Over 2 million students in the United States play in middle and high school bands. 300,000 of those students go on to play in college bands. Until recently, the noise levels that these students were exposed to went unnoticed as well as the repercussions associated with the resulting damage to their young ears.
A noise-induced hearing loss is without a cure and is permanent. When you are a musician, the most essential instrument you have is your hearing.
Band instruments are handled with care and precision; so should your ears be handled. The hard work and dedication demanded of today’s college musicians are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss causes the student to miss their cue, play the wrong note, or fail to notice their tone is flat or sharp. Along with losing a scholarship due to being unable to perform, or having to give up music, the greater risk is the irreversible damage to their hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL, is irreversible. It is also entirely preventable.
In this document, we will cover the risk to one’s hearing that college band members are taking without proper ear protection. We’ll cover the effects of being exposed to high decibel levels over time and look at the reward earned by protecting young ears with earplugs that will not compromise the sound quality of the music.
The risk and effects of noise-induced hearing loss in musicians
The most challenging issue regarding noise-induced hearing loss is the lack of immediate symptoms. NIHL gradually affects the ability to hear. Symptoms and side-effects are not recognized typically until years later. However, studies show that a loss of hearing leads to an increase in the chances of illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
• The ears’ hair cells (stereocilia) to be bent or broken permanently.
• Sound to seem dampened/muffled causing musicians to play sharp/flat.
• Missed cues.
• Depression from losing a scholarship or not passing.
• The trouble with social interactions leading to situations of
• Loss of cognitive focus.
• Drop in grades.
OSHA Noise Regulations (Standard 1910.95(b) (1))requires employers to monitor sound if it equals or exceeds 85 decibels and provide individuals with protective equipment such as earplugs or noise-canceling earphones when employees are exposed to noise levels. How to prevent noise-induced hearing loss?
The only way to cure NIHL is to prevent it. College band members can prevent noise-induced hearing loss by taking preventive measures such as requiring earplugs. Until recently, this was an unacceptable solution as the market only consisted of foam earplugs or generic silicone earplugs that fit poorly, canceled too much sound, dampened intonation, and distorted sound. As such, musicians neglected to protect their hearing.
To combat these issues, Big Ear, Inc. developed The ONE® and they are custom-built Hearing Protection which:
• Are custom-fit to the individual’s ear for protection and comfort.
• Acclimate musicians to the use of earplugs.
• Are designed to attenuate across all sound frequencies.
￼• Have a dual filter system.
• Are constructed with soft-fit material.
• Come with three restriction orifices to gradually train the ear to
the earplug, thus eliminating muffled sounds and distorted tones.
• Come with a removable pop-cord.
The ONE® is the only product currently on the market designed to allow the musician to hear both themselves and others in a clear manner without limiting spatial awareness.
How The ONE® works?
The ONE® trains the ear to adapt to earplugs. The two-filter system consists of a nonlinear filter system and an interchangeable filter. The three interchangeable orifices allow the user to reduce the sound they hear. The filters are designed to adapt to the student’s practice and performance environment reducing noise levels by 9 dB, 15 dB, 20dB, and 25 dB.
How To Master Any Tough Guitar Chord (Including The F Barre)
Playing the guitar is challenging – regardless of your experience level. Even veterans struggle with new concepts.
But for the average beginner, few hurdles are larger or more daunting than F major. Playing this barre chord is awkward at first. It’s also painful. And it usually doesn’t sound very good – with all the buzzing and muted strings.
Little wonder that so many beginners quit the guitar specifically at the F chord. And maybe you’re also looking for the exit ramp as well.
Before you give up, however, there’s one more practice strategy worth exploring. This is the technique I used to learn the F chord on guitar. It absolutely works. You can apply this hack to any challenging chord. And best of all, this method is free. Let’s dive in.
Step 1: Gather up All the Chords You Know
You may be a beginner – but surely you know some chords. Almost no one starts with the F barre.
So write down the chords you already know. For demo purposes, we’ll use G, C, D, Em, and Am.
We also need to add our target chord to the list – F major.
Step 2: Collect Songs That Use Our Chords
The next step is to gather up as many songs as possible that use our 6 chords. And you can do that quickly and easily with this free Search Song by Chord tool. If we add G, C, D, Em, Am, and F, we’ll get a list of songs that use those chords exclusively.
