The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Harry Styles

The Early Life

Harry Edward Styles was born on February 1, 1994 in Holmes Chapel. He was born to Anne Cox and Des Styles. Harry has one sister, named Gemma Styles. When Harry was seven years old, his parents divorced. Harry and his sister, Gemma, were then raised by their mother.

The X-Factor

When Harry was sixteen years-old, he auditioned as a solo artist for the seventh season of the X-Factor. He audition with the song “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. Harry was eliminated as a solo artist. However, one of the judges on the X-Factor, Simon Cowell, decided to put him into a boy group. This group included Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and of course, Harry Styles. Thus forming the famous boy-band One Direction.

On the X-Factor, One Direction performed a number of songs. The songs performed included:

  • Viva la Vida
  • My Life Would Suck Without You
  • Nobody Knows
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart
  • Kids in America
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • All You Need Is Love
  • You Are So Beautiful
  • Summer of ’69
  • Only Girl in the World
  • Chasing Cars
  • Your Song
  • She’s the One
  • Torn

One Direction went on to the semi-finals of the show, but were eliminated and took third place.

After the X-Factor

Soon after being eliminated from the X-Factor, One Direction released their first single, What Makes You Beautiful. Following the release of their single, One Direction released their first album, Up All Night. Up All Night topped the Billboard 200 charts at No. 1 for 14 consecutive weeks, making Billboard history.

One Direction became more and more famous as time went on. In twenty-twelve, One Direction released their second album, Take Me Home. In twenty-thirteen, One Direction’s third album, Midnight Memories, came out. One Direction’s fourth album, Four, was released in twenty-fourteen.

Eight months after Zayn split from the band One Direction released their fifth album, Made in the A.M. One month later, One Direction went on a hiatus, a break.

The band decided that after five years of being on the road, creating music, and after all that had happened it was time for a break. One Direction decided on an eighteenth month long break.

One Direction’s hiatus officially started on Dec. 13, 2015 after they performed their hit song “History” on the X-Factor season finale.

In twenty-sixteen, the members of One Direction started their own individual careers.

Harry’s Solo Career

In the fall of twenty-sixteen, Harry went to Jamaica. He recorded much of his album there, turning his studio complex into a Caribbean version of Big Pink. For two months last fall, Styles, producer Jeff Bhasker and the band recorded in the remote Geejam studio near Port Antonio, a location where Rihanna and Drake have previously recorded music as well. (Rolling Stones Magazine)

Harry also did some modeling for Another Man Magazine September of twenty-sixteen. The whole entire fandom was dead! Literally, that modeling job killed everyone. Check out the photos here and now!

Harry released his first single Sign of the Times in April of twenty-seventeen. Sign of the Times topped the charts at No. 1 for a week. It was a big success!

Harry’s debut album includes ten songs which are:

  • Meet Me in the Hallway
  • Sign of the Times
  • Carolina
  • Two Ghosts
  • Sweet Creature
  • Only Angel
  • Kiwi
  • Ever Since New York
  • Woman
  • From the Dining Table

Listen to the album now

While he was making his debut solo career album, Harry Styles, he created a documentary movie called Harry Styles: Behind the Album. He released the movie on Apple Music in May of 2017.

He also starred in Dunkirk directed by the famous Christopher Nolan. Dunkirk is based on the true story during World War Two. Harry plays a soldier Alex. Even though he doesn’t have a huge role in Dunkirk, he made an amazing performance. This was also his first movie.

Harry is now on an international tour. He’s is currently finishing up his 2017 tour, but will be going on tour again starting on March 11, 2018. Buy tickets for the twenty-eighteen tour now! Get them before they are all sold out!

Can’t go to the the tour but want to? No worries! Mr. Styles now has all of his concert merchandise online! Get it now!

Twenty-eighteen here we come!

 

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Lany: The Newest Indie Band from California

The Newest Indie Band:

“Aint never felt this way, can’t get enough so stay, with me” Those few words are the words that started this band’s fame. LANY the newest indie band  from Los Angeles, California. It all started when Paul Jason Klein was working on his solo career, then he met up with then friends, now his bandmates, Les Priest and Jake Goss.

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Their first album, Make Out, has their most famous song, “ILYSB”. They then produced yet another album titled, I Loved You. But the most recent album, LANY, which was released on June 30th of 2017, has had their best songs yet. From their most touching sounds like “The Breakup” or “Hericane”, to their funny songs mocking their moms, “Parents” have you in a good mood throughout the whole thing. They even brought back their most famous song “ILSYB” to be on the album.

