How to Read Music in Better way

Learn the ledger outline. Leger lines are lines that are further above or below the staff; there can be a lot of them, but it is most likely necessary to learn only a few from memory and know how to form out the other ones when you come across them.

Become confident with rhythm by learning the import of time signatures. A time signature is a fraction shown at the beginning of a portion of music. The top digit tells you how many beats there are in a measure, while the bottom number tells what kind of note gets one beat or count. Hence, 4/4 time would be four beats to assess with a quarter-note getting one count. Sometimes 4/4 is shown with a C, which stands for frequent time. 2/2 time is two beats to a measure with a half-note getting one count.

This is commonly called "cut time" and is typically expressed as a C with a vertical line through the center of it. Other common time signatures are 3/4, or three beats to quantify and a quarter-note getting one count, and 6/8 time. 6/8 is a little strange because if it is played in a fast tempo, there are two beats to a measure with a dotted quarter-note getting one count.

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Stryper Announces 25th Anniversary Tour

Legendary Christian rock band Stryper has announced plans for a 25th Anniversary Tour, hitting 50 cities in North America this fall before going international in January and February 2010. Stryper’s upcoming studio album Murder by Pride (Big3 Records) will be released in July.

The 25th Anniversary Tour, scheduled to launch in September, will be a two-set show. The first set will feature new Stryper material and include current bassist Tracy Ferrie, along with original members Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet and Oz Fox. The second set will feature all four original members, including original bassist Tim Gaines, wearing the original yellow and black stage outfits and performing the band’s hits from the last 25 years.

"After recently learning about how precious life is and how often we take for granted the time that we have here on earth, I realized that this tour may very well be the most important tour in the history of Stryper," said Michael Sweet. "Tim, Robert, Tracy, Oz and myself are all stepping out together to show the importance of unity and forgiveness and the only way to show this is to live it. We’ve been faced with challenges over the past 25 years but two things have remained certain within our hearts and within our lives – the power of God’s love and the beauty of God’s grace."

The tour will be a family project, with Michael Sweet Jr’s band Flight Patterns opening all dates. Their debut album will release on Fifty Three Five Records in July.

In 1984, Stryper broke on to the scene with their debut EP Yellow and Black Attack, and have since gone on to sell 8 million albums and tour the world spreading an inspirational message through their branded sound of rock songs, heavy guitars and pristine harmony vocals. The group’s unprecedented 1986 album To Hell with the Devil went platinum and was named one of the “100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music” by CCM Magazine.

In 2008, Michael Sweet joined legendary band BOSTON on vocals and guitar for their 54-city summer headlining tour of North America, performing the band’s classic hits like "More than a Feeling," “Peace of Mind,” “Amanda” and “Don’t Look Back.” BOSTON has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, including the band’s 1976 self-titled debut, which has sold over 17 million copies to date and was the highest selling debut of all time.

Murder by Pride will include a cover of the BOSTON song "Peace of Mind" that features BOSTON guitarist Tom Scholz on the recording. Ironically, Stryper had recorded "Peace of Mind" and planned to put it on their 2009 release long before Michael Sweet was even considered as a new member of BOSTON.

In 2008, BOSTON’s Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl joined Stryper on stage to perform “Peace of Mind” for VH1 Classic’s After Math: The Station Fire Five Years Later – a televised benefit concert also featuring performances by John Rich, Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, Aaron Lewis (Staind), Tesla, Twisted Sister, Winger and more.

"This record is a true miracle," said Michael Sweet. "We began rehearsing the new material in 2006 and now here we are looking at a 2009 release. It’s been an extremely difficult process yet through this came one of the most powerful records that we’ve ever made. We decided to go back to what we were known for – vocal harmonies, guitar harmonies, solid grooves and melodic melodies and arrangements. We put our hearts and souls into making this record and we can only hope that it changes a few lives along the way. If so, it was all worth it!"

