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Creating extra income to manage the ever increasing cost of life

Creating extra incomeLife is not getting any easier due to the economy and high cost of living. The economy is ever in the gutter and cost of living is ever increasing. Despite working harder and harder and studying more and more to make ourselves marketable for better paying jobs, it always seems that we are living in a rat race where the vicious cycle of high costs and low pay are the order of the day.

My wife and I are both working at decent jobs but we cannot seem to make enough money to meet our goals. We are not exactly poor, thank God, but we could do better.

We have been planning to do many things but often our plans remain right where they are; on paper. We cannot seem to be able to manifest our dreams and ambitions and make them a reality thanks to that great enemy, insufficient funds.

When we got married, we had great hopes for our future and we had a pretty well planned timeline that would see us gradually rise to the heights we envisioned. Sadly there were some crucial factors that we had not considered. One was the state of the economy and taxation, and the other was kids… or rather the timing for the kids.

We had obviously planned for kids but we had somehow assumed that by the time kids came we would have moved to the bigger apartment that was first on our wish list. Our firstborn however had other ideas and he came just a year after our wedding and we had not managed to raise enough money to move to the new house. Being new parents, we had also hugely underestimated the costs that we would incur as a result of the children. Soon we were delving into our savings. Bye-bye house.

Our new born, our son, was a great addition to the family. We were so happy with his arrival that we forgot about moving to the new house. We focused on raising the boy. We started making plans for his future and started planning how to save for his education and upkeep. Then the second born came.

The birth of our daughter was the final wake up call. We had to do something. Our salaries were not enough to help us attain our dreams. We needed extra income.

One of the things that I thought of was that we could open a music store and sell music equipment. This was an idea that came easily to me because my father had a similar business. I knew with his help I could start a small store in our town where there were very few specialized music stores. My idea was that I would only specialize on guitars and I would hire someone to run the store.

I loved guitars and I had a Taylor GS mini guitar that I kept from when I was a very young boy. My father had given me the guitar when his hopes had been that I would one day take over the business. Maybe I can give him some satisfaction by opening a branch in my town.

Music made school easier and paved the way for my career

School lifeSchool life is not always an enjoyable experience for kids. Many times parents and guardians have to struggle with children who are not so eager to go to school each morning. I was one of the kids who did not like to school.

I remember that I would wonder what the fuss about school was all about. Why wouldn’t I be allowed just to sleep a little more? Did I have to wake up and go to school in such cold? Did I have to recite all those boring sentences from the teacher? Did I have to contend with the bullies each day at school?

Despite my numerous objections and reasoning, I had continued to go to school every day like clockwork.

For some kids, school becomes more manageable as days go by and eventually it becomes enjoyable for some, for me this was not happening. This was until one day when I was introduced to a new subject called music.

I remember that I fell in love with music on the very first day of that class. In our school, the music subject was introduced to kids when they were almost ten years old so I was pretty grown up and I can still remember the day.

That day the teacher came with some musical instruments and some music players. For the first session, she told us to have fun playing any of the instruments. I picked a small digital piano and I fell in love with it.

From then on I would look forward to the music lessons. Looking forward to the musical lessons gave me something to look forward to every morning going to school.

Naturally, when it came to choosing what to study in college, I chose music. By this time I was very good. I had majored in music and I was very good at playing the guitar. I had also become a great singer. Eventually I graduated from college with top honors in music.

Unfortunately, after college I did not get a job immediately as I had thought. There were simply no vacancies at all the places I had applied for a job.

Having all the free time, I had decided to keep myself busy with my skill. Since I was good at singing and playing the guitar, I decided I could be playing at small gigs at some of the recreational joints in the city. I first had to buy proper music gear. I bought an amp and a proper guitar ideal for live performance. Armed with these items I went off looking for gigs.

At first, things were rough. Being a new unheard of guy, nobody was willing to risk hiring me. To get recognition I had to start at some of the cheap joints at very low rates. Since what I needed was simply a chance to play, I gave them my all.

Soon my reputation started growing and I started being invited at some of the pricier joints. By this time I had realized that my music equipment was not of the best quality and I decided to invest in better preamps. I also bought a new guitar to usher in my new phase.

I am no longer looking for a job.