Mood Of LANY’s Music:

Whether you are going through a break up, or finally getting over one, the newest indie band’s music can put you in the right mood. Are you mad at your ex being unloyal? Listen to “Good Girls”. Does your ex want to get back together? Pull out and listen to “The Breakup” to remind you that “It’s never the same love, yeah after the breakup.” If you are mad about the whole situation you went through with your ex, LANY has the music for you. Sitting alone on a Friday night eating ice cream while crying? Listen to LANY. Even if you want to go on a car ride with your new beau, turn on LANY for that romantic, night car ride. Do you want to have your first kiss with someone? Turn on “Super Far”. No matter what the mood is, LANY has the music to go with it.

Band Members And The Bands History:The Newest Indie Band

Of course, we have to talk about the band members who are in the newest indie band. Paul Jason Klein is the lead singer, is one of the guitarists, and also plays the keyboard. He is dating singer Dua Lipa. Les Priest is the guitarist and also plays the keyboards. Jake Goss is the drummer of the band. The three were friends, and then decided to create a band. Paul Jason Klein was in Nashville, Tennessee at the time. Then his new band mates flew out, and that is how the band LANY was created. LANY stands for Los Angeles New York. Paul, Les, and Jake are from Los Angeles, and they love New York City, which is where the name came from.

Merchandise:The Newest Indie Band

LANY has amazing music, and has even branched out into making their own clothing. You can buy sweatshirts, shirts, and hoodies. Their online store also provides some of their albums, but in vinyl form.  They also have posters that you can buy, and they are signed by all three band members. The band also sells patches to put on your clothes. You can start looking like your favorite band with all of their merch. If you love the clothes the band wears, then you can be just as aesthetic as them and buy their clothes. You can even make your room aesthetic with their vinyl collection. As long as you have a record player, then you can buy and play the vinyl.

 

Tours:The Newest Indie Band

Do you live in the United States? What about Australia? Well none of that matters, because LANY travels the world on tour! They travel the world to make sure their fans in all countries can hear them. They start their tour in the United States, but then they travel to Europe and do multiple different countries. Fans stand outside in lines and wait for hours so they can see them perform. While on tour, the band will even interact with the fans. So try and get close to the stage! You never know if Paul will try and crowd surf, or even reach down and touch your hand. Many fans have been amazed to be so close to the band, and it definitely pays off. LANY will also post on their social media and have their fans in the picture with them. And who wouldn’t want a picture with these good looking guys.

To see more of LANY, check out their website

 

 

 

David Archuleta: A Bioagraphy

An Introduction

David Archuleta is a very talented singer. Born in Miami, Florida, Archuleta moved with his family to Murray, Utah. He began to take the headings in the newspaper when he was sixteen. Archuleta tried out for the hit television series American Idol. The young teenager didn’t win, unfortunately, but did win 2nd place and started off on a career in music.

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The First Album: David Archuleta

Firstly, Archuleta’s first album, published in 2008, was a self-titled album called David Archuleta. It contains many amazing songs, such as Crush, Touch My Hand, and A Little Too Not Over You. Also, all of the songs take his awesome voice to a new level. The creative songs give light on David’s talent and future in music. Finally, To Be With You is the best song on this album for me.

Songs in this album

  1. Crush
  2. Touch My Hand
  3. Barriers
  4. My Hands
  5. A Little Too Not Over You
  6. You Can
  7. Running
  8. Desperate
  9. To Be With You
  10. Don’t Let Go
  11. Your Eyes Don’t Lie
  12. Angels
  13. Works for Me!

The Christmas Album

Next, his second album was another success. It was released a year after his first and was a Christmas album. Firstly, the album, titled Christmas From the Heart, was made with many incredible traditional Christmas songs and some original songs written by Archuleta. I’ll Be Home for Christmas, O Holy Night, and Silient Night are favorites included in the album. On this album, my favorite is Pat-a-Pan because of the cool arrangement and how the beginning is in French.

Songs on the album

Joy to the World

  1. Angels We Have Heard on High
  2. O Come All Ye Faithful
  3. Silent Night
  4. The First Noel
  5. O Holy Night
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  7. I’ll be home for Christmas
  8. Pat-a-Pan
  9. What Child Is This
  10. Riu Riu Chiu
  11. Ave Maria
  12. Melodies of Christmas

The Other Side of Down

With his third album, David’s producers told him he had to have a love song on the album. Hating the idea of singing a cheesy song like Justin Bieber sings, David decided to write his own love song. The title is My Kind Of Perfect, and is my favorite song on the album. Secondly, Complain, Good Place, and Things are Gonna Get Better are awesome songs also included in the album. Finally, I just have to say that all of the songs are great and you should listen to them all.

