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Country Music
Country music
Country music
(/ˈkʌntri/), also known as country and western or simply country, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s.[1] It takes its roots from genres such as folk music (especially Appalachian folk music) and blues. Country music
Country music
often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms, folk lyric and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, steel guitars (such as pedal steels and dobros), and fiddles as well as harmonicas.[2][3][4] Blues
Blues
modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history.[5] According to Lindsey Starnes, the term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music; it came to encompass Western music, which evolved parallel to hillbilly music from similar roots, in the mid-20th century
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Pedal Steel Guitar
The pedal steel guitar is a console-type of steel guitar with pedals and levers added to enable playing more varied and complex music which had not been possible with antecedent steel guitar designs. Like other steel guitars, it shares the ability to play unlimited glissandos (sliding notes) and deep vibratos—characteristics in common with the human voice. Pedal steel is most commonly associated with American country music. Pedals and knee levers were added to a steel guitar in the 1950s, allowing the performer to play scales without moving the bar and also to push the pedals while striking a chord, making passing notes slur or bend up into harmony with existing notes
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Piano
The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy
Italy
by Bartolomeo Cristofori
Bartolomeo Cristofori
around the year 1700 (the exact year is uncertain), in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard,[1] which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings. The word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, the Italian term for the early 1700s versions of the instrument, which in turn derives from gravicembalo col piano e forte[2] and fortepiano
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Regional Mexican
Regional Mexican, also known as Mexican Country or Mexican Folk, is a radio format for music radio, typically including Banda, Conjunto, Duranguense, Grupero, Mariachi, New Mexico
Mexico
music, Norteña, Ranchera, and Tejano music.[1] It is the most popular radio format targeting Hispanic Americans in the United States.[2] The large number of immigrants from Northern Mexico
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Southern United States
The Southern United States, also known as the American South, Dixie, Dixieland and the South, is a region of the United States
United States
of America. The South does not fully match the geographic south of the United States but is commonly defined as including the states that fought for the Confederate States of America
Confederate States of America
in the American Civil War.[2] The Deep South
Deep South
is fully located in the southeastern corner
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Acoustic Guitar
An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air—as opposed to relying on electronic amplification (see electric guitar). The sound waves from the strings of an acoustic guitar resonate through the guitar's body, creating sound. This typically involves the use of a sound board and a sound box to strengthen the vibrations of the strings. The main source of sound in an acoustic guitar is the string, which is plucked or strummed with the finger or with a pick. The string vibrates at a necessary frequency and also creates many harmonics at various different frequencies. The frequencies produced can depend on string length, mass, and tension
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Drum Kit
A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player,[1] with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums (categorized classically as membranophones, Hornbostel-Sachs high-level classification 2) and idiophones - most significantly cymbals, but can also include the woodblock and cowbell (classified as Hornbostel-Sachs high-level classification 1).[2] In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments ( Hornbostel-Sachs classification 53)
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Dobro
Dobro
Dobro
is an American brand of resonator guitar, currently owned by the Gibson Guitar
Guitar
Corporation. In popular usage, the term is also used as a generic trademark for any wood-bodied, single-cone resonator guitar. The Dobro
Dobro
was originally made by the Dopyera brothers when they formed the Dobro
Dobro
Manufacturing Company. Their design, with a single inverted resonator, was introduced in competition to the patented Tricone
Tricone
and biscuit designs produced by the National String Instrument Corporation
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Electric Organ
An electric organ, also known as electronic organ, is an electronic keyboard instrument which was derived from the harmonium, pipe organ and theatre organ. Originally designed to imitate their sound, or orchestral sounds, it has since developed into several types of instruments:Hammond-style organs used in popular music genres and rock bands; digital church organs, which imitate pipe organs and are used primarily in churches; other types including combo organs, home organs, and software organs. Yamaha
