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Ed Sheeran, Dean Lewis and Daniel Caesar in Top 5 November

Every month’s different and, consequently, so is the top five of most played songs. However, this month, there aren’t that many newcomers. The top lists are being spearheaded by some all-time favorites. Ed Sheeran is still in there with his hit song “Perfect,” in no less than four continents.

Dean Lewis is spotted in Europe and Oceania. And Daniel Caesar has regained his number one position in North America! There is also a very special entry for our youngest chordifiers, at number one in South America: “La Voca Lola” (Lola The Cow). Moo! Happy jamming!       

Top 5 Europe

  1. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  2. Maneskin – Torna a casa
  3. Dean Lewis – Be Alright
  4. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Shallow (A Star Is Born)
  5. Тима Белорусских – Мокрые кроссы
Ed Sheeran
 

Top 5 North America

1 Daniel Caesar – Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)
2 Sheck Wes – Mo Bamba
3 iLOVEFRiDAY – Mia Khalifa (TIK TOK ANTHEM) [HIT OR MISS]
4 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
5 Jon Bellion – Stupid Deep

Daniel Caesar

Top 5 Asia

  1. Adek berjilbab ungu
  2. MOZA – MEDLEY
  3. Suaramu syairku – Herry Khalifah
  4. Inkem Inkem Kavale
  5. Suaramu syairku – Herry Khalifah
Adek berjilbab ungu 

Top 5 Oceanië

  1. Dean Lewis – Be Alright
  2. Morgan Evans – Day Drunk  
  3. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B 
  4. Ed Sheeran – Perfect 
  5. Hefa – Sad
Dean Lewis

Top 5 South America

1 LA VACA LOLA canciones infantiles
2 Paulo Londra – Adan y Eva
3 Respuesta a Vuelve – Ninna (Beret – Sebastián Yatra)  
4 El Kuelgue – Parque Acuático
5 ResenhaDaBlakk: Kiaz x Dcan x Nith – Não Tem Mais Nós Dois

Top 5 Africa

1 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
2 Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth  
3 Jessie J – Flashlight  
4 Nelly (feat. Kelly Rowland) – Dilemma
5 Despacito Ft. Justin Bieber – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee

Ed Sheeran

Three most common tonewoods and how they shape the sound of an acoustic guitar

A guest appearance of our friends at Know Your Instrument.

The type of wood used for an acoustic guitar has an effect on its look, its sound, and its playability. Each tonewood used in an acoustic guitar has its own tonal qualities that influence the overall sound quality of the guitar.

When choosing an acoustic guitar, the combination of the tonewoods is also important. A guitar with a solid cedar top, maple neck, cherry wood back and sides, and rosewood fingerboard and bridge, will have a unique tonal quality that differentiates it from models with other tonewood combinations.

Let’s take a look at three of the most common types of wood used in acoustic guitars and how they influence the sound of the instrument.

Maple

Maple is one of the most common woods used in acoustic guitars and it’s great as a neck wood, a fingerboard wood, or a body wood (it’s used most often for the back and sides of a guitar). It has a bright tone and shines when it comes to highlighting upper midrange notes.

Maple is naturally dense and strong. If your guitar is crafted from maple wood, you can expect it to last a long time. Maple offers stability to a guitar and gives it added sustain and projection. It feels great as a fingerboard wood and is ideal for harmonics and pick attack variations.

Rosewood

Like maple, rosewood is also an ideal tonewood for the back and sides of an acoustic guitar. It is a dense and heavy wood that produces a very warm and richly resonant tone. There are different rosewood variants such as Brazilian, Madagascan, Honduran and Indian. There are also alternative tonewoods, such as ovangkol and cocobolo, that have the tonal qualities of rosewood – Brazilian rosewood in particular – but don’t share its price or rarity.

Wenge, another rosewood alternative, is often used in bass guitars for creating warm lows and robust mid-range tones. Wenge necks are usually combined with ebony fretboards for enhanced brightness.

As a neck wood, rosewood offers great sustain and smoothed-out high tones while retaining complex mid and low middle overtones. And as a fingerboard wood, rosewood produces a warm sound with some damping at the higher end, but notes are articulated clearly. Overall, it has a richer sound than maple.

Rosewood

Mahogany

Mahogany is known for its warm and woody sound that lends a certain crispness. With a mahogany-bodied guitar you’ll get those strong fundamentals and low overtones with good mid-range tones. Its bass response isn’t as strong as rosewood’s, but you will surely get a good twang.

As a neck wood, mahogany is more responsive than maple and produces fatter and warmer tones.

This is one of the reasons why many country-blues musicians prefer mahogany guitars for fingerstyle playing. As with rosewood, there are also sustainable alternatives to mahogany such as khaya and sapele.

