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Learning The Acoustic Guitar – Clearing The Confusion


Learning the acoustic guitar is not difficult but what can be a little tedious is wading through the swamp of advice from friends, family and the internet. Come to think of it, a lot of advice is better than no advice so maybe it's just a question of organizing what you want to do with your music. What's your plan with learning the acoustic guitar?

If you don't know the first thing abour the guitar, there are books available that will give you the basics. There's a couple of books you should at least take a look at. Guitar For Dummies is a great tutor for the acoustic guitar student who doesn't want to embarrass himself by asking silly questions. If you want all the knowledge of any kind of guitar playing before you even need it, take a look at the guitar books published by Mel Bay. Many guitar players swear by them.

If you see yourself as a casual acoustic guitar strummer who just wants to be able to play his favorite songs and impress girls at parties, then you will probably get all the info about technique and repertoire from the internet. If you feel you want to be seriously interested in playing the acoustic guitar, think about getting at least a few lessons from a guitar teacher.

Yes, you can learn a lot from just reading tab and watching clips on YouTube but a teacher can show you scales, holding the plectrum properly, fingering positions and how to get a good sound. It is a much faster and more effective way to get your basic questions about the learning the acoustic guitar out of the way.

The fact is, many amateur guitar players have spent years teaching themselves and been amazed at how musch more they have learnt when they finally spent some money on lessons. While we are on the subject, there are two kinds of teachers, one kind gives you knowledge about the guitar, the other kind teaches in a way that prepares you to go back to your room and teach yourself. Try and find the second kind. If you are going to apend money on learning acoustic guitar, you may as well do some research.

The question of whether to learn to read music always comes up for people learning guitar but if you want to learn songs quickly without becoming a soloist, tab and chord charts are the way to go. Also once you have some familiarity with the guitar, you will be surprised to find that you will develop the knack of inserting solo breaks into your playing.

One thing that all people learning acoustic guitar encounter is discomfort. Your left hand finger tips need to develop callouses, you whole body needs to learn a new range of sitting, standing and arm moving positions to accommodate your guitar playing. Basic advice on this subject is most of the physucal obstacles you go up against will disappear within a short time, but if you are getting any kind of real regularly repetitive pain, stop playing for a day or two. If the pain starts up again, get some advice from a doctor. Playing through the pain is not a good idea.

The Verve Intellectual Property Case: A Bittersweet Example


Intellectual property's tentacles are long and strong. Maybe the largest battlefield in IP is the music industry. Composer, producers, interpreters and license owners might get unexpectedly involved in legal battles regarding the misuse or abuse of a song of their property. Sometimes it is just something as little as a sample of the song but are legal frictions can deal with millions and millions of dollars.

Time is not an issue to underestimate when dealing with Intellectual Property. If by any chance, you use a song that was written forty years ago, and one of its owners is still alive, he/she can claim unfair use and suddenly, legal lawsuits can flood your desk. When working with someone else's work, you should be extremely careful, no matter if you already got permission to use it.

In 1997, the British band The Verve sampled an orchestration in one of their songs, "Bittersweet Symphony", from the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time". Prior the release of the album, the group did the proper negotiations concerning the license agreement with the Rolling Stones to utilize the sample. When the album came out, the song was a complete hit and reached number 23 on the Billboard Charts. After the sudden success of the song, the Rolling Stones argued that The Verve violated their license agreement because they use too much of the sample in their song. The Rolling Stones ended up collecting 100% of the loyalties of the song. Members of The Verve argued that the Stones got greedy when they noticed the sudden success of "Bittersweet Symphony".

As a result, the Rolling Stones sold the rights over the "Bittersweet Symphony" and it became part of many commercials and publicities. Allen Klein, Rolling Stones' manager licensed the song to Nike and to Vauxhall automobiles. Both brands utilize the melody for multi-million dollar television campaigns. Even worse, when the song was nominated for a Grammy, The Verve was not named as a nominee, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were. This is just a little example of moral rights dealing with intellectual property. The song hit top of the charts and not one members of The Verve enjoyed a cent of its success.

If these types of situations happen with amazing groups, who supposedly are not interested in more money, anything can happen to regular people who may get exposed to these inconveniences. Get acquainted with the respective regulations and laws so that no economical issues may come up in case you are planning to use someone else's inspiration!

Playback Singing With Roop Kumar Rathod


Indian cinema aka Bollywood has become a hot topic today. It is one of those things that has helped India become globally recognized. Bollywood is a huge industry with hundreds of components attached to it. It is a perfect example of absolute co-ordination between actors, directors, producers and infinitely more. Bringing a movie together isn't as easy as watching and enjoying it is. There are a lot of elements involved. And when we talk about Bollywood, how can we forget the songs? In fact, the songs of a movie significantly help in increasing its popularity even before its release! In the olden days, the actors themselves sang the songs so if u intended to be an actor, an exceptionally good voice was a pre-requisite. It was not until the concept of play back singing was introduced, this concept was drawn out. Just to get it right across your head, a play back singer is someone whose songs are pre-recorded for use in movies. Indian film industry has produced some exceptionally good play back singers. Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Falguni Pathak are some female and Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Gurdas Mann and Roop Kumar Rathod are a few male play back singers the Indian film industry very proudly boasts of. All these singers have achieved great success in their established field. Continuing with the article, I have discussed the life and successes of roop kumar rathod. Son of the classical luminary, late Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod, Roop Kumar Rathod is one of the best playback singers and music director, the industry has ever seen.

Pandit Rathod was known for his exceptional mastery over one of the most rare and arguably the oldest form of singing, Dhrupad. Roop Kumar Rathod is known around Bollywood for his play back singing. He started his career in music as a tabla player, drawing inspiration from his father. He mastered the art of playing table very well and went on to become one of the most sought after tablists by almost all Ghazal singers. He is known to have performed with various known names in the industry, like Anuj Jalota, Lata Mangeshkar and many more.

His singing earned him a lot of respect in the Indian Music Industry. After many years of being involved with singing ghazals, he decided to change his career path and looked into new options, he entered the world of play back singing. He got his first break in the year 1989 with the song, ''main tera aashiq hoon'', composed by Laxminkanth pyarelal for the movie Gumraah. In his entire career so far, he has given many hit songs. "Sandese aate he" in the film Border was his major break-through. Maula mere maula, noor e nazar, shikayat he are some of the major songs he has sung through his singing career.