Biceps, Triceps… Ear Drums? Combating hearing loss with exercise.

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Exercise leads to better hearing

By now we all know the physical benefits of exercise; weight loss, increased energy, physical strength, stamina, heart health, etc. We also know that exercise elevates our mood and makes us feel good, although it doesn’t always seem that way while we’re doing it. But did you know that regular exercise can decrease the likelihood of hearing loss?

According to Dr. Kathy Landau Goodman, audiologist and chairperson of the Audiology Awareness Campaign, exercise and proper nutrition are important in maintaining good hearing. In an article published by the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Dr. Landau Goodman stated, “Just as a healthy body is fostered through proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest and good hygienic practices, so is the ability to hear well.”

Some of the healthy practices that can help reduce the risk of hearing loss include maintaining a healthy weight, 20-30 minutes of sustained aerobic exercise five days per week, eating five servings of fruits/vegetables per day, eliminating smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, and reducing the loudness of music and other noise (obvious).

Another way to combat hearing loss is learning to play a musical instrument. According to the same article, “…people who regularly play musical instruments maintain their ability to better process and understand the sounds they hear in daily communication.”

Hearing loss is a major concern to music lovers and musicians. Whether you like to sing karaoke, play guitar, or just sit in a comfortable chair and listen to your favorite album, your quality of hearing can greatly affect your performance and/or level of enjoyment. So take care of yourself. Be good to your body and your body, including your ears, will be good to you.

Continuing The Fight: How learning to play guitar combats Alzheimer’s

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A couple weeks ago I posted about a program in New York which is dedicated to providing iPods to Alzheimer’s patients. It has been shown in study after study that music can improve cognitive function and elevate mood providing temporary relief for those suffering from the devastating disease. It has also been shown, however, that music, specifically learning how to play an instrument such as the guitar, can help to fight off the onset of Alzheimer’s altogether.

In an article posted on Aging Home Healthcare’s website, the author cites a study conducted at the University of New South Wales in Australia which claims that vigorous and regular brain stimulation may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by 50%. It has also been proven that regular mental stimulus and brain fitness exercises such as solving crossword puzzles, undertaking artistic endeavors, or learning how to play guitar can promote brain plasticity well into ones 80’s and 90’s.

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Learning how to play the guitar is a great way to stimulate the brain, but lessons are often expensive, frustrating, and inconvenient, eating into ones already precious time. With the Play a Tab program, however, all of these factors are negated. Inexpensive (under $7 per month), easy to follow, and convenient, Play a Tab makes it possible for beginners of any age to learn how to play the guitar at their own pace and at anytime.

While we are exceptionally proud to offer such a program that will be partially responsible for bringing up the next generation of musicians, we are equally thrilled and humbled to know that the same program can help combat the awful realities of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

If you want to learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease and how you can contribute to the ongoing fight to find a cure, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website at alz.org.

All Hail King Clapton! The guitar god rocks the Kingdom of Bahrain

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Three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eric Clapton rocked a sold-out crowd in Bahrain on Saturday (March 8) with the Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in attendance. Now rave reviews and angry voices alike are following in the wake.

The performance itself was the “show of a lifetime” according to the Bahrain online entertainment magazine Albawaba Entertainment. “I can’t remember the last time I have seen so many people so happy in one place,” stated the author (unknown) of an article published March 9. “It really made you understand why he’s known as a guitar legend.”

No complaints seem to have been aired about the performance itself, but there is plenty of frustration over seating and ticket issues. The venue chosen for the highly anticipated concert was the 2,000-seat Arad Fort. Tickets sold out in only two hours, leaving many upset over the poor choice of venue for such a lauded artist as Clapton.

Local media reports that many Bahrain citizens decided to travel to Dubai instead in order to attend Clapton’s performance at the 15,000-capacity Media City Amphitheatre on March 6. Such dedication shows the influence that Western music holds in the region, even in the face of unrest and disdain for Western ideals. This is a perfect example of how music draws people together, regardless of culture or belief.