Sapele produces a slightly brighter sound than mahogany, with a little more shimmer on the treble. An acoustic guitar with sapele would have a good projection and warm, resonant tone.

There are many other kinds of tonewoods used in acoustic guitars, including wild cherry, Sitka spruce, cedar, alder, ash, walnut, koa, and ebony. Each has its own tonal quality, which can be enhanced or balanced out by combining it with other kinds of tonewoods.

It’s important to note that tonewood combination is just one factor that can influence the sound of a guitar. You also need to have a look at the guitar’s build, size, setup, strings, scale length and if the top is solid or not. Every little bit has a hand in shaping an acoustic guitar’s sound, so make sure you consider these as well when choosing your guitar.

About the Author

Jules Fitzgerald has been writing about musical instruments with a special emphasis on guitars for the past five years. He can play over five instruments with a basic knowledge of the Chinese pipa of all things. When not writing about instruments, Jules enjoys gigging with his pals at their local pub in Salford, England.  

An introduction to chord progression

A guest appearance of our friends at Hobby Help.

Do you play the piano (or the guitar) and know a bunch of chords but have no idea how to use them to actually write a song? I am going to teach you how to put chords together so that you understand a bit more about how the music actually works.

The tonic/step I

When learning about chord progressions, it’s helpful to do it in a way that makes it easy to transpose the chords to any key. To make everything as easy as possible, I’m going to use the key of C major as an example.

The first and most important chord in a key is called the tonic. You find it on the first step of the scale, so in the key of C major, the tonic is the chord C. Easy, right?

Most songs begin and end with the tonic. It’s a chord that makes the music sound resting, like we’ve just come home from a long journey.

The subdominant/step IV

The next chord we need to know more about is the subdominant. It’s found on the fourth step of the scale, so in the key of C major, that is the chord F major. At this point, it can be helpful if you go to your piano (or guitar) and look at the keys (or strings). Now play a C first, then shift to F, and see what it sounds like.

The dominant/step V

The subdominant is called that because it’s just below the dominant, which is the chord found on the fifth step of the scale. This means that the dominant of C major is G. This chord often gets a 7 added as well, G7.

The dominant has a very special relationship with the tonic. It desperately wants to go to it! Especially if you play a G7, you’ll hear how good it sounds to go back to C again. Try it out!

The submediant/step VI

You could easily compose a song using only the three chords we’ve already had a look at, but it’s fun to throw in a submediant as well! The submediant is found on the sixth step of the scale, which is A in the key of C major. The submediant is kind of the tonic’s sad cousin. They have two notes in common, in this case C and E. However, while the tonic sounds happy and is a major chord (in a major key, that is), the submediant is a minor chord, A minor.

Transposing

Try playing C, Am, F, G7. This is a very classic chord progression. But it’s perfectly possible to change the order and still end up with a good-sounding progression. When you’ve done this in the key of C major, try moving everything to another major key! As long as you move all notes at the same intervals, it works!

Now it’s time to complete this short tutorial by watching a video that will show you exactly how useful knowing these four types of chords can be! Enjoy!

This guest article is written by Naomi, a professional music teacher and experienced pianist. You can find more of her helpful articles and advice at Hobby Help.

More on chord theory in the article Basic Chord Build Up.

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Metallica in October’s Top 5

From the success of the movie “A Star is Born” flow a few musical hits, that are awesome to jam along with. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are at number one in the European and the North American top 5, with their hit “Shallow.” The song “Maybe It’s Time,” from the same soundtrack, is also in last month’s list of most-played songs.

The Spanish version of “Way Maker” and the immensely popular Ed Sheeran are not losing ground at all, with regard to last months. But when we take a closer look, we can see some nice newcomers like Chuck Berry (Oceania), and Metallica (Europe). In short, lots to try out!

Top 5 Europe

1 Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Shallow (A Star Is Born)
2 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Maneskin – Torna a casa
4 Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

5 Dean Lewis – Be Alright

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born 
 

Top 5 North America

1 Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Shallow (A Star Is Born)
2 Way Maker – Spanish

3 Tori Kelly – Just As Sure (Lyrics) ft. Jonathan McReynolds
4 Bradley Cooper – Maybe It’s Time (A Star Is Born)
5 Daniel Caesar – Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born 

Top 5 Asia 

1 MOZA – MEDLEY
2 Inkem Inkem Kavale
3 Karna Su Sayang – Aviwkila
4 Suaramu syairku – Herry Khalifah
5 ISMA SANE – SEPI

Top 5 Oceania

1  Dean Lewis – Be Alright  
2 Hefa – Sad
3 kadavul thantha azhagiya vazhvu
4 Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
5 Ruel – Younger

Dean Lewis

Top 5 South America

1 LA VACA LOLA canciones infantiles
2 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
3 Way Maker – Spanish
4 É verdade esse bilhete – Lucas Pavani & Nathan Reuel
5  Toda Remix – Alex Rose ft Raw Alejandro, Lenny Tavarez, Lyanno y Cazzu

Top 5 Africa

1 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
2 Jessie J – Flashlight
3 Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth  
4 Despacito Ft. Justin Bieber – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee
5 Daft Punk Get Lucky Official ft. Pharrell Williams

Ed Sheeran

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Play along with these songs for kids, happy jamming

What says family like two sisters playing Judas Priest in their bedroom? Or Callum ‘The Heavy Metal Kid’ playing Metallica on “Australia’s Got Talent”? 

