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Exotic String Instruments Transport Us To The Past

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Faraway nations have contributed fascinating music to the world. Exotic string instruments Violin Exercises For a Masterful Performance - Playing the violin undoubtedly requires exceptional skill, a keen ear for music, and remarkable concentration to enable the violinist to produce the exquisite melodies characteristic of a flawlessly executed violin piece. The sound produced by a violin is distinct, setting it apart from all other instruments in an orchestra, and entirely different from its fellow… often play a part in these captivating compositions. Some of these instruments include the balalaika, the baglama, and the oud, along with the hurdy-gurdy.

The balalaika is a folk string instrument originating from Russia. It has a triangular body with a spruce or fir top and typically features three strings. There are various types or models of balalaika, including the contrabass, bass, alto, sekunda, prima, and the rare piccolo. The prima is the most well-known. The balalaika was first mentioned in 17th-century Russian writings and can also be found in Ukrainian records in the following century. It is commonly used in the performance of folk music in Russia and Ukraine.

The baglama, also known as a saz, is popular in Turkish folk music. …

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“Exotic String Instruments Transport Us To The Past”

Exotic Instruments For Authenticity And Style

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Exotic instruments bring a unique flair and flavor to many types of musical compositions. They can add authenticity to a piece, capturing the essence of a specific time or region. Moreover, they can produce sounds that are not achievable with a standard repertoire of instruments. Three examples of such instruments include the oud, the saz, and the hurdy-gurdy.

The oud is predominantly used in Middle Eastern and North African music. It is a stringed instrument believed by some to have been invented by the grandson of Adam from the Bible. Pictorial evidence dating back over 5000 years has been discovered and is displayed in museums worldwide.

The history of the oud is rich in Mesopotamia, with almost every historical Middle Eastern or Mediterranean civilization incorporating it into their musical traditions. The ancient oud has transformed into the modern version used today. While it exhibits regional variations, certain features remain consistent, such as its eleven strings, fretted neck, and signature bowl-shaped body that enhances resonance.

The saz, also known as the baglama, is popular in the Near East, Central Asia, and the Eastern Mediterranean. It is commonly employed in Turkish music and is the most recognized stringed folk …

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Samsung’s Newest HD TVs Take Advantage Of LED Technology For Reduced Consumption

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Introducing the latest LED TV from Samsung. Its cabinet framework is incredibly slim, making it the thinnest variation yet. It is available in size models ranging from 40 to 55 inches.

This television offers the highest picture quality to date. Thanks to its numerous positive light-catching features, the optimal viewing distance is 15 feet.

The light and dark shades observed on the panel determine the brightness of the TV. The light shades are extremely vibrant, while the darker shades are deep and intense black.

Despite being only 3 inches wide, it supports features such as PC connectivity, LAN Cat 5, and 4 HDMI ports. These ports allow you to view content such as videos or images from your digital camera. You can also enjoy listening to music, all directly on your Samsung LED TV. It also includes 2 USB ports and a video component slot, which means you can access and view internet-connected content as well.

The TV comes with a sleek, sturdy, and rotating 2.0-degree table-top stand. It is available in two colors, silver and black. The silver stand complements the slim black TV, giving it an elegant and polished appearance.

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Great Graphics Software

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There are numerous graphic software Digital Illustration - The Art of Digital Illustration Digital illustration refers to the creation of artwork using computer software, rather than manipulating existing images. This form of art is distinct from traditional methods, as it relies on technology to produce and enhance images. A common tool used for digital illustration is the graphics tablet, which connects to a… options available in the market, but only a few truly meet your needs in terms of functionality and purpose. Graphic design software is essential for importing your creative ideas Creative Ideas (Part One) - Like the power of electricity your Ideas have greater impact when they rapidly flow in concentrated streams of thought. You'll find this and more in the article wrote by Deremiah, exclusively for ManuelMarino.com . Deremiah *CPE (Customer Passion Evangelist), is the winner of the 2004 Nightingale-Conant Acres of Diamonds Award and one of the top… onto your computer. Whether you have a drawing that you want to color, clean up, or animate, the right software can enable you to bring it to life.

Given that individuals have different preferences and unique artistic styles, it can be challenging to choose …

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From Motown to Hip Hop

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Growing up in the city of Detroit during the early sixties was a remarkable time for music. It was a period when the unique and distinctive sound of Motown records could be heard playing on the streets, in nightclubs, at house parties, and on radio stations everywhere. Soulful R&B records were a common feature on jukeboxes, while people danced in the streets or sang love songs in barber shops and beauty parlors. These tunes captivated the hearts of countless people around the world. It was a time when music was all about vinyl records and rhythm and blues The Annals Of Blues Guitar - The blues guitar is a genre of music that can be vocal, instrumental or both. It primarily uses the 'blue' notes, which are based on a 'minor pentatonic' scale, also known as the blues scale. Blues music originated in African-American communities in the U.S., drawing from work songs, spirituals, field hollers, chants, shouts, and simple… soul, with no CDs or hip-hop music in sight.

The songs produced by Motown songwriters during the 60s and 70s had deep meaning. They were songs that spoke about real love, current events, and the heartaches and …

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“From Motown to Hip Hop”