Be sure to check out KaraokeOnVEVO and Sing-N-Share where you can sing several of your favorite songs by Eric Clapton and hundreds of other artists. Want to become a guitar legend yourself? Take a look at our intuitive Play a Tab system for iPhone and iPad.

 

The “Friend Zone:” Hall of Famer David Byrne covers Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend.”

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Many say that trying new things is what keeps us young. If that’s the case then former Talking Heads founding member David Byrne must still be in his 20’s! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member spent Tuesday evening (February 25) covering Biz Markie‘s 1989 hit “Just A Friend” in a karaoke-esque performance for an “Artist’s Pay For Radio Play” benefit in New York City.

This certainly isn’t the first time the New Wave pioneer has covered songs from other artists. Byrne has performed songs from the likes of Whitney Houston, Beyonce, and even Missy Elliott. One of my personal favorites was his 2011 duet performance of “You Can Call Me Al” with Paul Simon himself. As an 80’s fan I definitely geeked out on this one.

So here’s the thing. If a rock and roll visionary and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who has won Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes can try new things, why can’t you? Check out KaraokeOnVEVO and Sing-N-Share now to perform your own covers of your favorite songs. Or heck, do something really new and learn how to play guitar with our easy-to-follow Play a Tab program. The sky’s the limit and the only one holding you back… is you!

Unplugged and Unleashed: First group of contestants kick off Knoxville Unplugged!

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The local singing competition “Knoxville Unplugged” got underway this morning in Knoxville, TN. Eight contestants will be battling it out live on local television for a chance to win a professional recording session with DigiTrax Entertainment. Each contestant is allowed to sing their song selections either acapella or with guitar accompaniment, giving those who are both singers and musicians the chance to show what they’ve got! The competition runs through February 28th.

Meet the contestants and judges for Knoxville Unplugged

Meet the contestants and judges for Knoxville Unplugged

The first four competitors hit the stage early today on Mornings with Fox 43. They are Tanner Dalton, Brandon Sellers, Tony Paul, and 12-year old (yup… 12!) Sydni Stinnett. Keep up-to-date with all the happenings in the Knoxville Unplugged contest by liking Mornings with Fox 43 – Powered by 10 News on Facebook. While you’re at it, make sure to like our Sing-N-Share and Play a Tab pages as well. We love to support local musicians and plan to follow these talented contestants the whole way through. Good luck to you all!

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“Wild Wing Voiceoff” At Wild Wing Cafe! DigiTrax helps support another local music competition.

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It’s apparent that Knoxville, Tennessee is quickly becoming a hub for amateur singers and musicians. With singing competitions popping up seemingly everywhere, DigiTrax Entertainment is proud to help sponsor many of these events in an effort to support local musicians and artists. Yesterday we told you about the Knoxville Unplugged singing competition being hosted by local TV stations WBIR Channel 10 and WTNZ Fox 43. Now, we’re proud to announce that we are also throwing in with Wild Wing Cafe and their Wild Wing Voiceoff competition!

“The Voiceoff” begins this coming Sunday night (Feb. 9th) with blind auditions. The rules and procedures for the competition will be familiar to anyone who watches “The Voice” on NBC. The contest will be broken up into 5 rounds; Blind Audition Round (with the judges facing away from the contestants), Battle Round, Knockout Round, Semi-Finals, and Finals. The Finals round will take place on April 27th and the winner announced that night! You can get an idea of what to expect below.

So what’s at stake here? Not only will the winner receive a $1,000 cash prize, but, in addition, they will earn a recording session at DigiTrax’s state-of-the-art recording studio in South Knoxville worth an estimated $3,500! More importantly, they will have the opportunity to possibly turn their passion into a career.

You can find a full listing of the rules and competition dates hereBe sure to like our Sing-N-ShareSing-N-Jam, and Play a Tab Facebook pages for updates on this and many other music related topics. Good luck to everyone who decides to follow their passions!