I did not think that shopping for an electronic guitar could be so complicated

Shopping for music instrumentShopping for different kinds of items requires one to have a unique approach for each commodity. For example, when you are shopping for groceries you would have a very different approach as to when you are shopping for electrical gadgets. While shopping for groceries, some of the main things you will consider include the freshness of the product, the appearance, the size, and the price of the groceries. While shopping for electrical gadgets, you might consider the functionality of the item, the features, the warranty, the quality, the manufacture, and the price of the electric gadget.

As you can see, the only similar consideration when shopping for these two different items is the price. The price is a common factor that is considered when shopping for almost everything except for some critical items such as when life is at stake. The price is however not considered by simply checking if the price is high or low. There are many other factors that will determine if the price is okay or not.

To be able to shop for items rightly, it is important to first have adequate information about the item you are shopping for. If you do not have sufficient information about the product you are shopping for you might have a tough time choosing what to buy. One of the items that can be tough to shop for is musical appliances.

Shopping for musical implements can be a daunting task. This is because musical appliances are not everyday items that we come across every so often in our life. Musical appliances are usually associated with musicians and those of us who are not musicians we simply ignore them.

I was however put in a terrible position by my son one time when he was in high school. He was in a boarding school and he was a great music student. Music was his passion. One day when I had visited him, I had found him in great spirits due to some great strides that he had made in his guitar playing; he had won some competition and he had received an award.

He had gone on to tell me that he wanted an electric guitar for practicing at home when he was not in school. He was keen on perfecting his guitar playing skills.

At home we had an old Seagull guitar that my husband had owned for many ways and which he had used to teach our son how to play the guitar with. Apparently, this was now outdated and now I had to get a new fancy electric guitar for my son.

When I went shopping for the guitar, I was not prepared for the array of products that I would meet in the music store. I had thought it would be a simple matter of asking for an electric guitar. Instead I realized that there were multiple types including some electric guitars that were special in that they needed bass amps to be used together with. The guitars were also made by many different manufactures and I had no clue of knowing what guitar would be ideal for my son.

Discovering a musical talent in our young adventurous son

musician 3My young son from a very early age began showing the telltale signs of one day becoming a great musician. He was but a few months old when we realized that he would often be busy trying to make some music. He had not yet learnt to speak when he started singing. From the time when he discovered his voice, he begun making sounds that me and my wife immediately recognized as being inclined to some kind of a melody although a rather unrefined one.

When he first heard music, we realized that he could immediately pick out the tune of the music and try to sing it out with his untrained voice. This was a great source of amusement for us. His parroting of songs led us to buy some infant music that he would like. He adored the music. Often we would have to play the music in the house hour after hour. If the music stopped for a second our infant boy would raise a terrible tantrum that would force us to turn on the music again. His exhaustion was our only relief from the music.

Many times my boy’s choice of musical instrument was a spoon. It did not matter what he used the spoon against.

It happened that he discovered the musical properties of a spoon one day when he was being fed on a paste that he was not particularly enjoying. As he grudgingly struggled to eat the food, he had subconsciously started hitting on the dish he was eating from. The sound fascinated him a great deal and a new musical device was discovered.

Unfortunately he tried the spoon on everything including the table, the floor, and even his food. When he eventually decided to try it even on our faces, we decided that maybe we should get him some musical instrument. We decided to buy for him a digital piano for beginners that was specially made for kids such as him. It was tough and could not be damaged by the rough treatment it could expect from the youngling. It also had various sounds that would fascinate the toddler.

Our son received the piano with a lot of enthusiasm. The music that had been a constant in the house could at last be switched off; we now had new music to listen to.

At first the sound from our sons piano playing was horrendous. My wife and I are not musically gifted in any way so we could not provide any help but let our son do whatever pleased him. After a few days, we were surprised when we realized that despite not being very refined, our son’s piano playing had some sort of melody to it. This was amazing.

This is when we realized that our son could one day be a huge music star. I could imagine him one day playing greatly amplified music to a huge crowd and people wildly applauding him. I decided that I would enroll him to a music school for children when he grew a little bit older.

Parallels between guitar types and motor vehicle types

Guitars like motor vehicles are made for different purposes and for different kinds of people. In the same way that we have many types of motor vehicles but all motor vehicles have one common purpose, we also have many kinds of guitars albeit similar purposes.

In motor vehicles, there are great differences in the different types and models. For example we have 18 wheelers and we have small mini models. Both provide transportation services but in very different ways. One is made primarily to transport one or two people while the other is designed to transport tons of luggage. Among these huge transportation vehicles we also have differences such as there are trucks designed to carry fluids such as petroleum old while others carry solid luggage.

