Show Reviews Below are unsolicited emails\reviews from people that came to see the show recently. They are being used with their permission. Here’s a tip to remember in the event your neck of the woods should be invaded by an influx of celebrity clones: get a decent camera, not one of those crummy throw-aways. Save…
Dual Subwoofer Just So I Can Blast Beatles MusicSo I recently bought something many would consider stupid. I’ll just get right to it. I bought a new stereo system for my car. And I’m talking a whole system, complete with a Pyramid dual 1200w subwoofer for a real booming sound. Why did I do this? Because I have money now. When I was…
Fab Mania News Throwback PostThis comes to you from the VERY old site and we’re excited to resurrect it for old time’s sake! FAB MANIA – A Tribute To The Beatles performed at the opening of the “Linda McCartney’s Sixties” exhibit at The Delaware Art Museum, in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday night, January 19th, 2001. For the first time in the…
Throwback: Show Reviews Of The Fab Mania Beatles Shows
Below are unsolicited emails\reviews from people that came to see the show recently. They are being used with their permission.
Here’s a tip to remember in the event your neck of the woods should be invaded by an influx of celebrity clones: get a decent camera, not one of those crummy throw-aways. Save your pennies, get the Mavica. Get something with a zoom lens.
This past weekend saw no ordinary attack of the clones…there were star-spangled Elvi to the left of me, cutie-pie Fabs to the right. I was in the midst of everything, excited and (sigh) married.
Beatles tribute band Fab Mania gave a free concert in downtown Norfolk on June 1 to benefit the local SPCA. Quite coincidentally, this day was the 35th anniversary of the release of the Sgt. Pepper album. I don’t know if anyone in the band saw fit to mention it because unfortunately we arrived well into the show’s second act. According to their website, Fab Mania puts on a three-act show where they depict the Beatles during the various “eras” of their career complete with costumes: the “mop-top” years, the Sgt. Pepper era and beyond.
We happened upon the show right at the tail end of the Sgt. Pepper phase, and I’m still kicking myself for not getting a picture. I’m also kicking myself for not chasing off the idiot who blew by in his sports car blasting hip-hop from his high-powered subwoofer. Anyway, before we knew it, three of the guys had taken off to change, but at least I got to hear “John” sing my second favorite Lennon tune (You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away).
I have to give the Dead Ringer Award to “George” (pardon the pun), and unfortunately the pictures I have don’t do him justice. He sang my absolute favorite Beatles song (Something) and I just wanted to die right there. As for who sounded like his Beatle the best, I still can’t decide because they all sang and performed very well. “Paul” was especially good, I thought, having seen the real thing a few months ago. He was in good voice on “The Long and Winding Road,” and “Hey Jude.” I was pleasantly surprised, too, to hear them perform “One After 909” from Let it Be.
The only complaint I had about the show (aside from not getting there sooner) was that during one of their encores “Paul” launched into the first notes of my favorite Macca/Beatles song (Martha My Dear) and then stopped. Never tease me like that, ‘kay? Also, where is the violinist?
I’ll tell you one thing more: Malc isn’t a Beatles fan, but he really enjoyed this show; that should be testimony enough. Go see these guys if you get the chance.
Hmm, I wonder if they went to Abbey Road Pub and Restaurant at the beach after the show…they could kick some serious ass on Karaoke nights.
Kathyrn Lively (http://livelywriter.blogspot.com)
I just visited your web site. You can feel free to edit some of this and add it to the other letters. Thanks for coming to the Palace Theater in Lockport, NY. You guys put on such a great show. Besides sounding so much like the Beatles, your appearance is also incredible. The costumes, your hairstyles, guitars, drums, everything was so authentic. And you look like you’re having a good time together on stage too. I saw Beatlemania in Lockport three weeks ago, and I have to say that I’d much rather see Fab Mania again. Beatlemania sounded good, but you put on a
better show and looked a lot better doing it! Don’t wait so long before making a return trip to Lockport. Thanks again for a great time.
Love ya, Kathy
Hey guys, You were great performing for the (Squam Lake Natural) Science Center the other night. I really appreciate “Paul” posing while I took the picture of him in the VW with my daughter, and also for John in his later years get up. It is a nice touch that you take the time to talk with folks. You all have a grate deal of talent, it was hard to believe that just the four of you could reproduce what the originals did in a studio with backup musicians.
