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Making Music for Life

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Gayla M. Mills "Making Music for Life is the adult novice's friend. First, it cheerleads for music's salutary benefits to the mus... Weiterlesen
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Gayla M. Mills


"Making Music for Life is the adult novice's friend. First, it cheerleads for music's salutary benefits to the music-maker's soul. Then it becomes a useful how-to handbook: finding a teacher and learning how to practice once you have one. How do you hook up with like-minded enthusiasts and what are all the ways you can learn to make music together? How about performing for others? And maybe you will end up teaching others yourself. This useful book is a doorway into the endless joys of making music, for everyone at any age." — Bernard Holland, Music critic emeritus, The New York Times and author of Something I Heard Do you hope to expand your musical circle? Need inspiration and practical ideas for overcoming setbacks? Love music and seek new ways to enjoy it? Roots musician Gayla M. Mills will help you take your next step, whether you play jazz, roots, classical, or rock. You'll become a better musician, learning the best ways to practice, improve your singing, enjoy playing with others, get gigs and record, and bring more music to your community. Most importantly, you'll discover how music can help you live and age well. "A keen road map that supports musicians and the expansion of their craft. Gayla's done the work. All you have to do is step on the path and follow her lead." — Greg Papania, music producer, mixer, composer "Gayla Mills shares the nuts and bolts of fostering one's hidden musical talent. But perhaps most importantly, she shares the power behind music. . . . anyone seeking to awaken their musical passion will find this book ideal." — Dr. Lynn Szostek, psychologist and gerontologist "Making Music for Life absolutely fascinated me. It's beautifully written and engagingly constructed and it helped me better understand why music has remained central to my life. I found it entrancing." — Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World and guitar player "Gayla Mills' precision with language, delight with music, and intrinsic joie de vivre make her the perfect author for Making Music for Life. Everyone who has tapped a foot or hummed along with a band will love this book, and maybe, just maybe, make music a bigger part of their lives." — Charlotte Morgan, author of Protecting Elvis "Gayla Mills shares the nuts and bolts of fostering one's hidden musical talent. But perhaps most importantly, she shares the power behind music. It boosts creativity and reduces stress. It strengthens social bonds, helping us find harmony while resonating with others. From amateur musician to Grammy-winning performer, anyone seeking to awaken their musical passion will find this book ideal." — Dr. Lynn Szostek, psychologist and gerontologist "What better way to counteract boredom, stress, anxiety and even depression than playfully learning a new instrument, singing, jamming, or just learning to hear the pitch, rhythm and timbres of sounds around you. Gayla Mills, in her book, Making Music for Life, offers tips for learning to hear and live life like a musician, while boosting your dopamine and improving cognition at the same time." — Dr. Jodie Skillicorn, psychiatrist "Gayla and I were part of a motley group of musicians who gathered monthly to play and sing. The years passed. My guitar strings rusted; my piano went out of tune. I felt remorse and sadness. But now I realize that I'm the perfect audience for this thoughtful, detailed book, and I'm very thankful she had the vision and heart to write it." — Liz Hodges, author and guitar/piano player "Music can be a powerful part of your life even if it is not your livelihood and Gayla's book Making Music for Life is like a table setting for this magical, mystical, musical table setting of love." — Michael Johnathon, musician and WoodSongs Old-time Radio Hour producer
"As a scientist who frequently speaks about the benefits of music on the brain, I'm often asked: is it too late for me? Mills provides a highly readable and practical guide that democratizes music's promise." — Dr. Nina Kraus, Professor, Brainvolts Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University


Table of Contents Prelude Chapter 1: Discover the Benefits Music Deepens Emotions; Music Strengthens Social Bonds; Music Improves Memory and Thinking; Music Engages and Strengthens the Senses; Music Boosts Creativity and Life Satisfaction; Nine Benefits of Making Music Chapter 2: Learn and Practice What Instrument Is Best for You? What About Lessons?; Using the Internet; Why Practice?; Setting Big-Picture Goals; Setting Practice Goals; Classical Versus Folk Approaches; How to Practice; Practicing Without Your Instrument; Learning With Others; Twelve Mini-Lessons to Improve Your Musicianship Chapter 3: Jam a Lot What Is Jamming? Jams Teach Musical Essentials; Finding Jams; Jams Have Their Own Etiquette; Jams and Singing; Drum Circle Jams; Jamming Is Social; Eight Tips to Enjoy Jamming; Preparing for Jams; Jam Spotlight Chapter 4: Find Your Voice Why Sing?; Get a Teacher; Work on Your Ears; Listen to the World Around You; Sing With Others; Choral Groups, A Cappella and Barbershop Singing, Musical Theater, Folk/Roots Song Circles, Religious Choirs, Gospel Groups, Rock & Roll Choruses; Seven Ways to Improve Your Voice; Singer Spotlight Chapter 5: Go to Camp What Is Music Camp?; Going to Camp as an Adult; Preparing for Camp; Songwriting Camps; Find the Right Camp for You; Camper Spotlight Chapter 6: Hear Music Live Live Music Teaches; Musicians Make Music a Habit; Where to Listen; Local Venues, House Concerts, Music Festivals, Concerts; Fifteen Reasons to Listen Live; Venue Host Spotlight Chapter 7: Band Together Your Musical Progression; Choosing Your Configuration; Making It Work; Finding Bandmates; Help for Your Band; Playing As a Grown-Up; Get the Most From Your Band; Band Spotlight Chapter 8: Gig for Fun Getting Ready: Make a Set List, Polish Your Songs, Rehearse and Record, Get a Sound System; At the Gig; Finding Venues; Overcoming Fear; Gigging After 40; Gigging Heightens Your Emotions; Performer Spotlight Chapter 9: Go on Record Why Record?; Home Versus Studio Recording; Getting Ready; In the Studio; Mixing, Mastering, and Manufacturing; Sharing Your Music Online; What About CD Design?; Now It's Done; Learn More About Recording; Recording Spotlight Chapter 10: Play for the Long Haul Prevention; Play Your Instrument Smarter; Change Instruments; Sing Smarter; Change the Ways You Learn; Be Inspired by the Pros; Set New Goals; Eleven Tips for the Long Haul; Lifetime Spotlight Chapter 11: Build a Music Community Support a Music Venue; Host a House Concert; Teach Music to Novices; Mentor the Next Generation; Create a Jam Group; Found a Community Orchestra; Perform to Lift Up Others; Nine National Nonprofits that Build Community; Community Spotlight Finale: Savor the Journey Acknowledgments Endnotes Index


Titel: Making Music for Life
Untertitel: Rediscover Your Musical Passion
EAN: 0800759843091
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Guilford Publications
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 224
Veröffentlichung: 14.08.2019
Dateigrösse: 0.8 MB