Whether your kid’s grunting and jumping around in the bedroom or just likes to start with something like Where’s the cat, making music and singing along have a lot of positive effects. 

First of all, playing together strengthens your family bond, but it’s also good for the general development of your child and you. As we wrote previously in the article Introducing music to babies: this is how you strike the right chord, there’s nothing like ‘too early’ when it comes to playing music. So making music together is fun and educational. And for those that start at a later age, making music is also good for your brain.

Where’s the Cat

Our friends at MiniDisco arranged a panoply of songs that are perfectly in tune with what young children want. And if you combine a song with a little dance, you’ll be surprised at how much fun they will have, while at the same time developing their language skills. Of course the party will really be booming when mom, dad, grandpa or grandma are playing along as well!

For the group of aspiring musicians MiniDisco releases their own songs and the classics in different languages. It’s also fun for older children to try out a familiar song in another language.

You’ll find the most famous MiniDisco children’s songs ordered by language at the end of the article. You can get all music on cd as well.

Songs for kids (including chords) in English

Nederlandstalige kinderliedjes met akkoorden

Musik für Kinder (mit Akkorden) auf Deutsch

Musique pour les enfants (avec des accords) en français 

And the winner of the Rocktober Rock Star competition is….

Rocktober, the month in which the power chords are starting to fall from the trees, and the colors of the scales are slowly turning a cosy yellow, red, and brown. In honor of Rocktober we asked you who are the living rock legends of our time. Hundreds of votes have been counted and one name has indisputably come out on top.

Like in any competition there can be only one winner. The music industry is tough and unforgiving, and above all it’s a business where you can’t always get what you want. With more than twenty percent of the votes there is an absolute winner.

The official results are as follows: Foo Fighters at third place, Bruce Springsteen takes the silver at the second place, and the clear-cut winners of the day are… The Rolling Stones.     

  

They’ve been around since 1962, so they’ve been releasing music for 56 years (!), one rock ‘n’ roll hit after the other. Living legends Mick Jagger (singer), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ron Wood (bass/guitar) have past their retirement age, but they still throw mayor shows and rock like they’re teenagers.

To honor the winners of the Rocktober Rock Star competition, we have selected a few legendary songs out of the rich oeuvre of the Rolling Stones. Pump up your volume, set your distortion to max, and imagine yourself next to Keith Richards. Happy Rocktober!

Sympathy for the Devil – chords

Gimme Shelter – chords 

Beast of Burden – chords

Dead Flowers – chords

Wild Horses – chords 

Angie – chords 

Brown Sugar – chords

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – chords

Start Me Up – chords

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – chords 

Paint it Black – chords 

Sierra Burgess, Mac Miller, INXS, and The Rolling Stones in September’s top 5

It’s time to present the musical play-along highlights from all corners of the world. Gathered by your trusted musical watch dogs at Chordify. One of the most notable entries is Mac Miller – the 26-year-old American rapper that died early September. Two of his songs are ranked in North America’s top 5.

Furthermore, there are no less than two German songs in Europe’s list, that must be a record! Also, soundtracks are remarkably popular; “Sunflower” (from “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”) and “Immer wenn wir uns sehn” (from “Das schönste Mädchen der Welt”) are both known from the movies.

In North and South America, the Spanish translation of “Way Maker” has been at the top for weeks on end.

Besides the newcomers, we’re also surprised by the entries of some old acquaintances. For example, INXS (number three in Oceania) and the Rolling Stones (number five in Europe). Beautiful classics to play along to during Rocktober! By the way, did you vote already? Submit your opinion in our special Rocktober poll.

And finally, Ed Sheeran is still number one with his hit “Perfect” in the lists of Europe, Africa, and South America. Happy jamming!