Knoxville Unplugged: DigiTrax Entertainment sponsors and supports local musicians!

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DigiTrax Entertainment, the company behind such products such Play a Tab, Sing-N-Share, and KaraokeOnVEVO, has always been an avid supporter of amateur musicians, and now they’re proving it once again. DigiTrax is joining forces with local Knoxville, TN news station WBIR to sponsor Knoxville Unplugged, a month-long televised music competition which gives local singers and musicians an opportunity to win a recording session in a state-of-the-art professional recording studio!

The competition, which runs through the month of February, will feature live performances from amateur musicians who live in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Contestants will be allowed to sing either acapella or with guitar accompaniment. Once the winner is chosen, he or she will be given a studio recording session with DigiTrax Entertainment worth an estimated $3,500.

Good luck to all the contestants! We’ll definitely be watching and listening.

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The Rundown! Karaoke Could’s Year in Review

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With less than 48 hours before we begin yet another amazing year, we’re feeling a little melancholy. Okay, maybe not, but we still want to talk about the good stuff that happened this year in the world of karaoke. So sit back, relax, and let’s take a short trip down memory lane as we look at some of Karaoke Cloud‘s best of 2013… as I see it, at least.

Karaoke Rescue Comes From Boyz II Men: I love to watch people’s reactions when celebrities make surprise appearances. This may have been a car commercial, but when Boyz II Men shows up to help a guy sing to his girlfriend in a karaoke club… well, that’s just awesome!

Ten people you meet at karaokeI only began working with DigiTrax/Karaoke Cloud in October of this year, but going back and reading previous blogs I have to say that this is definitely one of my favorites from 2013. Why? Because it’s so true! Everyone from the “Diva” to the “Newbie,” they exist! And if you’ve spent more than an hour in a karaoke club there’s a very good chance you’ve had the, um… pleasure of meeting them.

“They’re Heeeeere…” Sing-N-Share hits Google Play with thousands of free tracks from Karaoke Cloud: This was a very recent post, but from a business aspect it was also one of our biggest. The Sing-N-Share app is one of DigiTrax Entertainment’s crown jewels and we are extremely proud of everyone who came together to make it a reality! Very special shout outs to the geniuses at Deansoft for developing the tech and our friends at LiveRail for making the app free to everyone through their premium mobile video ads. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication and to you, our loyal friends and readers, for making Sing-N-Share a success!

Forget About Dre? No way, says karaoke ace!I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but this was the very first blog I wrote for Karaoke Cloud. This kid (Vincent Marcus) grabbed my attention with his amazing ability to flow and imitate two of my favorite rap artists of all time, Dr. Dre and Eminem. So, in all honesty it’s Vincent’s horn that’s being tooted here, not mine. 🙂

Squared-away Karaoke CEO Started Out PunkFor those of you who haven’t had the chance to read it yet, this article deals with our very own CEO and visionary, Joseph Vangieri! Karaoke Cloud/DigiTrax Entertainment owes all of its success to Joe for his pioneering spirit and business savvy, but he also happens to be a pretty interesting guy. From punk rocker to CEO? That’s pretty damn cool.

Music Genius Mark Radice Joins DigiTrax EntertainmentWe were absolutely ecstatic when Mark Radice agreed to join our team at DigiTrax! With his experience and undeniable musical talent, who wouldn’t be! Not only has Mark been responsible for many of the songs heard on the beloved children’s show Sesame Street (not to mention credits with some “small-time” bands/artists like Aerosmith and Gene Simmons), but the fact that he’s been blessed with what is known as “absolute pitch” makes him the perfect person to take the helm in creating pitch-perfect re-creations of hit songs!

KaraokeOnVEVO Surpasses Quarter-Million Mark in 6 MonthsNot too shabby for a “test product.” When we first started KoV (KaraokeOnVEVO) in order to see if there was a demand for free karaoke on social media we had no idea what kind of response we would get. It’s been overwhelming to say the least! When you consider that the amount of views has jumped another 7 million and subscribers by 25 thousand since we posted the blog last month…wow.