Yamaha
GX-1, an early polyphonic synthesizer organ in the 1970sWERSI Scala, an open architecture software organ platform in 2002A custom three-manual Rodgers Trillium organ console installed in a church
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Celtic Music
Celtic music
Celtic music
is a broad grouping of music genres that evolved out of the folk music traditions of the Celtic people of Western Europe.[1][2] It refers to both orally-transmitted traditional music and recorded music and the styles vary considerably to include everything from "trad" (traditional) music to a wide range of hybrids.Contents1 Description and definition 2 Divisions 3 Forms 4 Festivals 5 Celtic fusion 6 Other modern adaptations 7 See also 8 References 9 External linksDescription and definition[edit]An 18th century depiction of an ancient Druid playing the harp Celtic music
Celtic music
means two things mainly. First, it is the music of the people that identify themselves as Celts
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Steel Guitar
Steel guitar
Steel guitar
is a type of guitar or the method of playing the instrument. Developed in Hawaii
Hawaii
by Joseph Kekuku
Joseph Kekuku
in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a steel guitar is usually positioned horizontally; strings are plucked with one hand, while the other hand changes the pitch of one or more strings with the use of a bar or slide called a steel (generally made of metal, but also of glass or other materials)
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Singing
Singing
Singing
is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music (arias, recitatives, songs, etc.) that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing
Singing
is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument (as in art song or some jazz styles) up to a symphony orchestra or big band
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Close And Open Harmony
Close harmony is an arrangement of the notes of chords within a narrow range, usually notes that are no more than an octave apart. It is different from open harmony or voicing in that it uses each part on the closest harmonizing note (such as C4–E4–G4), while the open voicing uses a broader pitch array (like C3–G3–E4) expanding the harmonic range past the octave. Close harmony or voicing can refer to both instrumental and vocal arrangements. It can follow the standard voice-leading rules of classical harmony, as in string quartets or Bach's Chorales, or proceed in parallel motion with the melody in 3rds or 6ths. Impressionist composers like Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
and Maurice Ravel
Maurice Ravel
often used close harmony in their works and other intervals, such as 7ths, 9ths, and 11ths may be used, since the chords have 4 or more notes and the harmonies are more complex
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Mandolin
String instrument Plucked string instrument Hornbostel–Sachs classification 321.321-6 (Neapolitan) or 321.322-6 (flat-backed) ( Chordophone
Chordophone
with permanently attached resonator and neck, sounded by a plectrum)Developed Mid 18th century from the mandolinoTimbrevaries with the type:spruce carved-top, bright flatback, warm or mellowDecay fastPlaying range(a regularly tuned mandolin with 14 frets to body)Related instrumentsListFamilyMandolin Mandola Octave mandolin Mandocello MandobassBandurria Angélique (instrument) Archlute Balalaika Bouzouki Chitarra Italiana Domra Irish bouzouki Lute Mandriola Mandole Oud Pandura TamburaA mandolin (Italian: mandolino pronounced [mandoˈliːno]; literally "small mandola") is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or "pick"
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Southern Soul
Southern soul is a type of soul music that emerged from the Southern United States. The music originated from a combination of styles, including blues (both 12 bar and jump), country, early rock and roll, and a strong gospel influence that emanated from the sounds of Southern African-American
African-American
churches. The focus of the music was not on its lyrics, but on the "feel" or the groove. This rhythmic force made it a strong influence in the rise of funk music
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Heartland Rock
Heartland rock
Heartland rock
is a genre of rock music that is exemplified by the commercial success of singer-songwriters Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. It is characterized by a straightforward, often roots musical style, a concern with the average, blue-collar American life, and a conviction that rock music has a social or communal purpose beyond just entertainment. It is also associated with a number of country music artists including Steve Earle
Steve Earle
and Joe Ely, along with less widely known acts such as the Iron City Houserockers. The genre developed in the 1970s and reached its commercial peak in the 1980s, when it became one of the best-selling genres in the United States
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