Songs on the album

  1. The Other Side Of Down
  2. Something ‘Bout Love
  3. Elevator
  4. Stomping The Roses
  5. Who I Am
  6. Falling Stars
  7. Parachutes And Airplanes
  8. Look Around
  9. Good Place
  10. Complain
  11. Things Are Gonna Get Better
  12. My Kind Of Perfect

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BEGIN.

This album was different than some of his other albums. It is full of covers that he did. Some songs, such as Be Still, My Soul and True Colors, are wonderful and show his talent in singing softer songs. Everybody Hurts, another song on the album, has a lot of cool singing parts. For me, the best song on this album is Be Still, My Soul because it brings out David Archuleta’s feelings about singing.

Songs on this album

  1. Beautiful
  2. Somewhere Only We Know
  3. Everybody Hurts
  4. Don’t Give Up
  5. Angel
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  7. Broken
  8. True Colors
  9. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  10. Be Still, My Soul

Forevermore

Sadly, I haven’t listened to this album very much, so I don’t have a favorite. I’m sure that the songs are great and wonderful, but, again, I haven’t heard a lot of it.

Songs on this album

  1. Forevermore
  2. Rainbow
  3. I’ll Never Go
  4. You Are My Song
  5. Hold On
  6. Wherever You Are
  7. Maybe
  8. Tell Me
  9. Reaching Out
  10. Nandito Ako
  11. Forevermore (Minus One)
  12. I’ll Never Go (Minus One)
  13. Rainbow (Minus One)

No Matter How Far

This one is a little confusing. For example, Forevermore, Tell Me, and I’ll Never Go are all on this album as well as on Forevermore. First, I like a lot of the songs, but I don’t have a favorite for this one either. Finally, the more times I hear it, the better I will like the album.

Songs on this album

  1. Nothing Else Better To Do
  2. Everything and More
  3. Don’t Run Away
  4. Tell Me
  5. Love Don’t Hate
  6. Wait
  7. Heart Falls Out
  8. Notice Me
  9. I’ll Never Go
  10. Forevermore

Postcards in the Sky

For the most part, David Archuleta had a new album every year from 2008 to 2013. However, Postcards in the Sky was just released on October 20, 2017. Postcards in the Sky, unlike other albums, shows who he is as a person. Firstly, he wrote them all himself (with the help of a few others). For the most part, all of the songs have a special meaning and background. Secondly, the best songs, which is SUPER hard to figure out, for me are Numb, Up All Night, and Other Things in Sight. Thirdly, a lot of the songs are very emotional, like Upset with Me and Say Me. For example, Say Me was written about how David Archuleta works with an industry called Holt Industries, which helps support orphans.  Finally, the songs provide insight to some of his feelings about life and joy.

Songs on this album

  1. Postcards in the Sky
  2. Invincible
  3. Numb
  4. Someone to Love
  5. Spotlight Down
  6. I’m Ready
  7. Other Things in Sight
  8. Say Me
  9. Upset With Me
  10. Up All Night
  11. Waiting in the Stars
  12. Seasons (feat. Madilyn Paige)
  13. Cracks of Heaven
  14. Shine a Light
  15. Aiming for Hope
  16. A Little Goes a Long Way

I hope this has helpful!

best band in 2017

Best Band in 2017

LANY is an alternative band based from Los Angeles, California, United States. The has 3 band members, Les Priest, Jake Goss, and Paul Klein. The band first started in 2014 and has several genres of music. The bands music consists of alternative rock, electropop, indie pop, and dream pop. The bands name LANY is inspired from two big cites, New York and Los Angeles. When the band started in 2014 they first started making music in a bedroom on a computer just for fun. All three members first met in Nashville Tennessee before they started LANY. However, before they started the band Klein moved to Los Angeles to work on his music independently while Priest and Goss stayed in Nashville were they worked together. Later on Klein went back to Nashville to visit when the trio ended up writing songs which pushed them to produce “Walk Away” and “Hot Lights.”

