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How to Tickle your Audience through Comedy Workshops?
Do you consider yourself to be a funny person? Do you make people laugh every day, and enjoy doing it? Do you find that funny things to say come to you easily, sometimes even at the wrong times? If even one of these things is true about you, then you should definitely consider comedy workshops as a way to improve and professionalize your comedy act. You could even become a stand-up comedian or funny actor one day if you learn a few simple tips and tricks.

A good comedy workshop will teach you the fundamentals of a comedy routine. You will study the three steps involved in making a great show for your audience, which are
  1. studying what you can do to be funny,
  2. developing the actual show, and
  3. finding gigs and places to perform.

Learning stage one in comedy workshops will often impart to you such great tips as how to write jokes, how to do a routine, how to act, keep a straight face, build up to a punch line, etc. Then you have to develop confidence, style, and a sense of comfort in what you are going to be doing.

In the second stage of comedy workshops, you study how to create a show that works. You need to come up with enough material to fill up a certain amount of time and then practice it. One thing you will certainly learn in comedy workshops is the importance of practice. Even if you are planning to do improve, you still need to know what you’re doing and be comfortable doing it, and thus the hours spend practicing. As you practice, you build confidence, which is vital to a comedy routine.

Then through good comedy workshops you enter stage three, which is finding places to perform. This last stage is just as important as the other two, teaching you how to make yourself a presence on the web, how to contact bookers or get an agent, and so on. Going to comedy workshops could be the way you boost yourself into a new career of making people laugh.

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Display of FIddles
How to Master the Fiddle?
There's nothing like the sound of good fiddling and if you're planning on learning how to fiddle or improve on your fiddle playing, then it's a good bet that you're looking to master the fiddle.

One of the biggest questions most beginners looking for an instructor have is the question of fiddle vs violin. It is not uncommon for those who are unfamiliar with owning the instrument to ask if it is two separate instruments. However, you will soon learn that anyone can eventually play both or either with the same instrument and it is only a question of style. The main difference is that you will often need a different teacher, as the techniques used for one do not always transfer to the other. A fiddle player who is equally adept at classical violin is not impossible to find, but it is rare and one most likely would have studied under a separate teacher for each style to achieve such an endevour. Examples of the purely fiddle style would include bluegrass and Texas swing.

Most often, if a student is interested in Texas swing or bluegrass, a student will learn violin first and then find another specialist in the fiddle to continue studies in those areas. However, it is not unheard of especially in the southern states and Appalachia for a student to study under a fiddle teacher only with no classical influence. In this case, don’t expect that the student will know anything about classical violin even though it is the same instrument; he or she will not. The commonality of course is that both will know the notes and the feel of the strings, but that’s where it ends. The sound, technique, feel and action of the bow will be completely different. Also, classical traditionally relies more on notes and sight reading, where fiddle is more about using your ear and improvising.

To hear and understand the difference in styles, it is recommended that the student listen to traditional Texas swing players like Bob Wills and traditional bluegrass players as well as the more modern players like Charlie Daniels. The history of the fiddle, as well as the technique involved can then be more appreciated and understood fully. Finding a teacher who stresses this importance is usually a step in the right direction.

Well, in order to master the fiddle, you've got to study under the tutelage of a master of the instrument. That's the only way unless you're a genius who can just pick up the fiddle and play it like you were born. So given the number of fiddling masters about the world, it is a good be that you'll need to study in order to master the fiddle. First of all you need the tools and the time to search for a reputable teacher: one who knows all the ins and outs of fiddling. There won't be time for fooling around (or fiddling about if you will excuse the pun) in this respect because a good foundation in the art of playing the fiddle means valuable time you can't afford to lose.There are a number of fiddle players and schools available and it's up to you to search out which one really gets your attention. You'll be looking for the type of instructor who has experience, patience and a well rounded look at what it takes to go from the various skill levels to being someone who can master the fiddle. The instructor has got to know the instrument itself as fiddles are fickle devices that call for just the right construction. A real fiddler can tell the difference from a mass produced thing from a well crafted instrument that can last for decades on end and if you're going to master the fiddle, you'll need to get the best.

Along with a great teacher comes your own sense of determination and self worth as a musician. It's a matter of perseverance that any instructor is going to look to you for if you want to master the fiddle. You can't back away because things are going too tough, the fiddle is an instrument that is a part of many music genres and if you're going to master the fiddle, it starts with you and finding all of the help you can get.

