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Kansas City Band Rehearsal Space Weighs in on the Importance of Music


June 17, 2021

Humans have the burning desire to create—whether that is on a small or large scale, whether it is in the form of art or music. Having an interaction with sound is unavoidable in life, and music plays a significant part in that. Music is a big part of people’s lives, and many feel passionate about it. 

The most popular way people interact with music is by attending a concert or musical event or by listening to it via an electronic device. Listening at home or in the car is a personal experience that is also very fulfilling. Music sets a tone and a vibe as we listen. Music can also provide us with a way to remember things. Attending a concert is especially unique because it offers the opportunity to hear live musicians and the sound of the music as it is meant to be heard. As much of the world shut down in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, concerts were talked about frequently as one of the missed things in people’s lives.

The Meaning of Music in Our Lives

Music stimulates the mind. While listening to music, you can pay attention to the melodies or themes, the harmony, the rhythms, the color, the activity of a piece, how the sounds are produced, or how they all relate to one another. Focused listening is an experience that is different for everyone.

Concert music is pleasing to the ears, and it is also nurturing for the soul. Music has the power to create an emotional response in the people who are listening to it. It can change your mood: It can make you excited and energized, or it can make you calm and relax. No emotion is left out; the possibilities for the way music can make us feel are endless.

Music gives people a way to escape from everyday life, and for those who create music, it offers an alternative means of self-expression.

In mainstream American society, the arts—including music—have traditionally been looked at as an extra discipline that isn’t essential to a functioning society. The good news is that this does seem to be changing. Having access to the arts fill a void within people that is essential, as indicated by the many television programs that revolve around music. Shows such as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice are extremely popular, creating a society that is more involved with the arts than ever before.

Artists and others who are passionate about music must continue to showcase their music. The more opportunities we have for people to enrich their lives and minds, the better it is for any society. We can hope that the American love affair with the arts will continue.

Your Next Band Rehearsal Studio in Kansas City

If you are a music lover who is in a band, you need a Kansas City music rehearsal space, and you’ll find just what you need at Soundstructure. Our studios in Kansas City and Denver are custom-built with the musician’s needs in mind. Find your band’s “home away from home” at Soundstructure. Contact us today to find out more!
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Most Popular Musical Instruments to Learn


June 1, 2021

Any parent is usually giddy with pride and excitement when their child wants to learn how to play a musical instrument. If you are a parent who is also a Kansas City musician, your excitement likely knows no bounds. Depending on what you play, you might want your child to follow in your footsteps. But kids want what they want—and they might decide to go in a different direction. Here are some of the most common instruments kids—and anyone—might want to plan.

Piano or Keyboard

Plenty of kids grew up being pushed into taking piano lessons. And the truth is that some musicians believe playing the piano should be the basis for learning any other instrument. Some professionals believe that even though it is a single instrument, it covers the full spectrum of any instrument that is played in an orchestra. Playing piano also requires good coordination—between the hand and the eye.

Guitar

Taking guitar lessons is probably second only to taking piano lessons for youngsters in recent decades. One reason for this is likely the continued popularity of rock music. There is even a name for fake playing guitar—air guitar—and a video game called Guitar Hero. The guitar also requires a lot of hand-to-eye coordination. Players have several options, including electric, bass, and acoustic guitar.

Drums

Drums is always a popular choice amongst burgeoning musicians—although siblings and parents might want to invest in some noise-canceling headphones. The common instrument across most bands of many genres is the drums, so its popularity is no surprise.

Flute

The flute is a quiet instrument that is fairly easy to learn, and it is often a child’s first experience in playing an instrument because it is also affordable. This instrument is primarily a classical one, although the rock band Jethro Tull used the flute in almost all of their songs in the 1970s.

Clarinet

In addition to playing the flute as a starter instrument, many students pick up a recorder while they are in elementary school. And the step up to playing the clarinet is a natural progression. Small, lightweight, and versatile, the clarinet is often featured in classical music and jazz orchestras.
Saxophone

The sax is a wind instrument that is popular in high school bands and is also highly present in jazz music. It is available in a variety of sound ranges. 