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Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter dies tragically in accident

Steven Curtis Chapman released the following at his website yesterday:


NASHVILLE, TN…5/21/08… At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife MaryBeth founded The Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. Chapman is a five-time GRAMMY ® winner and 54-time Dove Award winning artist who has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 44 No. 1 singles.

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Merritt Mountain Music Festival

The Merritt Mountain Music Festival has a new lease on life. After a year in hiatus, the event will return and run from July 7-10, 2011, Claude Lelievre, general manager of Active Mountain Entertainment and a festival cofounder, announced Wednesday. The artist roster will be announced in November.

High demand by the general public was a key factor in the company’s decision to carry on. "It’s amazing," Lelievre said. "The phone calls and e-mails have been overwhelming." After 17 years of producing the B.C. Interior’s largest entertainment event — attracting as many as 140,000 festival visits one year family owned Active Mountain folded its tent after the 2009 festival, citing financial burdens despite a top draw in headliner Kenny Chesney.

The event was scaled back in 2009. Lelievre said then the festival would be back, but when his invitation to bring aboard new financial partners didn’t have the desired effect, hope for a revival began to flag.

Some of Active Mountain’s larger creditors have come aboard as partners. Tickets go on sale Nov. 15, with reduced prices for admission and camping, according to a press release.

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Jimmy Needham creates music video for “Firefly&quot

CAPTION: Inpop Records singer/songwriter Jimmy Needham partners with director Chris Corrado ("Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Charlie Wilson’s War," NBC series "Life") to shoot the music video for his song "Firefly" at a Los Angeles coffee shop on April 15, 2009. "Firefly," from Needham’s current release Not Without Love, was written for Needham’s wife Kelly, who makes a guest appearance in the video.

Read our interview with Jimmy.

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Music Made Simple Theory

We have 2 products to learn you. One is a general course that is DVD base. The other is an eBook to explain the theory on how to play by ear. Don’t let the word Music theory scare you. It just way a method. This book is planned to teach you.

The goal is to teach you some regulations that your brain will understand and recognize. After that, your ear will start to hear what your brain expects and finally you will just “hear” it.

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How Does Music Help to Children?

This problem has been discuss for as long as time has existed. Even the great Greek and Roman philosophers come up to the question: is music amazing that should be taught and does it help the growth of children? Plato answered "I would educate children music physics, and attitude; but most prominently music, for in the patterns of music and all arts are the keys to knowledge. And again what then is the teaching to be? Perhaps we could barely find a better than that which the knowledge of the past has already exposed, which consists, I believe, in acrobatic, for the body, and music for the mind.

In all cultures of the world music plays an significant role. While these roles may modify depending on the society it is impossible to divide music from the life of an individual. While some may dispute the role of music in our lives it is not possible to escape it. Even in the popular society of Australia it is not possible to go shopping without inquiry music. Music provides a means of message and look of culture and individual identity.

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Sugarland reconciles $14 million lawsuit with group’s founder

After winning the Country Music Association Award for vocal duo of the year on Wednesday, the band Sugarland developed a lawsuit with founding member Kristen Hall, who claims she was owed $14 million from the band’s profits after she left the band to attempt a solo career, reports The Associated Press.

The band and Hall were set to go to trial on Monday, however, each of the parties reached a resolution on Friday. The terms of the resolution were not disclosed, so it is unclear how much Hall will receive, but each side was given until December 13 by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten to complete the agreement.

Hall, who left the band in December of 2005, sued Sugarland members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush in 2008 asserts that she was owed a third of the band’s profits. According to the Associated Press, the complaint said Hall founded the band in 2002 and laid the groundwork for the group’s success by acting as a manger and tour manager in those early years. She also claims she used her personal credit cards to pay the band’s operating cost and collaborated on the group’s debut album "Twice the Speed of Life", which sold over three million copies.

Nettles and Bush argued back in court documents that Hall had never reached a profit-sharing agreement with the pair after she quit the band, according to the wire service. The two claimed they were left to reimburse back nearly $100,000 in debts.

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New Christmas CD from Alathea!

