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What Does "A Nice Touch On The Piano" Mean?

A piano is an instrument, a piece of equipment that makes sounds when you press the keys. Anyone can take piano lessons, and with some practice and a patient piano tutor, can manage to make the piano play a tune. But there's more to playing a piano that being able to bang on the keys in the right sequence as dictated by the piece of music.

Music isn't just about technical know-how as taught by a teacher, or even self-taught. It's about feeling, and that's where this statement comes from. Someone who has a nice touch on the piano is someone who really feels what they're playing. They know the music they're playing, they understand what the composer intended, they're sensitive to the emotion that is supposed to come from the piece of music and they convey this through the way they play and the atmosphere it creates.

Sometimes real piano playing genius doesn't move between head and fingers, it also passes through the heart. When you hear music that is played with that kind of emotion, whether it's soft and tender, or it's loud and filled with passion, the piano player conveys this raw emotion through the way they place their hands above the keys, the force with which they strike the keys, the way they move their body as they play and the way even the slightest of mood changes are reflected in both the player and the sound from the keyboard.

To have a nice touch on the piano doesn't mean that you can read a piece of music and make it loud and soft in the right places, that again is technique that can be learned. The emotion is something that comes in time to those who not only practice the actual playing of the music, but also have done some research and have an understanding of what the composer was thinking about when he created the piece. If the pianist has the right emotion for each piece when they start to play they will be able to produce music that doesn't just sound fast and loud, but rather urgent and afraid, or happy and free. It won't just sound slow and monotonous, but rather sad and lonely. This isn't anything to do with the notation on a piece of manuscript paper that sits on the music stand, but everything to do with the pianist's empathy and understanding of what the composer intended entwined with the technical skills that come from hours of practice.

Anyone can learn the basics of piano playing, but if you want to be great, if you want to have a nice touch on the keyboard, then you need to not only think about the notes and chords you play, but develop a sensitive understanding of each piece of music's history that you play, and deliver the emotion accordingly. Listen to how various pianists play the same piece of music, you might be surprised how some of them touch you, and yet others playing the same music go right over your head. The pianists with the nice touch, they're the ones that play from their heart and their music touches yours.


Developing Young Musical Talent

A child's musical affinity is something that numerous institutions have studied the effect that music has on learning, including the University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Irvine. Because of this, it's no surprise that companies that cater to children are offering an increase in musical toys that focus in this area. The findings support that learning toys focusing on music actually benefit children of all ages.

What We Know:

The studies that have been done on music and learning raise several interesting points. First, hearing is one of the first senses that becomes fully active after a baby is born. Not only is the hearing centre optimized, but children are developing brain paths at an exponential rate. These are focusing on essential areas of cognitive ability, including speech, spatial relations, emotions and more. When you stop and think about it, music really taps into a variety of these areas in a comprehensive way. In addition, physical characteristics are known to be influenced by early exposure to music, especially when learning an instrument. Fingers that are regularly active playing music have more nerve activity.

While giving your child access to interactive toys may not seem like something that would have an effect on society as a whole, you might be surprised to find that researchers disagree. In fact, according to a German scientist, Dr. Gunther Bastian, music has a positive socializing effect. This music lover believes that exposing more children to positive musical influences has the ability to reduce violence and create healthier social connections.

Making the Connection:

As parents, it's not hard to look at the facts and realize that music is good for your kids. However, not everyone is musically talented themselves. In addition, it's not always recommended to begin regimented music lessons when a child is still quite young. While the brain may be able to handle the routine, it may be too much pressure for children before they are school-aged. However, like most things, there is no reason not to play with music, getting much of the same results. Musical toys should be a part of every preschool toy chest. Playing with music is fun for kids. In addition, the approach of using learning toys takes much of the pressure off parents during these younger years. There are many interactive toys that feature tone and rhythm, as well as those that actually allow a young child to create their own musical combinations.

Playing with music does not have to be expensive. In fact, a creative parent can provide the cognitive benefit and foster musical talent in almost any situation. Sounds surrounds us, so the best approach is to always be aware and help bring that awareness to your child. Have you ever seen a commercial where the creators compose a symphony with street sounds? Take a small recording device with you and capture the sounds that get your child's attention. Let them assist you in arranging the noises in a musical way. This same project can be done with rhythm quite easily. Coupling this with musical toys will optimize her brain for musical expression, fostering early awareness and increasing intelligence and cognitive growth for years to come.