Trumpet

The trumpet has well earned its distinction as “king” of the brass instruments since this instrument is used in practically every music genre there is. You’ll see the trumpet in symphony orchestra brass sections, as well as in jazz, rhythm and blues, and even some rock bands. 

Cello

The cello is a key string instrument, along with the violin and viola, and an instrument you’ll see primarily in symphony orchestra and chamber quartets. 

Voice

Yes, the voice is considered an instrument—but it’s one you really have to have an innate talent for if you ever want to go the professional route.

Kansas City Rehearsal Studio

Looking for a place to practice your own instrument? Look no further than Soundstructure, your Kansas City rehearsal studio. Get in touch today to learn more about our practice spaces.
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Pouring Your Musical Artistic Talent Into Other Creative Ventures


May 21, 2021

It’s a fact that musicians are some of the most creative people around, but making music at your Kansas City band rehearsal space can only take up so much of a musician’s time. There are plenty of other ways to take advantage of your innate creativity outside of the band. Here are a few suggestions.

Video Content Creator

Whether you have a plain old smartphone or a full-on video camera setup, you have more power in your hand than professional filmmakers did only a few decades ago. Just make you have some good lighting, create good angles—and hit the record button. You can create vlogs to post online on your band’s website. Topics could range from details about your music, bands that have had an influence on you, and updates about your next gig. You could even record yourself doing a cover of your favorite song. Upload these clips to YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram and try to get some engagement. 

Photographer

If video recording isn’t in your wheelhouse, you could turn to photography. Take pictures of your own band—or even other bands. You could also take pictures of concerts. As a musician, you already have insight into what shots you should focus on, such as a guitarist during a solo or the exhausted drummer after a really intense song. 
Podcaster

Podcasting is more popular than ever these days, and there are literally thousands of podcasts available on just about every topic imaginable. Find a topic you are an expert on and get started. Perhaps one of your bandmates would want to co-host with you. You can have guests on any topic, but music might be a good place to start. All you need to get started is a decent quality mic, a program to do the recording, and a quiet spot to set up. You can store your podcast on a variety of platforms, including Spotify and Apple music.

Blogger

Do you fancy yourself a writer? All you need to get a blog started is a keyboard and a simple website. If you don’t want to add a blog to your band’s existing website, you can create your own. WordPress offers an easy-to-use interface and attractive templates so you can easily create a place to share your thoughts online.
Blogging is a great way for writers to share their thoughts with the rest of the world. This works especially well for people who do not like speaking publicly. Wondering what you could write about? You can write about your experiences on tour, difficulties you might be facing in the studio, how your creative process works, or music that inspires you. You could even cover topics completely unrelated to music. The ideas are endless.

Contact Soundstructure Studios in Kansas City

If you are a musician with a band that is seeking a high-quality rehearsal space in Kansas City, contact Soundstructure Studios. What’s not to love about 24-hour access to your rehearsal space 365 days a year? Reach out today!
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Kansas City Music Rehearsal Space Talks About Overcoming a Creative Block


May 10, 2021

Every creative has run into a creative block at least once in their life. Creating demands passion and persistence, and no one can be at 100 percent creativity 100 percent of the time. Musicians, in particular, are vulnerable to creative blocks given the endless tweaks they are usually doing to their music. It can be easy to scrap entire projects, which can leave musicians feeling defeated.

Here are some tips for overcoming those creative blocks.

#1—Make Time for Fun

You can use your Kansas City music rehearsal space for honing your craft—but don’t be afraid to put some fun into the mix. Try out some new or crazy techniques to help your brain respond to some new stimuli—and possibly some fresh ideas. Having fun in the studio can bring back your “beginner’s mind,” which in Zen Buddhism is the time when everything is new and exciting.

