Rock Musicians who Have Notable Backgrounds in Classical Music

Commentators and fans have long thought of classical and popular music as though they were from two different worlds. It might surprise some fans to know that many top rock musicians actually have a classical background. Some musicians have actually incorporated some noticeable classical themes into their performances, but others might be less obvious to those who aren’t out on the lookout for classical inspiration.

Top Five Rock Musicians with Classical Backgrounds

1) Celebrated violinist Jascha Heifetz was a juggernaut in the world of classical music, and many of his descendents also have a healthy appreciation for classical music. That’s why some fans might be surprised to learn that 26Valencia, the drummer of the band Mr. Bungle and Dieselhed, is actually Daniel Mark Heifetz. He actually has experience with the trumpet and piano in addition to the drums.

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On a night set to recognize musicians past and present, Kanye makes it solely about himself

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There’s a formula to most awards shows — especially the Video Music Awards. You would think Kanye West knew that, considering he’s a self-proclaimed expert on pop culture. Case in point: Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” beat out Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” for Best Female Video. However, “Single Ladies” won for Video of the Year. Simple logic states that, if “Single Ladies” is the Video of the Year, it should also be the Best Female Video since Beyonce, as we know, is a dame. But the VMAs don’t work that way. They never have. When MTV lost its edge over 10 years ago, the network turned into an advertising agency instead of an important voice covering all things music. It wouldn’t be good business to have Beyonce win both awards. By spreading the love around, MTV is essentially recognizing the artists that have been the most lucrative to their business. Last night, nobody walked away with multiple trophies — because there’s a formula.

I always assumed Kanye was privy to this knowledge. When he jumped on stage and forced the mic out of Taylor Swift’s hands, the younger generation was undoubtedly excited. More stars! More stars! To those who think of Kanye as a trouble-making crybaby, they could sense he was up to no good. Shouting that his friend Beyonce’s video was “one of the best videos of all time,” he proved he doesn’t “get” the give-and-take ethos of pop culture at all. He’s just as clueless as the millions of adolescents that stayed up late to root for Taylor Swift.


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How Important Is Music in Gaming?

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When we define digital games today, one phrase that often appears is “audiovisual”. Of course, this means that the graphics and sounds employed within the games blend together to create one overall, cohesive experience. Although the visual aspect of games undoubtedly receives more attention, without sound a lot of games just wouldn’t have the same impact on audiences.

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Save on all of your Music Needs

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If you love music you probably invest a good amount of your disposable income feeding your passion. Instruments, accessories, concerts and other performances all add up and then there’s sound equipment and downloads to add to the expense.

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Why A Band Break May Be Exactly What You Need

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Hey there – don’t panic! We’re not suggesting your band breaks up; nope, not in the slightest. A break of the good kind (AKA, a getaway), could be exactly what you need to get those creative juices flowing. Whether you’re guys, gals, or both, some time away can really help reset any kind of writer’s block, bring groups closer together, and help you work better at doing what you love best. You guessed it, that’s performing and songwriting! If you’re in the States, the good news is that you don’t have to go far. What with band practice and time off for recording, we already KNOW you’ve used your vacation days, so grab a cheap flight, and head for a weekend in one of the following awesome cities. Read the rest of this entry »

  

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