How can a drummer learn to play without a drum kit?
Novice drummers are not always ready to invest substantial funds in the purchase of a drum kit. However, the lack of a set at your disposal should not interfere with…

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Ear for music: myths and reality
Musical hearing is a set of abilities necessary for composing, performing, and actively perceiving music. Musical hearing implies a high degree of subtlety of perception of individual musical elements or…

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Music constructs the brain
Brain scans have allowed scientists to reveal how years of music practice change the brains of professional musicians. So, it was shown that the brain of musicians in certain areas…

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Why does the piano have 88 keys?

The standard piano has 88 keys: 52 white and 36 black. But who decided that this number would be the norm and why?

Before the invention of the piano, composers wrote music for the harpsichord, which has only 60 keys. This meant that all their works were limited to the five-octave range of this instrument.

Around 1700, Italian master instrumentalist Bartolomeo Cristofori decided that it was time to update the harpsichord, and came up with a new keyboard instrument with a percussion mechanism. Cristofori worked at the court of Ferdinando de ‘ Medici, where he was the Keeper of musical instruments. Continue reading

Simple guitar chords
A chord diagram is a schematic representation of a section of the fretboard where the vertical lines are guitar strings and the horizontal lines are frets. The far left vertical…

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What do your musical preferences depend on
Music can be called a universal language. Regardless of the language in which certain songs are performed, for some reason we want to listen to certain music, even if we…

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Music constructs the brain
Brain scans have allowed scientists to reveal how years of music practice change the brains of professional musicians. So, it was shown that the brain of musicians in certain areas…

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Influence of music on a person's character and mind
I can't imagine my life without the music of Linkin Park, NSync, Backstreet Boys, Gubin, Zhigitter and Muzart. I like rock, alternative rock, jazz, classical, Blues and the sound of…

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