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INSPIRATIONS

The three men in the group are inspired by other music but they’re are also inspired by movies. In a interview with Goss, he explained that,”Movies we talk about a lot together like ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,’ the influence in that, all across the board like visually and the soundtrack… we love that, we love the shots in that movie.” Design and aesthetics are also everything to LANY. Klein took and old 35mm camera that was made back in 1994 and some film and went out taking pictures of everything including Hollywood and used the pictures for their “Make Out” album.

RECORDS LABEL/SONGS

The band has a record label with Polydor Records. With the record label, they have made 3 albums. “Make Out” and “I Loved You.” are both from 2015 while their album “LANY” was made in 2017. Some of their latest songs that were made in 2017 include “ILYSB,” “Super Far,” “Good Girls ,”The Breakup,” and “13.” The band is also on tour out of the United States at the moment.

SIMILAR BANDS

Some similar bands/artists include, Dua Lipa who sings “New Rules,” The 1975 who sings “Somebody Else,” Lauv who sings “Like Me Better,” Troye Sivan who sings “YOUTH,” Halsey who sings “Bad At Love,” Billie Ellish who sings “My Boy,” and X Ambassadors who sings “Unsteady.” However LANY and The 1975 sound the most alike with their 70’s sounding music.

NEW ALBUM

LANY  released a new album which they called Make Out because many people say their music is make out music. The album was released on December 11, 2015. The genre of the album is alternative and indie. The album in all has 6 songs which include the songs,”ILYSB”,  “Walk Away”, “Bad, Bad, Bad”, “Made In Hollywood”, “BRB / Kiss”, “ILYSB (STRIPPED)”.

hOW TO PRONOUNCE LANY

Many people pronounce LANY very wrong. A lot of people say it wrong but don’t know how to actually say it. LANY is pronounced LAY-NEE. So know you know how to correctly say LANY without sounding like an idiot.

Hottest band member

In my opinion, the hottest band in the band is Paul Klein. He is 29 years old and was born April 30, 1988 and born in Tulsa, OK. Front man and lead vocalist of the synthpop trio LANY. He began making music in a bedroom in Nashville with Les and Jake. They formed LANY, which stands for ‘Los Angeles New York,’ in March of 2014. He has lived in Oklahoma and Tennessee and has worked out of New York and Los Angeles. He has been in a relationship with pop singer Dua Lipa. Sorry ladies, he’s sadly taken.

underrated songs by Lany

LANY might not be the biggest band out there, but they’re getting more and more noticeable everyday. The fans of the band are even so passionate about the band that LANY has reached  over 100 million fans of spotify. But even with getting noticed by all these people, the band still has some underrated music. There are 3 songs that are totally underrated.

1. “4Ever!”-This is the song that made me fall in love with this band – it’s cool California vibes that makes you want to dance all night.

2. “Kiss” -This song now exists as the second half of the Make Out song, “BRB / Kiss,” but was originally uploaded on the band’s Soundcloud as a stand alone track. “Kiss” is a perfect follow-up to the slow-burning ballad.

3. “Walk Away”-Listen to this heartbreaking tune. Devastating lyrics and all, “Walk Away” is one of LANY’s strongest tracks.

 

 

 

Rogue LX205B 5-String Series III Electric Bass Guitar Review

Rogue Bass Guitar Review

When looking for bass guitars, finding a good option is difficult, especially for beginners. So which one should you choose? For those who are looking to buy their very first bass, this is the right one.

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First Impressions

At first glance, it looks stunning. Even the price is amazing for an instrument as good as this. The prices range from $159.99 to $119.99 when on sale. To see the full price click here. The head is different than other bass’ but it makes it original to the company.  The body is sleek and has glossy colors that makes it look even better. After tuning, the strings feel smooth and play almost flawlessly. The body is lightweight as well. The proportions between the body and the neck take most of the weight off of you. There are some flaws to it though. Like the frets, they give off a slight buzz if you press the string onto the fret itself. After looking over it, it definitely feels like the perfect bass for beginners.

 

Quality

Quality is always one of the biggest factors when looking for an instrument. Rest assured, this bass has you covered. The strings are clean and pristine, ready for playing out of the store or package. The body is sleek with glossy colors to finish it off. The tuning pegs are easy to use with no hassle to turn them like other bass’ such as the upright bass. Even the dials for the pickups are easy to use flawlessly. All in all the quality is great for this instrument, aside from fingerprints that may end up on the body as you use it.