Here’s a demo search to show you what I mean.
Any song from this list that uses F major is worth practicing. It’s just a matter of picking 5 or 10 tunes that you really like. So if you’re partial to classic country, for example, you might choose:
• Carry Me Over by Arlo Guthrie
• Streets of London by Ralph McTell
• I Knew Jesus by Glen Campbell
• Arkansas by Emily White
• Bluenose by Stan Rogers
These songs all use chords we already know – plus F major. As such, we can treat them as “etudes” to help us improve at our target chord. This is the same practice technique guitar teachers use in their studios all the time. They choose a “batch” of songs to help their students tackle difficult concepts from multiple angles.
Step 3: Start Practicing the Songs from Your List
Instead of focusing on a single tune (like most beginners do), the next step is to cycle through every song on your list. The order is irrelevant. And you can spend as little or as much time as you want on any given tune before moving to another.
And here’s why.
No matter what song you’re working on, you’re still practicing F major. Some tunes will be slow, and others will be fast. And the melody is always different. But the underlying chords are the same. And as you work through your practice list over the next week or so, the F barre chord will become easier and easier.
It takes time.
But you’ll definitely get there.
And because you’re working on a batch of songs, you won’t ever have to deal with boredom. After all, you have so much variety to choose from. And remember that we only started with 5 or 6 tunes. You could easily create an even larger batch of 15 or 30 songs – all of which use the exact same chords (including F major).
Another great feature of this technique is that you can quickly grow your repertoire by learning just one new chord. That’s a much better return on investment than what you’d get by practicing a single song.
Don’t Let the F Chord Hold You Back
The above technique isn’t a timesaver. If anything, it takes longer. But it can help you attack the F barre from multiple angles within the context of many different songs.
Better still, learning your first barre chord opens up a ton of new real estate on the fretboard. In fact, you can technically play every single major chord using the “F barre” shape.
So if you’re still having a tough time with the F chord, give this strategy a try. Just head over to the Search Songs by Chord tool and start finding music to practice.
Good luck. And happy strumming.
About the Chord Genome Project
The Chord Genome Project is a music search engine that lets you find songs based on the chords they use. Do a search of G, C, and D, for example, and discover hundreds of easy tunes that use those chords (and only those chords).
From Art To Author: The Evolution Of The Pearl
Black Pearl evolution from body art to music has taken another step into the creative industry. The St. Louis based company has published its first novel titled “Eating the Forbidden Fruit” written by Roland Sato Page. Those in the Midwest may recognize the brand from it’s CEO/Rapper Yung Ro. Well, Roland Sato Page is Yung Ro’s father and manager. Now the tables have turned. Yung Ro is managing his father as a newcomer author. The forthcoming book is a gritty fiction novel based on true events that happen to Roland as a former police officer indicted on federal drug trafficking charges. The story will take you on a roller coaster ride of good ole memories from his past marching on to the rise and fall of his career. Experience the conflict between his loyalty to his childhood affiliations or his oath to the badge. Roland wrote the memoirs during his detainment. Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a man’s testimony you can’t run from sin cause it will definitely catch up to you. Yung Ro encouraged his father to write his story for the world to know the truth. Black Pearl street credibility has been fueled by two generations of business hustling that was spawned by Roland’s reputation. The media portrayed Roland as a ruthless individual fueled by greed. Read the truth of one man’s loyalty to his family. The book will be available on Jan 2020 all over book outlets and stores.
Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page’s life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good ole family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland’s case stems from conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain one can’t run from sin for karma is much faster. Falling from grace can be like hell on earth.
A Party Animal’s Guide To The Best Clubs In London
It’s no secret that London is one of the greatest cities in the world. This is a city overflowing with history, filled with amazing art and architecture, and boasts some of the finest restaurants found anywhere on the planet. During a visit to London, you’ll definitely want to enjoy the nightlife. Fortunately, there are many fabulous clubs where you can dance the night away or simply hang out and soak up the atmosphere.
When it comes to picking the best clubs in London for a night on the town, this article can help. Below you’ll find details about nightclubbing in London that will help you have the most fun experience possible. Keep reading to get the inside scoop.
