Month: July 2017

How To Fix OpenAL32 DLL Errors On Your PC

OpenAL32.dll is a file used by the “Open Audio Library” – an audio driver developed by Creative Technologies to help your computer play back music & audio in crystal clear quality. Although OpenAL32.dll is a very important file, used by numerous leading games, it’s continually causing a large number of problems & errors for a number of computers around the World. If you want to fix this problem, you should look to fix the various errors which are causing the OpenAL32.dll error to show on your computer – which can be done by following the steps outlined in this tutorial.

OpenAL32.dll errors normally occur when you either use a certain piece of software or play a particular game on your PC. The errors will be shown in this format:

  • The procedure entry point alcIsExtensionPresent could not be located in the dynamic link libaray OpenAL32.dll
  • “openal32.dll Not Found”
  • “This application failed to start because openal32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.”
  • “Cannot find openal32.dll”

If you want to resolve the errors you’re seeing, there are a few ways to do it. The first step is to correct any problems that your Windows computer may have with the pieces of software & games which could be causing a problem. After that, it’s recommended you fix any potential problems that Windows has inside, allowing your PC to run much smoother and more reliably.

Fortunately for us, Creative Technologies have released an “OpenAL Repair Tool” which will basically fix all the openAL files your computer has. This tool is basically like an automated repair program that will fix the problems causing your computer’s errors, and will should fix any potential problems that your PC has with the openal32.dll file. You should use that program (which can be downloaded from the Creative Website) to first fix any issues on Windows, as well as then reinstalling any programs / games which are causing an error.

On top of that, it’s also recommended you use a “registry cleaner” program to clean out any possible errors inside the ‘registry’ of your PC. This is a central database which stores the information and settings that Windows requires to run, and is responsible for storing such information as your desktop wallpaper all the way through to your most recent emails. If you are having problems with DLL files on your system, it’s recommended you fix the errors that could be inside the registry by using a ‘registry cleaner’ tool to fix them for good. This will clean out any problems your system has and allow your computer to run much smoother as a result.

Tips for Organists: How to Avoid Lower Back Pain When Playing Pedal Exercises on the Organ?

Many organists who try to perfect their pedal technique play pedal exercises on the organ. However, it is not uncommon for them to feel the pain in the lower back area. Although the reasons for this pain might be several, today I am going to write about the pain which arises from incorrect playing technique. If you feel the pain in your lower back when playing pedal exercises on the organ, read on to find out the possible solution.

Keep your upper body straight. In order to avoid back pain, it is best to sit up straight on the organ bench. To achieve that, sometimes it helps to imagine that a string is attached to your head and it extends very far upward. Maintain the erect position and do not slouch. If you hunch and bend your upper body forward with your head down, your posture will not be correct and this situation may be the cause of future problems.

On the other hand, if you sit up straight, at once you will start to feel the difference in your breathing as well. Since breath, our posture, and organ technique are so much connected, it is important to observe the above point about the position on the organ bench.

Point your knees to the direction of the feet. Now, when your position at the organ console is correct, you can begin to work on the right way to play the pedals which may reduce the lower back pain. As you press any pedal, your knees should be pointing to the direction of your feet.

In other words, try to avoid the situation when your knees point outward and the feet – inward. This is especially important, if you play in the extreme edges of the pedal board. Many organists perform such places incorrectly and as a result, they feel awkward. In fact, the lower back pain might arise from the incorrect pedal technique.

If you play in the extreme left of the pedal board, keep your upper body straight but your lower body (the legs) should be facing left. On the contrary, in order to play in the extreme right side of the pedal board – switch to the right side with your legs but face the music rack with your upper body.

You will be surprised, how much easier it will become for you to play pedal scales and other exercises with your feet this way.

How to Play Jingle Bells on the Piano

Jingle Bells is one of the most easy piano songs in the world. The great thing is that it’s fantastic to play this song as one of your first piano songs and to learn to accompany yourself on the piano while singing it. You’re going to be the surprise of the evening on Christmas eve when your family will discover you can play this song while they join and sing along.

