The Rise of the Fourth Force

Was it not some time around the start of the last decade when we starting hearing pronounced and hard-to-forget rock-style guitar-riffs in popular gospel songs? For my Nigerian folk, think of one popular song from Sinach and Nathaniel Bassey and see if that property is not present in them… …You see what I’m talking about, don’t you 🙂 Now, as recently as 10-15 years ago, there was no such thing. Instead, gospel songs were more classical in style. You know, music before then tended to make use of more instruments…

Should artificial intelligence be used to compose music?

Do you notice that the question did not start with ‘CAN’ but ‘SHOULD’ because artificial intelligence (AI) already can compose original music! If you don’t believe this, you can see for yourself at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIVA. Still, I find it interesting that this capability does not come up during those discussions about jobs that robots will soon replace humans in doing. Perhaps the exclusion is because there is no foreseeable market for AI-produced music, yet. After all, the Beyonces and the Kirk Franklins of this world are still winning Grammys. So why…

Find your Guitar Hero: Mum

She’s the one that bought my first guitar, paid for my first music lesson, and emerged from the audience to hug me right in the middle of my first live performance before an audience. Yes, my dear mother did all that. Now, I don’t believe I was known for having an exceptional love for music or any display of musical talent in my early years. Still, when I first made my desire known to learn the guitar, she didn’t need further convincing. So, she diverted her limited resources to meet…

Find your Guitar Hero: NIMI

I first met Nimi at his home in 2016 when I went to attend a local church meeting his family was hosting. The moment he discovered I could play the guitar, Nimi became excited around me, and he would often share with me all he knew about the guitar…and with all sense of humility, it was not much. But Nimi didn’t care. I remember how he would proudly show off to me a certain tune on the guitar. I later understood that so much loved tune of his was the…

Music in Film: The Sound of Music

“…’do’- a deer, a female deer; ‘re’ a drop of golden sun; ‘mi’- a name I call myself…“ Remember where you heard that line? Not yet? Not even with the picture as a clue? Okay… In the early nineties, when I was still a child, there were certain things children loved to pride themselves in. One of them was having watched the latest movies and being able to let his peers know so. In my time, a few of those titles that come to mind are Running-man and Commando. However,…

Can my child start learning a musical instrument at that tender age?

I remember when a friend asked me whether he could introduce his four-year-old son to a musical instrument. I was not so optimistic because I knew the boy quite well. For starters, I knew how articulate the child was with words and so, I felt it was way too early to introduce a concept as complex as music to him, let alone a musical instrument. Then again, I remember watching a 9-year old on a talent show handle an electric guitar at a skill level that wowed me. But on…

4 ways to avoid buying a defective guitar

For the guitar lover, the excitement of getting your first guitar could be likened to that of getting the latest smartphone of your favourite brand. Unfortunately, like many products in the market, guitars do have their fakes with defects. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to spot a fake one. Here are the defects your naked eye can see, and probably the most devastating ones. But first, let’s review a few things… If you would be going for an electric guitar, it should be much easier to get…

Would you become a better singer by learning a musical instrument?

I think this is a conversation every aspiring vocal artist, choir member, and music producer should have early in their careers/endeavours. Still, if you haven’t thought of it or you haven’t yet confidently arrived at your own answer, let me attempt to stimulate one for you: The ‘No’ Argument No way! For starters, the human vocal chord(s) is an instrument in its own right. So, whoever wields it skillfully should be accorded a great degree of respect, whether they are musically literate or not! In fact, the voice was the…

Why you should start with the guitar

For music beginners, the piano usually looks like the most welcoming door into music because of the way you touch a ‘key’ and immediately, you’d hear a sound. But how fulfilling is that compared to when you make sound from scratch with your bare fingers on the guitar! Still not convinced the guitar is the best way to start your music journey? Alright then, let me give you 4 hard-to-argue-with reasons on why the guitar should be your first love: 1. Freedom. It’s instrument ‘class’ is the only one you…