Most Commonly Played Musical Instruments in Marching Bands

There are numerous and variety of musical instruments played by the members of a marching band. Most commonly played musical instruments in a marching band include brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.

These instruments can be easily carried and simultaneously played by marching band members while marching.

Brass instruments of a marching band include Cornet, Trumpet, Tuba and French horn.

• Cornet is similar to a trumpet which is usually pitched in the B flat. Cornet is a transposing instrument that features valves and it is extensively used in brass bands.

• Trumpet is also a transposing musical instrument that has underwent numerous changes with passage of time. Trumpet was initially used for the military purposes to declare danger and today it’s used band members of Jazz bands.

• Tuba is a deep sound producing musical instrument and regarded as largest instrument in brass-wind family.

• Main feature of the French horn is that it produces a unique musical effect with bell point backwards.
Woodwind instruments in a marching band comprise clarinet, flute, oboe and saxophone.

Clarinet has undergone numerous innovation and changes since its inception. As a result of unique sound it is extensively used in band performances.

Flute is a man-made musical instrument and initially the flutes were made up of wood.
Oboe is one of the musical instruments and has only two keys. This instrument is used in orchestras and military band performances.

Saxophone is available in variety of types and sizes. Baritone sax, alto sax and tenor sax are the most commonly used saxophone varieties in musical bands.

Bass drum, cymbals, glockenspiel, timpani and xylophone are the percussion instruments used in a marching band.

Bass drum is a percussion instrument regarded as largest members in drum family.

Cymbals are shaken, scraped or struck percussion instrument with or without pitch.

Glockenspiel is the best example for a tuned musical instrument.

Timpani is a kind of musical instrument that emerged from the kettledrums.

Xylophone is a variety in percussion instruments that has resonating metal tubes and supported extensively by the frames.

Most of these instruments can be practiced by enrolling in your school’s music class. Most teachers allow students to practice these instruments during class. Try practicing each instrument before choosing which one you will be using full time. It’s important to know the ins and outs of each instrument, which will help with your decision. Visit your local music class for more information.

Beginner Guitar Music – Stop Playing Ugly Sounding Tunes Today!

Music is one thing that has helped man to become a civilized being. It has differentiated humans from other planet beings. Every person on the globe likes to listen to good music. There are a number of musical instruments which produce music. The guitar is a very famous music instrument. It is a stringed instrument and produces beautiful, melodic tunes.

Many people love to play the guitar as it not only produces good music but also provides great style. A guitar usually has six strings that are stretched over a wooden plane that is hollow. Many people would love to learn how to compose beginner guitar music, but have no idea how to.So they settle for a compromise on wrong methods of pressing their chords, wrong ways to strum the guitar. This explains why how you start learning beginner guitar music affects the sound quality that comes from your fingers.

All these could be resolved with proper instruction.

The following instructions will help you to play proper, nice sounding chords on your guitar. These instructions help you to understand the basic notes in guitar and help you to know your basics in a better manner. In this example, you will learn how to play the “G” chord, a relatively simple chord. The G chord is made of three basic notes: “G,B,G”

First Step:

The first step is to place the second finger of your left hand on the third fret of the first string (top down), to get the root note of the chord and this produces the note, G.

Second Step:

The next step is to place the index finger of your left hand on the second fret of the second string (top down) to get the note, B.

Third Step:

The final step is to place the third finger of your left hand the player on the third fret of the sixth string(top down) and this produces the note, G.

If you did do the above mentioned steps correctly, you should see something like this in guitar tabulature:







Now, clinching your right thumb and index finger together in a pincer shape, strum the full length of the six guitar strings over your sound hole. Congrats! You have strummed your first chord.

I hope this example helps you to understand the most basic guitar playing theory: Chords.

If you want to understand the basics better, you should do some research online and practice along with jam tracks. Listening to more songs will expose you to learning to pick up the musical chords behind the song, and you will be able to play the guitar in a more convincing way. However, the best way to really start creating beginner guitar music is to buy a beginner guitar E-Book and read it, as the information provided are very simple to understand.

If you would just keep applying the advice shared, you should be able to play more notes, and eventually be able to play good music on your guitar.

What Is Music Theory? FAQs

1) What is music theory?

Music theory is the language of musical construction. Those who understand the language of music, those who can read and write music are called musicians. Just as people who share a common language communicate everyday, musicians communicate through a common musical language.

The language musicians communicate in is not by speaking but rather by the use of sheet music. Sheet music contains information that allows musicians to play the same piece of music on their instruments regardless of which language they speak. People all around the world communicate through the language of music and that is why music is called the universal language.

2) Do I need to know music theory in order to play a musical instrument?

This is a tricky question and the answer is yes and no. Allow me to explain. If some noise or sound has rhythm, a melody, and harmony, it can be called music. Without these components it is simply noise or organized noise.