So how are we going to learn to play “Jingle Bells” on piano? Well, to begin with we’re going to learn to play the melody with the right hand, and then we’re going to focus on playing the chords with the left. Finally we’ll learn to accompany the song while singing the song. We’ll play the chords with the right hand and we’ll play the bass with the left hand.

The Melody

We can play the song in all different scale but I’m going to make it easier for us and play the song in a C major scale. I usually recommend trying to find the song by ear. 

Now some of you can’t or don’t like to read piano notes. Since the chorus of Jingle Bells is built out of only five notes I’m going to simply write the letters of the key names. All you have to do is place your hand on the C above middle C position (So place your thumb on C and the rest of the fingers on D, E, F and G respectively).

Then play the notes as written here below. If a letter is written without any addition it last the length of one vowel in the song. The longer the line next to it the longer you have to hold the note. This tab will help you a lot.

Tip: Stay in the middle C position while playing and use all your fingers.

Chorus:

| 3 3 3_ | 3- 3 – 3__ | 3 -5 1 -2 | 3___ |

| e -e -e_ | e -e -e_ | e- g -c -d | e___ |

| Jin-gle bells | jin-gle bells | jin-gle all the | way |

| 4 4 4 4 | 4 3 3_ 3 3 | 3 2 2 3 2 5 |

| f- f- f- f | f- e- e_ e e | e- d- d- e | d_ – g_ |

| Oh what fun it | is to ride, in a | one horse o-pen| sliegh |

| 3 3 3_ | 3- 3 – 3__ | 3 -5 1 -2 | 3___ |

| e -e -e_ | e -e -e_ | e- g -c -d | e___ |

| Jin-gle bells | jin-gle bells | jin-gle all the | way |

|4 4 4 4| 4 3 3_ 3 3 | 5 5 4 2 | 1 |

| f- f- f- f | f- e- e_ e e | g- g- f- d | c____ |

|Oh what fun it | is to ride, in a | one horse o-pen | sliegh |

Verse: (In the verse we switch the hand position and place our right hand thumb on G under middle C)

| 1 5 4 3 | 1 1 1 |

| g – e d – c | g___ (g-g) |

|Dashing through the| snow, In a |

| Bells on bob tails | ring_____ |

| 1 5 4 3 | 1 1 |

| g – e – d- c | a____ (a) |

|one horse open |sleigh |

| Mak -ing spi -rits | bright, What |

| 1 5 4 3 | 1 |

| a – f – e – d | b___ |

| O’er the fields we | go |

| First Ending:

| 5 5 4 2 | 3:||

| g – g -f d | e____:|| X2 (Repeat verse but skip to 1st ending to 2nd ending. |Laughing all the | way:||

Second Ending:

| 1 5 4 3 | 5 5 5 5 |

| a – f – e-d | g – g – g g | (play upper G in this bar)

| fun it is to | laugh and sing a |

| 5 4 3 2 | 1 |

| a – g – f – d | c_ – |

| sleig- ing song ton | ight |

The Chords:

In the left hand we’re going to play the chords. The nicest thing is that this song contains only three chords. C major, F major and G major. Play them in the octave under middle C as follows (I’m already writing them in the most comfortable chord inversions).

C major: C-E-G

G major: B-D-G

F major: C-F-A

And here’s the schema of the chords:

Chorus:

4/4 | C | C | C | C |

| F | C | G | G |

| C | C | C | C |

| F | C | G | C |

Verse:

| C | C | C | F |

| F | G | G | C |

| C | C | C | F |

| F | G | G | C |

Now don’t forget to count 4 beats for each bar o.k.? First practice each hand apart and then try to mix them together. You’ll be playing the song before you know it.

Here’s a free piano tutorial that will show you how to accompany the song Jingle Bells on piano.

7 Reasons Why Zoom R8 Is the Easiest Multitrack Recorder to Use

With the market buzzing with a multitude of multitrack recorders, each more expensive and intricate than the last, making a decision about which one to go with becomes a complex mess. As a practicing musician with over 4 years of experience, I will shed some light over what separates the Zoom R8 from the mulch.

What do you look for in a multitrack recorder?