How to Get Your Children Started Tap Dancing

There are many way's to get your child to doing tap dancing and other dancing classes. There are also a lot of things that are involved with tap dancing classes and all other things of this nature. This includes a lot of time from your time and it also expensive but you can look at it like this what is not high. This is a wonderful way to build your child's social skills by doing a tap dancing class or whatever it is that you are getting your child involved in. This will help your child with a talent and will also teach them how to get along and associate with others. There are so many kid's today that are so unsociable and it is because they haven't been taught how.

When entering your child into something such as tap dancing or whatever it may be there is something that you need to sit down, think, and talk about what and who is going to be able to do what and when. These classes really take up a lot of time and this means that takes a lot of time out of your schedule just as much as theirs to. Some of these classes run three to four day's a week. That is about two or three hours a day and that doesn't seem like that much time but some just have to see to believe. I am like any other parent I love my kids with all my heart and want them to have and do as much as they can while they are young.

These classes can also cause a problem with school. There are some that can do two or three things and still keep there school grades up. This one of the most important parts of extra curricular activities for my children. Tap Dancing is probably one of the most enjoyable things that I did as a child. It is just an amazing talents that someone can have. This is a talent that you can go very far with in life if you put your mind to it and really learn all of the things about it. If your child decides to do any extra curricular activity always try to support that because as children get older they want to do all kinds of things. This is one thing that I have always done.

Tap Dancing is not only for children it is for all ages and there are people that have been tapping for years on end and still love it today. I guess the saying is whatever makes you happy go for it.

There are tap competitions and there are also groups that go around the world to do this. This is why I say this is an activity that can carry on throughout your whole life no matter how old that you are.


Pop Music - What Defines Pop Music?

Pop music, unlike many other genres, has no clear definition or parameters. The characterization of pop music varies not only between artists but also among critics and even those who listen to the music. In fact, the definition even varies between dictionaries.

A commonality that does seem to emerge is the use of certain terms that are applied to this style of music. No matter where you look, you see the terms popular, modern and commercial. Many of the articles and definitions also include the words, youth, romantic and wide appeal. From all of these phrases, a person can assume that pop music is, in very general terms, a style of music that has commercial, wide or popular appeal and is usually geared towards a youth market.

Once you understand that, you have to try to establish a time line for pop music. This is almost as hard as trying to find an exact definition. Depending on where you look, the term pop music was first used in the mid 1920's.

Other individuals ascertain that pop music did not really appear until the 1950's. If this is the case, then you have to examine the music that was being played and listened to in the fifties. The popular music icons of the time included names like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Patti Page. Today, none of the songs that these artists sang and recorded would be found in the pop section of any collection or store. Many of the "pop" stars of this generation would be found in the categories of soul, early rock or even jazz.

When you move into the sixties you have a completely new group of artists to whom the term pop music was applied. In the sixties, you not only have legendary singers like, Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond, appear on the music scene, you also have the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. The British Invasion made a huge impact on the world of music during this time.

You also see the birth of many bands that are now considered the founders of rock, bands like CCR, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and the list goes on. All of these artists and groups had the term pop music applied to them when they emerged on the music scene. Although the youth of the era might be calling it rock and roll, the older generation at the time considered it pop music. Once again, the same rollover occurred. These bands and artists certainly would not be in the pop section of any store. They would be found under the genres classic rock or rock or a variety of other names, but not pop.

This same pattern has been repeating through the years with each new generation considering the new music to be pop. What was pop in the sixties is now classic rock or rhythm and blues, etc. Another strange item of note is the numerous crossovers that occur with the word pop. You get new terms all the time. Words like hip pop, pop rock, techno-pop and country pop.

What is pop music? Pop music is considered to be the music of the time that sells the most number of recordings. It is the songs that get the most playtime on the radio and have the greatest commercial appeal. In fact, the term pop music is often interchanged with the phrase "top forties". If pop music continues to follow this trend, it is almost impossible to guess what style of music will be tomorrow's pop music.


