postheadericon Glasgow, City of Music

glsgGlasgow is the largest city in Scotland that proclaimed as the city of culture in 1990. Hearing the word ‘city of culture’ you might imagine the streets full of antique building with a community produced his distinctive artwork. In fact, Glasgow is more like a modern city full of such industries. One industry that is growing rapidly is the music industry.

Glasgow is the capital city of Scotland, which was part of the British Empire. Unlike Manchester, grunge and no wave, Glasgow which although did not have its own name for its type of music being played in the city, but still has a unique influence to some of the musicians.

The famous musician/Band from this city, among others, Glasvegas, Belle Sebastian, Camera Obscura &, Biffy Clyro, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, Snow Patrol, Travis and Primal Scream.
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postheadericon Music for Newborn baby

ptrq2Every newborn baby in Scotland will receive a CD of classical music to growing their interest into music.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) with the birth registration office will start giving music CD on parents who have new born babies these year. The CD will be distributed to 220 birth registration office across Scotland and expected able to reach 60,000 families. Some resources might said that classic music and pregnant women giving enormous result in baby brain progress. Well it might be just myth, but for sure sports for the mother is necessary, and music as learning tools indeed works.

A compilation titled Gaelic language, Astar for “journey”, featuring the Scotland songs, children poem, and classical compositions. CD recorded by the RSNO and the children choir were initiated by RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian.
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postheadericon Came on, Play the Bagpipes!

How to Find a Great Highland Bagpipe Teacher
The BBC News reported on February 28, 2007 that the 40-member Wick Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band recorded a noise level exceeding the sound of a jet taking off. Regardless of the size of the band, the Great Highland Bagpipes are hard to miss. Listening to a massed band can be a captivating experience that motivates many to try to learn how to play the Great Highland bagpipes themselves.
Don’t Wait
If you decide that you want to be more than just a casual observer of the bagpipes — that is, you want to learn how to play them — don’t wait too long. Like any musical instrument, it takes considerable time, effort, and commitment to become proficient.
A Teacher is Important
Once you’ve decided that this is something you really want to pursue, you need to find a good teacher. Andrew Lenz goes into great detail on this on his website Bagpipe Journey. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Nontraditional Music

Bands that Use the Bagpipes in Their Music
Bagpipes are used across the musical genres and by many mainstream musicians. Some songs and artists are recognizable; others are just waiting to be discovered.

Bagpipes aren’t just for funerals, mass bands, and pub crawls. They can be a powerful compliment to a rock band and a surprising addition to a pop artist.. Bagpipes make a band and its’ sound unique and more fun to listen to.
Rock and Roll Bagpipes
There are many different options for rock and roll music and bagpipes. A good song to start with is the classic AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top (If you Wanna Rock ‘n Roll). Here are some other bands that more regularly incorporate the bagpipes into their songs:
• Black 47-This Irish rock band was formed in New York in 1989. They use the Uilleann Bagpipes which are Irish small bagpipes. They Uilleann Bagpipes have a different tone than the Great Highland Bagpipes, but are equally enjoyable to listen too.
• Dropkick Murphys-This American Celtic punk band was formed in 1996. They’ve put out 6 albums since than. Their truly unique rendition of Amazing Grace is definitely worth a listen.
• Red Hot Chilli Pipers-This Scottish band formed in 2004 and is made up of world class bagpipe musicians. Their cover of We Will Rock You sets the standard for full incorporation of the Great Highland Bagpipes into mainstream music. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon The History of Bagpipes

You may have heard that bagpipes are a Scottish invention; you may have heard that they are an Irish invention. The truth (of course) is neither one. The bagpipe was invented in ancient Samaria, in Israel. The Bible mentions the instrument in the book of Daniel chapter 3, where it is listed as one of the instruments use to call the people to worship a statue. This event takes place in ancient Iraq, which was then part of the Babylonian empire.

Many other times in history the instrument has been mentioned and concluding from this evidence we can say that the instrument must have been invented in ancient Samaria. From there migrating tribes of peoples took it to different parts of Europe, India and northern Africa. Some 200 years ago the instrument was very popular throughout Europe. “So, what happened?”, you may say.
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