With a mind-numbing array of multitrackers on the market right now, it’s very difficult to single out one decent entry-level workstation from the rest. People wanting to step into the formidable world of music recordings are daunted by the sheer choice and the fear of making mistakes by choosing wrong equipment. Most of them end up buying a workstation that compromises

– User experience, with 74,000 different modules and a manual the size of a dictionary.

– Sound quality – because the unit could not deliver, or they didn’t know how to “dial in” to their sound.

The worst part about this is that they shell out thousands of dollars on these wrong choices.

What should an ideal workstation offer?

For the sake of this article, I will distil 4 years of recording experience and tell you that you can analyze an entry level multitrack recorder on the following points:

– Usability and user interface

– Sound Quality

– Price

Why Zoom R8 is heads and shoulders above the rest

These 7 features of the Zoom R8 make it immediately evident that it stands out; and it delivers on what it sells.

1. Usability

In terms of usability, the Zoom R8 boasts of an extremely easy-to-understand, intuitive UI. The acid test I put it through when I purchased mine was to break into the functions of the unit – without reading the manual. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that most features were very straightforward and intuitive. I could apply send and return effects with a little trial-and-failure. I only got stuck when I reached the drum machine programming portion.

Usability: 9/10

2. Features

One thing that the Zoom R8 does not lack is features. For a machine with the footprint of a standard A4 sheet of paper, the unit is crammed full of features that would take months to explore fully. Yes, the most basic of these can be mastered in a very short time, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. With an amp simulator, a drum machine, sampler and inbuilt control surface, this packs a major punch.

Features: 8/10

3. Sound

The sound on the Zoom R8 has sparked rabid praises around the Interweb with people raving about the crisp sound quality and the amazing dry tracks that this machine produces.

Sound: 9/10

4. Sound FX and Presets

The unit is a powerful effect engine as well. With around 150 DSP effects and 370 guitar patches, guitarists like me are spoilt for choice. I especially love how this can emulate the G2 Nu Guitar Effects processor.

FX: 9/10

5. Samplers and the drum machine

The drum machine has 10 kits to choose from. It takes very little effort to recall presets, or even to make your own drum tracks. The drum tracks sound as organic as possible, but I was a little disappointed with the overall barely-organic tone of the drums.

Drum Machine: 6/10

6. Easy USB setup with Cubase

This workstation also functions as a DAW Control surface. With Cubase bundled along with it, connecting and using it with your computer becomes a piece of cake. This gives you a high degree of control over your tracks and final mastering.

Ease of USB Setup: 9/10

7. Price

One of the most competitively priced units on the markets; it packs the most punch for its price. It’s one of the best under $500 multitrack recorders out there.

Beginners Piano and Keyboard Song Lesson – How To Play Can’t Help Falling in Love

Can’t help falling in love was recorded by the king of pop Elvis Presley in 1962 and featured in his film called Blue Hawaii.

It has also been covered many times by other artists such as UB40 and the A-teams.

This song was one of Elvis Presley’s best loved songs and was always a permanent fixture in his live performances. The emotion that he evoked when singing this classic ballad completely captivated his audiences.

It is a beautiful song and is loved by many people across the world, which is why it is a favourite at weddings, being a perfect first dance song or song to end the night with.

The time signature is of 6/8 which gives it a nice rhythm, and the chords that the song uses fit perfectly with the style of music.

Because of its simple repetitive arrangement it is perfectly suited to a beginner to keyboard or piano.

As the song uses a different time signature it gives new musicians an insight into how different rhythms work and sound.

The melody to be played in your right hand is shown below and includes the correct fingers to use, (1) being your thumb and (5) being your little finger.

FINGERING/NOTES:

1 5 1 2 3 4 3 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 3 2 1

C G C D E F E D G A B C D E F E D C

The above melody is the verse section of the song.