I remember watching the Beatles on their first Sullivan appearance and listening to my Dad’s color commentary on how that kind of music would never last and a few other things not repeatable. You guys are the “Beatles without the baggage”. It’s great that you do it for the love of it and not political motivation. You definitely make your goal, everyone sure has a good time listening to great tunes done with skill only years of practice can create and that’s what it’s all about.
Once again thank you. You made a 15 year old aspiring musicians day and also a very appreciative 45 year old Dad who brought her to see the “Beatles”. Keep up the great work.
Hi! You guys were right on the mark!!! It was easy to imagine you really WERE the Beatles! “Ringo’s” drumming was frickin’ excellent, every beat was on the nail!! “George” was outstanding, every note just as it was on the record, as an amateur guitar player I can appreciate how hard that is. I remember how happy I was when I learned to play “Blackbird” just like Paul. I can’t imagine how it must feel to play every song right. Last, but not least, Bob’s “Paul” was extraordinary! The way Paul sings, talks, plays…the bass riffs he used were exactly like the studio versions. I also like the little scene he and George played in the beginning on the third act. I remember seeing that scene I think in “Let It Be” where George got frustrated at Paul’s critisisms. George said, “I play what you want or I’ll play nothing at all, I just want to please you!” Ringo looked like he was miserable in that scene.
As you were all finishing up the “Sgt. Pepper” set I thought that you just accomplished what John Lennon said was practically impossible to do on stage. As you probably know John said they couldn’t do their “Pepper” material because it was too difficult to do outside the studio. Well John, Fab Mania proved you wrong.Once again , great job!! Yesterday was my wife’s birthday and you guys were her present! The only problem I have now is how can I match it next year? John Nilsen
Hi guys! I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your shows this weekend and how nice it was to meet you. You are the greatest thing since the “real” Beatles!! Pat
Hi there! I just wanted to tell u again how much i enjoyed your performance at Blast From the Past wknd at Mt. Hope/Pa. Ren. Faire. You guys are AWESOME!!!! I’m starting a letter writing/e-mail campaign to get you back for next year! The Beatles have been my favorite group since…..forever! Hearing & watching you perform their songs was like watching “them”! Not only the sound, but the little mannerisms. It’s no wonder i was “stuck” in Strawberry Fields this weekend. Katy
I have to comment on the performance I attended last weekend at the PA Ren Faire’s “Blast From the Past”. Many times I have heard (or said) “if you closed your eyes, you’d think you were there”. With your show, you don’t want to close your eyes. Your show is very visual in addition to the great music. It wasn’t just the costumes, it was the whole show. Your actions onstage were right on the mark. You have definitely done your homework. You have definitely won a new fan.
Thank you for some great memories,
Virginia Cole (aka; Rainbow)
I would like to first off to say that I saw you at the Pa Renaissance Faire’s Blast from the Past and I really enjoyed your performance. The best was on Saturday at your final show I joined Peggy Sue sitting on the ground right in front of the stage. Peggy Sue is one of my Improv Teacher and she would have been miffed if I did not take advantage of all that space right in front of the stage. I have always loved the Beatles and to hear there songs played by people who actually sounded like them and took the time to actually know the
songs was a great treat. I hope that The Faire brings you back next year for
Blast because having you there was a blast. Bill Hoffer
Dual Subwoofer Just So I Can Blast Beatles Music
So I recently bought something many would consider stupid. I’ll just get right to it. I bought a new stereo system for my car. And I’m talking a whole system, complete with a Pyramid dual 1200w subwoofer for a real booming sound.
Why did I do this? Because I have money now.
When I was younger my friends all had great sound systems in their cars. We would cruise around town and blast music. I had different friends who like different types of music. Some were into rock, some into hip-hop and some into electronic music. I always liked all of it, but of course, my favorite music was always the Beatles.
As you can imagine, none of my friends wanted to blast the Beatles from the car. They were always too embarrassed. They actually liked a lot of their music, but they did not want to be seen driving around town listening to the Beatles. I actually would’ve thought that would be pretty cool, but the puny little stereo in my car didn’t allow me to do that. I had to quietly listen to my vinyl albums at home.