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Playing Jazz Music
Jazz Dancing from A-Z
Jazz is one of the more technically advanced dances and usually takes years of diligent study and practice to master. Because of this, jazz training is essential. That is not to say that jazz training and dance is out of reach—certainly not! There are many dedicated, reliable and wonderful teachers who will guide you from step A all the way to step Z, after which time, you are ready to independently fly on the wings of jazz dancing!

To make the most of your jazz training, be sure to be consistent in your lessons and do as much practicing at home as you can. Confidence in this style of dance is imperative, therefore the more time you spend practicing, the better you will be. As they say, “Practice makes perfect!”

Remember always that jazz dancing is stylish, so build your confidence with routines and practice initially, and once you’ve mastered a certain level of jazz training, experiment with your own originality and creativity. That is a lot of what jazz dancing is about, after all! Once the majority of the tough jazz training is over is when the fun really begins!

Practice in front of a mirror, first by copying your instructor or great jazz dancers such as Jack Cole, and then try incorporating your own steps and moves to enhance your personal technique and skill.

Jazz training can have its rigorous and trying moments, but that’s only because jazz dancing is so incredible and impressive. Doing a perfect straddle split leap, or a flawless toe rise doesn’t come easy, but then again, nothing that is worth anything does.

If you are committed to your jazz training, your jazz dancing will reflect this, and you will be doing amazing moves and steps you never before dreamed were possible

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Photo of Composition
Learning Composition from the Pros
Photography is a hobby that many people assume to be simple and easy—until they try it. Many people think that photography is only a matter of clicking a button, and then presto! out comes a great picture. But when they finally pick up a camera and start taking pictures, they realize that there is more to it than just snapping shutters and aiming the camera. They are neglecting an important part of photography, learning composition, which is the most significant part of taking a picture.

If you plan to learn photography, then learning composition is par for the course. Any professional photographer or teacher will tell you that without taking the important step of learning composition, you will never be a real expert. Read the following advice for three easy and important pointers about composition that you should never forget.

The first and most basic thing you will get from learning composition is the rule of thirds. Rather than photographing something in the center of the frame, put it a little either to the right or the left, just where a line diving the picture in thirds would cross. That way the interest isn’t smacked in the middle, and the whole picture has a more appealing feel.

Another important rule is fading lines into corners rather than horizontally or vertically. Anyone who has spent any time learning composition will tell you that it makes the picture stronger and more aesthetically pleasing. The same rule applies for curves and zigzags. Don’t divide the picture, but move the eye along it.

The third of many important rules for learning composition is that if you are capturing movement, have it moving into frame rather than out. If you have someone walking left to right, then there should be less space on the right and more on the left. If you fail to do this, it will be uncomfortable for the viewer.

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Percussion Set
Percussion Made Simple
Kettle drum, bass drum, snare drum, side drum, bongos, congas, tabla, xylophone, tubular bell, cymbals, gong, Chinese gong, tambourine, rattles, maracas, castanets, triangle, celesta, vibraphone, wood block, bells… the list of percussion instruments just goes on and on. When you include any instrument that is hit with your hand, a stick of any sort, banged together, shaken or scraped, you have a whole lot of possibilities! It doesn’t soundsimple. But, narrowing percussion down to the specific instrument of your choice and then taking one of many available percussion courses over a significant time period will bring the mountain right down to simple.

Fortunately, the percussion courses to choose from are many. Just look online and you’ll find scores of private tutors, group lessons, university programs, specialized music schools with percussion courses, and more.

As a new student of percussion, don’t try to concern yourself with trying to match yourself up to what you admire in orchestral percussionists and other drummers. These talented individuals usually can play several percussion instruments perfectly after studying with percussion courses, and some play up to twelve separate percussion instruments during one concert! There are a myriad of percussion courses to choose from which will get you to that level of mastery, but it is wise to start small, and keep with it until you see the proficiency you dream of!

In an orchestra, you will usually have to peer far to the back to see the percussionists working their magic behind the brass section. In a concert of any other genre of music, the drums will usually be just behind the lead singer, center stage. If you’re like many new percussionists, you have dreamed of little else. Percussion courses can make becoming an exceptional drummer or percussionist possible.

Live out your percussionist dreams by taking one of the percussion courses today!

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