How to Cross Genres With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s were an alt-radio sensation in 2010 thanks to their folk-pop comeback that blended modern hippie music with traditional American folk, using brass instruments and backup vocals for an overall sound that transcended genres.

PersonA is their latest album and marks their move into the future, yet fails to reach the heights of Home and Here.

Acoustic guitar

The acoustic guitar is one of the most flexible stringed instruments around. From folk to rock and even solo performance, its versatility cannot be overstated. Played solo or alongside singers/bands/or any combination thereof; its sound produced by resonance of wood means no two guitars sound exactly alike as every piece has a unique tone – plus, its portability means it can go with you anywhere!

As well as its wide array of body shapes, the acoustic guitar is available with numerous finishes and wood types. Popular choices for finishes and wood types include Mahogany, Maple and Rosewood; Maple’s bright attack makes it particularly well-suited for fingerpickers while flame or quilt patterns add further beauty and style. Mahogany offers deeper tones with plenty of mids and highs – it is often found on larger jumbo guitars.

Acoustic guitars typically use steel strings while classical ones typically utilize nylon strings. Steel strings produce a much brighter sound than their nylon counterparts and may make playing more difficult for beginners; this will change as players become more experienced with their instrument.

Other features of an acoustic guitar can have an effect on its tone as well. For instance, some feature an acoustic guitar with a sound hole at its center which improves coupling of string vibrations to air in its cavity; other models lack any hole altogether or even feature an F-hole similar to violin family instruments.

The acoustic guitar has a rich and lengthy history that dates back centuries. In modern form, known as the steel-string acoustic guitar, its modern form was first popularised by C.F. Martin in the mid-1800s; at this point in time was born the most commonly found dreadnought body style (also called Dreadnought or Dreadnought body style). Additionally there are guitars with various body shapes or features available including grand auditorium (000) body style as well as smaller concert (00).


Whistling is the art of producing musical notes by forcing air through a narrow aperture such as your mouth or by blowing air into an enclosed chamber, such as a pipe or whistle. Successful whistlers can produce sounds that closely resemble real music using various instruments; pressure exerted upon lips or tongue can alter sound production accordingly.

Whistling can express many different emotions in certain cultures, from surprise and admiration to warning and attention-getting or calling your pet dog; it may even serve as a way of getting someone’s attention or calling the animal; for instance a man may whistle to show that he likes someone while it can also serve as a means of expression – for instance blowing into one’s whistle indicates displeasure at restaurant service, for instance.

Superstitions associated with whistling are prevalent across maritime cultures, especially Turkey. According to tradition, it is believed that any whistling at night will summon the devil, while in addition it encourages wind speed increase by signalling strength increase; this belief can especially strong in regions featuring mountains or dense forests such as southern China, Papua New Guinea, Amazon rainforest, sub-Saharan Africa.

While whistling is a part of folklore, it has not been studied extensively. This may be because spoken language provides most of its communication benefits while whistling has less. However, whistled languages have been recorded which could provide useful data when studying spoken languages’ phonologies.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ performances often include a group of whistling musicians in addition to singer/guitarist Edward Sharpe himself. “Home” by their band features a whistled melody which adds emotional depth. Any instrument can produce high-quality whistling; guitar players tend to produce superior whistling sound.

An effective whistling performance involves controlling one’s breath to produce an even tone, which can be accomplished through pucker whistling (placing your tongue between lower teeth). Although its amount may be varied, experts advise avoiding large variations as this will alter the pitch of each note being played back.


Pianos are one of the most ubiquitous musical instruments in Western music, used for solo and ensemble performances, accompaniments, composition, songwriting and rehearsal. Their versatile nature enables it to produce deep bass notes while producing delicate high-pitched trebles – producing sounds ranging from deep resonance bass notes all the way through jazz and popular genres such as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ song “Home” is an example of how one instrument can be utilized across genres.

The piano is a keyboard instrument consisting of wire strings which vibrate when struck by felt-covered hammers that are controlled from a keyboard. A standard modern piano has 88 keys and seven full octaves of sound production capabilities; its wide range enables composers to experiment with melodies and bass lines that may later be orchestrated for other instruments. Furthermore, its dynamic control capabilities allow composers to improvise freely using this flexible instrument that changes dynamic levels with just the touch of their fingertip.


Drums are one of the most versatile percussion instruments, serving a multitude of uses from music to ceremonies and signaling, marching and war. Their sound depends on both its shape and materials used in its construction as well as how it is played; some drums feature circular openings over which their drumhead is stretched while others may have bowl shapes such as Timpani (timpani) or goblet shapes like Djembe (djembe).

A band’s percussion section typically comprises various instruments, such as timpani and bells. Tuned drums may be altered using a foot pedal attached to their base; felt mallets may also be used for playing these drums for maximum sound production.

Traditional drum use included ceremonial music, religious rituals, and symbolic gestures; however, modern musical styles have included drums in other genres. Their widespread adoption led to many variations being developed – most notable of these was created by Swiss company PANArt’s Hang Drum; an innovative form of percussion instrument that blends together various acoustic instruments.

As well as playing drums, drummers must also maintain a steady beat and sync up with the rest of their band members – an arduous task which requires immense coordination. Learning multiple rhythms at once may also present unique challenges to beginners.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros create an unforgettable sound by seamlessly fusing elements from multiple genres together. Their new album, PersonA, showcases modern rock at its best – its music includes elements of psychedelia, garage rock, folk music and gospel which blend beautifully into one cohesive whole.

While listening to their original songs is one way of getting to know their sound, experiencing live performances of them is also an incredible way to see their energy and passion for music. Their latest single “Home” has quickly become an anthem for both them and those who support them.