The Different Types of Music

musicSpecial thanks to Marcus from Digital Piano Review HQ for writing this post. He has a lot of insight when it comes to music and his site focuses on providing the best digital piano reviews.

There are many types of music genres. Everyone has their own taste of music and the many types satisfy people in the world of music. The list of music type could be endless since different cultures in the world have their own types that they have created. This means that alongside the ones listed below, there can be many others to add in the list. Below each type of music, there are many sub types and thus the list is as long as it can be.

Types of music

Country music

This is a famous music style that is favorite for many people. It was developed from the western cowboy and south American folk. This was in the rural regions of the southern parts of the United States in the early 1920s. One of the main instruments playing these types of songs is the guitar. Ballads and dance tunes with harmonies which are played with acoustics, electric guitars, fiddles and harmonicas. There are many types of country music such as the early country music which is also known as the mountain music, the traditional type, the western swing, Texas country among many others.

Electronic music

This is the type of music where its creation and manipulation is done using electronics rather than the usual acoustic instruments. The term electronic music suggests that the quality and character of the music is more synthetic. This music started some time back at around 1942. This is the time that Pierre Schaeffer came up with what is now believed to have been the very first electronic music studio. When doing this, he used a mixture of normal sounds that were recorded. He also used phonographs, microphones and tape recorders of variable speed. Under this type, there are several types that come under it such as ambient, break, electro music and electronic rock among many others.

Jazz Music

This is the type of music that was conceived from a mixture of African and European music traditions. This was around the beginning of the 20th century. Those who came up with this music type were the African American communities that resided in the southern parts of the United States. In this music there is evidence of a mixture of blue tones, improvisation, swing note and polyrhythms among many others. Some sub types that fall under this type are the New Orleans jazz, the Chicago style and the fashion jazz music.

Latin music

Naturally, this music originated in the broader Latin world. It is normally defined by the cultural background of the artists, the music style as well as their geography is among some of those elements that define this type of music. When all these elements combine, their unique fusion with a combination of two other of the main elements is what breeds the Latin Music Tag.…

Learning Guitar Online is Easier Now Then Ever Before, Here’s Why

Anyone who has ever tried to learn an instrument the “old fashioned” way, i.e. with instruction manuals, books, and in-person instruction, has probably found that it is difficult and expensive. Books teach you fundamentals, but you really need a human being to be able to show you the ropes when it comes to how to physically manipulate an instrument to get it to do what you want. Sure, you could go about it on your own, but chances are the learning curve would be tremendously more steep then if you consulted for help.

windmillThe problem with consulting with a professional is cost. Great instructors don’t come cheap, and low-level instructors don’t get you all that far. They can help you in the beginning, but sooner or later you will reach the peak of their potential as trainers, and will need to move on.

So how do you break this cycle without breaking your wallet/bank account? Well, a new trend has started to rise in the music education sector that could put the whole industry on it’s head, the use of video music lessons that are hosted entirely online.

Similar to online education in the academic sectors, online music lessons take the expertise of top level instructors and make it availabe to everyone via the Internet. No need to sit in a physical location and take up another persons time in order to recieve the benefit of great guitar instruction, now the instructor can record a lesson and it can live on in perpetuity online, where students can watch and re-watch until they get it right.

In contract to most online education, music training can actually be pretty inexpensive. In fact, some of the finest online guitar lessons come in at less than $20.00 a month. This is a negligible amount if you feel really want to better yourself. As a person who slacked on learning an instrument for nearly 10 years, but has since become a rather good guitar player (if I do say so myself) this is one of the deals I would have taken up if I had the change (but in 1999, these things were not really available as they are today).

So if you are considering picking up an instrument and trying to play, I would consider online lessons as one of your first steps. The real challenges will come later (probably in a few months of regular playing) and at that point I might consider a few lessons with a real person instructor, but at the outset, online-only lessons will suit you just fine.

Keep playing, my friends!…

Patrick “Paco” Müller New Windmill Endorser

Began to make music at the age of 5 and started playing bass at the age of 15. Initially as an autodidact, later lessons and workshops with: Henrik Mumm, Mini Schulz, Günter Lenz, Bernd Konrad, Michael Kersting, Jiggs Wigham. Studied music and studio-technology since 2001 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. Next to the studies, he works as a producer, artist and composer for several groups and artists (Florence Joy, Judy Bailey, Freistil), too. With over 150 concerts a year everywhere in Germany Paco has also performed at jazz festivals all over Europe, Asia and Russia.
TV-Gigs, several prizes and awards have made him to a hard working sound-tinkerer, who’s versatile, experienced and creative, with an independend sound.
Since 2004 he teaches bass-guitar and ensembles at different music-schools and from 2006 on studio-technology at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart.

Playstation (Jazz-Rock), Horo (Eastern-Jazz/Worldmusic), Hopf (Art-Rock), Flymoe (Funk-Rock-Disco-Pop) …and a lot of freelancing !!

Serveral Demos and played a lot of studio-sessions for various bands and artists, for example…
Dust ‘n Breeze: II (2003); LAJAZZO B.W.: Orange Colored Sky (CD-2003), Jubiläums-Sampler (CD-2006); Hopf: HOPF (EP-2003), Freiwild (CD-2005); Südpool-Orchestra: live at the Theaterhaus (CD-2004); J.U.M.P.: Big (DVD-2002), Time Jump (DVD-2003), Heart & Music (DVD-2004); Flymoe: Noise Gate 2004 (EP-2004), Superstereogerät (EP-2005), Markus Till: Show Your Presence (CD-2005); Playstation: Playstation (CD-2006); Horo: Eastern-Jazz-Music (CD-2006)
First own Solo-CD coming up autumn 2006…

Paco uses:

Proto 27 6-String
Body: Ash with Bird-Eye Poplar Topwood
Finish:Natural High Gloss
Neck: 5 Piece Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood 27 frets!
Machinehead: Schaller Mini
Bridge: Windmill Modern 3D
Pickup: Windmill Handmade SoapBars with Ebony Cover
Electronics: Windmill 3-band

Hadrien Feraud New Windmill Endorser

hadrienHadrien FERAUD was born on the 16th of august 1984 in Paris. Very early, his parents move to the suburbs where he will spend the first years of his life in a family where music plays a very great role. His parents who are musicians, immerse him very young in various musical environments: rock’n’roll, blues, funk, new wave, traditional, jazz etc….