Then, I kinda forgot about this for many years. But recently I saw an old guy driving around in a convertible, blasting classical music from his stereo system. That’s when it hit me. I should buy a new stereo system for my car and drive around blasting the Beatles, like I always wanted.
Now I’m older, I can afford a stereo system and I really don’t care what anyone thinks. So I did it. I didn’t even bother installing it myself, which is something I definitely would’ve done back then. But these days my time is more valuable. I just paid someone to do it, left them my car and picked it up a few hours later.
Then on the drive home I tested my new stereo system. I put in Sgt. peppers, because of course, and cranked it up. Obviously, it didn’t test my subwoofer like an electronic record or hip-hop album might, but those beetles still did pump out some bass sounds. More importantly they pumped out a lot of other sounds and all of them went together really well, as you well know.
I did get a lot of stares, especially from younger people. They seemed to look at me with a questioning look that said “what are you doing? You’re too old to be blasting music. And you’re too young to be blasting the Beatles. You look like you should be blasting nirvana.”
Okay, maybe they didn’t say that or even think that, but that’s what I thought they might be thinking.
But you know what else I got? A lot of approving looks from older people. Not people my age, but people my parents’ age. These are the people grew up with the Beatles and they approved of my music.
People my age didn’t seem to. They seemed to mostly disapprove of me playing music at all. It seems once you enter your 40s, it’s frowned upon.
I can understand that. I hate when people drive around blasting their loud music. But I mostly hate it because their loud music is terrible. If they played something I liked, I wouldn’t mind it so much.
But the stuff they play? I know I said earlier I don’t care what other people think, but I would be embarrassed to play that stuff. I would die of shame if that were blasting from my new subwoofer.
So what you think? Does this inspire you to go out and buy a stereo system complete with powerful subwoofer for your car, just so you can play some old people music?
If you’re on this website, you are obviously a fan of the Fab five, so I’m assuming that’s exactly what you would play. I think we should do it. I think everyone who even remotely likes the Beatles should start driving around everywhere playing their music loudly from their stereo system. Really make that subwoofer work as you are listening to Norwegian Wood or I Am The Walrus. That would be hilarious.
Fab Mania News Throwback Post
This comes to you from the VERY old site and we’re excited to resurrect it for old time’s sake!
FAB MANIA – A Tribute To The Beatles performed at the opening of the “Linda McCartney’s Sixties” exhibit at The Delaware Art Museum, in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday night, January 19th, 2001.
For the first time in the history of the museum, an opening night event was SOLD OUT! Check out some of the reviews. It was also the largest crowd ever to attend a single event at the art museum. With several dignitaries, the press, local TV, and radio stations present, FAB MANIA took the audience on a wild musical ride through the 1960’s. The gallery where the band performed was wall to wall with people, with many at the doors looking in, and many more listening from the main lobby.
Among those in attendance were “The Catfish & Allen” who host “Breakfast With The Beatles” weekday mornings on 102.9, WMGK, and are easily two of the most recognized voices in the Philadelphia radio market. The Catfish & Allen graced the Gallery with their unique sense of humor, and introduced FAB MANIA as only they are able!
FAB MANIA performed for “First Night Wilmington 2001” at AMTRAK Station, on New Year’s Eve.
The City of Wilmington’s New Year’s Eve celebration was unparalleled, as they celebrated the beginning of the New Millenium. What better way to end a century than with a tribute to one of the greatest music influences of that century.
See your snapshots on our web site!!
Whether you’re a professional photographer, or a novice with an automatic “do it all for you” camera, FAB MANIA would like to show your photos of the band on our web site. You can use flashes or grow lights for plants to light your subjects, we really don’t care. Now you can show your friends (and pretty much the the rest of the free world), how good of a photographer you are. All you have to do is come to one of our shows, take some pictures, and email them to us at …. We’ve removed the address, because this is obviously no longer ongoing. Don’t email us photos, please!
The September 1999, issue of “Octopus’s Garden” had a very nice article on FAB MANIA. Please be sure to check out this excellent Beatles Fanzine. Special thanks to Beth Shorten of Octopus’s Garden for a job well done!!!!
