Are we born loving music or is it something we learn? We might never know the true answer to this question, but this little girl sure looks like she was born with a fiery passion for music. Though she can’t sing with them yet, you have to see how she conducts her choir with a depth of feeling you wouldn’t normally see in such a small child! Read more
Sometimes, the most satisfying thing about hearing quotes from famous figures is realizing that a great mind shared the same thoughts and feelings as you. Geniuses, they’re just like us!
When it comes to music, many of history’s greats had a lot to say, so you’re bound to find that somebody incredible loved music just the way that you do. Share these quotes with your friends, paint them on your studio wall, slip them into a loved one’s instrument case, or write them in your journal. Just like your favorite songs, these great quotes about music are yours to live with! Read more
Absolute pitch, the ability to identify and produce specific pitches without a reference point, has long been studied by musicians, psychologists, and neuroscientists. Some people believe it’s something you have to be born with – or, something that must be cultivated at an early age in order to stick, such as through early life exposure and rigorous training in music.
But now, preliminary research has shown that pitch-perfect comprehension may just be a neural tweak away. In one recent study, scientists used valproate, a chemical compound typically found in mood-stabilizing drugs, on subjects with no musical training, coached them on the basics of matching pitch, and then tested them on the material weeks later.
Thinking about stopping by an open mic night, or hitting the stage for karaoke? Performing in front of others is a fantastic way to boost your confidence and meet other musicians in the area – but it can also be pretty scary if you’re a newbie! Luckily, learning how to overcome stage fright is easy when you focus on the right things. Read on to learn more about how open mic nights work, how to prepare for your first performance, and how to overcome your stage fright:
It’s a new year, and a great time to set some new goals! What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be with your music-making this time next year?
Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been playing for years, performing in front of others is a great way to increase your confidence – not to mention show off what you’ve accomplished!
Here in America’s Finest City, there are tons of events to improve your musical chops, from low-key karaoke bars to crowded open mics in San Diego. And it’s not just for singers. Many open mic nights cater to all types of instruments, from drums to guitar to keyboard. It’s also easy to find all-ages events, if you’re looking for some family-friendly fun.
Nervous? Don’t worry – everyone is the first time they perform on stage! But the more you perform, the easier it will get. You might feel comfortable checking out a few events to get a feel for the environment before getting up on stage, and that’s totally fine.
To get you started, here are a some of our favorite San Diego open mic nights and karaoke venues:
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