Early Songwriting Techniques for Guitar Beginners

Learning how to play the guitar is certainly an exciting endeavor, and lots of people want to learn how to do it. In addition to actually playing the instrument, they also want to write some of their own songs. What are some techniques that beginners can use to craft these tunes?

Starting out with free-writing exercises is very important. Sitting down and trying to write a perfect song on the first try can be very overwhelming and counterproductive. Just get your thoughts down on paper. By doing so, you’ll start to craft a theme Read more…

A Basic Introduction into Digital Art and Media

When you want to learn about digital art and media, it’s smart to start with the basics. First of all, you need to realize that media can be used to create all types of digital art. For example, students can make projects and presentations for their classes, and businesses can make promotional material to get the word out there about their products.

People use many different types of programs to create their digital art and media forms. Generally, these programs Read more…

Identifying Early Musical Styles and Genres

Whether one is trying to identify a medieval song or current metal song, there are ways to determine their place in time through the evolution of instruments and the music itself. In the early church, many songs were without instrumental accompaniment because dissonance was considered evil. This could have been from purposely written melodies and harmonies or just bad singers and songwriters. Almost everyone has heard someone sing or play that caused hair raising reactions. As time progressed, organ and piano became more acceptable, but stringed instruments that were portable had more widespread use. The ballads, psalms and Read more…

What you need to be a Collector

Believe it or not, you don’t need to be some kind of millionaire to be an art collector, but there are a few things you will need. Collecting art really isn’t like collecting stamps or butterflies or comic books – it’s a very involved hobby and one that COULD prove quite expensive if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Below are a few things you will need to do and consider when it comes to being a true collector:

- First things first, make sure your home insurance policy will cover your hobby. Sites like nevadahomeownersinsurance.com should be able to help answer that question. You want to make sure any paintings you do add to your collection are covered.

- Next, you are going to want to make sure that you love the art you are buying. Your art collection should be about you and reflect your tastes and interests. Don’t be a chump who throws down a couple thousand on any old painting just because someone spoke highly of it.

- You can go in for graduate school art exhibitions and it’s a great opportunity to sample the talent of the rising stars and purchase some great work early on. As we said before, though, make sure you are buying based on the kind of collection you want to have and how it reflects you.

Celebrating the Life of 16th Century Composers

Celebrating the Life of 16th Century Composers

The Golden Age revealed the emergence of English music schools and many great English composers. It was during the sixteenth century that musical instruments were still being fined tuned to create the creative and unusual music of today. Song lyrics and and various music pieces were printed but these were sold as seperate documents and served as an official record.

There are many different views on what it means to be a musician, but in the sixteenth century it involved some Read more…

The Most Unique Art Museums in the World

The world has many art museums, but there are a handful that are worthy of a trip just to see them.
One of the best art museums in the world is the Musee du Louvre in Paris, France. This delightful museum is home to both the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Over 15,000 people visit this famous art museum each day. Many people complain about the long lines at the pyramid entrance so to make the most of your time consider one of the four other entrances to the building. The museum contains Read more…

Gift Ideas for the Artsy People in Your Life

Finding that perfect gift for you loved one can be a little tricky. You want to make sure that you get them something that they want or could use but you want it to be thoughtful as well. Sometimes finding these kinds of gifts for those artsy people in our lives can be even tougher. Here are some great ideas on gifts for those that love art.

Many photographers love all the gadgets and things needed for their cameras. Battery packs, carrying cases and tripods, but knowing what kind Read more…

Surviving when your Child Begins a Musical Instrument

Children often learn a love for the arts and music from their parents. It can start before they are born. Parents who enjoy classical music will often pass that love on to their children because they surround themselves with it and the children will learn to enjoy and feel comfortable with the same type of music. They may have things they like better, but this will always be a part of their heritage and so it is important to bring the music and arts into the lives of youngsters at the earliest age possible.

Some children Read more…

Music: An Introduction to Understanding Notes and Rhythm

Music: An Introduction to Understanding Notes and Rhythm

For centuries music has captured the imagination and minds of each passing generation. Over the years, there have been many different and timeless genres in music. From Pop to Rock n Roll to Hip Hop it seems to be when the technology changes so does the music, art and culture that surrounds it.

There is also traditional music that doesn’t change very much and is preserved throughout the years. For example, many forms of classical, jazz, religious, bluegrass, and world music have their own traditional genres that are conservatively Read more…

Teaching Art Appreciation to Children at Every Age

You recognize the artist in your child. So you go to museums. You browse galleries online. You check out books. Sometimes it clicks. Sometimes it doesn’t.

Art appreciation begins at any age. For children, it’s important to recognize that kids learn by doing. Simple activities can be adapted for any age. Consider these:

Paint to music. Set out paper and paint. Pick the music and paint how you feel. Change the music. How does Read more…