Sunday, 13 August 2017

Happy Birthday Chords

This an easy way to learn how to play "Happy Birthday" on the guitar.


There are only three chords that you need to learn for this song. They are the following:

(The chord tabs are laid out in this order of strings | E A D G B E | which means from top string to bottom. The numbers stand for which fret is supposed to be pressed on each string. The 'x' means that the string is to be silent.)

The G Chord: 
| 3 2 0 0 0 3 | 
Press your middle finger down on the 3rd fret of the top E string, the index finger on the 2nd fret of the A string, and either the ring finger or the pinky on the 3rd fret of the bottom E.

The C Chord: 
| 0 3 2 0 1 0 | 
Place your ring finger down on the 3rd fret of the A string, middle finger on the 2nd fret of the D string, and the index finger on the B string.

The D Chord: 
| x 0 0 2 3 2 | 
Place your index finger down on the 2nd fret of the G string, ring finger on the 3rd fret of the B string, and the middle finger on the 2nd fret of the bottom E string.

If you are just starting to learn the guitar, practice holding the shapes of these chords and switching between them so you can be familiar with them. In that way, when it comes to working on strumming, you're not trying to learn both how to change chords and how to strum at the same time.


The easiest way to strum Happy Birthday is to play only down strokes for every beat. The singing will carry the swing of the song, so you do not need to worry about any up strokes. The beat count for the song is in sets of three. Below is a lay out of the count for the song.

Happy 1birth2day 3to 1you 2 3Happy 1birth2day 3to 1you 2

3Happy 1birth2day 3dear 1(name) 2 (pause) 3Happy 1birth2day 3to 1you

The numbers are placed exactly where the down strum should happen in the song. The syllables with a number accompanied with it have a down stroke happening at the same time. For example, a strum happens right on "birth" of "birthday" and also right on "day" of "birthday".

Put Them Together

Now let's put the chords and strum pattern together.

The order of chords is: G - D - G - C - G - D - G.

Here is a lay out of when exactly to play these chords.

Happy Gbirth2day 3to Dyou 2 3Happy 1birth2day 3to Gyou 2

3Happy 1birth2day 3dear C(name) 2 (pause) 3Happy Gbirth2day Dto Gyou

All of the chords except one are played on the '1' beat. The only exception is the last 'D' of the song.

The trickiest part of the song is the quick chord change from 'D' to 'G' right on the "to you" at the end of the song. If you have trouble with that section, practice it slowly, then build up speed.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Birthday Cards

It is widely accepted that birthday cards originated in England more than a century ago. Unfortunately there is no evidence of who sent the very first card and nobody knows the identity of the person who received that very first card.

A persons birthday was considered a special event and they were greeted personally by their friends and family. The people who were unable to this in person sent a birthday card instead.During this time a card was considered more of an apology than as a greeting. It was only in more recent years that birthday cards have been regarded as expressions joy.

The significance of the birthday card is to convey hope and good will to the person receiving the birthday card. People now use birthday cards as a way to tell the special person of their true feelings that they may find a little difficult to express verbally.

Today there are many card styles to choose from, catering for almost every age range, gender and taste. Many people want the card to say how much they love them or to wish them good luck in the coming year.

Humor is another type of card and is typically sent by someone who likes to laugh a lot. Many of the humorous cards relate to a subject that the recipient finds funny and over the last few years many are now of a rude nature. A lot now relate to the age of the recent and make fun of them getting older.

When people first started sending birthday cards, they would never have imaged how far the cards would evolve or what the subject matter would diversify out to. The first birthday cards that were sent never mentioned or displayed the age of the recipient.

The birthday card now falls into the category of a greeting card. The greeting card can be traced all the way back to the ancient Chinese. They would send out goodwill wish cards during the New Year. The Chinese are not the only ones who thought to do this; in Europe in the 1400s, people also exchanged homemade greeting cards which in time became a tradition.

Today there are many different birthday cards to choose from. As well as the traditional birthday card, there are funny cards, modern cards, floral cards and a big trend towards cards relating to specific relatives. There is now also a big switch to handmade cards and lots of birthday card manufactures are now using recycled paper to make the cards.

A birthday card can be as special or as silly as you want it to be. The standard card size is 175mm x 125mm but card manufactures are now making extra large jumbo cards. There are no rules as to which type of cards you may send, though common sense should be used.

When sending a birthday card through the mail the card should arrive one day before or on the actual birthday of the one receiving the card. The advent of the modern postal system has helped swell the numbers of cards sent dramatically from the days that the card was delivered by horse and cart.

Happy Birthday Wishes

Everyone has a birthday, and it can be guaranteed that everyday, someone may be celebrating a birthday. Some people may dislike celebrating birthdays, because it means that they are older than they previously were, while others may embrace and look forward to birthdays, believing that getting older, may also mean getting wiser.

Birthday wishes can be more meaningful, when the recipient is made to feel happier and more expectant about getting older.The attitude that one may have about birthdays may depend on personal or existing circumstances, such as age or status. Younger children may be more happy about birthday celebrations, because it means they are getting older, while the older generation will have a preference for delaying the ageing process. However it is perceived, birthdays are inevitable as long as you remain alive, and the choice can be made as to what can or should be done with it.