The ladies of Alathea have brought us a wonderful folksy Christmas cd featuring terrific renditions of songs like "The First Noel", "What Child Is This", "Silent Night", "Tennessee Christmas", and more.

For a preview of some of the songs (including the above) visit their special Christmas CD Myspace.

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2009 Dove Award Winners!

And the winners are:


Steven Curtis Chapman


Tenth Avenue North


Steven Curtis Chapman

SONG OF THE YEAR song title; writer; publisher (award to the writer and publisher)

“Give Me Your Eyes”; Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram; Sitka 6 Music/Essential Music Publishing (ASCAP), Peertunes Ltd. (SESAC), Grange Hill Music (SESAC), Windsor Way (SESAC)


Brandon Heath


Natalie Grant


Casting Crowns


Bernie Herms

RAP/HIP HOP RECORDED SONG (song; album; artist; writer; label)

“Do Yo Thang”; The Yearbook; KJ-52; Jonah Sorrentino; BEC Recordings/Uprok


“Lost”; End Of Silence; Red; Jasen Rauch, Rob Graves, Chad Cates; Essential Records


“Washed By The Water”; The Heat; NEEDTOBREATHE; Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart; Atlantic Records


“Give Me Your Eyes”; What If We; Brandon Heath; Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram; Reunion Records


“A New Hallelujah”; A New Hallelujah; Michael W. Smith; Michael W. Smith, Debbie Smith, Paul Baloche; Reunion Records


“Reason Enough”; Dream On; Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun; Gaither Music Group


“They’re Holding Up The Ladder”; We Are Family; Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers; Russell Easter, James Easter, Edd Easter; Daywind Records


“I Wish”; How You Live Deluxe Edition; Point of Grace; Cindy Morgan, Phil Madeira; Word Records


“Get Up”; The Sound; Mary Mary; Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Eric Dawkins; Columbia Records, Integrity Music


“Free At Last”; Down In New Orleans; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Traditional; Time Life Music


“How Great Is Our God”; How Great Is Our God; LaRue Howard; Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash; EMI Gospel


“Mighty To Save”; Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan; Hillsong Publishing

RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM (album; artist; producer; label)

Ordinary Dreamers; Group 1 Crew; Andy Anderson, Christopher Stevens, Sam Mizell; Fervent Records


Satisfied; DecembeRadio; Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records


Never Going Back To OK; The Afters; Dan Muckala; INO Records


Revelation; Third Day; Howard Benson; Essential Records


Great God Who Saves; Laura Story; Ed Cash; INO Records


Lovin’ Life; Ernie Gaither Vocal Band; Bill Gaither, Guy Penrod, Marshall Hall, Wes Hampton; Gaither Music Group


We Are Family; Ricky Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers; Jeff Easter, Sheri Easter; Daywind Records


Around the Bend; Randy Travis; Kyle Lehning; Warner Bros. Records


The Fight of My Life; Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin; Zomba Gospel


Down In New Orleans; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Chris Goldsmith; Time Life Music, Integrity Music


Change the World; Martha Munizzi; Aaron Lindsey, Israel Houghton; Martha Munizzi Music


Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian; Various; Harry Gregson-Williams; Walt Disney Records


Absolute Modern Worship for Kids 4; Various; Chance Scoggins; Fervent Records


Rescatame; Seventh Day Slumber; Alejandro Allen, Susana Allen; BEC Recordings


Passion: God of This City; Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, David Crowder*Band, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Fee, Matt Redman; Nathan Nockels; Sparrow Records, sixsteps Records


Peace on Earth; Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Mark A. Miller; Beach Street


A New Hallelujah; Michael W. Smith; Michael W. Smith; Reunion Records

MUSICAL (title; creator; publisher (award given to creator)

God Bless the USA; Sue C. Smith, Joel Lindsey, Russell Mauldin; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing


An Island Christmas; Wayne Haun, Shelby Haun, Joel Lindsey; Lillenas Publishing Company


