Month: May 2019

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 6)

 

  1. Cello 

The cello, a bowed stringed orchestral instrument, is versatile with a rich voice. This member of the violin family is most closely associated with classical music of Europe. Normally, it is made from wood with the top and back being traditionally hand-carved. One incredible thing about this musical instrument is that it can become every string instrument in the orchestra. Due to their sound being easily transformed, cellos can be mostly unrecognizable in certain parts.

Learning to play the cello is not difficult; however, it is important to remember that the cello is not an instrument of instant gratification. It requires focus, daily practice, as well as a good teacher to guide you along the way. Cello is more easy to learn for ones with experience reading notes and rhythms. Learning a string instrument such as the cello is a great example of comprehensive learning. Playing the cello encourages teamwork and leadership skills and also teaches general music knowledge. It is a great instrument for improving confidence, concentration, and focus.

  1. Clarinet 

The clarinet, belonging to a family of woodwind instruments, means ‘little trumpet’. It is played by using a single-reed mouthpiece. Its cylindrical shape is mainly responsible for its distinctive musical notes. The tone quality can greatly vary with the musician, the instrument, the music, the reed, and the mouthpiece. It is such an easy instrument for beginners to learn. While advanced players will recognize easily how difficult it is to get things such as tone, dynamics, and tuning correct, if you are a beginner who sticks to maybe a two-octave range, the clarinet is incredibly forgiving. From a controlled and precise exhale to a relaxed and open inhalation, both woodwind and brass instruments can give your lungs a great respiratory workout.

  1. Trumpet 

The trumpet group includes the instruments that have the highest register in the brass family. Small gusts of air are blown strategically into the trumpet to cause vibrations inside the tube. It requires a lot of skill, personal strength, and breathing techniques to learn when and how to blow the right amount of air into the tube in order to create different notes and different tones. In some ways, it is easy to play the trumpet. However, in other ways, it can be argued that the trumpet is the most difficult instrument.

HOW CAN MUSIC ENHANCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE? (PART 1)

Music plays an important role in people’s lives, especially in terms of exercise and sports. Most athletes enjoy listening to music while working out or before a competition. Dr. Costas Karageorghis, the leading researcher on music for performance in the world with more than 100 studies, says that people can use music as “a type of legal performance-enhancing drug.” Music can enhance athletic performance and can be a compelling intervention for improving both athletes’ actual performance as well as their end result. So, how exactly can music improve athletic performance?

  1. Dissociation through music diverts the mind

We all know the feeling when working out and beginning to feel the fatigue creeping in. It takes a number of mental strength to push through this pain. In this case, listening to music can help divert our minds away from the fatigue sensation. This process is called dissociation. There are some research showing that music can direct our attention away from feelings of pain or fatigue, therefore improve athletic performance during endurance activities like cycling, running, and swimming. A 2008 study showed that cyclists used 7% less oxygen if they rode in time to music than if they didn’t have anything playing.

Moreover, it has been shown that listening to music while doing exercise can help increase the efficiency of that activity and it can also postpone fatigue. It is especially true if there is a synchrony between the music rhythm and our movements. When it comes to muscle strength, music perceived to be motivating can lead to intensity’s bursts. This can increase our work capacity and create ultra-high levels of explosive strength, and productivity. Think of its influence on high jumps, plyometrics, weightlifting, sprints,  and high intensity interval training.

In conclusion, music can improve our athletic performance by allowing us to perform more efficiently to save energy and by directing our minds off our pain or fatigue.