If you want to add some left hand sections to this then try the following:

FINGERING/NOTES RIGHT & LEFT HAND:

1 5 1 2 3 4 3 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 3 2 1

C G C D E F E D G A B C D E F E D C

5 3 1 2 5 1 2 3 2 5 1 5

C E A F C G F E F C G C

The bass notes above are for the left hand section and are just playing a straight rhythm. They are held until you come to the next notes. If you want to add a rhythm to the bass to give it more colour then take the notes given above and convert these into the following chords:

C MAJOR – C E G

E MINOR – E G B

A MINOR – A C E

F MAJOR – F A C

An example of how these should be played in the left should you choose to do this is:

C MAJOR

FINGERING: 5 3 2 1 2 3

CHORD: C E G C G E

Easy Piano Lessons – How to Play the Song Lightly Row on the Piano

Lightly Row is a popular song which uses a range of only 5 notes. This makes it very easy to play on the piano because you can play it easily in one hand.

Here are the lyrics for the song:

Light-ly row, light-ly row,

O’er the glas-sy waves we go!

Smooth-ly glide, smooth-ly glide,

On the sil-ent tide.

Let the winds and wa-ters be

Ming-led with our me-lo-dy.

Sing and float, sing and float

In our lit-tle boat!

Hyphens are used to separate words with 2 or more syllables. This makes it easier to match the lyrics with the tune.

This song can be played in either the right or the left hand only. The range of notes is between Middle C and the G above. Try this piece first in the right hand. Then play it 8 notes (one octave) lower in the left hand. If you feel brave, play both hands together one octave apart. This is called playing in unison.

Here are the notes of Lightly Row:

G E E, F D D,

C D E F G G G,

G E E, F D D,

C E G G E.

D D D D D E F

E E E E E F G.

G E E, F D D

C E G G E.

There are 8 lines in the song. Which lines are identical? Notice in the first line that the the first 3 notes are G E E. This pattern then repeats one note lower. You then play F D D. This is called a falling pattern. It is a very helpful way of learning and remembering piano music.

Entertainment on the Internet – There Is Something for Everyone!

The Internet is an exciting place for entertainment. We can play Online games, Chat with friends and family, Can browse live news and interesting articles, Watch online movies, Do online shopping, Hear FM Radio’s and Podcasts, Watch Live Televisions, Get new friends through social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Twitter, Friendster etc. And in general, Internet provides a great range of entertainment.

Video sharing sites provide much more fun and entertainment. Those sites such as Google video, YouTube, Metacafe includes lot of funny, interesting and useful videos. Funny pranks and Comedy videos in those video sharing website shall be used a good stress relieving tools.

Watching online movies is another great entertainment in Internet. There are numerous websites providing online movies, some of them are free too and some charge a tiny payment. Online movies include all genres such as action, romance, drama etc.

Online games such as Yahoo Games, Pogo, iWin, Shockwave, and New grounds are all great pages containing thousands of free online games for users of all ages. These games are often Flash, Shockwave, or Java and can be easily played through your browser without having to download and install the game. There are stress relieving games to overcome everyday stress in business and personal life’s. Websites such as Bored.com, Funisland.com, and gamefunonline.com have lot of free online games, computer games and flash games. Not only that but we have tons of fun filled games.

Social networking site’s posses lot of fun and they are equipped with options like chatting, video and photo sharing, tagging, writing comments, updating status and lot more. Messenger services and VoIP service provide chatting and group conversation, which enables enhanced communication.

Listening to music is yet another great way of stress relieving and entertainment we can get on the internet. Lots of sites provide online music, covering almost all the languages available on the internet. Free internet radio stations, Live FM radios, Music libraries are the sources of music on Internet. We shall also hear music from online live concerts, video uploads etc.

We shall get more tips on stress management in websites regarding health benefits. There is a lot of websites provide guidance on meditation, yoga and tai-chi. These sites provide video tutorial on those Yoga, Meditation etc.

In general Internet is a great source of fun, entertainment provider. Internet is resourceful tool providing lot of entertainment. Internet acts as a great communication application.

Piano Tabs – Learn to Play Yesterday

In this piano lesson you will learn to read easy piano tab notation. You will also learn to play an easy piano melody with the help of tabs. We will use the popular song Yesterday as an example.