I’ll Say Yes; Carol Cymbala; Brooklyn Tabernacle Music

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING (product; art director; graphic artist; illustrator/photographer; label)

Revelation (Third Day); Tim Parker, Becka Blackburn; Tim Parker; David McClister, RW Sims; Essential Records

SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO (title; artist; director; producer; production company; label)

"Slow Fade"; Casting Crowns; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Beach Street

LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO ( title; artist; director; producer; production company; label)

Alive and Transported; TobyMac; Eric Welch; Tameron Hedge, Dan Pitts; Broken Poet Productions; ForeFront Records

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Creation Festival 2008 Tickets on sale now!

Tickets are now on sale for both the Creation Northeast and Northwest summer festivals (is it our imagination or is it a little early to be thinking about summer?). But if you’re a fan of Creation, the nation’s largest festival, then you’ll save money by ordering your tickets now. Visit the Creation website for more info here. Or visit the festival’s Myspace page here.

Be sure to read our feature article on Creation 2007 here.

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Switchfoot 6th Annual BroAm A Success!

Switchfoot members surf with the champions. Pictured (l-r) are: Tim Foreman (Switchfoot), Timmy Curran (world champion surfer/musician), Rob Machado (US and world surfer champion), Chad Butler (Switchfoot), Tom Curren (#3 Best Surfer in the world) and Jon Foreman (Switchfoot).

Switchfoot is pictured on stage at the Bro-Am. Switchfoot’s Bro-Am was held June 26 in Encinitas, CA. The surf/music event donated all proceeds to Stand-Up for Kids. This year over 7,500 people attended and it raised over $130,000 for the organization.

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Ayiesha Woods “Love Like This” streeting later this summer

With an amazing string of successes with her 2006 debut, Gotee Records’ GRAMMY – nominated singer/songwriter Ayiesha Woods is poised to release her next musical installment with Love Like This, set to street late Summer 2008.

Love Like This features 11 songs produced by Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa) and Jamie Moore (CeCe Winans, TobyMac). Song titles include “Love Can’t Wait,” “Because of You,” “Love Like This,” “New Beginnings,” and “One Day,” as well as “Transparent,” “Fight,” “Never Give Up,” “Refine Me,” “Take Me There,” and “Love Is Alive.”

Along with the first single “Love Can’t Wait” going for adds at both CHR and AC radio formats in June, Woods will be highly visible in the upcoming months. Woods is slated to perform at Creation East, Lifefest, Creation West, Life Light Festival, Music Boat Cruise 2008, Girls Get-A-Way Cruise 2008, and various other spot dates. A favorite on the Women of Faith and Revolve tour circuit last year, she will again join the cast for five dates this summer.

Woods has merited popular and critical acclaim for her power-packed Gotee debut Introducing Ayiesha Woods. The album garnered Woods a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album”, as well as nabbing an additional nod in the Dove Awards “New Artist Of The Year” category. CCM Magazine followed Woods’ career as one of three emerging musical talents for 2006 in their “Band Wagon” column, and’s URGE service ( picked Introducing Ayiesha Woods in their 2006 TOP 10 year-end list for Inspirational music. Her hit single “Happy” was also used an ad campaign for the DVD release of the Russell Crowe film, A Good Year. Musically inclined since childhood, Woods has seen her share of accolades including a 2004 “Producer of the Year” award from the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards, and a Marlin Awards’ “New Artist of the Year” and “Contemporary Vocal Performance of the Year (Female).”

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Newworldson’s “Salvation Station” debuting Feb. 12

Newworldson will showcase its kinetic fusion of North American roots music on the band’s Inpop Records debut, Salvation Station, in stores Feb. 12, 2008. Produced by Newworldson alongside Justin Koop (Billy Talent, Silverstein), Salvation Station features an 11-song blend of energetic pop, soul and gospel.

“It’s difficult to classify our sound because we draw from different genres, but really, our foundation is soul music,” says keyboardist/vocalist Joel Parisien. “And soul music definitely has sacred roots. So, we want to return this familiar music to its sacred roots, all the while leading people to a place of praise, release, revival and worship.”

