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Musical Tips To Consider When Planning Wedding Ceremony Music

You only walk down the aisle once (hopefully) and so getting it right is so important. This unique experience will be enhanced by creating the right mood – and choosing the right musical accompaniment for this is essential.

This article would like to suggest five tips to make sure that you Waltz, Swing, Rock or Jive down the aisle with grace and style. We consider choosing a theme, preparing the music, organisation and delegation, scheduling and communication. All vital components in this task.

  1. Consider a Theme

The Music played as the bride enters her wedding venue or church can set the mood for the day to follow. Think about how you want the day to feel, for your guests as well as you and your partner. Maybe you’d like an elegant, sophisticated ambiance with classical music, or is the occasion a more informal, relaxed affair? Maybe you’d prefer a funky entrance with jazz or swing being played, or maybe you want to create a real party atmosphere from the off, by playing pop or rock anthems.

Whatever your choice, make your own choice, it is after all your big day and if you enjoy it, then everyone else will too.

  1. Take Great Care in Your Preparation

Check with the wedding venue, exactly how your preferred musicians can be accommodated. If you are having live music as you walk down the aisle, make sure that there is enough room for them and that everything that they need (power, lighting etc) is available.

If you are rocking on into the night you will need to consider enough music to fill the dance floor without repetition. So whatever ideas you may have, discuss them in detail with your musicians before booking them. Even if you don’t offer a complete set list, there maybe several specific songs that you’d like playing or certain genres that you’d like to stick to throughout the evening. If your chosen musicians can’t play those specific tracks then it might be time to consider other options.

If you’d like a family member or friend to be included in the performance on the day, be sure to check that they have rehearsed with your hired band before the big day, or at very least discussed their intentions and requirements. Make sure that the right equipment, microphones, instruments etc are available and maybe have a backup option just in case there is a sudden bout of nerves on the day.

  1. Organisation & Delegation

It is always a good idea to ask one of the bridal party (maybe an usher or the Best Man) to take responsibility of linking you, the professional musicians and the venue staff. Small tasks, such as giving the nod for when to start the music, dim the lights etc will make everything run much smoother. For example, if the musicians are not located within sight of the entering bride they will need to be given the nod for when to begin – timing is everything!

  1. Consider Your Schedule

Keep in mind the length of time that each piece of music lasts and allow for extra time between tracks and for any requests or unplanned additions to the bands set list. If each track lasts for about 3 minutes it will only take about ten songs to add an extra thirty minutes on to your ceremony. If this comes on top of any other un-expected delays (maybe the bride arrives late), this could affect the schedule for the day/evening.

So it may be worth considering 2 playlists, one containing ONLY the music that you really, really want and if things start to run behind schedule it can be adopted quickly and easily by the band.

  1. Communicate Well

Touch base with your professional musicians a week or two before the big day. Re-confirm the date, time and venue of the ceremony or the evening venue and check any last-minute details.

It is always worth ask the hired band for their opinions, you may not have planned a wedding before, but they will have lots of experience and knowledge. If you have picked the right band in the first place, you will probably find that they think along the same lines as you and do things just how you like them

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Tips To Improve Your Marketing Messages With Music

Communicating your marketing message, building relationships of trust and giving clarity in what you do is done best with audio and video content. Online videos, online audios, podcasts, CDs and DVDs are the mediums that deliver your marketing messages better than text alone. Some people like to read, but everyone likes to watch and listen, so give your marketing messages for your business in every modality possible.

But when it comes to audio and video messages, whether it is  marketing or relationship building content, the use of music will enhance what is said and create an underscore to emphasize the message and  the comprehension of the viewer is dramatically improved, meaning more will understand and respond when music is properly used.

Tip 1. You must use music that you have the rights to use. You cannot take a CD of movie music or a popular song and use it in your marketing messages. The cost of licensing popular and famous music is not feasible except advertisers with the budgets to afford those copyrights. There are plenty resources to obtain what is called royalty free music or buy out music to keep it legal.

Tip 2. Music conveys moods and emotions and most royalty free music is categorized by their providers by the feelings the music can create in people. So when building a message or video production, you must map out how you want people to feel while they are hearing your verbal message and seeing the visuals. Feelings of excitement, concern, comedy, location, time of season, and many other moods may be underscored by picking the right music. So think about how you want your audience to feel when they view or listen to what you have to say.

Tip 3. Use software that allows you to mix the volume levels of the music and up or down to punctuate your message when need. The music can be felt, yet be soft so narration can be heard, but then come up louder to transition or signify and end of a key point. Computer software allows you to preview this long before you publish and there are many great programs that allow you to have complete control of your sound mixing.

National advertisers on radio, tv and internet, and programming of all types use music because the audiences have to come to expect that means professional production value. People don’t always know why, but they compare your productions to the mediums what they have seen and heard on radio, and TV for years. So when you add music, and add it effectively, you raise your production values closer to levels set by those producers of radio and TV content.

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Learn How to Read Music

While at the beginning it may seem quite complicated, anyone can learn how to read music and even manage to get themselves to a professional level. When most people first take a look at a music sheet all they see are a bunch of lines on which various symbols are written, each symbol pertaining to a specific note. Just like with any language, while at the beginning things seem to be complicated, as you start learning and work your way up from the basics everything starts to get clear. If you intend on being some type of musician, whether professional or simply recreational, you are going to have to learn to how to read music partition sheets. Fortunately, there are a few helpful tips that can make the process that much easier.

Learn How to Read Music Through Repetition and Association

When it comes to learning how to read music sheets the main thing you have to memorize is which symbol corresponds to which note. Once you have figured out the placement and symbol for every type of note it is simply time to do what you did (or still do) when the time comes to write exams: memorizing. Your goal at this point is to get the information to remain in your head, and one of the most effective and time-tested ways of doing so is called repetition. The best way to go about this type of learning is to learn one note, then a second one. Before moving on to the third note, you must make sure that you already perfectly remember the previous ones.

Another great memory trick is called association, and it has been proven to be extremely effective to recall things. If you can manage to associate that which you are learning with something that is already deeply encrusted into your mind then you will have a much easier time remembering it. There are no specific guidelines to give as most people choose to associate their memories with personal experiences.

Read Music Better by Pacing Yourself

If you have ever overworked yourself in your lifetime either studying or doing any type of labor then you know just how much of a daunting task it can be to keep going. While at work you may get away with this depending on what type of labor you are doing, when learning something this becomes an insurmountable hurdle. If you’ve been looking at these music sheets for longer than you can handle then there is no point in continuing, regardless of your learning method: things simply won’t remain in your head. The most important aspect when learning something is how much fun it implies; the more fun there is to be had in learning the subject, the easier it will be to retain it.

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