To really learn to read piano sheet music is a goal worth striving for. It will open a world of music waiting to be played by your fingers. However, it will take some time to really master the art of reading sheet music.

Piano tabs are tools that can help you learn melodies fast. They are not a complete substitute for sheet music notation but can be an easy way to learn easy melodies as you develop your sight reading skills.

There is an established system for reading and writing piano tab notation. In this system you will have to learn the names of the white keys on your piano. The first note to find is middle c. This note is located at the middle of a piano keyboard. If you take a closer look at the black keys you will find that they are organized in groups of two or three keys.

The middle c is located immediately to the left of a group of two black keys in the middle of your keyboard. It is sometimes called c4 as it is in the fourth octave of an ordinary piano. On a keyboard with a less number of keys the key at the middle of the keyboard will still be called c4.

What is an octave?

If you start with the note c and play the notes to the right of c you will play a c-major scale. The notes are c d e f g a b. The note that comes after b is the next c. As you can see the next c has the same position to the left of two black keys as the middle c. This c is sometimes called c5 because it is in the fifth octave of a piano or grand.

The notes you play from c to the next c is called an octave. Octave means eight and you have played eight notes when you play from c to the next c. This interval is repeated all over the keyboard. c3 is the c to the left of middle c and so on.

The piano tab notation we will use in this article is a simplified form of the piano tabs used on the Internet. Here are the rules:

1. The white keys we will use are notated with lowercase letters. That is, c d e f g a and b.

2. The octave in which you are to play the notes are indicated with a number. c4 means middle c. If the following notes are in the same octave there will not be any numbers after the notes until you change octave.

3. If you are to play a black key it is indicated with an uppercase letter. C means the black key immediately to the right of c. In ordinary sheet music notation this note is written C#.

Now it is time to try to play the first notes of Yesterday by Beatles with the help of our simple piano tab notation. I will show you the first line of lyrics and below the corresponding melody written with piano tabs.

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

d4 c c e F G a b c5 b4 a a

Now it looks as though they’re here to stay

a4 a g f e d f e e

Oh, I believe in yesterday

d4 c e d a5 c4 e e

Now we have completed the first verse. The second verse have the same melody so we will jump right into the bridge:

Why she had to go I don’t know, she wouldn’t say

e4 e a b c5 b4 a b a g a e

I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

e4 e a b c5 b4 a b a g b c5 g4 f e

After this you can complete the melody by playing the verse again. I recommend that you memorize the melody one line at a time. This little piano tab exercise is an introduction to the complete tab notation system you will find on the net.

How to Dance Like Elvis Presley

Elvis was a celebrity who really cemented His place in the history books, not only with his music, but with his dancing as well. His performances were viewed as racy and inappropriate because of the responses he elicited from the women and girls in his audience, There is a lot of footage of girls screaming and crying while watching him perform. He exhibits a certain playfulness and some of his moves are very sexually suggestive. To understand his dance moves throughout his career, we must look at his early beginnings and where the moves came from in the first place.

In 1954 “That’s All Right” was released and played on the radio to such success, that it may well be credited with his first breakthrough. His sound had successfully melded black blues and boogie- woogie music, which was exactly what Sam Phillips (then head of Sun Records) was looking for. At his first paid gig at the Overton Park Band Shell on July 30 of that year his legs began to shake uncontrollably while performing. His loose wide-legged pants accentuated the movement and it made the girls in the audience scream with delight. They had never seen someone perform that way. It was after this performance that Elvis began incorporating more of the leg shaking movements into his act. The alternate leg bending moved into pelvic gyrations and hip thrusts that were censored for many audiences. He was often recorded on video only from the waist up.

To do this classic move stand with your legs wide apart and as you lift your right heel off the ground, bend your right knee and begin to rotate your knee in a circle. Let the circle get wider and wider, but leave your toe in contact with the ground. You can come close to flipping your foot so that the top of the toes are brushing the ground during a rotation, and even bend the other leg to get lower down.