A musician, someone who understands music theory and is able to communicate in the language of music, will compose a piece of music and know what they are doing and why they are doing it. A musician will know the name of the notes, chords, and scales they are using and more important, they will know why the musical composition works or sounds good.

A musician does not need to hear the musical composition to know wether or not certain notes and chords sound good when played together, because the theory has already determined what note and chord families will sound good together and why it is so.

On the other hand many people who play music, do play by ear. Many of those who play by ear do not know the name of the notes, chords, and scales they are playing, yet they are able to create a musical composition that is pleasing to the ear of the listener.

Players who learn and create music by ear have developed a good sense of pitch and as they continue to train their ear, their ability to identify notes, chords, and qualities of chords, will improve.

Typically, those who play by ear are limited to playing simple forms of music like blues, rock, pop, and country. It is very difficult to play classical and jazz music without some form of musical training and a decent grasp on music theory.

People who have the ability to learn complex forms of music by ear have an extraordinary musical gift and they might even be considered musical prodigies.

To help draw a distinction between musicians and those who play music by ear I offer this example. A person who uses a computer may not have a clue about how a computer works, yet they can type a letter, send an e-mail, or surf the net. The same is true with music.

So, if a person who plays music by ear creates a musical composition that pleases the ear then they are likely applying principles of music theory wether they realize it or not.

3) Is music theory only beneficial to musicians?

No. Many studies have concluded that those who study music and the arts excel in school, career, and in life.

A degree in music is most always a liberal arts degree and therefore does not limit one to just being a musician. There are many career paths one can pursue with a music degree.

A person who understands music theory will typically pay close attention to the music they are listening to. Musicians will listen for rhythm, melody, harmony, note juxtaposition, point counterpoint, dynamics, etc… The better someone listens and can understand the nuances in the music they are listening to, the more they can enjoy it.

4) What is tablature and is it the same thing as reading music?

Tablature would not be considered reading music. Tablature is a system that shows guitar players exactly what notes and chords to play by showing where to place their fingers on the neck of the guitar. Tablature does not give enough information to play the music as it was written, with tablature you must know the song to be able to play it as it was written.

Tablature is a very effective tool for musicians and players alike and is widely used by both. Accurate tablature will allow a player to to copy a piece of music very close to the way it was written if they are familiar with the piece of music.

Tablature is not the same thing as reading music but it is a very useful tool for learning note for note transcriptions, and is a good learning tool as well.

5) What is the best way to learn music theory?

I believe the best way to learn music theory is through formal musical training. Music study can be acquired at a school that teaches music or by way of private instruction or tutoring. Learning music theory without the assistance of a teacher is possible but it would be a challenge.

My own experience is that the best time to learn music theory is when a person is young, between the ages of 8 and 12 or when a child is in elementary school. The chances of successfully learning music theory seems to be much better when the music training starts at an early age.

To read discussion on this topic visit my blog and remember, in music ignorance isn’t bliss, it just means more work!

Workout and Music

For those of you that might know, music can help or disturb someone depending on the situation they’re in.

Music has a large influence in everyone on whatever they do. From working out at the gym, to doing an assignment, to taking an exam or even to falling asleep, music can affect you for reasons that you might not even know.

I am a music lover. Everything and anything that’s nice to my ears, I listen to it. I can listen to Usher’s music then shift to the Styx or the Eagles (classic bands). It depends to what I’m doing and when I’m doing it.

I listen to slow soft songs during night time so my mind can be relaxed. An example would be “Passenger Seat” from Stephen Speaks, or to “You give me something” by James Morrison.

Every time I work out at the gym or work on my basketball game, I listen to fast paced rock music to elevate my mood. Examples of these are “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed or “Disconnected” by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

When it comes to taking an exam, I’d prefer listening to the Piano pieces like Pachebel’s Canon as it gives me a relaxing mood. I sometimes shift to rock songs so I can’t hear anything else.

On working out in the gym, up tempo beats that reaches 130 beats per minute can increase your work performance. It fuels you to burn more and pump more iron as you go on with your workout. You can further increase your performance if you know the song.

By testing it myself, I increased my own performance to 50%. I noticed it after I checked the time. I usually work out for three hours and effectively shortened it to two hours.

In sports, music also plays a crucial part in the whole game. The home team has an advantage not only because of the fans, but also because of the crew that work inside the gym.

The crew plays music and beats that intensifies the feeling of everyone in the arena. When their team is on the offensive side, you’ll hear music that has a fast up tempo pace suitable for the team itself. While on the other hand, the crew plays slow, loud tempo music when the visiting team is on the offensive mode.

As you can see, music plays different roles. We just need to use it to our advantage.