Tone

Tone is probably the biggest factor when choosing any kind of instrument, especially guitars. The tone depends on many factors however, such as quality and type of amp, how you pluck the string, play the fret, etc. Well worry no more, the tone is almost flawless for this instrument. There are a few problems, most of them aren’t with the instrument though. Such as accidentally playing a string, which is very common with these strings being close together. Another common problem with the instrument is the buzz, where if you accidentally tap one of the strings it will act as though you plucked it and play it over the amp. All together, the tone is great and the buzz will disappear after some practice with it.

Practicing

Now this is one of the biggest questions, is this bass hard to practice with? Well, that always depends on how well you know the instrument, and how well you know how to play it. Another commonly asked question is, how can I make playing easier? You always need to keep practicing and playing if you want to get better.

Final Verdict

This bass has all the quality elements for a beginner. Its easy to pickup and learn the basics. All together, this is one of the best bass’ out there for beginners and other music aficionados alike.

Best Baritone Ukuleles

Top 5 Baritone Ukuleles

Baritone ukuleles are very interesting. They are like any other ukulele except they play a deeper sound than a soprano ukulele. They have 18+ frets and are the biggest type of ukulele, making it have the lowest sound. Down below are the top 5 baritone ukuleles:

1. Kala Mk-B Baritone Ukulele

There are three Kala brand ukuleles on this list. The first one is the Kala Mk-B Baritone Ukulele is the best baritone ukulele you can buy. It used to be $124.99 but now, you can purchase it for $84.99. By getting it now, you can save 32% ($40.00). You can get it off of the samash website. It is made out of a dark mahogany but has a kind of light colored rosewood fingerboard and bridge. All of which has a nice, smooth, satin finish. It also makes a good sound.

2. Kala KA-SMHB Solid Mahogany Baritone Ukulele

The second ukulele from Kala is the Kala KA-SMHB Solid Mahogany Baritone Ukulele is also a very good baritone ukulele you can purchase. This ukulele is definitely on the expensive side of ukuleles. It costs $279.99 on the zorrosounds website. This ukulele also has a mahogany body, top, sides, neck, and back except it has a lighter color to it. Like the Kala Mk-B Baritone Ukulele, it has a rosewood fingerboard. The whole ukulele has a very nice looking satin finish as well. This has a very nice sound to it. The only reason it is lower ranked is because it is more pricey than the Kala Mk-B Baritone Ukulele. Also there is only one is stock so get one while you can!

3.Oscar Schmidt OU52E Satin Baritone Ukulele in Mahogany with 18.6 ft Instrument Cable and Custom Designed Instrument Cloth

This ukulele is from Oscar Schmidt.. The actual ukulele has chrome tuners, handcrafted quality, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and a mahogany body, top, sides, and back. The instrument cable is 18.6 feet long, woven with black cloth sleeve. It has metal 1/4 connectors and shrink wrapped solder points. It also comes with a very nice instrument cloth. The cloth also is a must have for people who care about their instruments and it is non-abrasive and easily cleans/polishes their instrument to keep that nice satin finish. You can get all three of these things from zorrosounds.com for $189.99.  It is also an acoustic/electric ukulele. There are only 5 in stock right now so get one and you won’t regret it!

4. Kala U-Bass, Fretted – Exotic Mahogany

This is the third Kala brand ukulele on this list and it is also a very nice baritone ukulele (I know it says it is a bass ukulele but baritone and bass are the same thing). This is the most expensive ukulele on this list, only because it is an acoustic/electric ukulele. This ukulele’s wood is very cool looking, it is mahogany, like any other ukulele, however, its wood looks like it has tiger stripes on it. This ukulele is an acoustic and an electric ukulele. Because it is an electric ukulele, it will cost you $399.99 off of sweetwater.com. It is still in stock but are running out fast so quickly go buy one!

5. Mitchell MUB70S Baritone Ukulele Natural at Guitar Center

This ukulele, like all the other ones on this list is made out of mahogany wood. The front part of the body is a light wood and the back part of the body, the neck, and the sides are a nice, pretty looking dark wood. Its fingerboard and the bridge are made out of a dark rosewood. It is polished to get this nice satin finish. You can get this ukulele off of express.google.com . This ukulele used to be $169.99, but now you can purchase it for $149.99. You’ll get it 11% off if you get it now! Also, if you purchase it, you can get free shipping and will be delivered to you by Thursday, November 30!

 

These are the best baritone ukuleles money can buy as of right now. Buy at least one of these ukuleles right now, and they can last at least 10 years they are that good.