FAB MANIA‘s shows have taken them up and down the eastern seaboard with performances in places such as Buffalo, Lakeview, & Lockport, NY, The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manhiem, PA, on the Boardwalk in Bethany Beach, DE, the Charles River in Cambridge, MA, among many other places in New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York City, and Baltimore, MD.
If you would like to have FAB MANIA perform at your next event, please feel free to drop us a line at [no longer active] and we will be more than happy to provide you with details and pricing.
What could be better for your New Year’s Eve party than to have “The Beatles“, featuring FAB MANIA!
Do not contact us today! Remember, this is an old post resurrected…nothing written here is valid, it is only for nostalgia’s sake.
A Violin, The Beatles, A DJ And His Turntables
Chocolate and salt. Or chocolate and chili. Or oil and vinegar. Things that seem opposite and shouldn’t go together, but that actually go together really well. I love things like this. Especially the chocolate and salt one. Sweet and salty things just go together amazingly well. It’s the contrast that does it.
You’ve also heard opposites attract, I’m sure. That’s the same principle. Two things that seem opposite and it seems that they shouldn’t go together, but then go together really well when mixed. In fact, they always go to together better than two things that are similar. And when it comes to music, there tons of examples like this.
One such example, and the reason for my writing this post, came at a nightclub I was at recently. And, as you can probably guess, the reason I’m writing about it here is that involve the Beatles.
t’s weird actually. Ever since starting this blog, it seems so much more in my life involves the Beatles than before. I’m sure that’s not the case. I’m sure it just seems that way. Kind of like when you think about a certain thing, then you start to see it everywhere. I guess that’s is happening here. But now the Beatles seem to be everywhere.
Anyway, in this nightclub, there was a DJ. I can’t remember his name. He was just a standard DJ with his two record player turntables, but there were a few differences between him and other normal DJs. For one, he played the violin. That’s right, when he wasn’t queuing up songs, he was playing on his violin to his music. It was actually really cool. This is something that can go very wrong, if you don’t choose the right songs. But he chose tracks that complemented the violin very well. And he was good at playing it and knew exactly how much violin to add to make sure it sounded good. Many people would overdo it. But he kept it subtle and it worked well.
And then it happened. A Beatles song. You would not expect a Beatles song at a techno nightclub, but there it was. He had remixed it, but it was still very recognizable. And he did an amazing job. I almost want to say it was better than the original, but that’s obviously not the case. The original is better, but this version was better for this particular setting.
Plus, when he added in his violin playing, it became so much better still. Seriously, this combination of violin, a techno beat and a classic Beatles tune was simply amazing. And I wasn’t the only one who thought so. The whole crowd was getting into it and was going crazy for this. They seemed to know who the DJ was too, and from what I saw that day, it makes a lot of sense that he is famous.
Strange mixtures like this mix of violin and Beatles and turntables and DJ always fascinate me. When you think something should not go together, but it goes together and does so extremely well, it always enhances the enjoyment. That element of surprise ads an extra layer to an already enjoyable experience. That is truly something to live for in life.
How The Beatles Got Their Name (A Work Of Fiction)
I take a creative writing class once a week and our assignment this week was to write a fictional story about a real celebrity. Actually, I chose the Fab five. Now, I know my story is not all that great, but I decided to publish it here on Fab Mania anyway, because why not? It’s my website, after all.
A lot of people wonder why the Beatles are called the Beatles. It’s not generally considered a great name. I decided to answer that question in my own little way. I should reiterate: none of this is true.
When he was 10 years old, Paul McCartney lived in a single-family home in Liverpool. He loved to play in his backyard and unsurprisingly, usually made music there. He would gather whatever things he could find and turn them into instruments. He made instruments out of buckets, or just by beating sticks together, etc. He even made string instruments out of rubber bands and cardboard boxes. Once, he supposedly used a horticultural light that was used for an indoor garden and somehow made that play music.
He would often get his friends together and pretend to be in a band with their makeshift instruments. Their sound back in that day was not great. They wrote weird songs no one would ever sing at karaoke and their neighbors were always complaining and one of them in particular had a huge problem with Paul and his friends’ little band. He complained about it a lot at home and his son overheard.
The son was named John Maxwell. He was a few years older than Paul and his friends and also much larger, Naturally, he thought about just being the crap out of them to get them to stop playing their music. Instead, he eventually came up with a much more brilliant idea to get them to stop.
