Wedding Music Tips

Choosing your perfect wedding music can be very tedious. You have to pick music that all the guests will enjoy. Whether it comes to rock, ballads, waltz’, reggae, hip-hop, pop, Euro or any of the famous, traditional wedding songs, the guests always seem to have some sort of opinion. However, make the song very personal to you.

You know the guests will like the music, if even they can relate it to you. Songs should be in accordance to the theme. That way, it helps add to the cultural atmosphere. The music should match the subject of the wedding. It would make sense that a traditional wedding would have traditional music, and a cultural wedding would have cultural music. However, it is still okay to have a different music pick then what may look obvious.

The main focus during a wedding is love. Try picking songs that are very romantic, romantic songs could never clash during a wedding. Not all songs have to have words either. Sometimes the sounds and rhythms of music speak more than words. Let the music flow into the wedding, and not clash with it. Music has a huge affect on the wedding, for it creates the mood which has a huge affect on the guests. The guests are not only there to celebrate the wedding, but also to enjoy themselves. The music should make them comfortable, and not on their toes throughout the entire ceremony, because that can be very uncomfortable.

A live band is a great idea for weddings. That’s why most weddings have live bands. They not only add to the mood, but also the scenery. A live band looks very sharp in weddings. Guests seem to appreciate a live band more than music coming out of some speakers. However, the music should be selected in the best interest of the two people getting married. What is their favorite type of music? Usually, friends have the same tastes in music, so if all the guests coming to the wedding are friends of the bride and groom, then there is a good chance that they will like the music that the couple chooses to have playing. All in all, choose music that suites you and your wedding. That way, you can never go wrong.

Tips To Becoming A More Musical Salsa Dancer

0pHave you ever seen a salsa dancer who was able to magically hit all of the accents and breaks in the music? Someone who made you wonder, “how in the world did he/she did it?” Or maybe you have been dancing salsa for awhile, salsa timing has become easy to you, and now you are starting to feel a bit bored with the same old patterns that you know, and you have begun to question, “Is this really all there is to salsa?”

If so, this article is for you. In part one of this article, I am going to reveal to you 3 tips that has made the biggest contribution in helping me become a more musical salsa dancer. Who am I to talk about this subject. Just awhile back, I was social dancing with one of the most famous salsa dancers and instructors in the world, and after our social dance together she asked me, “Mikko, would you want to tour in some different countries with me and possibly teach some salsa musicality workshops?” And now I am teaching and creating an on-line learning product about the subject. My point is that if I can become a musical salsa dancer, having had no musical background, so can you. But enough about me, the reason you are reading this is so that you can become a more musical dancer, right?

And here are my tips.

Tip # 1 – Master Salsa Timing First

Realize that there are at least three different levels of understanding salsa timing, if not more. To become a more musical salsa dancer it is important that you first master salsa timing. When you first learn salsa, you learn to count the music 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7. Once you learn to recognize the 1st beat of the music and hold the salsa timing and rhythm, you have achieved the first level of awareness. The second level of awareness is to be able to recognize the correct timing and rhythm and be able to do that with any song. You still have to use conscious effort and keep counting the music as you dance, but you are able to do that with any song. The third level of awareness is to be able to automatically be on the correct timing and rhythm. At this point, you have developed your musical ear and drilled your steps to the point that you can easily keep the correct timing and rhythm without much mental effort. You have basically mastered the salsa timing. To reach an even higher level of mastery, you have to be able to recognize and step on any particular count or half count in the music with out much mental effort, yet know exactly where you are in respect to the music and timing. This level of mastery often takes a lot of practice and repetition, and I am still continuing to work on this myself. Simply keep practicing, and you will get there also.

Tip # 2 – Learn To Recognize The Different Types Of Salsa

Do you differentiate the way you dance salsa between the different types of salsa music? If you are just starting out or even if you have danced for awhile, chances are you do not. You might have learned to dance salsa On1 for example, and regardless of the mood of the music or the type of salsa played, you still might be dancing the same way that you learned originally? This is common. But realize that there are many types of salsa. For example, there are salsa romantica, salsa dura, and classic salsa. Now if the band or a DJ plays salsa romantic, that is often slow and romantic. Why not try to interpret the mood of the music by slowing your dance down, connecting more with your partner and making your moves slower and smoother? Or if a afro-cuban, pachanga, or cha-cha part comes on a salsa song, and they often do, why not try to listen to those changes and dance those parts reflecting any afro-cuban, pachanga, or cha-cha moves that you might know? My point is that if you want to become a more musical salsa dancer, it is important that you learn to recognize, study, and appreciate the different types of salsa music. Learn the differences between timba, latin jazz, cha-cha, pachanga, son, bolero, salsa romantica, and salsa dura, for example, and you are on your way to becoming a more musical salsa dancer.

Tips to Make Rap Music Beats

yuIf you want tips for creating rap music, then read this. You will learn tips to make rap music beats.

When mixing your own beats, you have to do some arranging. Do you understand what arranging actually means? In this discussion today, we are going to discuss the process of arranging as you mix your beats.

Basically arranging is taking everything that you have written and combining it in such a manner that it has a pleasing sound to the ears, both yours and your listeners. This is not hard to understand. It seems like it would be a difficult process, and the actual process itself is not hard. Getting the sound the way that you really want it is the difficult part.

Step #1 – Arrange your structure

Don’t forget that there are basically 5 parts to your song. There is the beginning or the intro, the chorus, the verse, the bridge and the ending or what a lot of people call the outro.

There are some different structures. A good structure to start off with is the intro, verse, chorus, bridge and then the ending if you want on.

Step #2 – Determine Your Instrumentals and Beats

In this step, you will decide what instruments you are going to use as well as what instruments you will play in what sections. You will also determine how long the various instruments will be played. Part of your arranging will also include what you are going to do with your beats when you are mixing your own beats. You will determine where your beat sounds will start and where they will start.

Step #3 – Determine How You Will Use Your Bridge and Chorus

In this step, you will decide how many times you will repeat your chorus and when you will play the chorus in relation to the verses. If you have a solo part in your chorus, you also must decide where the solo part is going to be in the song and then how many measures that the solo will last.

Let yourself go when you are arranging when mixing your own beats. The arrangement is often what makes the song. How you arrange your beats in the song may make the difference between beats that will be part of a hit song and beats that will sit on someone’s computer.

3 Essential Vinyl DJ Music Tips

Vinyl is a dying format but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find it in store, shops or within communities online and offline. Crate digging is a loved pastime for vinyl DJs but it can prove to be difficult to find the right deal on vinyl since it’s not regularly available anymore. This article will share three tips you need to know before you buy vinyl music.

Check the condition of the jacket and extras

First off, check all of the ascetics of the vinyl record such as the vinyl jacket and inserts. You may not want to pay high dollar for a record which is in severe damage on the outside because it often means it wasn’t taken care of during its lifetime.

Check the condition of the vinyl record

The most important thing you should be looking at when buying vinyl records is the overall condition of the vinyl record. If possible, try to give the record a play prior to the purchase to ensure it doesn’t skip. If you don’t have access to a record player than take a deep look into the surface of both sides of the vinyl for scratches or cuts.

Always haggle for a price

A lot of vinyl owners will base their prices on books or what they find online but let’s face it: everyone can be haggled. Never settle for a single price because there aren’t a ton of vinyl record buyers; use this to your advantage to find the best deals.


This article took you through three of the most crucial things you need to know about buying vinyl records as a DJ. Crate digging can become a hobby for you but you should also avoid being burned on your money – it’s yours after all. Use the tips within this article to find the best prices and then get out on the floor so you can drop these killer new tracks!