Young , very attracted by the cinema, Hadrien shows to be very receptive with film scores . Towards the age of 8/9, his father introduces him to the guitar, but he shrinks infront of the instrument . The drums attract him much more… and the bass causes curiosity as well . Then towards twelve, after listening to Jaco Pastorius, he has a deep revelation as well as for the group “Weather Report”.
At that time he explores, deepens and integrates with passion the entire work of Jaco and “Weather Report” becomes his bible. In the years which follow, Hadrien discovers other bass players such as: Dominique Di Piazza (who will become a friend), Victor Bailey, Christian McBride, Anthony Jackson, Skulli Sverisson Matthew Garrison, Gary Willis, Richard Bona…, and he widens his musical universe listening to other different instrumentalists : Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Bireli Lagrene, John McLaughlin, Sylvain Luc Jean Pierre Como, Thierry Eliez….

In 2001 Christian Pegand (organizing concerts for John McLaughlin and Bireli Lagrene among-others) invites him to play at the concert “bass contre bass” organized by the funds of SACEM in the memory of the double bass player François JENNY-CLARK. Surrounded by Bireli Lagrene and Sylvain Luc at the guitars and Franck Agulhon on drums, Hadrien will make a noticed apperance. Also invited to this evening , were, Richard Bona, Garcia Fons, Dominique Di Piazza, the Moutin’s brothers etc…

In 2002, via Bireli Lagrene, he becomes acquainted with Jim and Jon Grandcamp, two brothers originally from Strasbourg. Jim at the guitar, Jon on drums and Hadrien, create a “power trio” of shock : “Le Cartel”. The group is invited by Bireli at “the night of the musicians”, evening given in “ le Trianon Palace” in Paris. “Le Cartel” will play on various stages of the capital, in France and abroad . Eager to meeting other bass players, he takes part in some contests as the EURO BASS DAY which proceeds in Verona (2003) and for which he will be finalist ; as well as in the French national contest “Haut les basses” (2004) of which he wins the first prize.

From 2003, he plays with many experienced musicians: Rido BAYONNE – Sheik TIDIANE – Marc BERTHOUMIEUX – Jean Marie ECAY – Mokhtar SAMBA – Dominique Di PIAZZA – N’GUYENE LE – Thierry ELIEZ – Flavio BOLTRO – Paban DAS BAUL – Bireli LAGRENE – Andre CECCARELLI….

In 2004 Hadrien undertakes the compositions of his musical project and in parallel continues with night life in clubs.

In 2005, John McLaughlin invites him to play two tracks on his album “INDUSTRIAL ZEN”. It is a magical meeting.

In 2006, Hadrien finalizes his own album surrounded by prestigious musicians.

Hadrien uses:

JModern, 5-String Fretless
Body: Whitewood
Finish:Metallic Burgundy High Gloss
Neck: American HardrockMaple
Fingerboard: Ebony with Block Inlay
Machinehead: Schaller Mini
Bridge: Windmill ModernVintage 3D
Pickup: Windmill Handmade Soapbars with Ebony Cover and Ebony Ramp
Electronics: Windmill 3-band

Fuzz Guitar Show

fuzz-guitar-showFUZZ Guitar Show is the name of the brand new guitar show that took place the 5th – 6th of May 2007 in Gothenburg. FUZZ Guitar Show will be an annual show and has set goal to become the natural nordic market- and meeting point for all concerned in guitars, new as well as vintage and used. In direct connection with the display area there were live performances, clinics and seminars with e g Greg Koch, Reggie Hamilton, Jonas Hellborg, Magnus Rosén, Yamaha All Stars, and not least Windmill player Charlie Moreno. Charlies Show was a masterpiece in solo bass and the organizers said it was the best performance of all.

The hosts of FUZZ Guitar Show are the managing director of FUZZ Guitar Magazine, Ulf Zackrisson, together with edonA, Ulf Zandhers and Jonas Nilsson.

The show hall was the same as previous guitar shows, Eriksbergshallen, situated in the very heart of Gothenburg. The old shipyard buildings now hold a modern hotel and event site, with contemporary architecture and Scandinavian design. A perfect environment for meetings, creativity and relaxation.

It was one of the best organized shows I’ve been to and had a very special concept: 1) One big hall for dealers, 2) one big part for consumers incl loads of vintage gear. 3) It was a “silent” exhibition so no loud amps (very appreciated by all people who spent two full days talking to customers, 4) On third floor there were rooms for dealers to test instruments and amps on full power.

A lot of bass players visited us and tested our basses and were totally blown away. There was a 100% positive response about the Windmill basses and most of the players say that these are the best basses they have ever played.

EBS and Windmill have started a very fruitful relationship and two Windmill basses were seen in their booth.  Windmill is now on the bass map in Scandinavia and the new star Charlie Moreno will be invited for the Bass’n Drum days in Stockholm next year (arranged by EBS) and of course for the next FUZZ Guitar Show in 2008.

Well, what can I say – this exhibition was the best show in Scandinavia so far and we are looking forward to an even better one next year.

Behind the pen – Mats Laveborn, Swedish Windmill Distributor…