Motor vehicles are also made with particular emphasis on features such as speed, comfort, performance, and appearance.

For example, sport cars such as Ferraris are made for speed unlike the common Toyotas that are made for convenience. While the Ferrari may be costly but produce great speed and give the owner some flair; the Toyota does not necessarily stand out, it may not have great speed or performance but it is very affordable, and it is inexpensive to maintain. These are some things that distinguish different car types and models.

When it comes to guitars we also have a similar scenario. There are many different types of guitars although they are all used to produce an almost similar sound.

One of the major differences among guitars is the size. Not all guitars are made with the same size. There are large guitars and much smaller guitars. There are guitars that are small to fit a size that can be played by children of all ages and we have also differenguitar & motor vehiclet guitar sizes for adults. For example, ladies have specially made guitars that are smaller than the normally sized guitar.

There are also some guitars that are made smaller for special reasons such as for travel. The best travel guitars have a smaller design so as to maximize portability. They are also designed with tougher material that can withstand rougher handling.

Some guitars are made with designs that are aimed at maximizing or enhancing the sound quality. These are features that are especially important for expert guitar players. An expert will not buy any guitar but he will only go for a guitar that is finely designed to produce the right kind of pitch and tone for his ear. Many times an untrained ear will not be able to pick out the difference in sound. As it is with motor vehicles, guitars with designs finely tuned for quality sound cost more than the ordinary guitar.

Other guitars may vary in terms of the aesthetic nature of their design. Some expensive guitars are made with enhanced designs on their body work. These design work is usually done by expertly skilled craftsmen that make the guitars stand out.

Guitars just like cars are made by different manufactures and each manufacturer also usually has some prestige or particular attributes that go along with its products such as durability and quality in performance.

Understanding guitars, their mystical powers

guitarsGuitars are interesting musical instruments. They are arguably the most common musical instrument in the world today. This could be due the fact that many of the numerous ancient communities used a similar instrument or a variation of the modern day guitar. These includes other stringed instruments such as the banjo, the sitar, the ukulele, and the violin among others.

Despite the guitar being such a common instrument, it is not the easiest musical instrument to play. Actually, it can be quite challenging. Unlike other instruments such as the drum where you have to only be keen on maintaining a certain tempo, the guitar includes fretting.

Fretting is where the guitarists presses the strings of the guitar using his fingers at different positions on the arm of the guitar while strumming the strings at a certain beat. Fretting is what makes the guitar produce different pitch from each string while the player is strumming them.

Guitars are probably also loved so much due to the intimate way that they are used. Musicians of old such as the country musicians who sang romantic, passionate and dreamy ballads were especially responsible for popularizing the guitar. A musicians armed with only a guitar and his or her voice could produce great music to move crowds. As such, musicians would travel the country singing to many people and this is what also led to the musical tours of today.

The portability of the guitar helped a great deal in making this possible. Other musical instruments that can be used by solo musicians such as the piano or keyboard are not ideal for travel. They are bulky, heavy and delicate. Also, other musical instruments may require the use of other accessories and facilities. For example, many guitarists would sing in bars and small rooms where a piano could not be conveniently set up. Setting up a piano would also take much time.

As time went on, technology advanced and electricity was discovered. The world of music embraced electricity with two spread arms. One of the major ways that music embraced electricity was in the area of amplification. Using electric power, sound could be amplified many times more times and a bigger audience could be entertained at any one time. Guitarists playing acoustic guitars could use amplifiers to sing to a much larger audience by amplifying the sound of their voice and the sound of their guitars.

Electricity was also used in the invention of electric guitars.

The invention of electric guitars was a great invention that took the world by storm. People were amazed by this new technology that could provide such a literally electrifying sound. Electric guitars could provide sounds that were much more powerful than acoustic guitars could provide. The tube amplifiers that were used with electric guitars could also provide much more variety in the sound produced.

Electric guitars brought about the invention of rock and roll music and the introduction of the rock band that is based on the sound of the electric guitar. Much of the music that is produced in the world today has some electric guitar influence.

