As a musician, you are forbidden to keep your musical worldview small. Cultures worldwide have refined unique styles that you can familiarize yourself with and incorporate into your own recordings and performances to amaze your audiences. Check out the posts here in the Culture category of the Ledger Note Blog and take a musical journey around the globe.

BabyMetal - Japan Keeps it's Crown as King of the Weird

Monday - May 16, 2016 Culture

This post isn't your typical "Culture" post on Ledger Note.  This has more to do with various sub-cultures smashing together and solidifying Japan's spot as #1 in weird! BABYMETAL is the next level heavy metal devil stuff.  Some mad genius in a laboratory deep in the bowels of Japan decided to take the metal culture, […]

Daler Mehndi's Tunak Tunak Tun & Legacy

Monday - May 2, 2016 Culture

Prepare to witness one of the coolest guys to ever walk this planet... Daler Mehndi. Daler Mehndi is a world renowned musician coming out of India.  Not only is he involved in classic music including inventing a new instrument, but he's also a master of pop music.  He started gaining popularity in the States when […]

Listen to the First Song Ever Written Over 3,300 Years Ago!

Sunday - Mar 13, 2016 Culture

The Sumerian culture was this planets first true civilization to spring up around the 14th century B.C.E. That's over 3,300 years ago! This happened in the land of Sumer in the Middle East: There are certainly several other old civilizations like the Indus River Valley Civilization and the Yellow River Civilization for example, but Sumer […]

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole & the Music of Hawaii

Wednesday - Mar 9, 2016 Culture

Few people live a life of such authenticity and genuine realness that it impacts entire cultures. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole playing his cherished soprano ukulele The Bruddah Iz's Backstory Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has quite the name, which is why people took to calling him Bruddah Iz.  He was born on May 20th, 1959 and passed away on June […]

Stary Olsa's Medieval Cover of Metallica's One

Tuesday - Jan 12, 2016 Culture

I'm a huge fan of Medieval and Renaissance music.  I love classic folk and all that, probably related to my love of fantasy movies, books, and role playing games. So I was thrilled when I was Youtube's sidebar showed me this Stary Olsa video after posting those two other Metallica posts last week: Medieval Metallica! […]

One Guitar Song in 30 Countries Playing Styles!

Monday - Jan 4, 2016 Culture

The guys over at put together quite the adventure for a guitarist who is also a fan of world music. Complete with 30 lessons to walk you through each part, they show you just how they beautifully sewed together this tapestry of mind-blowing magic.  Check out the song: The song itself is Balkan Express by […]