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Helpful Tips When Storing Your Musical Instruments

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Musical instruments are a significant financial investment. Nevertheless, they can give you with years — even generations! — of service if they are correctly managed. The time may come when you have to store your instrument for a while, and it’s during storage that some severe injury can occur. Luckily, there are steps you can take to shield your instruments when you store them in your storage unit. Read on for some tips for safely collecting your musical instruments in your storage in Manchester, UK.

Store your instrument in its first case. If at all feasible, store your instrument in its original case. The case is made to keep the instrument and all its parts properly;y and carefully. If for some reason you cannot utilize the original case — it has become damaged or stolen — look for a replacement rather than just using a box, bag, or bin.

Store each of your instruments separately. Don’t store your device all put together, if it’s meant to come apart. Take off mouthpieces, remove reeds, detach straps. For stringed instruments, go ahead and release the strings lightly. (There is no need to exclude them). The pressure of tight strings can warp your instrument. Do the same for bowstrings. The exception is of course, piano— they do not need to have their strings released, as they are meant to resist strong pressure.

Disinfect your instrument completely.  Prior to putting it into storage, clean it completely. Use the proper cleaning solutions and cloths for your instrument. Sanitize each separate part of the instrument. This helps keep moisture and dirt from mounting up and breaking the machine while it’s stored.

Pack your instrument securely. When your musical device is clean and dry, it’s time to place it in the case if it has one. Place all the parts properly in the sections of the case designated for them. If you have plenty of room, you can include soft material like cotton batting to help keep the items in place.

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The Commonalities of Jazz and Social Media

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Clarinet, Music, Instrument, Jazz, Musical, Sound

Social media is like jazz? If you hear it for the first time, you might ask “really?”, “how come?” Well, the answer to that is because no matter what happens, there’s always the grounding. For long hours of jazz performances and shows, the grounding is the rhythm. For us, it’s that daily schedule of a certain number of tweets or posts in Instagram, for example, so as to gain a lot of followers through private instagram viewer.

Now going back to the grounding. For you to further understand, this grounding also means that, if we get too busy, we don’t have to worry about our Twitter feed going quiet.And because of this grounding, we’re free to improvise. We can tweet about new things, strange things, funny things, or whatever else takes our fancy.

I have been listening to a lot of jazz lately in my spare time to help me become more creative. The smooth grooves prompted me to learn more about these wonderful musical icons. I discovered some amazing quotes that helped me understand a little bit about these famous Jazz musicians. There are 3 very popular jazz slogans that really help you understand social media.

  1. You can play a shoe string note if you are sincere – John Coltrane .When it comes to social media you have to be authentic, sincere and very genuine. Due to social transparency you cannot afford to be anything else. One must nurture relationships and conversations.
  2. When you hit the wrong note, its next note that makes it good or bad – Miles Davis. When it comes to protecting your brand image its important to take ownership and fix any client problems. Social media wont go away and really is transparent. Let everyone watch you take accountability and learn from your mistakes.
  3. The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen – Duke Ellington- Lets face it, a brand that listens to its audience is a socially successful entity. Its all about listening before you engage or listen. Social listening is one of the key elements of elevating your brand and authority on a social platform.

 

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How Does Jazz Work

Posted by in Dance, Entertainment, Jazz

Jazz, Musician, Trumpet, Trumpeter, Louis Arm Strong

From the very beginning, there are various forms of entertainment such as performing, playing, watching movies and shows, listening to music, dancing and even joining the lottery in satta king. The reason why joining the lottery is included is because people like something that give them suspense and excitement.

Dancing is also another form of entertainment especially to people who finds peace in dancing. For this article, the type of dance that will be tackled is jazz. Jazz is known as a way to have freedom, movement and individual expression. It gives emphasis on improvisation and innovation. In addition, it influences even the international culture today. Jazz is being played with its own local flair, on every continent.

During Prohibition and the prosperity of the economics of the 1920s, jazz became the music and soundtrack to parties in underground clubs, called “speakeasies,” where pleasure and fun ruled and outlawed liquor was consumed. Because of its origin in African-American culture, and the places, occasions and activities with which it was associated, jazz initially bore the label of “low culture.” Soon after the World War I ended, people wanted a fresh beginning and rest from the tiring social customs. For the very first time, African-American became a hot topic which helps in elevating the position of the African-American in society. However, this is not possible without the resistance from groups like the Ku Klux Klan, who continued to systematically promote slavery and oppression on African-Americans. Still, the prominence of jazz grew stronger and changed the trajectory of American music forever.

During the 1940s, artists like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg found jazz as inspiration of their own. Beat writers and their contemporaries admired how spontaneous and free jazz is. They even worked together to implement its syncopated rhythms into the meter of their poetry, performing it live with the background music of Jazz.

1920s is known as the Jazz age, and from there, the jazz was the heartbeat of youth culture until 1930s and 1940s. It is known that jazz is responsible for influencing wide array of artists and genres such as rap, pop, soul, and R&B.

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Different Types of Dance Injuries and Prevention Tips

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To some people, dancing may seem effortless. Well, it may really look like that because most of the time, dancers make it look like they are  just enjoying what they’re doing. The truth is, dancing requires a huge amount of  strength, focus, determination, and stamina. Moreover, just like any other hobby and sports, dancing comes with health risks and injuries. Regardless of what type of dancer you are, it is important to have enough knowledge when it comes to common dance injuries, prevention, and treatment.

Experts from Central Texas Spine Institute (CTSI) have exemplary treatment and services related to injuries from different types of physical activities. Moreover, there are valuable information on their site about injuries, prevention, symptoms, and the right treatment.

Common Dance Injuries

According to some studies, the most common type of injuries dancers can get are injuries from using your ankles, joints, muscles, and back too much. Most injuries involve ankles, knees, and lower back.

The most common types of dance injuries are listed below:

  • Hip injuries: snapping hip syndrome, hip impingement, labral tears, hip flexor tendonitis, hip bursitis and sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Foot and ankle injuries such as ankle impingement
  • Arthritis in the knees, hip, ankle, foot.
  • Lower back injuries: spine injuries due to improper posture

If you dance frequently and vigorously and you started to experience these kinds of pain, it is important to consult a specialist or therapist. They will know what kind of treatment should be given and how severe the injury is.

How do dance injuries happen?

The above mentioned injuries are just some of the most common dance injuries. But why do dancers get these injuries? One of the obvious reason is that dancing is an activity that must learn properly because is someone tries dancing without knowing the correct movement and posture he/she will most likely get an injury.

Moreover, studies have shown that dancing for about 3-5 hours a day or longer means greater chance to get injury and fractures. Also, because dancing is a demanding and time consuming, dancers only have little time to rest and recover which is why energy is easily decreases.

Because of the various types of injuries, it is important to follow these guidelines to lessen the risk of injury:

  • balanced diet
  • Enough rest
  • Proper warm up and stretching
  • Always wear the appropriate dancing clothes and shoes
  • Focus on strength exercises to improve endurance and strength
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