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Saint Pablo Tour Setlist Ranked

Saint Pablo Tracklist Ranked

Nearly a year ago news broke that Kanye West had cancelled the remaining 20 dates of his Saint Pablo Tour, his first tour in almost 3 years. The tour gained lots of traction on social media, with all of the guests he brought out and the famous stage design. Yet, we will never get to know how the final dates would have played out, and so until then we can appreciate what we had heard about and witnessed. Now is a great time to look back on the setlist, and see what hits he had performed, and rank them.

1. Stronger

Stronger, one of the few hip-hop songs to contain samples from electronic music, and in this case Daft Punk. It was first released as a single on July 31, 2007 and a few weeks after release in topped the Billboard Hot 100 (9/23/2007.) This single was in the top 10 in 10 different countries, including number one in four of them. It later won the Best Rap Solo Performance at the 50th Grammys in 2008. It was additionally named as one of the songs of the year by Rolling Stone’s Magazine and the song of the year by Spin.

When opening this track on tour, West started at a slow tempo and brought it up slowly and slowly, until it reached its original speed. This made the crowd go wild, and a YouTube video that captured this has since amassed more than 1.8 million views, with others capturing the same moment having tens of thousands. As of this day stronger is certified 7x Platinum.

2. RUNAWAY

Arguably the greatest song by ‘Ye. In 2010, Runaway was released as the second single on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and has been received a classic since then. The composition made it liked, beginning with a near minute long isolated intro of a melody on the piano and ending with a three minute outro, of West’s voice through a vocoder. Once again West had received the number one spot on the rolling stones top songs of the year list, this time it was 2010. Complex magazine placed Runaway as the second best song of the year as well.

 

3. ULTRALIGHT BEAM

This track was a part of the album, The Life of Pablo, the first streaming-exclusive album to go platinum. A sound effect from the game Counter Strike Global Offensive is also used. R&B singer Kelly Price was featured on this track as well as Chance the Rapper. The song ends with a choir and Kirk Franklin, a gospel singer. Ultralight Beam was listed as 5th on the Rolling Stone’s list of top 50 songs of 2016. It was additionally listed as the best song of 2016 on Pitchfork’s 100 best songs of 2016.

4.ONLY ONE

Only one released on  December 31, 2014 as a single. This single features Paul McCartney a former member of The Beatles and Wings.  Only one was in the perspective of his mother Donda West,who passed away in 2007, looking down on her son and granddaughter from heaven. The line “Tell Nori about me, tell Nori about me” expresses one of Kanye’s greatest regret, the fact that his mother will never be able to meet his daughter. Only One peaked at number one on the UK R&B (Official Charts Company) and 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of now Only One is certified Gold.

5. all falls down

Released as the third single from West’s first album The College Dropout, All Falls Down was a hit. The Chorus was sang by Syleena Johnson. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 11, 2004. It was also nominated for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 47th Grammys in 2005. All Falls Down is now certified platnium.

6. All of the lights

Released on November 25, 2010 as the 4th Single on his fifth studio album (MBDTF) All of the Lights contained samples and vocals from many artists such as, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Drake. Vocals from Elton John, and Kid Cudi were also used, with 14 artists were featured in all. All of the Lights peaked at 18, and number two, on the US Billboard Hot 100, and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, respectively.  It got nominated for  Song of the Year,  Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song, In 2012. It won two of the three, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Since release, All of the lights has been certified 4x platinum.

7. GOod life

Released on October 2, 2007, it was the third single for Kanye’s third studio album Graduation. Featuring T-Pain it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, one on the US Hot Rap Songs. As well as number two on the US Radio Songs.  It received two nominations for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song. At the 50th Grammys in 2008 Good Life won Best Rap Song. Good Life is certified 2x Platinum.

*Only seven described, as in seven studio albums*

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What kind of Ukulele is Best for Beginners?

Intro to Ukuleles

Ukuleles are becoming a much more common instrument to play. It usually starts out as people wanting to play the guitar, they think its to complicated, so they move on to the smaller guitar also known as the ukulele. Learning to play the ukulele can be a little difficult if you have no background in instruments at all. However, it is a lot easier then learning to play the guitar. There are less strings, less chords, and its a lot easier/more comfortable to hold. Plus, if you have the right kind of ukulele to fit your level then it will make the journey to learning to play this one of a kind instrument so much easier!

