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To Fret or Not to Fret

March 13, 2018

Have you ever wondered why guitars have frets but violins, cellos, bass and double bass don’t? They all have strings and a fingerboard. What makes them different? Guitars The guitar is described as a type of chordophone (one of a class of musical instruments whose sound is generated by plucking, bowing, or striking stretched string)(1)…. Read More ›

Protest Music; How it Works

Over the years protest through music has proven to be one powerful medium for drawing people together. Not only is music able to comfort the soul, it is also able to provoke individualistic thought and opinion. Accounts describing music’s power to effect the collective consciousness of groups of people date back to the time of… Read More ›

Handel’s Messiah

For many, Christmas music creates joy and inspiration. Among the favorite holiday compositions  is an English-language oratorio composed by Georg Friedrich Handel in 1741, entitled Messiah. Its scriptural text was compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. The music… Read More ›

The Digital Evolution

Times are changing!  This is especially true in the music industry.  Before we discovered digital music we spent time listening to live performances and taping music to obtain infinite detail and infinite resolution.  If you are old enough to remember the’70s you probably can remember turntables and 8-track players.  We played records or tapes using… Read More ›

Classical Music Period Part 3 – Romantic and Modern Periods

Daniel Kobialka with Leonard Bernstein         As noted in the first of this series, the classification system describing the evolution of Western music follows that generally accepted by Music History Scholars.  To date these newsletters have provided a look into the key periods of musical development including: Early (prior to 9th century) Medieval (9th to… Read More ›