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Posted 28 November 2017 - 03:55 PM

I thought it would be a cool idea to make a thread listing some interesting facts about music: Eccentricities of composers, little known anecdotes about songs, and a general history of what makes human beings sing so much.

 

I'll start with 'musical puzzles'. These are cool little techniques some songwriters use to add variation and color to their music. They're fun to use because the technique involves a simple solution. All one needs to do is reverse any section of written music. In other words, learn to play both forwards and backward. It's also possible to play melodies and chords upside down as well.

 

Here's a cool fact. Ravel's 'Bolero' is an eight measure theme repeated over and over again with different variations for 17 minutes.

 


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 04:08 PM

Did you know Elvis had blonde hair? He used to use dark hair dye when he was a teenager like one of those greasers in the 40s and 50s.

 

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 04:11 PM

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 04:39 PM

Video games are a great promotional vehicle for music artists. A lot of big time stars still use it. Music can also become a part of the game itself. Using music as a direct mechanic in the development of games became popular in the 1990s with a lot of the rappers. Remember the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games? Those are a direct result from this idea. 
 
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Posted 28 November 2017 - 04:50 PM

Don't ever play Stairway to Heaven in a music store. It just isn't done...

 

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 04:54 PM

The Inventor of the Legendary Fender Guitars Never Learned How to Play Guitar

 

Today I found out Leo Fender, inventor of  one of the most popular electric guitar brands in the world, Fender Guitars, never learned how to play guitar.  In addition to that, he actually was an accountant before losing his job in the Great Depression.  When he lost his job, he decided to turn his hobby of tinkering with electronics, radios, amplifiers, and the like, into a business, “Fender Radio and Record Shop”, which eventually led to what is now known as the “Fender Musical Instruments Corporation” and the creation of his now famous guitars and amplifiers.

 

Despite designing the first commercially successful solid-body electric guitar, the Telecaster, and the most influential of all electric guitars, the Stratocaster, and inventing the solid-body electric bass guitar, the Precision bass, Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender was an engineer, not a musician and he couldn’t himself play a lick of guitar!  As such, he had to bring in musicians to properly test out the prototypes of his guitars.

 

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 02:07 PM

The use of specific musical instruments follows public tastes in musical styles. To understand the stringed instruments of any age, it helps to know something of the historical context that led to their development: both the musical precedents and the historical events that had an impact at the time. Music, especially songs with lyrics, are commonly written in response to current events – common experience seeking expression. The following time-line is a work-in-progress of the history of the guitar and its role supporting musical styles. 
 
    In The Beginning
    1400 – 1600 Renaissance Period
    1600 – 1760 Baroque Period
    1730 – 1820 Classical Period
    1815 – 1910 Romantic Period
    1911 – 2000
    2000 – present
 
 
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Posted 23 December 2017 - 05:01 PM

Don't ever play Stairway to Heaven in a music store. It just isn't done...

 

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Yeah. I hate that crap. I just give them the stare if they play it. Unless you can play it backwards. Smoke on the water is even worse. Then there are the one riff wonders. OMG! They can drive my ears crazy. But, if I'm going to actually buy one I'll take my time with the volume at a minimum so I can get a good feel for the instrument. If the salesman gives me shit I'll just walk out. 
 

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