Native American Music

Native American music is vocal art that can either involve choral or solo singing. When you listen to it, you will hear no rhythm, pitch, or harmony. The melody is characterized by a sliding melodic form. Native American singing is always accompanied by drums. If other instruments are used, they are usually wind instruments, such as flutes and whistles.

In Native American culture, song is how the chief communicates with the spirits and supernatural powers. In the past, singing was done to deliver results, like making it rain, healing the sick, or success in battle.

Different Types of Music

Native American music falls into one of three categories: traditional, ceremonial/medicine, and modern. A number of Native Americans don’t consider modern Native American music as “real” Native American music, since it is influenced by European white music.

But like other genres and types of music, Native American music has grown with the times. There is now pan-tribal and inter-tribal music. Furthermore, there is a huge subgenre of Native American music of popular genres, including reggae, hip-hop, blues, and classical.

In the Native American culture, history and music go hand-in-hand. For example, the history of a tribe is told through song, also thought of as an oral narrative. These songs play an enormous part in identifying a tribe’s history.

If you want to hear traditional Native American music, you will hear music that starts off with a slow, steady beats that gradually grow faster and faster, while other factors (shouts and accented patterns) not only bring variety, but also signals the changing of singers and/or dancers.

 

Medieval music and then some

Medieval music was interesting. You ever watch robin hood and hear all the diversity of music?

We always associate medieval music with richness, kings and queens, nights and the like.  But during those times, peasants enjoyed music too. read more

Bible Music

We hope you enjoy the primitive, yet sophisticated beats of this video!  It’s amazing how simple but complex music can be huh?

Let’s talk about Bible Times!  (Ironic since there is a bit of sinister voice in the music we put on this page). What are we saying?

So…according to the Bible a guy name Jubal invented instruments and hebrews are seen as the main makers of music in biblical times. read more

Prehistoric Boy Music

Let’s talk about prehistoric Music

Listening to the high hat in this collection of music from the Toysforboys youtube, you might have a hard time associating it with a tribal or prehistoric music.
The closest you get to prehistoric music is more of a drum beat and banging.  WE feel like drums are as close as you can get to prehistoric influences within the music that you create.
Prehistoric music is also known as primitive music and was created prior to history being written down or language being recorded.  Prehistoric precedes ancient music and ancient music can still be found in some isolate places in the world.
Prehistoric music is all music before “history” and includes music of Native American’s and Australian Aborginal music.
No one really knows where music first made it’s presence on this planet.  Some people think it might have just resulted from the observations of naturally occuring sounds and rhythms from crickets, birds….etc and they were just being repeated by humans.   Imagine trying to sing like a bird to lure in some prey for dinner.  Perhaps that where it came from.  It’s a good theory and makes compelte sense.
There are many tribes today that have music that is intended to imitate nature.  Have you ever heard of those whale song compilations?   It’s kind of the same thing.
Making music like nature might have even been an area where early humans competed with one another in a game for entertainment.

More than likely (aside from the drums…and earlier than them for sure) that the human voice was the first musical instrument.  You can click, sing, hum, whistle and cough to make music.

Check out this song :

Ancient tribes ended up using items like wooden pipes and the Digeridoo.

Once writing came into the picture, music then became ancient music rather than prehistoric music.  The first song (that is known) is dated about  3400 years ago.

The ravanahatha is one of the oldest string instruments in the world.

 

 

 

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Music can be found everywhere!  In the past, present and surely in the future music will exist.

Most people listen to music or have some sort of music in their lives, including isolated tribes!

Music may be over 50,000 years old and it is thought to have been invented in Africa and has evolved as humans have dispersed and evolved from the region.

Cultural music is often influenced by all sorts of social and economical experiences and can even include things such as weather.  Music helps one to express mood, emotion, ideas.

Music, much like visual art, develops differently depending on the part of the world where the music is being created.

This blog is intended to discover all types of music and sharing the Toys for Boys Records at the same time.

We hope you like the learning and listening experience.

As artist, we often times do not take a look at the importance of our historical making and at toysforboysrecords.com, we are trying to change that.

Let’s learn and listen about music together!

Check out our video on this post.  See if you can see where there might be some tribal influence within the rhythms.

 

 

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