All of the moves in this article complete your Elvis costume! Another important part(of any successful Elvis costume is a good wig, which you can find at any online costume wig (store that has afro wigs, clown wigs, and the like. Another classic move of Elvis’ was used in the video for “Jailhouse Rock”. There was a fireman’s pole on the set of that shoot and he would lean on the pole with his shoulder, and anchoring the pole between his neck and shoulder leaning slightly forward, and with his legs spread, move his head and sway his hips to the same side to the beat of the music. His arms were also spread wide and his gaze was lowered during this move.

Elvis was a black belt in Karate and also studied Ju-Jitsu, and had an interest in other martial arts as well. As he continued performing and evolving in his career has began incorporating some martial arts moves into his act. Especially during his Vegas performances he is often seen making kung fu movements with his hands and body. In his well known jumpsuits, he would often throw in a roundhouse kick in the air at a suitable moment in a song. Whether you want to use his knocking knees, swaying hips, jelly legs, pumping hips, or kung-fu kicks, there is ample video online for help getting it right.

You’ll also want to notice his head movement. He would often dance with such force that he would shake his hair loose, which means a lot of head shaking. Whatever dance move you choose to employ to pull of your Elvis impersonation, make sure that you have a good Elvis wig that will stay on when you “Shake, Rattle and Roll”!

12 Really Easy And Popular Sing-A-Long Piano And Keyboard Songs Which Are Perfect For Beginners

If you are somebody that loves classic songs that will live on forever then the twelve songs below will be perfect for you: –

1. Let it Be, by The Beatles. This classic traditional song is perfect for any beginner, and even played in a beginner’s style it sounds full and could be performed to a captive audience. The chords so you can sing along and play in accompaniment style are C, G A Minor and F.

2. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. This is one the best known ‘Sing a-long’ piano songs, and will have everybody joining in at a party. The chords in this song to sing along to are G Major C Major D Major and E Minor.

3. Use somebody by famous rockers Kings of Leon. This classic modern day song has very powerful sound to it but at the same time it uses the simplest of structures. The chords in this song are C, E Minor, F, D and F sharp Minor.

4. Country Roads by John Denver. If you love a bit of country and western then this song will be right up your street. It’s a well loved song by many people, and is one of the most modern recognise country songs ever written. The chords in this song are

5. Imagine by John Lennon. This is possibly his finest work, and is a fabulous song to play on piano. This like the Kings of Leon song uses simple but powerful chords, is easy to pick up and has influenced many artists across the world. The chords in this song are C, A Minor, D Minor, E Minor, F, E and D.

6. Hound Dog by Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley is the king of pop and this song is a perfect choice to get the party started! It is written in a simple 12 bar blues, and the chords used are C Major F Major and G Major.

7. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley. This is Elvis Presley’s signature song, and a classic hit with young and old. It’s been covered by a couple of artists, and never tires. It has a beautiful middle section that changes time signature to add that extra special feeling. The chords in this song are G Major, F Major, C Major, D Major, E minor and B Minor.

8. Candle in the wind by Elton John. This is one of the biggest hits of all time and when it was re-released for memory of Princess Diana it became even bigger. No pianist’s repertoire would be complete without an Elton John song in it. The chords in this song are F Major, C Major, Bb Major and D Minor.

9. Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams. This classic rock song is one of the most loved records out there, and is loved by audiences across the world. It’s also a great song to perform in a rock band, and is played by many rock cover groups. The chords in this song are D Major, A Major, G Major, C Major F Major, Bb Major, and B Minor.

10. American Pie by Don Mclean. This is one the best ‘sing a-long’ songs of all time. It can be adapted onto piano guitar or any instrument of your choice and is a must to learn on piano. The chords in this song are C Major, g Major, D Major, E Major, A Major and A Minor.

11. Always by Bon Jovi. This is one of the best loved rock songs, and has been played at many weddings as a first dance song. The chords in this song are E Major, A Major, B Major, G Major, D Major, C Sharp Minor and F Sharp Minor.

12. Don’t let the sun go down on me by Elton John. This is another classic song by singer songwriter legend Elton John. It has a beautiful arrangement and suits piano perfectly. The chords in this song are C Major, D Major, F Major, G Major, B Major, Bb Major, A Minor and D Minor.