He had gotten the idea when watching a TV show where someone tried to shut down a restaurant by releasing rats. His idea was to do something similar. He couldn’t afford to buy rats a store and he was kind of scared of them himself, so that obviously wouldn’t work. But he could get insects. Specifically, he got beetles.
He purchased a couple hundred beetles and filled them into the instrument Paul usually played. It was one of his cardboard box string instruments. Then he wrote a note and attached it to the outside. The note said “stop playing your shitty music.” Not very innovative, to be sure, but he believed it would be effective.
The next morning when Paul and his friends picked up their instruments to play, Paul heard noises coming from the inside of his. It sounded like a whole bunch of little scratches. He opened it up and looked inside and abruptly dropped it to the ground. He was surprised and shocked, but beyond that he didn’t much care.
He opened the box completely and dumped the Beatles on the ground and then he and his friends watched them scurry away. Then they began their practice session.
When they started playing, the neighboring boy John heard and quickly rushed over. He said: “what you doing how can you play with this instrument? Didn’t you get any ideas about your playing from something that may have happened this morning?”
Paul McCartney thought for a moment and then replied: “Yes, we did actually get a great idea. There was some note about us playing out shitty music, but the bugs made me think. We’re not playing shitty music; we’re playing Beatles music. From now on, we’re going to to call ourselves the Beatles.”
They did call themselves the Beatles from that day forward and they went on to play twice as much as before.
Paul added: “You’ll see, someday we’ll become really good. So good that even you will love our shitty music. Perhaps your dad will, too.”
And 15 years later, both John Maxwell and his dad owned every vinyl recording Paul and his friends released. They were huge Beatles fans. As were the rest of us. And to this day, they are played everywhere and often still in very new and unusual ways, like at a DJ nightclub with violin music (seriously!).
For the real story on how the Beatles got their name, head here.
Best Karaoke Songs From The Beatles
I recently took a three week trip to Japan and while there, I naturally tried my hand at karaoke. I’ve always loved singing karaoke and Japan is the birthplace of this wonderful pastime, so it only made sense to give it a try. I was a little worried I would have to try singing Japanese songs, but it turned out that wasn’t the case. In fact, everything I thought I knew about karaoke turned out to not be the case.
Let’s start with the music. Japanese karaoke rooms have huge selections, including a ton of songs in English and Chinese and Korean in addition to the millions of Japanese language songs. And when it comes to English, the most popular karaoke songs in the country are all by the Beatles. The Japanese absolutely love the Beatles and almost every Japanese person can sing at least one Beatles song in English, even if they can’t speak a word of English otherwise.
During my karaoke visits in Japan, I participated in sing-alongs for Lucy With Diamonds In The Sky more times than I can remember. It is by far the most popular Beatles song among the Japanese, but they love many of their songs. Imagine by John Lennon is another huge favorite that almost everyone can sing. And it’s another one I ended up singing probably 20 times along with other people.
The other big difference is that karaoke places in Japan are private. You rent a private room with your friends, instead of having to get up in front of everybody and singing. I actually like this a lot better. Not only is it more cozy and fun, but you also don’t have to listen to hundreds of other terrible singers. And you get to sing a lot more often when you’re only waiting on your turn among a few of your friends and not a whole bar full of people. Every song that comes on, several other people usually sing along with, because they are all your friends. There are always at least two microphones in these karaoke rooms.
Another great thing about them is that they serve food and drinks, including alcohol, right in your room. It makes for a really fun night out with friends. You also get instruments in the room. Maracas and tambourines seemed to be the most popular. This means anyone who is not singing can still participate. No one ever needs to be bored. Personally, I always spent my non-singing time eating, but that’s just me. We even saw some rooms with instruments like violins. This was a really cool and strange surprise. I loved this so much, since the violin is my instrument.
Karaoke places in Japan are just so much fun. I’ve heard they are the same in South Korea and also in China, but I can only speak for Japan. They are very reasonably priced, as well. Of course, you have to pay extra for alcohol and for food, but the price always includes free nonalcoholic drinks. I’m a big tea drinker, so this was great for me. I had so much tea to wash down my food. And that’s another thing, the food was always excellent. In fact I never once had a bad meal anywhere in Japan. Even the food from convenience stores is great.