3 Steps to Better and Relaxing Sleep

3 Steps to Better and Relaxing Sleep

Everyone deserves a restful sleep. Whether one is a busy professional who juggles a two jobs, or a student striving to balance college and family life, sleep is a requirement that should never be compromised. Sleep is that opportunity of the body and the person’s brain to relax and recharge after a tiring and consuming day. It is also a time when the body undergoes muscle repair and memory consolidation so that you will become more energetic and prepared for the next day. Although sleep is critical to one’s general well-being, there are still millions of individuals out there who don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. According to the American Psychological Association or APA millions of individuals suffer from lack of sleep, and least 40 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. If you are also having a hard time getting a restful sleep, make an effort to avoid being included in the statistics. Here are some approaches and strategies you can take so you can encourage your body to a restful sleep.

Create a Sleep Schedule

Train your body to follow a sleep schedule every day, including weekends and off-days. This should provide your body an internal clock, and helps promote a restful sleep. But if you still can’t find sleep after 15 minutes, get up and do other relaxing activities. You can read a book, browse a magazine or listen to soothing music. If you feel tired and sleepy, go back to sleep. It also helps if you can create a bedtime ritual that can serve as a guide and trigger for your body to hit the bed. Do the same thing every night before you sleep. You can play classical songs, take a warm bath or read a book. Try not to use gadgets or watch TV before you sleep. According to some researches, watching TV or using the internet before sleep can affect the quality of rest.

Get Relaxed and Comfortable

You can’t get a restful sleep if you’re not relaxed and comfortable. Start by arranging your room to make it more comfortable. It means investing in a high-quality bed and pillow. You can also arrange for the best lighting system, where the temperature is just right. If you are suffering from certain medical conditions that make you uncomfortable at night, make sure you take the necessary medications. For example, if you have bruxism, you can count on a night mouth guard. This is designed as a sleeping mouth guard that can help prevent the grinding of teeth, thus promoting a rightful sleep.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

What you eat or drink will also affect the quality of sleep. In fact, if you don’t eat at all, it can become a source of sleep frustrations. Try not to drink coffee or carbonated soft drinks before you sleep since these will only keep you active and awake during the night. Forget alcohol before hitting the bed. Although a few bottles of beer will initially make you sleepy, it can actually disrupt your sleep during the latter part of the night.

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Choice of Food Can Help Improve Dental Health

Choice of Food Can Help Improve Dental Health

Effective oral and dental care is not just about regular brushing of teeth, or regular visit to the dentist. Sure, regular brushing of teeth is your foundation of a healthy set of teeth and dental health. But there’s more to improved dental health than tooth brushing and frequent dental check-ups. One important thing you can do is to watch what you eat. By watching what you eat and put in your mouth, you can promote better dental health and even prevent certain diseases.

What Food to Avoid

When you want to preserve that confident smile and you don’t want to experience the pain, then pay attention to the food that you eat. Some of the food and drinks that you should avoid include sticky candies and sweets, starchy food, carbonated soft drinks and substances that can dry your mouth. Sweets are guilty pleasures, and often used by many as a source of energy rush and inspiration. If you must eat your sweets, then choose those that will not stay long in your mouth. Say goodbye to caramels and lollipops if you want to protect your teeth. Starchy foods like potato chips and similar food items can get trapped in between the teeth. Soft drinks should be avoided as well since these carbonated drinks are loaded with sugar, and may contain citric and phosphoric acids that may wear down the tooth enamel.

Sometimes, the food that you should avoid will depend on your health condition. For example, if you have bruxism, or the grinding of the teeth, certain foods are not recommended. Bruxism refers to the grinding of the teeth, and usually happens when sleeping. According to experts, bruxism is linked to a variety of factors including stress. Although there are different reasons for bruxism, experts suggest one solution comes in the form of responsible choice of food.

According to experts, individuals who are suffering from bruxism should avoid or at least reduce the consumption of drinks and foods that contain caffeine. This means limiting the intake of coffee and carbonated drinks, and reducing the amount of chocolates consumed. Excessive drinking of alcohol should be avoided as well. Teeth grinding normally intensifies after excessive consumption of alcohol. Avoid chewing on items like pencils since your muscles will get used to the grinding of the teeth.

What Food to Eat and Other Best Practices

If there are things to avoid, then it’s best to remember a few food recommendations and best practices. When it comes to the right diet for dental health, you can’t go wrong with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Instead of ordering carbonated drinks on your next dinner date, you may want to try out green and black tea. If you are already suffering from bruxism, or other teeth-related problems, then there are treatments that can be considered, including mouth guards. Mouth guards can help stop the pain and prevent further damage to your teeth.