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Best kind of Ukuleles for Beginners

If your planning to learn to play the ukulele either as a side hobby, just for fun, etc., then these are the top ukuleles for you to buy in order for you to get the best experience.

1) Makala Dolphin

These kind of ukuleles are very fun to play. They are made of plastic, however they work great for people who are figuring out if they want to play this instrument or not. Plus, it its perfect if you don’t want to spend a hundred dollars on something they might not even like. They come in multiple colors, so you can pick which ever one pleases you. The price for this ukulele is a little under $50 which is perfect for those who are just starting. The strings are likely to break a few times, but they are very easy to replace. Many people have bought this kind of ukulele and they are very pleased with it.

2) Lanikai LU-21 Soprano

This kind of uke is a step up from the Makala Dolphin Soprano Ukulele because this kind of ukulele is made up of laminate wood, so it looks like the real deal, but isn’t exactly. You can get this kind of ukulele for just around $80 and beginners tend to be very satisfied with this uke.

3) Donner Concert

This type of uke is made out of mahogany wood. It also hold’s its tune very well. Plus, with this deal you get the ukulele, a ukulele bag, a tuner, a ukulele strap, and carbon nylon string. This ukulele is found on amazon for $65, plus, the reviews are really good as well.

4) Luna UKE VSS Vintage Spruce Ukulele, Soprano

This is a great ukulele. Some of the features of this ukulele are a mahogany body, spruce top, and a mahogany neck. It is on the smaller side, so if you have big fingers then you might want to consider a different ukulele. Its just a warning because you want your fingers to have lots of room on the frets. However, if you have small hands and are just beginning to play then this uke is perfect for you. Also on amazon, you can find it for around $60.

5) Soprano Rainbow

Real wood is what makes up this ukulele. Plus, it has an excellent sound quality. It also comes in lots of different colors. Also, this ukulele is perfect for people who are just learning how to play. In this deal you can get the uke, tuner, bag, strap, pic, and more! This uke is great for beginners. On amazon, you get all of this for around $45.

Summary

As you can see, there are hundreds of different kinds of this instrument out there, just waiting for you to play them. If you want you journey to learning to play the uke to be as easy as it can, then it is very important that you have the right kind of ukulele that fits your level. The ukuleles listed above are perfect for beginners for many different reasons. First, they are not hundreds of dollars. When deciding if you want to try a new hobby, you don’t want to have to pay a lot for something you might not like. The ones listed above are all at a perfect price. Plus, some come with tuners, music books, straps, bags, etc. So, you get everything a beginner would need for a great price! Who could pass up a deal like that?

 

 

Great Brands To learn On The Saxophone

A Great Saxophone Brand to use is Yamaha. I prefer it the most because it works great and sounds good. A student model costs a couple hundred dollars. Usually saxophones that cost a little more has better quality. Also other good brands of saxophone is Cannonball, Jupiter, Accent, and a few others. I have had some experience of each brand, they all work great.

As the player becomes more professional it would be better that the player moves to either an intermediate or professional saxophone, so you can get better quality from it. Although more advanced saxophones cost more the player can receive a better experience.  Sometimes the brand is not the problem, but the skill of the player. If the saxophone has a color to it, it wont matter much by the way it is played, but it is a nice unique saxophone compared to the standard of the color. Playing the saxophone is a great experience for who ever wants the skill.

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How to Care for The Saxophone

Every instrument will eventually run into some problems. If the pads start sticking and makes little popping noises a way to fix it is to take a small piece of paper such as a dollar and put it in between the pad and the body, then close the key firmly and pull the paper out. It may take a couple times to fix it. Another problem people run into is jammed keys or loose screws, if the keys are jammed don’t force them free otherwise it can harm the instrument, instead look closely at it and see if any thing is out of place or broken. Loose screws can be tighten with a small screwdriver, but the screw should not be too tight for the Sax. If there are any major problems it would be best to take it to a music store to get it professionally fixed.

Reeds/Other items

There are types of stands that the players can use to rest their saxophone on, to keep the saxophone in good  condition it would be best to have a stand. To clean out the inside of the saxophone, there are silk swabs to pull through the instrument and those work great, but it can be hard to not drop the saxophone.

A brand of reeds that plays great is Rico. For beginners it would be best to start at a 2.5 strength reed the stronger a reed a better tone can come from it. Synthetic reeds are good also they are stronger so they can be good to withstand any chances of chipped reeds. Synthetic reeds will need to be replaced a little sooner than normal reeds. Reeds will need to be rotated as they are used. Cork grease will help the mouthpiece slide onto the saxophone with less force and therefore a lower chance of damage to the saxophone.