As for the music selection, songs by The Beatles are far from the only English songs. Just about anything you can think of, they will have. There are a lot of things they don’t have, obviously, but anything popular they have and a lot of things that aren’t too popular, as well.
I sang songs from Green Day and Jay-Z and Nirvana, but also a few songs from bands like Mazzy Star or tool or Tori Amos. The selection is amazing, especially when you consider this is only the English language selection, which is I believe number three or maybe number two. Japanese is obviously the largest but there are a ton of Chinese songs, too and Korean ones as well. It’s pretty incredible. I even went to a few karaoke places where they had Spanish language and French language songs. Unbelievable. If you ever make it to Japan you will definitely want to go to karaoke place. It is a can’t miss activity.
Vinyl Record Players Are The Best Way To Listen To A Beatles Album
Here at Fab Mania we own every Beatles album ever made. Not only do we own them, we own them on every possible medium. We have all of their albums on vinyl, on cassette, on CD and as digital files. They are the greatest band ever, so of course we want all of their music available to us all of the time in any format.
Despite having all these different formats, there is one we listen to almost 90% of the time. And that is vinyl. Nothing brings out the Fab Five’s beautiful music as well as a vinyl record player. There’s just something about that needle scratching through those grooves, picking up every little imperfection and every little detail, that you simply don’t get from more modern digital formats. And let’s not even talk about cassettes.
If you want to enjoy Beatles music the way it was meant to be enjoyed, you have to get yourself their albums on vinyl. There really is no substitute. If you already have a vinyl record player, then you likely know this and you probably already have the albums. If not, go out and get them. If your record player is not very good, as is the case for most of them these days, I would suggest upgrading. You want to get a new one.
Of course getting a new turntable is easier said than done. There are so many on the market and, these days, many of them are very gimmicky. They have features no one really needs. So many of their features really only serve to drive up the price and to make it seem like you’re getting a lot for your money. A lot of them play all kinds of different formats, but obviously, if the manufacturer is putting the effort into all of these little features, they are putting less effort and less quality into the actual playing of vinyl records. You do not want this.
What you want is a turntable record player that only plays records and that does it as well as possible. That means you do not want internal speakers and you do not want all these other features that you don’t need. You want just the record player and you want to hook it up to your existing stereo system for the best possible sound.
The problem is: how do you know which record player is the best? Obviously, this, in large part, depends on your needs, but I just told you what you need, if you are looking to enjoy Beatles albums the way they are meant to be enjoyed.
So let’s assume those are your needs. In that case you want a high-quality record player, but you probably don’t want to spend too much. If you spend thousands of dollars, you will get a great one. You can get good ones for a couple of hundred dollars, too. That’s probably what most people will want. In fact, that’s what we use.
Our player is actually more expensive than most, coming in at around $800, but it still costs far less than the several thousand dollars for the highest quality ones. I would check out the site called Top Record Players. They review the best record players on the market, both high-end expensive players and budget players, many of them costing under $100. They have comparison tables, detailed reviews and lots of photos. You should be able to find what you’re looking for on the Top Record Players website. At the very least, you’ll be able to narrow down your options quite a bit, which will make the purchasing process much simpler.
If you’re like us and you want to really enjoy Beatles albums in all their glory, you have no choice but to get a good vinyl record player. Any other music format simply does not compare. Of course, when you are on the go, you will probably be using a digital format like MP3s, but almost every turntable lets you transfer your vinyl collection into the digital format, so you’ll have both. And when you’re at home, you always want to use your new record player. Now let’s go enjoy some Beatles albums!
Top 6 Things A Violinist Should Do Every Day
As a musician, and moreover, as a violinist, you know how hard practice and improvement might be. Training for hours, revising old lessons, trying something new, continuous learning can be devastating if you don’t see any progress in the end. However, there are ways to make your daily routine easier and improve the quality of your play.
Things to Do Daily to Improve Your Music and Life
There are a few techniques and pieces of advice that would help you achieve your goals and the new heights:
- A person who knows what a violin is and has heard those catastrophic noises the beginners make when they play it the first time, understands how important practice in the field is. And even if you are good enough, there is nothing stopping you from getting better, so improvement of your play never really ends.
