How To Have Great Looking Hair On Musical Tour

Being on a musical tour can be tough on anybody. It can be particularly tough on your hair as you are combining traveling, with different weather climates and if you are a performer, sweating through your hair during each performance and suffering from the heat of industrial lights. The end result is dried out, brittle hair and you may not always have access to a hairdresser to assist you.

Of course one way to have great looking hair while on a musical tour is to have your own hairstylist travel with you at every moment. Most people on tour however, do not have that luxury. Instead you have to be smart and savvy with regard to what hairstyle will work and endure on a music tour and what hair styling products and equipment one should bring with them to meet any hair emergency.

The first thing one should do is plan out, day by day what are the hair requirement needs during the course of the music tour. Will you be performing everyday or will you have off days where it does not matter what your hair will look like. This will help you to select your initial hair length and cut style to suit your musical tour needs. It will also help you plan out what aides, whether human or equipment that you will need to carry with you. This will help you avoid those emergency excursions through unknown cities to track down your favorite conditioner or shampoo.

guitarAfter you have planned your look, you will next need to plan your hair styling equipment and accessories. The staple item is your hair curler. You need to have more than one in case of loss or damage and you should pack a separate bag just for your hair tools. Take the time to research and try which styling products work best for you. One great place to start is so you can start checking out the right styling tools for your look.

You will next need to prepare an inventory of your must needed hair styling products. This would include shampoos, conditioners, oils and other related products. It is easy to run out of these products when you are at or near your home, but when you are on tour, you cannot instinctively run to your favorite store because you know the store stock by heart. Pack multiple bottles of everything that you will need and shop on line your favorite products. In this manner you will be able to refill without loss of time or creating stress.

The last tip on how to have great looking hair while you are on a music tour is to scout out hair stylists in the city that you plan to travel though. Unlike most of their clients, you will have he benefit of knowing your schedule and can book potential appointments months in advance. You can always cancel or confirm the appointments as you get closer to the schedule date. This will also help you relieve the stress of being on tour. The less stress the more vibrant you hair will be while you are on tour.

The History of Canadian Folk Music

The cultural diversity of Canada is noteworthy and this is why Canada is considered to have one of the richest and most culturally varied folk music traditions. During the 16th and the 17th centuries, vast amounts of population from England and France migrated to Canada bringing with them their musical folklore. Most, settled in the coastlines, fishing and farming, where what later became New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and the St. Lawrence River valley of Quebec. However, some moved further north and west, into the Canadian forests to deal with fur and lumber. Some mixed with local aboriginal tribes to generate a population known as non-Treaty Indians (Metis).

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Agrarian settlement in western Quebec and southern Ontario nested many ballads and folk songs of English origin, which are still kept alive today. Folk music tradition of French origin is also kept alive by a large Franco-Ontarian population, as well as from many Acadian communities of the Atlantic Provinces. In the mid 19th century, Scottish settlements mostly in Cape Breton, established the Gaelic music. About the same period, the famine in Ireland forced large Irish migrations to North America. By the end of the 19th century, Manitoba hosted large Icelandic and Mennonite settlements. From then on and for about half a century, there were mass migrations to western Canada from Europe (i.e. Ukraine, Poland and other) and Asia, adding to the already diverse Canadian folk music mosaic. For example, an Okinawan settlement residing in Alberta, brought with them a very distinctive musical tradition.

As a result, it is not possible to talk about Canadian musical tradition, as the term is incredibly broad. Academics classify Canadian folk music according to ethnic traditions or regional traditions. Ethnic traditions include Irish-Canadian music, which is predominately of Celtic origin and found mainly on the eastern coasts of Canada, Acadian music of a French origin centered in Quebec, Blackfoot music, Inuit music, Innu music, Metis fiddle and many more. The last four refer to traditional folk music of indigenous tribes of the North America. Inuit reside on the Arctic regions and are known for throat singing. Metis are an Aboriginal-European blend. Blackfoot and Innu music are both based on percussion. The regional traditions classification is used mostly for eastern Canada and comprises of Quebec music, Cape Breton fiddling, Newfoundland music, etc.

The amazingly diverse Canadian folk heritage has been an inspiration and has made a huge contribution over the past decades, to the contemporary folk music genre globally. It has much to show for. Some of the best-known songwriters of the folk revival of the 60s include Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. Their poetry has touched and shaped millions around the world. Canada’s musical influence is bound to continue. It has an amazingly active folk music scene nowadays, comprised of inspired young artists, committed to vividly carrying on the legacy of traditional and contemporary folk music.

How To Get Ready For A Big Show

Most people get nervous when required to perform in front of an audience. Performance anxiety, or more commonly stage fright, is this nervousness/anxiety, fear or even phobia that an individual develops during or even long before presenting himself/herself in any way to a large group of people. Some of the symptoms include heart pounding and limp tremor, sweating and dry mouth, facial nerve tics and dizziness. The severity of the symptoms varies significantly among individuals. In few cases, stage fright can be a manifestation of a social anxiety disorder. However, in most people the aforementioned symptoms arise in anticipation of a show.

It has been reported that there are many famous people with stage fright. There are some, like Hugh Grant and Robbie Williams, who have been deeply affected by stage fright to a degree that has influenced their career. Hugh Grant states that to get through a movie he had to keep filling himself with antidepressants and this is why he retired early, while Robbie Williams cancelled his extremely profitable tour in 2006 and did not tour again until 2013. Nonetheless, there are numerous cases that managed to overcome their performance anxiety. These include Adele, Barbara Streisand, Olympia Dukakis, David Brenner, Peter Coyote, Richard Lewis, Michael Gambon, Jason Alexander, Mose Allison and many more.

There are many ways to deal with stage fright and learn to unwind. The most important part is to relax your body and mind on the day of the performance. To accomplish this, a good tip is to hum gently. Reciting a favorite poem or song can also do the trick. A familiar tune can help you feel peaceful and in control. You will then feel more comfortable with your performance. To boost up your mood it is also very helpful to laugh. Watch a comedy or spend some time with your funniest friend on the day of the show. This will take your mind off your anxiety.

Make some time, at least thirty minutes, to get some exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, our brain’s natural opiates and eases tension. Stretching your limps, shoulders and back is as important in reducing tension. Your body will then be full of positive energy, yet calm and ready for an incredible act.

Another good way to relax is meditation. Even if you are not familiar with meditating, take fifteen minutes before the show to clear your mind. Find a quiet, isolated room where you can comfortably sit on the ground. Close your eyes and become aware of your breathing. While keeping your focus on your breathing, try to relax every part of your body in turn. Repeat until there is nothing on your mind.

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Are you doing all you can to be mentally and physically prepared for your next big show?

Chewing gum can also help ease the tension from your jaw however chewing for too long or on an empty stomach can upset your digestive system. Eat a banana. A banana is a full yet light meal. You won’t get bloated but you’ll get all the energy you need. Some citrus juice just before your performance can also provide you with energy and vitamins, while at the same time lower you blood pressure, thus your anxiety. Avoid caffeine and any other kind of stimulant.

Don’t allow anything to go wrong. Get there early and get familiar with the space to feel in control. Talk to people in the audience, as the room is gradually filling up and make sure there are some loved ones in it. Finally, promise yourself that you will allow nervousness within a certain time frame. From then on anxiety will be out of the way.