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Conference and One-On-One Media Interviews to be held by NASA on Jan. 21

NASA will hold a briefing for journalists with the next set of residents of the International Space Station at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 21, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The briefings will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s Web site. Questions also will be taken from participating NASA locations.

The briefing participants are:

- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson

- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov

- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko

Following the briefing, the crew members will be available for individual round-robin interviews, in person or by phone. There also will be a photo opportunity. To participate in the interviews, reporters should contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111, by 4 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 20. U.S. and foreign nationals planning to attend the news briefing must contact the Johnson newsroom by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, to arrange credentials.

On April 2, Skvortsov, Kornienko, and Caldwell Dyson will launch to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They will dock to the space station on April 4, joining Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who arrived on the station in December as part of Expedition 22.

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Fireflight’s “Unbreakable” now available for download at iTunes

This is the song used in the Bionic Woman Promo ("The List" episode).

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Read our review of Fireflight’s "Healing of Harms" here.

Read our interview with Fireflight here.

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What difference Old Music to New?

All right, so you’re asking yourself: "What is Old Music to New?"

Think about all your old beloved music you remember growing up or even the music your parents were listening too when you be growing up, if you had a copy of it, it was on vinyl records (33 1/3, 45 or 78) that were played on a record player. Maybe even Cassette tapes, or if some of us keep in mind 8-track tapes, or even older Reel to Reels, (now that really can date a person).

What if you still have person’s old records/casstte tapes or more and would love to listen to them again — but you don’t have an evidence player anymore, or if you do have one it will not play the speed you require to listen to those records?

What Old Music to New motivation do for you, is take your Records, (LP albums), Cassette Tapes now also Reel to Reel tapes. Clean them up, and digitally premaster them onto a CD for you. You will get your originals back along with the CD’s so you can listen to your favorite songs now more confidently on the CDs.

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Natalie Grant Third Annual Christmas Tour

Curb recording artist and GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, is preparing to headline her third annual Christmas Tour this season. With “American Idol’s” Mandisa and GMA’s current Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year, Aaron Shust, as special guests, the “Natalie Grant –– A Christmas To Believe In” Tour is slated to hit 14 cities in December. The Tour will also introduce Centricity recording artist Daniel Kirkley.

Sponsored by the Gospel Music Channel, the Tour will stop in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Cincinnati; Phoenix; Memphis, Tennessee; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, among other cities, before concluding December 22.

Natalie Grant – A Christmas To Believe In Tour schedule:

December 2 Kinston, NC (with Aaron Shust and Daniel Kirkley)

December 6 Baton Rouge, LA (with Aaron Shust and Daniel Kirkley)

December 7 Memphis, TN (with Aaron Shust and Daniel Kirkley)

December 8 Cincinnati, OH (with Aaron Shust and Daniel Kirkley)

December 9, 10 Murfreesboro, TN (with Daniel Kirkley)

December 13 Phoenix, AZ (with Daniel Kirkley)

December 14 Los Angeles, CA (with Daniel Kirkley)

December 15 Orange County, CA (with Daniel Kirkley)

December 16 Bakersfield, CA (with Daniel Kirkley)

December 17 San Francisco, CA (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)

December 18 Albuquerque, NM (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)

December 20 Coos Bay, OR (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)

December 21 Bend, OR (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)

December 22 Longview, WA (with Mandisa and Daniel Kirkley)

For more info visit Natalie’s website here.

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Indian Dhol Drums classical Music Workshops

When it comes to drumming in the world of Indian music, the Indian tabla drums are the most popular. Their characteristic sound has made them a favoured addition to nearly every kind of music in the world today. Tabla drums feature highly in Bollywood soundtracks and asian movies.

Beginning to the classically based Indian drums called "Tabla". Find out how many different sounds can be created from the tabla using combinations of the various finger and hand techniques. Then have a exit yourself.