#2—Step Away From the Music for a While

It can be pretty demoralizing and exhausting when the creative juices are not flowing. It might seem counterintuitive to step away from the music, but simply going for a walk can often be the end of blocked creativity. Hitting the pavement or the trail can put you in a meditative, trance-like state, which can clear your mind. Getting out of the studio—even if it’s for a Netflix marathon—can help refill your inspiration tank.

#3—Forget About Your Current Project

If you have been working on a project for two long, you might be feeling a bit of burnout. It might be time to put the project in a drawer (to borrow a term from writers and novelists) for a while. Maybe you’ll finish the project down the road—or maybe you won’t. But if you take it out in a few months, you might have a brand new perspective. This works for the pros; it reportedly took Freddie Mercury a full seven years to finish “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
#4—Raise the Stakes

There’s nothing like public pressure to keep you motivated, so tell everyone in your life—both in person and online—that you’ll have a new song ready by a certain date. Give your goal just enough hype so you’ll feel embarrassed if you let everyone down by not delivering. It’s a simple psychological trick—but it can be an effective one.
#5—Collaborate With a Colleague

One of the best things about music is that it has such a collaborative nature. When your inspiration has been blocked, you can often unblock it by bringing in another musician. And if you go to their rehearsal space to collaborate, this provides you with a change of scenery that can also be effective in helping unblock the creative juices. 

Find a Kansas City Music Rehearsal Space

If you are looking to up your game as a musician, you need a Kansas City music rehearsal studio. Look no further than Soundstructure to rent a practice space. Join other Kansas City musicians at our sound-isolated rooms for practicing and perfecting your music. Give us a call to find out more!
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5 Ways Kansas City Musicians Can Overcome Creative Block


March 19, 2021

Creatives in any field can probably tell you that there are times when creativity flows—and times when it doesn’t. What can you do about a block that seems to be lasting longer than normal? What about those times you dread the thought of trying to create anything? When frustration overpowers your normal love of creating new music? 
Here are five ways you can tackle an extended creative block.

#1—Have Some Fun With Music

When you take things too seriously, you can overwhelm yourself with the pressure of it. This can be a real turnoff to creativity flowing as it should. So instead of setting yourself up for a day of “work,” creating music, take some time to have some fun with it instead. Try doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Get your “beginner’s mind” back when it comes to music. Making music feel like a novelty again can be the best thing to get the creative juices flowing again.

#2—Give Yourself Permission to Take a Break
When you are frustrated with yourself because you are struggling to be productive, taking a break might seem counter-intuitive. But there is nothing like completely stepping away to gain some perspective. Get out of town for a few days. Or even just take a long walk. Sometimes that is all that is needed to get your subconscious mind working again, so your creative juice tank gets filled back up.

#3—Put It Away for a While

If there is one specific song or project you have been working on unsuccessfully, shelve it for a while. And put it somewhere so that it’s not staring you in the face. It can be painful to put away a project, but it can free up your mind to work on new, better ideas. If the shelved project is worthy of another look, you can do it when your mind is in a better—or at least different—place. Or you can just leave it shelved indefinitely. 

#4—Raise the Stakes


There is nothing like public pressure to keep you motivated. Tell friends or your Facebook followers that you will have a new release ready by a specific date. Chances are, you will be more apt to follow through if you know there is public embarrassment waiting for you if you don’t. 

#5—Collaborate With Someone


If your inspiration has dried up, bringing someone else in to collaborate can be just the ticket. Think of some of the best—and often unlikely—collaborations of the past that were wildly successful. Run DMC and Aerosmith. Dr. Dre and Eminem. Get the picture?

Kansas City Music Rehearsal Space 

Soundstructure Studios has been around since 1993 at its Denver location. With our new Kansas City music rehearsal space, we invite Kansas City musicians to practice their craft in one of our sound isolation rooms. There are plenty of benefits to having your band rehearse in a designated studio—and we invite you to come and find out for yourself. Don’t wait; contact us today!
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