Yamaha

Yamaha is a great brand for a student, intermediate, and professional saxophones. The pads work smoothly and don’t stick. The player can get a great sound out of it rather than some other brands that don’t work so well. There are many model of Yamaha, usually if there are etching designs on it is more advanced.

Cannonball

Cannonball is good for more professional Saxophones. They play a beautiful sound with good working keys cannonball is great. A beautiful saxophone overall, but they are very expensive new. If the player can afford a cannonball to use it would probably be a great experience. For a better cannonball reference click here.

Others

There are a lot of different brands that are good for the saxophone, but also some brands that aren’t so good for a saxophone, but they are good for other instruments. Not always the brand will change every problem that a cheaper brand has, but the type of accessories it has like reeds or the mouth piece will help with tone and the way you play. The main thing is how advanced the player is not always the the instrument. If a player uses a different brand it wont be the end of the world, these brands are suggested brands.

Band Survival- Beginners Guide

So, you’re thinking of joining band. You’ve been awed by the many different musical instruments and their different impacts and rhythms. However, you may not want to jump in so fast. There are some things you need to account for before you join. From practice cards to instrument payment, these are things to survive band class.

You may also like our article about helpful singing tips or our other article about great Saxophone brands.

INSTRUMENT CHOICE

 

Band instrument.
String instruments are often as difficult or harder than woodwind or brass instruments to get the hang of, but it depends on you.

Before you join band, you’re going to need an instrument. Instrument rentals will normally cost around 20 dollars, but it all depends on the type of instrument and how old or new it is. Many people like to buy their own instrument before they even know how to play it. This may not be the best idea because if you don’t enjoy playing the instrument then it’s a huge waste of money and your instrument will just sit in the corner of the room collecting dust. A rental is probably the best idea when you join band because you can return the instrument at any time. As an added bonus, the money you put into the rental also goes towards you buying the instrument in the end if you do enjoy it. It is simply more convenient if you wish to switch instruments to have a rental.

 

BAND PRACTICE CARDS

Being in band also means that you have to practice playing the instrument. Most band teachers will give you practice cards to work on during the week. You may have to practice from 30 minutes to an hour a day. These practice cards tend to make up about 40% of your grade and are vital to your success. But because they take so much time, students tend to write them off for later and their grade plummets. Practice cards are there to make sure you are practicing. If you aren’t practicing, then you aren’t going to get better. Faking your practice cards is easy, but your only hurting yourself by doing so. Make sure you have time in your day before joining band.

INSTRUMENTS MAKE NOISE

 

Snare Drum
Choosing percussion is a VERY loud choice.

Another thing is that band instruments are LOUD. Before you bring a instrument into your house, you need to make sure that other occupants living with you are OK with you blasting their ears out for 30 minutes or so everyday. One of the quietest instruments in band is the flute, but even then, it is very high pitched and can be relatively annoying. (speaking from experience) My sister owns a flute and without accompaniment, it can be rather annoying. Make sure that you have a room to yourself so that you can practice without inconveniencing others.

 

TUNING

 

Marimba
Marimba, and other percussion mallet instruments, does not need to be tuned.

If you are picking an instrument than you are going to need a good understanding of tuning. All instruments, besides some percussion, need to know how to tune their instrument (especially french horn). Staying in tune is one of the most important parts in a band. If even ONE section of the band is out of tune then it is very noticeable. Nobody wants to get weird looks from the audience after they perform, so you need to make sure you train your ears to know if you are sharp or flat when playing. Fixing even the slightest tuning mistake can make all the difference when you perform.

 

SQUEAKING

When you join band, most people, if not all, are just beginners. As a result, they don’t know how to fully use their instrument. In your first year, you may hear a lot of instruments squeak. This of course, cannot be helped, BUT, you can turn it into a game. When you go to a concert, try to count all the different bands amounts of clarinet squeaks and turn it into a little competition. This is not really a problem, but figured I could give a small tip. It will make sitting in the audience all that much more entertaining.

CONCLUSION

If you can get past all the problems just listed, than you are on your way to becoming a great band student! Just do your best and you will succeed. From the noise to the tuning, you will be able to overcome all obstacles and be able to play all sorts of different songs! Themes from Rock to Classical will not be able to stand a chance against your skills!

For more information, try this other fantastic guide about music survival.