- Do regime.
This would apply to you violin as well as to your life in general. It’s proven scientifically, that regime helps us to maintain ourselves better and it’s preferable to do our task, sticking to your routine plan. That’s if you usually play in the morning, don’t switch it constantly back and forth, choose a specific time period when you know you won’t be interrupted by the irritated neighbors or you sleeping family.
- Talk to another musician.
Understanding you are not alone with this, and other musicians tend to have similar a problem and getting some notes from them can be crucial for your improvement. Stuff also gets done easier, when you know that someone supports you in that. That’s what your music buddy can offer you.
- If you feel that your music and practice interferes with some other field of your life and that makes you feel uncomfortable, or you feel like quitting – that is the time to check your attitude and work on it. This one might be hard, but monitoring your emotions and feelings and working them out will make it easier to keep a stable positive attitude.
- Listen to music more.
Listening to the professionals in the field is extremely important, and it makes you listen to the music, analyze it, find some ideas for yourself and of course give you plenty of inspiration. Make it your daily rule – listen to someone’s violin at least 20 minutes per day.
- Evaluate yourself.
This is also a tricky one since maintaining a good balance with self-evaluation is hard. Don’t go harsh with yourself, but try to stay objective to understand how good you are. You could also ask someone for help.
An Important Thing to Remember
Your violin might sound bad sometimes and there definitely will be moments of failure. Most likely you’ll have to learn the same lessons at least 2-3 times before you master them. But it’s not bad, as long as you continue going and don’t give up.
In the end, looking back, you’ll understand the importance of each failure and learn from it. Playing violin is a constant practice and a battle with your own weaknesses.
5 Electronic Dance Music Genres That Used to Be Popular Before
Evolution is a continuous process of life, and we can bravely state that everything evolves, including human beings. Our preferences grow and get more complicated together with us, and the views change. Same applies to music, including EDM (electronic dance music), of course. If you look back, even to 90’s, you’ll see how much the genre changed over time. Just from the stuff you hear people blasting from their subwoofers in their cars.
What EDM Used to Be Cool
Most of that music started to appear around 1980’s-90’s, the peak for the most was in the 00’s. That is quite a long period of time when new stuff appears daily, so there were great changes in the EDM overtime. Let’s have a quick look into the past and see what the changes were and what dominates the particular e-genre now:
- Okay, that might sound little bit weird at first, but dubstep definitely should be on this list. After a short period of blossoming in 2009, many new bands came to work with it, turning those amazing beats into something completely different. That’s probably why so many fans turned away from the genre. It’s still popular now, but being mass-produced some amount of quality was lost.
- Everyone knows Madonna or U2 that brought techno music with its notes of futurism into the picture. But now it doesn’t seem to do much or to produce some outstanding quality tracks, or at least to make them less self-concentrated and more public-oriented. That said, there are still some really cool innovations in electronic music.
- Hip-hop. That one is simply running out of innovations and topics. As well as with technological inventions, music needs innovation, otherwise, it will have nothing to tell and offer people. Same thing applies here, people need something deeper and more complicated that “way-too-much-weed” topics.
- Slightly reminding you of disco, house originated in Chicago and quickly gained its share of popularity. What’s amazing with this music is that it will make even those people who can’t feel the rhythm want to move and dance. But then the same thing happened as with dubstep, caught on the peak of popularity, new artists, and famous stars, trying to incorporate house sounds into their repertoire made those mass-produced beats pathetic.
- It might be too early to talk on that one since trance music is still evolving and using new techniques, but there is a declining interest in the genre too. The real peak of the trance music was little bit later than it was for other types of e-music, so that might explain why it’s still up and running and is thought to be like this for some time.
What Changed EDM
Mainstream music always should appeal to the mainstream audience, so it’s no use to look for something worthy there. People like old hooks and old things, so instead of making a breakthrough and being a renegade, performers simply are trying to not go far away from the norm.
This follows the previous point, but an important thing is that we are all looking for the innovation. There are many things being produced now that are simply great, a lot of PC music, trap, deep-tech and other genres people don’t have the good names for. Another innovation wave is on its way, so no wonder the older things are not as popular and great now. Let’s hope it gets better, so that we get to hear better music coming from the subwoofers that drive around in cars all over our streets.