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Tips on Maintaining Your Ukulele

The ukulele, although not a new instrument, has started to gain a large popularity. Why not, it is compact, portable, and just so fun to play. Fun, yes, but the Ukulele should be taken care of. Maintaining a ukulele may sound like a chore, but it really is pretty simple.

Hang it up.

Unlike a guitar, a ukulele is a lot smaller and shouldn’t just be set down. If you tend to set the ukulele down you might end up bending the neck. A great way to avoid this would be to find yourself a wall hanger. Maintenance that costs just a couple of dollars? Why, not? With just a few screws, you can keep your ukulele off the ground and away from danger. The best part is that you can put this hanger at eye level to remind you to play every day. If you don’t want to spend money, then if you do set the ukulele on the ground remember to have the string side facing where you are rest it against.

Tuning your Ukelele

Turners are a staple for anyone that want to play music. A tuner works by listening to the string that is being plucked and determines what note is being rung out. Without tuning you can learn any song you want, but you’ll find out that the song just doesn’t sound the same. With so many tuners out there it can be hard to figure out a way to go, but let me tell you it isn’t as hard as it seems. Apps are a good way to get the feel of a tuner. With a number of them out there, it is simple trial and error to find one you like. Although app based tuners are good, one shouldn’t shy away from a hand held tuner. They really are the best ukulele tuners. This being said, some of the best tuners are hand ones that can be clipped to the head of your ukulele. This way you can get the strongest and cleanest sound to give you the tuning you are looking for.

Strings

One of the most important pieces of the ukulele is the strings. The strings are how you get your sound and should be kept it good shape. You should always keep your ukulele in a cool, dry place. If not you will find that your strings are starting to wear out. One of the things you might start to see in your strings would be little cracks in them. This is especially true when it comes to the plastic strings. Of course, this will cause them to break sooner rather than later. Restringing is an important component in maintaining your ukulele. Remember it is really important to check on the tuning of the strings, since after the restringing process strings tend to want to recoil to their natural shape. With a different kinds out there it will take some time to find ones that you like.

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How Much Does a DJ Cost To Hire

It’s that time of the year again when you’re putting on a special event and you’d like it to be as entertaining as possible. For this to happen, you’ll need the services of a professional DJ. So how much does a DJ cost to hire?

Well, this’s a question that has different answers depending on whom you ask and several factors put into consideration. This’s because there’s no set of price for DJs. It can be as much as 250,000 GBP or as low as 50 GBP. For example, Tunemixer usually charge around 1000 GBP on average. In this no-nonsense guide, we’ll take you through the main factors that will eventually determine what you pay. Let’s get started!

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1. DJ Popularity

This might seem pretty straight forward, but most people tend to overlook this factor. The level of the DJ’s popularity can push up the cost significantly. In fact you’ll have to pay as much as 50,000 GBP to get the services of a popular DJ such as Carl Cox who has an outstanding 40 year-long career.

Still amazed? DJs with ‘pop-star’ status like Calvin Harris and David Guetta can charge over 250,000 GBP and this is in fact minus any VAT or travel expenses! All in all, be prepared to pay more if you’re looking to hire a popular DJ to rock your event.

2. Performance Duration

The duration the DJ will be performing is also another crucial factor that will add up to the cost. Most wedding DJs however won’t charge you for set up time because they’ll just turn up and begin to perform.

Most DJs will perform for at least one to four hours. You’ll be charged on a fixed rate for these services, but some might charge you by the hour. In addition, you should keep in mind that the time spent by the DJ to create your unique playlist and set up the decks may incur additional charges.

3. Door Price And Venue Capacity

The size of the venue you’d like to host the event and what is being charged on the door is also another factor to be considered. Most if not all DJs will adjust the price accordingly going by the door price, venue capacity, and what time they’re playing. All in all, expect to pay more depending on the door price and venue capacity.

4. Distance Travelled

In this case, most DJs won’t charge a dime in travelling costs for the local gigs. For instance, the DJ cost in London for an event anywhere near M25 will not attract any extra travelling charges. However, bookings for national and international gigs will attract expense fees. In fact, a DJ doesn’t have to pay anything to come and rock your gig!
All said and done, before booking a DJ to perform in a national gig always ask for the full price including travel costs. You might also need to factor in hotel costs as well as arranging for airport pick-ups. Most importantly, always sign a contract.

5. DJ Equipment

This’s arguably one of the main reasons why you don’t want the DJing services of your cousin to your birthday party. Even if he has fantastic taste in music, without professional sound equipment it will all sound like one being played using a home stereo and you don’t want that, do you?

That said, most professional DJs invest a lot in their equipment and that’s the reason why they charge high rates. In fact, an upgraded package might include things like lighting as well as other special effects.

Conclusion

Putting on a successful event is not only expensive, but also requires lots of work. Fortunately for you, it’s possible to significantly reduce your DJ cost. One of the tricks is to always ask if the DJ offers discounted rates for the slower days of the week (Thursday/Sunday) or off-season. Additionally, follow up with references and read client reviews to make sure that you’re getting what you pay for.

The Magic of Making Sound

In Hollywood, everything is magic and make-believe, even sounds. When you watch a film that immerses you completely in its world, you’re probably hearing the work of sound artists. If the work is done right, you won’t be able to tell that the “natural” sounds on screen are manufactured with studio props. That’s the challenge for Warner Bros. Foley artists Alyson Moore, Chris Moriana and mixer Mary Jo Lang. Theirs is a practice in recreation, one creative element at a time.

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