Top 5 Europe

1 LEA, Cyril – Immer wenn wir uns sehn
2 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
3 Josh. – Cordula Grün
4 Sierra Burgess OST – Sunflower
5 Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers

LEA

Top 5 North America

1 Sierra Burgess OST – Sunflower
2 Erik Alexander – POR QUE TE MARCHASTE
3 Way Maker – Spanish
4 Mac Miller – 2009
5 Mac Miller – Come Back To Earth

Sierra Burgess

Top 5 Asia

A Love So Beautiful OST – I Like You So Much, You’ll Know It
2 Dylan Wang – Don’t Even Have to Think About It
3 MOZA – MEDLEY
4 New vs Old 2 Bollywood Songs Mashup | Deepshikha feat. Raj Barman
5 Sweety Boy – “ลองคบกันดูไหม” feat. FREEZiE

I Like You So Much, You’ll Know It

Top 5 Oceania

1 Dean Lewis – Be Alright
2 The Rubens – Never Ever (feat. Sarah)
3 INXS – Dancing on the Jetty
4 Halsey & Khalid – Eastside
5 Gretta Ray – Radio Silence


Dean Lewis

Top 5 South America

1 Way Maker – Spanish
2 LA VACA LOLA canciones infantiles
3 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
4 Toda Remix – Alex Rose ft Raw Alejandro, Lenny Tavarez, Lyanno y Cazzu
5 Culpables – MTZ Manuel Turizo


Way Maker

Top 5 Africa

1 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
2 Jessie J – Flashlight
Daft Punk Get Lucky Official ft. Pharrell Williams
4 Bro Sammy, Menso Mene Hwan Powerful Worship
5 Clean Bandit – Symphony feat. Zara Larsson

Ed Sheeran

New albums by Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Eminem and Iron and Wine

We’re quite sure that Sir Paul McCartney has a lot more on his mind than carpool karaoke. The former Beatle is releasing his long-awaited new album Egypt Station. Lenny Kravitz is also joining the ranks with a fresh batch of compositions, just like Eminem and Iron and Wine. This pretty diverse ensemble guarantees playing pleasure. So enjoy!

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station

Release date: 7 September
Single: Fuh You
Chords: F C Am G Dm Em Gsus4
Tip: Still touring the world. You can see the legend, for instance, in Japan.

Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration

Release date: 7 September
Single: Low
Chords: Abm7 Ebm7
Tip: Just two chords with fancy names, that are actually quite easy to play.

Iron and Wine – Weed Garden

Release date: 31 August
Single: What Hurts Worse 
Chords: C F G Dm C/E D/F# Am Gm
Tip: Frontman Sam Beam designed the artwork for this album himself.

Eminem – Kamikaze

Release date: 30 August
Single: Lucky You (Feat. Joyner Lucas)
Chords: Bbm Ebm6 F Ebm Gb/Eb Bbm/Eb F7 Gb/Bb
Tip: Check out this duet with Ed

Ed Sheeran and Rosalía in August’s Top 5

The popularity ratings are in! In August the masses played along with Ed Sheeran, Rosalía, and many more fantastic artists. Last month the Spanish singer Rosalía arrived from nowhere at number 1 in Europe and now she’s flaunting at two places in the top 5!

The Spanish version of the hit “Way Maker” is at number 1 in the US. It looks like people are playing along with Spanish music all over the world. In the Top 5 of South America there’s a also Spanish translation of the hit “Sinach.” Have fun playing along, disfruta de la sesión!

Top 5 Europe

1 Ed Sheeran – Perfect

2 Rosalia – Malamente

3 Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do

4 Toy – Coração não tem idade (vou beijar)

5 ROSALÍA – PIENSO EN TU MIRÁ

Ed Sheeran

Top 5 North America 

1 Way Maker – Spanish

2 Daniel Caesar – Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)

3 Being Around You Lyrics | By Asher Angel (From Andi Mack)

4 Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

5 Ariana Grande – God is a woman

Way Maker

Top 5 Asia

1 A Love So Beautiful OST – I Like You So Much, You’ll Know It

2  Sweety Boy – “ลองคบกันดูไหม” feat. FREEZiE

3 Azhage Azhage En Azhage Tamil Album Song

4  Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan

5  学猫叫 (xue mao jiao+ซับไทย+คำอ่านไทย)  

I Like You So Much, You’ll Know It

Top 5 Oceania

1 Dean Lewis – Be Alright

2 Conrad Sewell – Healing Hands

3 Tutira Mai Nga Iwi

4 The Rubens – Never Ever (feat. Sarah)

5 Purerehua


Dean Lewis

Top 5 South America 

1 Culpables – MTZ Manuel Turizo

2 Way Maker – Spanish

3 LA VACA LOLA

4 Alex Rose Ft Rauw Alejandro – Toda

5 La Noche Termino La Fiesta Termino Piñata! – El Cuisi – El Marginal 2 temporada

MTZ Manuel Turizo

Top 5 Africa

1 Ed Sheeran – Perfect

2 Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth

3 Clean Bandit – Symphony feat. Zara Larsson

4 Ground Up Sessions| Kwesi Arthur (King Promise – OH YEAH) Rendition

5 Nelly (feat. Kelly Rowland)- Dilemma

Ed Sheeran