All the non-experimental music you will ever deal with uses the same two landmarks: tonic and dominant, a.k.a. “Tony and Dominic”. Once you have the domino-tonic relation clear in the ear and named, you find yourself making better sense in both your improv on breaks, reading, chord recognition in unwritten ensemble work, and composition. You can get Tony and Dominic set firm and working for you.
Nashville chording, used by studio musicians everywhere, is a “key-free” chord notation like “1-2-3” solfeggio. The names are for chord roots, regardless of key. When an artist wants to sing in different key, it’s easy to play the proper chords for her without needing a new chord chart with keyboard-style root names (..-BC-D-EF-G-A-..) Read the rest of this page »
Since 1996, Undertow Music has been a way to find local live music on the “living room circuit”, the newest Chautauqua. Don’t know if they are the first, but they have plenty of traveling musicians who bring live music to you, at hosting households across the country.
More organizations serving the model have sprung up. A net search on living room concerts will turn up several. I invite your comments on experiences with them.
Musical Notes from a small island blog 56 – A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein
from neuroscience of music, re dopamine
Why music makes you happy. Read this article by Emily Sohn from News.Discovery. Great stuff.
– Listening to moving music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical.
– Dopamine-induced pleasure may help explain why music has been such a big part of human societies throughout history.
– Understanding why people like listening to music is helping scientists understand human pleasure.
People love music for much the same reason they’re drawn to sex, drugs, gambling and delicious food, according to new research. When you listen to tunes that move you, the study found, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction.
Even just anticipating the sounds of a composition like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” or Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself” can get the feel-good chemical flowing, found the study, which was the first to make a concrete link between dopamine release and musical pleasure.
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Bubbles and shakeouts in making music pay
Secondary profiting from non-live music has gone through similar boom-bust cycles already. From the earliest, when music was disseminated only through personal learning by performers and travel, the first technological step in separating original creation and publishing was written notation on paper. Bach’s family was his duplicating machine. Read the rest of this page »
A musician who contemplates what it is to be human runs up against pesky questions.
For this essay, a prophet is one who warns of urgent truths no matter the cost, and an entertainer structures leisure time for hire. Because this is a mix, not a simple dichotomy, the questions around the distinction can be pesky. Read the rest of this page »