“Play a Tab” And Peavey: Avengers Assembled!Another huge coup for us in 2013 was the announcement of a joint-venture between guitar industry giants Peavey and DigiTrax Entertainment regarding our new innovative Play a Tab app! Working hand-in-hand with Peavey is an absolute honor, but to have our guitar-learning software actually packaged with their world-class products makes us almost speechless. Almost.

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My friends, I hope you all had a great 2013 and we wish you the very happiest of new years! We’re looking forward to making even bigger strides in the digital interactive music industry in 2014 and can’t wait to see what our next “year in review” will hold!

“Play a Tab” And Peavey: Avengers Assembled!

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DigiTrax Entertainment LLC, the industry leaders in digital interactive music, are preparing to roll out their newest innovative product, Play a Tab. This easy-to-use interactive guitar learning system is perfect for beginners of all ages who harbor aspirations of becoming the next rock legend. Peavey has already reached said status in the music industry as one of the world’s premier creators of acoustic/electric guitars and studio equipment. It only makes sense that these two giants would eventually join forces and they are doing so alongside “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” as Play a Tab will be packaged with Peavey’s new line of Marvel-licensed guitars.

It’s almost impossible to find a hotter product than Marvel right now. “The Avengers” set box office records by bringing in $400 million in 14 days according to deadline.com. It’s also the highest grossing Disney release ever and the #6 highest grossing film domestically of all time. I mean, how do you top that? Maybe by putting all of your top characters’ faces on some of the finest made guitars in the world.

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These guitars are absolutely beautiful and a must-have for any Marvel fan worth his/her salt. Now here’s the kicker. Rather than buying one (or 10) of these amazing instruments and just slapping it on a wall somewhere to collect dust, you can actually learn how to play the thing thanks to the ingenious Play a Tab system pre-packaged with your guitar! Who knows? Like Thor, maybe one day you will be a legend in the pantheon of rock gods.

Peavey’s line of 3/4 and full size Marvel guitars are available now with the Play a Tab-inclusive versions due for release in the very near future. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for more amazing officially licensed products from Peavey such as “The Walking Dead,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!”

Heeeeeeere’s Jonny! The scoop on Play a Tab’s front-man.

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With DigiTrax Entertainment’s Play a Tab guitar learning system about to hit the market, we feel there’s no time like the present to get to know the face of Play a Tab, musical prodigy and entrepreneur Jonathan (Jonny) Sexton.

There is no more important aspect of an instructional program than the person chosen to pass on the information itself. When DigiTrax Entertainment began the development process for its upcoming Play a Tab guitar instructional system there was no doubt that Jonathan Sexton would be their number one guy.

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Born and raised in the small town of Seymour, Tennessee, Jonathan has been playing guitar since the age of fifteen. Though destined for a career in music, Jonny took some time before plunging head-first into the industry to pursue another heart-felt dream, that of an educator. Graduating from the University of Tennessee, Jonny spent his next four years as a kindergarten teacher before an opportunity in Nashville provided the chance he needed to chase after his first love — music.

Now the front-man for his own band, Jonathan Sexton and the Big Love Choir, Jonny has also made a big name for himself in the music industry as an entrepreneur with the development of his own music management software app, Artist Growth. This revolutionary app won the 2012 MTV Music Award for “Best Music App” and is currently being used by industry leaders such as Vector Management, BMI, and Spalding Entertainment Group.

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With credentials like these is it any wonder why DigiTrax chose Jonathan as the face of their new Play a Tab system? Aspiring musicians of all ages will be able to learn quickly and easily as Jonathan takes them step by step through all the basics such as how to hold a pick, proper hand placement, and strumming. He guides users effortlessly through how to play the basic chords giving students the ability to play hundreds of songs which are included in the system.

Play a Tab will be available soon so if you’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar, here’s your chance!