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Google Music Streaming Plans Halted Because of Internal Politics

In a report by Business Insider, Google was close to buying subscription-based streaming music service Spotify or Rhapsody, but the deals were shelved because of internal politics. Three different groups were fighting for organize and ownership inside Google, and couldn’t agree on an approach. Instead of a streaming service, Google is now looking to build a digital locker, which will store user-owned music and allow users to stream their own content to a device.

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LADY GAGA The New Single Alejandro 2010

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Dave Aude Radio Edit)

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Electrolightz Remix)

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Sound of Arrows Mix)

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Kleerup Remix)

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Skrillex Remix)

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Kim Fai Remix)

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Afrojack Remix)

Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Ruskos Pupuseria Remix)

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Western drum musical instruments

A beat is a musical instrument in the drumming family, technically classified as a membranophone. Play the drums consist of at least one casing, called a "drumhead" or "drum skin", that is extended over a shell and struck, moreover directly with parts of a player’s body, or with some sort of put into practice such as a drumstick, to produce sound. Beat are the world’s oldest and most ever-present musical instrument, and the basic design has stay virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

The shield almost habitually has a circular notch over which the drumhead is stretched, but the shape of the remnants of the shell differ widely. In the western musical custom, the most usual figure is a drum, although timpani, for instance, use bowl-shaped shells. Other outline include a border design (tar), shortened cones (bongo drums), and joined shortened cones (talking drum).

Drums with cylindrical shells can be release at one end (as is the case with timbales), or can have two beat heads. Single-headed drums usually consist of a skin or other casing, called a head, which is extended over and with this space, or over one of the ends of an empty vessel.

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Brooke Barrett Smith signs with Essential

Essential Records announces the upcoming debut release from newly-signed pop/rock artist Brooke Barrettsmith. The 26 year-old Chicago native has written a collection of uniquely crafted songs, melding her love of musical influences Jeremy Camp, Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson, with passionate lyrics reflecting messages of faith and encouragement. Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Jeremy Camp, Kutless, The Almost) and Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Jackson Waters), Brooke’s self-titled, 10-track album hits stores June 10.

“What immediately got my attention was Brooke’s powerful voice; she sings with a lot of passion,” says Blaine Barcus, VP of A&R for Provident Label Group. “That passion comes from a heart that desires to share the love of Jesus honestly with the world.”

When asked about her album Brooke Barrettsmith says, “I hope these songs inspire listeners to be bold and not ashamed of their faith in Christ because that’s a huge part of my live ministry—clearly sharing the Word of God and encouraging people to know Him better.”

Brooke’s first radio single, “Farewell” is currently impacting Christian radio and its already reaching 140,000 listeners on the CHR format in markets such as Nashville, Tenn.; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Ponca City, Okla.. Plus, she’s currently playing shows with GRAMMY-nominated artist Pillar on the “For the Love of the Game” tour featuring Wavorly and Building 429.

Though only in her mid-twenties, Brooke has already dealt with her share of challenges including an early struggle with severe anxiety. As a teenager, she suffered from frequent panic attacks rendering her helpless at times. By renewing her mind in the Word of God daily and leaning on her parents for encouragement, Brooke was gradually able to overcome the attacks. This experience serves as one of the catalysts for writing her debut songs, and she speaks about it to teen and college women at regional events, including Unlimited Hope Women’s conferences. At home, Brooke is a youth group leader at her local church and studies at Moody Bible College.

In 2006, Brooke made it to the Top 40 contestants on Fox TV’s Season Five of “American Idol” (Chris Daughtry, Mandisa, Katherine McPhee). Adept at guitar and piano, as well as a prolific writer, Brooke’s musical heritage runs deep. Both her grandmothers were performers in Chicago, one a Broadway singer and the other an Italian opera singer. Her father, now a non-denominational Bible church pastor, was a professional blues drummer and played venues with legends like Buddy Guy and B.B. King.

For more on Brooke Barrettsmith, please visit and

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