Tramp is a chic club with plenty to offer. Enjoy dinner in the Zodiac Room, where you’ll be tended to by charming waitresses who are skilled at creating a totally chill experience. Then once dinner is over, slide over to the Disco Room and showcase your latest moves. From amazing food to hip tracks, Tramp provides swanky surroundings and an atmosphere that will make you want to keep the party going long after closing time.
The atmosphere at Egg London is casual yet cool. Known for playing the ultimate techno beats that don’t stop until sunrise, you’d be hard-pressed to find a club that provides more fun than this classic hot spot.
On the lookout for the latest and greatest? Welcome to Luxx Club London. Here you’ll be treated to one the best light shows anywhere in the city. This venue was made for dancing and has quickly become the cream of the crop when it comes to amazing London nightclubs. Located on Berkeley Street in Mayfair, Luxx Club is large and features the ultimate dance floor, bar, and a great DJ for keeping the beats pumping.
Ministry of Sound has been keeping clubbers happy for over 25 years and remains one of the most popular dance spots in London. Just keep in mind that with four bars and four dance floors, you’d better get in line early if you hope to make it inside.
This iconic dance spot never disappoints. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite cocktails or shots of tequila, all while sharing the dance floor with some of the most eccentric characters found anywhere in town.
Easily the most historic and famous club in London, Fabric has seen it all. Known as a raver hot spot, the dress code is extremely flexible. The key is to show up ready to have fun and be prepared to stay up late.
There’s nothing better than a night out with friends in England. The key is to know where to go for the ultimate dance scene and the hottest drinks around. This list of the best clubs in London will help make of the most of your next adventure after dark. Keep scrolling to see more great lifestyle tips and advice.
Haters Gonna Hate! Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Won DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll
It is no wonder, some people disagree with DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll as usual. Not everyone is happy on Twitter and Facebook with the conflicting results, which declare Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike as winners of this year’s edition. Haters think EDM is based on popularity and not on real talent. Others are questioning the whole poll and consider it a joke. Add to this, serious allegations which claim the highest-paid DJs can actually cheat the system.
However, the respected magazine has disproved all hoaxes on many occasions. Just take in mind, votes came in from 179 different nations. A total of 1.3 million voters were part of this process, and most of them live in America and Europe. In fact, over the last three years, DJ Mag is working together with UNICEF. Best of all, voters and DJs alike donated money to provide 150,000 life-saving vaccinations to children in danger. What’s more, they’ve raised the sum of €112,000 that will benefit the humanitarian project abovementioned.
So, let’s overcome negativity and make this world a better place for all of us! Check out the final results right here:
DJ MAG TOP 100 DJS POLL 2019
1. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
2. Martin Garrix
3. David Guetta
4. Armin van Buuren
6. Don Diablo
7. Oliver Heldens
10. Steve Aoki
13. Timmy Trumpet
16. DJ Snake
17. Eric Prydz
19. Calvin Harris
20. Lost Frequencies
22. Above & Beyond
26. The Chainsmokers
27. Alan Walker
30. Fedde Le Grand
31. Vini Vici
32. Ummet Ozcan
35. Carl Cox Techno
37. Nicky Romero
41. Danny Avila
42. Swedish House Mafia
44. Alison Wonderland
45. Martin Jensen
46. Cat Dealers
47. Vintage Culture
48. Adam Beyer
49. Mariana BO
54. Mike Williams
55. Diego Miranda
56. Yves V
57. Will Sparks
58. Steve Angello
59. Ferry Corsten
60. Nina Kraviz
62. Breathe Carolina
66. Richie Hawtin
68. Da Tweekaz
69. Miss K8
70. Are Legend
73. Carl Nunes
74. Charlotte de Witte
76. Cedric Gervais
77. Yellow Claw
78. Lucas & Steve
79. Andy C Drum & Bass
80. Peggy Gou
81. Deniz Koyu
82. Robin Schulz
84. Tom & Collins
85. Boris Brejcha
86. Marco Carola
87. Paul van Dyk
89. Thomas Gold
90. Black Coffee
91. Paul Kalkbrenner
92. Daddy’s Groove
93. Julian Jordan
94. Rave Republic
95. Sub Zero Project
97. Henri PFR
98. Florian Picasso
99. Swanky Tunes
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