5/4/2018 1 Comment
Fun Music Facts With Pictures
Welcome to my new, previous, and hopeful students coming up in this next year. I thought that I would start things of some quick music info to ease you into beginning of a great year full of learning!
In 1978, the musician, Prince, played 27 different instruments on his debut album, "For You". Some instruments included bass synth, Oberheim four-voice, clavinet, bongos, wind chimes, and more.
Click here : https://open.spotify.com/album/5kbRcoeBHpJHe37a9agmfv#_=_ to listen to "For You" by Prince.
Innovator, Leo Fender, had helped change the future of playing guitar with the invention
of the Telecaster and Stratocaster. Leo himself could no play guitar.
Read more about Leo and the electric guitar here at:
Rick Nielsen of the American rock band, Cheap Trick, is well renowned for having many unique and crazy custom guitars. His five-neck guitar is infamous, and created by Hamer Guitars. In 2015, he started auctioning off some of his special guitars.
Read an article here about the auction; http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/cheap-tricks-rick-nielsen-auctioning-off-his-guitars-20150308
Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams is known for his songs "Life Is A Highway," and "Summer of '69". Did you know that he also has a big passion for photography? For years he has put time into taking pictures of celebrities. He even had the opportunity to photograph Queen Elizabeth II for a Canadian stamp. An exhibit was displayed in Calgary, Alberta, with pictures of Mickey Rourke, Amy Winehouse, and more.
Read the article here about that exhibit from the Calgary Herald:
Gioachino Rossini wrote the aria ‘Di tanti palpiti’ while waiting for some risotto in a Venice restaurant. The aria is a Tancredi, which is a ‘heroic’ opera, or ‘opera seria”.
A single violin is made with over 70 individual pieces of wood, and many different types. Most commonly used are Maple, Spruce, Ebony, Boxwood, Willow and Rosewood. They are usually made with more than one type of wood. Every violin is put together with care and concentration.
Watch a video of a violin get made here:
Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin sang a song over the radio on his first space mission.
It was a song called, “My Homeland Hears” by Dmitri Shostakovich,
Russian composer and pianist.
Listen to his Dmitri Shostakovich works:
The thrash metal band, Metallica, are the only band in the world who have played on all seven continents.
Watch them rock for the penguins and visitors:
Metallica - Freeze 'Em All: Live in Antarctica (FULL CONCERT) [HD]
In the year 1996, the Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce. "Ringo" in Japanese means apple.
Watch the short commercial here:
Domenico Scarlatti composed his 'cat fugue' after his cat, Pulcinella, walked across his keyboard.
Before releasing "Bohemian Rhapsody", numerous executives told them that a song with a length of 5 minutes and 55 seconds was too long and would never be a hit. Also, playing the song to other musicians claimed that the song had “no hope” of being played on the radio. When it was released as a single, it became a commercial success. It remained at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976. In 1992 the rock 'n' roll movie 'Wayne's World' the main characters are featured singing the song. It is known as one of the greatest singles of all time.
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