True contraltos are quite rare. The pitch is very low, the timbre rich and dark. They add weight and colour to an opera chorus and are usually cast as character roles. The contralto is the deepest of the female voice types, fitting in pitch between the mezzo soprano and the tenor. It is a well … Read moreOperatic Voice Types – The Contralto
This is the lowest of the male operatic voices, and usually is found in roles requiring either much character, dignity or both! The true operatic bass voice is not such a common voice, with many of the lower male voice parts being sung by capable lower baritone singers, sometimes known as bass baritones. This has … Read moreOperatic Voice Types – The Bass
Given the wide variety of reasonably priced-performances available today, you don’t have to be wealthy – or a snob – to enjoy opera. Are you a snob if you like opera? Western Culture say yes: The image of opera as a hobby of the upper class can be seen in the novels of Alexander Dumas … Read moreAre You A Snob If You Like Opera?
Suggestions for a jazzy Christmas season with music to fuel the Yuletide feeling. Three jazz CD picks to launch your holidays with style. Every holiday brings with it a cartload of music, some of it good, most of it a bit grating on the nerves over time. This is especially true of Christmas, when old … Read moreBest Jazz Christmas Music
Who are the greatest women jazz singers of America? Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan top the list of greatest female jazz vocalists. Jazz is a unique American art form that came out of a combination of African and European music in the early twentieth century. In other words, jazz music is a combination … Read moreTop 10 U.S. Female Jazz Vocalists
Beginning players often have a hard time coming up with songs for a bluegrass jam. Here are 10 greats to have in your pocket. In a bluegrass jam a turn to lead a song is passed around the circle. It can be pretty tough for a new musician to come up with enough songs to … Read moreTen Great Songs for a Bluegrass Jam
A discussion of the enduring influence of folk music upon modern popular music using the example of Whiskey in the Jar and Cold Chisel’s compositions. Isabelle Mills has argued that ‘The texts of the traditional folk songs give poignant reminders of the universal timeless characteristics of mankind in their living, loving, toiling, and suffering’ and … Read moreHow has Folk music Impacted Contemporary Popular Music?
Four piece folk rockers Mumford & Sons are currently riding the crest of a musical wave, where are they from and are they here to stay? 2007 The four piece group are formed in West London when four friends come together to play impromptu performances to Marcus Mumford’s early attempts at song writing. The four … Read moreWho Are Mumford & Sons?
A lot of hard rock bands had singles on the charts in 2009. Which ten were the best? 2009 saw the release of lots of good new hard rock/nu metal songs. It also saw the return of several veteran rockers with singles such as Metallica’s “Broken, Beat & Scarred” (off their Death Magnetic CD), AC/DC’s … Read moreBest Ten Hard Rock/Nu Metal Songs of 2009
A lot of hard rock bands had awesome singles on the charts in 2010, but which ten were the best? Hard rock/nu metal fans were treated to some great music in 2010. It seemed that no matter when the car radio was switched to “on,” one of these songs was playing, and each song here … Read moreBest Ten Hard Rock/Nu Metal Songs of 2010