Birthdays are nothing without the happy birthday wish, and there are several ways to deliver a happy birthday wish. Birthday wishes can be in the form of a single line, an established quote, or a completely developed poem or essay. The manner in which the birthday wish is delivered will depend on the relationship to the recipient.

A personal touch or physical contact may be preferred in some circumstances, while in others, a greeting referred by a third party or some kind of intermediary may be more suitable. It is also possible that some people may not be comfortable delivering birthday wishes personally. Celebrating birthdays should be happy occasions, and although wishing someone a happy birthday can be perfunctory, genuine happiness may be difficult to fake, and recipients will be more receptive when your wishes are genuine.

One of the popular ways to deliver birthday greetings is with birthday cards. There is an entire industry developed around the function of writing birthday greetings. Wishes can be written in a funny or witty style, or they can warm and romantic. Cards may also be specific to the relationship. There are cards for close relatives, coworkers, fiancées, and supervisors or bosses. There are even cards for delivering late birthday wishes.

In the age of electronic communications, birthday wishes can easily be delivered electronically. Cards can be sent electronically, or greetings can be sent via email, text messages or updates on social networks. One of the perceived benefits of the social network profile, is that greetings can be programmed to be sent automatically on the birthday. Some recipients can be quite appreciative of receiving a happy birthday greeting, especially on a day that they may feel forgotten or neglected

Happy Birthday Cake

The birthday cake has been an integral part of the birthday tradition in Western cultures. The cake is served to a person on his or her birthday, and is often decorated with small novelty candles, with the person's name and/or a message of congratulations inscribed with icing. The phrase "Happy Birthday" did not appear on birthday cakes until the song Happy Birthday to You was popularized in the early 1900s.

Tradition holds that the person with the birthday may make a wish, which will come true if all the candles can be blown out in one breath. US patent 6319530 relates to a "method of photocopying an image onto an edible web for decorating iced baked goods." This invention enables one to ink jet print a food-grade color photograph on the cake surface.

History of Birthday Cake can be traced back to the ancient Greeks who made round or moon shaped honey cakes or bread and took it to the temple of Artemis -the Goddess of Moon. Some scholars, however, believe that the tradition of Birthday cake started in Germany in middle Ages. This special birthday cake later reemerged in Germany as a Kinderfest or the birthday celebrations of a young child. Germans also baked another special kind of a cake called Geburtstagorten as it was baked in layers. This was sweeter that the coarse and bread like cake that were usually made at that time.

In earlier times, Birthday cakes were mostly round in shape. Scholars associate religious beliefs and technical compulsions for the same. Greeks offered round shape cake to the Goddess of Moon - Artemis as it signified moon. They even placed candles on the cake to make the cake glow like the moon.

Technical reason given for the roundness of the cake is that most cakes we know off advanced from the bread. In ancient times breads and cakes were made by hand. Typically, these were fashioned into round balls and baked on hearthstones or in low, shallow pans. Hence, these naturally relaxed into round shapes. With the progress of times baking pans of various shapes were developed and today we see cakes in imaginative shapes and sizes.

In medieval times people of England used to place symbolic objects like coins, rings and thimbles in the batter of the cake. It was believed that those who found coin in the cake would be wealthy while the unlucky finder of the thimble would never marry. If the cake fell while baking it was considered to be a bad omen and signified bad luck for the person in the coming year. 

Thus in the midst of many superstitions and beliefs, merged the tradition of Birthday cakes which is so popular all over the world today.

Happy Birthday Party

Happy birthday parties are deserved by all ages, they only come once a year but the best and happy parties are of those for kids. The celebration day is coming and now the kids are ready to rock the house, but the party is not complete without birthday party supplies. If you are not successful in choosing the best kids birthday party supplies you will then risk the party atmosphere and this can lead to a luckless situation where nobody is going to be very happy. But, if you do learn how to pick the proper Party Supplies you can ensure that creating a happy mood will be easier said than done and this will be valued by one and all.

With the use of modern day technology today, you do not even have to run to your local stores with your kid in your arms to pick children birthday party supplies for your little ones birthday party. There is no more wasting nonstop hours at the mall looking for the perfect invitations, decorations, cups, plates, cupcake ticker tape, safe to eat cake images and the whole thing else that you might necessitate as part of your kids Birthday Party Supplies. You will even get a superior price on line as the on line store has lower operating cost and does not need display area space or sales people to hang around on you. Many a time they might even endow with you with free delivery.

Another one when it comes to unconventional the best kids birthday party supplies you are going to have many options presented that you will need to pick and choose from like birthday party themes.However, stuffs such as birthday invitations and decorations and get bigger party hats and cakes with a certain theme as well as giveaway are indispensable items of supplies that you must pay particular interest to. In toting up, do not fail to remember about buying trimmings to help liven up a kiddy parlor game and to make everything more reasonable be sure to match the decoration with the overall party theme.

Also before you start buying the kids birthday party supplies be sure to consult your birthday celebrant and get their opinions and thoughts about what kind of premise is suitable for the occurrence. Failure to ask the child about their preferences means that you could do the wrong thing which is to hold a party that do the accepted thing more to your own tastes than those of the birthday boy or girl.