and a first-come, first-served structure. That means you’ll want to arrive when the gates open. You’ll also want to go to the stage for your favorite artist a few acts in advance. That way, as people leave, you’ll move up and have an excellent spot for your targeted artist. Mistake #2–Dressing Incorrectly At a festival, you’ll see people wearing all sorts of clothing options. Some people will dress in their everyday attire, while others might not wear much clothing at all. While that means you can get away with just about any outfit you want, it also doesn’t help you decide what to wear. Remember, you’re going to be moving around a lot and you’re not going to want to hold onto clothing. You’ll want to dress in a few light layers. Also, no...

3 Car Audio Installation Mistakes To Avoid

Looking to upgrade your car’s audio system? If so, and if you’re looking to save some money in the process, you might consider taking on your car stereo installation as a DIY project. After all, so long as you have the right tools and know-how, you can have the job done in just a few hours without the need to hire a professional. Still, there are some common installation mistakes you’ll want to avoid as you install your new system. Leaving the Battery Connected Any time you’re working on any aspect of your car’s electrical system, it’s important to disconnect your battery. Even if your car is off while you’re working on installing your new audio system, you run the risk of damaging the battery or frying out your new car stereo components if you leave the battery connected. You don’t need to remove the entire battery from your car; so long as you fully disconnect the negative battery terminal, you’ll be fine. Forgetting About the Electrical System Speaking of electrical systems, don’t overlook your car’s existing wiring when you upgrade the rest of your audio equipment. All too often, people make the mistaken assumption that their existing electrical systems will be able to handle the new load of the upgraded equipment. Very rarely is this actually the case. You’ll want to check your new equipment to see what its electrical input and output requirements will be and then compare them to your car’s current wiring. You should be able to find this information in your owner’s manual. Don’t be surprised if it turns out you need to upgrade your wiring...