Miley Cyrus Bio

Birthday : November 23, 1992

Age : 17

Sign : Sagittarius

Birthplace : Franklin, Tennessee

Hometown : Los Angeles, CA

Big Break : Hannah Montana

Miley Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee. She is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Miley began acting at the age of nine, appearing as a guest star as the television series Doc. She made her motion picture in Tim Burto's Big Fish in 2003.

Miley's big break came when she was cast as Hannah Montana. The show was an immediate hit on the Disney Channel and Cyrus parlayed her television success into a lucrative music career. She released her first album, Hannah Montana on October 24, 2006. Tickets to Miley's concerts have sold out immediately. Miley reportedly earned $18.2 million in 2007. The sky is the limit for the Miley Cyrus brand.

Miley Cyrus Latest
Miley Cyrusis currently in the city of love, and it looks like she's found just that in her latest co-star! Miley was caught by the cameras strolling through Paris last night with Liam Hemsworth.

The two have been romantically linked since October, and Liam is the guy who infamously got Miley to quit Twitter. Paparazzi snapped pics of the young couple window shopping in the city, and walking through the Champs-Elysees.

And that's where they stopped for a make-out session, right there in public! Neither Miley nor Liam have confirmed that they're officially dating, but all signs point to yes! Even Ryan Seacrest couldn't get it out of Miley. When he asked, she said, "I'll neither confirm nor deny."

Well, they definitely make a cute couple! Check out the pic on Popeater .

Did you know...

* Miley's godmother is Dolly Parton

* She's a vegetarian, but doesn't eat anything green

* Her favorite scent is vanilla

* Her favorite stores are Nordstrom and Hollister

* Miley is afraid of spiders

* She bites her nails

* She started riding horses at age 2

* She loves Chinese food

* Miley Cyrus is a born-again Christian

* Miley caused a lot of controversy for posing provocatively for Vanity Fair

Diana Madison, Nora Gasparian, and Ani Esmailian, three Los Angeles natives, have combined several years of entertainment experience to bring Hollyscoop to life.


Rihanna Bio

Birthday : February 18, 1988

Age : 22

Sign : Aquarius

Birthplace : Saint Michael, Barbados

Hometown : New York, New York

Big Break : Debut album Music of the Sun

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born to Ronald Fenty and Monica Fenty. She has two younger brothers named Rorrey and Rajad. As she attended Combermer School, she formed a musical trio with two classmates. In 2004, Rihanna won the Miss Combermere Beauty Pageant. She also sang Mariah Carey's "Hero" in the Colours of Combermere School Show.

At the age of 15, Rihanna was introduced to music producer Evan Rogers. Jay-Z had received a copy of Rihanna's work and eventually signed her to Def Jam Records. Rihanna's debut album Music of the Sun was released in 2005, and made huge success. Her two other albums include A Girl Like Me and Good Girl Gone Bad. She also made her acting debut in Bring It On: All or Nothing.

Did you know...

* Rihanna was ranked #78 on Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 for her music video featuring Ne-Yo "Hate That I Love You".

* At the 2007 American Music Awards, Rihanna was chosen as the Favorite Female Artist for Soul/R&B category.

* In the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, Rihanna won in the category "Choice Music: R&B Artist".

* Rihanna ranked #8 in Maxim's 2007 Hot 100 List.

* Rihanna is tutored 15 hours a week.

* Rihanna's biggest pet peeve is when people are dishonest.

* If Rihanna didn't have a music career, she would like to go into psychology.

* Rihanna is very picky when it comes to food. She won't eat Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, or Indian food. She also hates vegetables.

* Rihanna is the official sponsor for the Barbados Tourism Agency.

* Rihanna's nickname is RiRi.

* Rihanna says she had much more control over her new album "Good Girl Gone Bad" than she did in "A Girl Like Me".

* She is of African, Creole and Guyanese descent.

* Unfaithful is based on a relationship Rihanna had when she was 14-years-old. Her relationship "was not physical" though.
Diana Madison, Nora Gasparian, and Ani Esmailian, three Los Angeles natives, have combined several years of entertainment experience to bring Hollyscoop to life.


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