What you put in your mouth will have a say about your dental health. Be responsible and know which food items to eat and avoid to ensure a healthy set of teeth, free from pain.

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Music around the world

tommorowlandIt is a very common thing to hear music referred to as being the universal language of the world, but while that may be true, it would be much more accurate to explain further that the language is not a single block, but one that is broken down into several dialect that have their own unique properties and features, even though they are all based on the same premises and overriding attributes.

If one were to travel across the world and visit all the countries, one of the things that would be most striking is the extreme diversity of the music styles that are played and enjoyed by different peoples. All music is based on fundamental aspects like rhythm, pitch and tone, but the different ways in which they are combined and manipulated to form beautiful music is testament to the beauty that is present in human diversity.

In the United States of America, music has had a long evolutionary journey, even though one can still hear influences of the past in the music that is most popular today. In the past music genres like pop, rock, soul and a variety of others ruled the day, drawing a lot of listeners and giving rise to the term “rock star,” encapsulating the life of a music celebrity in those days. Today, one is more likely to find hip hop and rap tracks dominating the charts, but at the same time, blues, rock and other genres are still quite popular.

In the South Americas and the Caribbean, the popular genres of music are those to which the people can dance salsa, categorized by the swaying, undulating movements it encourages due to the arrangement of the mid-tempo instrumentals. Apart from those, Reggae and Reggaeton have always been particularly popular, especially among the younger population. This genres are categorized by their much faster rhythm, punchy lyrics and more energetic dances.

In Asia, there is a dominance of string and wind instruments, and the music is usually of a slower tempo, along with the singing, which is very often of a religious nature, Even when the music is not of a religious nature, it is often in a tempo and rhythm that can be said to be akin to the blues genre that is popular in the west. In some parts of Asia like Japan where there is a lot of Western influence, Hip Hop is beginning to gain a strong hold, especially among the young population of those countries.

In Europe, there is a wide variety of music due to the large number of countries present on the continent. From the blues in England to the wind instruments and heavy chanting of Irish music, the wide range of music that can be enjoyed by visitors to the continent cannot be matched by any other. Another continent with a very wide variety is Africa, where Juju and other olden genres have faded away, making room for Afro-Pop, which is a genre greatly influenced by Hip-Hop, Pop and other such genres.

The attraction of Karaoke

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Today, there is hardly any city or town that one could enter into without coming across a Karaoke place within the first few hours of going around in search of a place to hang out and have some fun. This is a departure from the situation of things some years ago when Karaoke was considered overly Avant garde and very few people were interested in participating in it.

From its origins in the eastern part of the world, as can be seen from the Asian origins of the name itself, Karaoke has now spread all around the world to the point where audio visual equipment like DVD and Blu-ray players now come with special capabilities in-built to enable them to be used for Karaoke. Apart from showing that the people of the world had a sudden change of mind and decided to begin belting their voices over the stripped instrumentals of their favourite songs, the story of the Karaoke explosion also shows the resilience of the initial promoters who went to great lengths to ensure that Karaoke was accepted by the general public as a fun pastime to engage in.

The development of Karaoke to the point where it is today was met with quite a number of obstacles, one of which was caused by the basic premise of  Karaoke itself; that of allowing people to sing over the instrumentals of popular songs. Because may artistes did not and still do not release the instrumentals-only versions of their popular songs, several attempts were made to find a satisfactory way to remove the vocals of the songs and make it possible for people to be able to sing to the instrumentals alone, without having to be distracted and intimidated by the voices of the original singers.

One of the first ways that this was done was by the development of some software that was built into the Karaoke machines to strip away the vocals, and this can still be found in some old VCD players today. As anyone who has tried to use that system would be able to attest to, it was not very effective, and this led the industry to search for more effective systems, leading to the more advanced ones that are built into the machines that can be found in Karaoke bars and elsewhere today.

Regardless of the technical aspects, the fun that most people find in the Karaoke experience is not in the software or hardware themselves, but rather in the way it makes them feel. Many people have set out for a Karaoke bar with their friends with the intent to sing along to their songs well into the night. The fun of being able to showcase one’s ability to sing well, or not so well among friends is one that has sustained the Karaoke business for decades up to this point. It is worthy of note that although the Karaoke experience has been moved from only being experienced in Karaoke bars and other public places, even the console games that have been developed have consistently laid emphasis on the experience being a shared one.