Health Benefits of Classical Music

Health Benefits of Classical MusicDid you know that classical music has a neat effect on babies? You should put classical music on in the baby’s nursery as your baby sleeps, so that your baby will relax, because, according to a study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, classical music helps the baby maintain a  regular heart rate and he’s less agitated. In addition to this, classical music keeps the baby’s mood happy as he plays in the crib or relaxes. Other studies have shown that listening to classical music helps people recover from injuries and other illnesses.

Your Cognitive Skills Improve

Another health benefit of classical music is that it improves your cognitive skills and according to some studies that used Mozart’s music as an experiment, researchers concluded that when people listen to classical music are more likely to use the right and left sides of the brain, and this led to better memory among those persons.

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The Magic Flow of Music

The Magic Flow of MusicThere is something about music that affects your brain and productivity in a positive way. According to Dr. Amit Sood of the Mayo Clinic, listening to music while you work promotes the release of dopamine in the brain, and this leads to a pleasant feeling all over and less stress at work. In a study from researcher Dr. Teresa Lesiuk, she states that those who put music on, while working, tend to finish work more quickly than those who do not work while listening to music.  For some workers, listening to music while working makes the task or entire day go faster. And for other workers, music in the office helps them focus on the tasks.

Music Relaxes the Mind

When a stressed person listens to music, it relaxes the person’s mind and the stress goes away after a time. The kind of music you listen to may also be a factor in how well you relax, because, according to some medical studies, classical, jazz and other kinds of soft music will relieve stress in people and make the day go better for them.

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The Life of a Maestro

The Life of a MaestroJerry Goldsmith is a composer who has produced music for dozens of films such as Logan’s Runs, Planet of the Apes, Patton, Poltergeist, Alien, Basic Instinct, the Rambo films, and the Stark Trek movies. Jerry Goldsmith was born in 1929 and was introduced to the possibility of a music career when he started playing piano as a child. When Goldsmith was 13 he took piano lessons with well known pianist Jakob Gimpel and from that point on he became dedicated to a lifelong career in music.

Jerry Goldsmith’s Early Years

In the 1950s Goldsmith began his work at CBS as a typist and later in the network’s music section. It was during this time that he started writing music for shows such as CBS Radio Workshop, Frontier Gentleman and many other shows. Goldsmith also produced music scores for the program The Twilight Zone. After the 1960s Goldsmith left CBS in order to pursue greater opportunities and one of those big breaks was when he produced the score for the movie Planet of the Apes. In 1970 Goldsmith produced the music score for the movie Patton. During this time he started receiving Academy Award nominations for his music scores. For the music score for Planet of the Apes, Goldsmith got innovative by using what is known as echoplex, which is when a composer utilizes an orchestra to create beautiful sounds.

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Why Music And Workout Go Hand In Hand

Why Music And Workout Go Hand In HandWhile exercise has tremendous benefits to speak of, committing oneself to a regular routine is a hard task to accomplish. I often find it difficult to get into the rhythm, especially if I have to disrupt the exercise routine due to work commitments. However, I found out a secret that has kept me from reneging on my exercise routine safely. Listening to music, while you exercise is a great way to stay in shape without sweating out too much. Here are some reasons as to why music is necessary accessory to your workout sessions.

Great way to distract you

Recent research has proved that music is a powerful way to distract you from the strain you feel, while exercising or training in case of athletes. Without music to accompany you during the exercises, you will feel more of the exertion and pain and the workout will not be as effective as when you hear music. Upbeat tunes, especially takes the mind off from the strain and pain, and keeps you energetic and perform more.

Boosts performance

Cyclists were found to work faster, while listening to fast music than to slower beats. The fast beat revs up their energy encouraging them to put in more effort. However, research has shown that the songs should not be too fast and an optimum beat range of 120 to 130 beats per minute is right for moderate forms of exercise like cycling.

Makes you keep up with the pace

A rhythmic music during exercise stimulates brain cells especially the motor region of brain, which aids in better pace in exercises like weight lifting or running. Moving in rhythm with the music aids in using energy efficiently and the steady rhythm maintained is easier physically rather than having a fluctuating exercise session. I always have the music turned on when I use my grappling dummy for more effective training.

Stress buster

When you use music as a therapeutic tool whenever you are affected by a change in the mood, it helps you recover and boosts your self-awareness. While listening to music, you will focus more on yourself. This gives you a medium to escape from reality. The music helps you to forget the negativity, and positively motivates your workout sessions letting you give your full effort.

Inspires you to be active

Once you put on an upbeat music, you will find that it is hard to be still. With a high grooving music playing in the background, you will find that you exercise more energetically when only just minutes before you were dreading on starting the exercise session.

Creating music for more benefit

Studies have revealed that there is much more to music than just suppressing the physical exertion. The entire process of creating music and building a musical rhythm that matches with your exercises gives an even more exceptional experience and lets you exercise more effectively than by just hearing a regular music soundtrack. With music to accompany you in your exercise sessions, you will feel less exhausted and more lively helping you reach your fitness goals more easily.

Ways By Which Music Can Transform Your Life

Ways By Which Music Can Transform Your LifeListening to music is a favorite pastime for many people including me. Music is an integral part of our living and will continue to be so in future too. A friend of mine, a nail technician, asked for my advice on the music he wanted for his nail salon. He had started his salon recently and wanted to give it an ambient atmosphere, so his customers would be more relaxed and enjoy their time there. Being a die-hard Jerry Goldsmith fan, I suggested some of the immortal soundtracks of Goldsmith and a few other songs, which would surely do the trick for him.   I told him that other than being a stress buster, music has several other benefits.

Cherished memories

Most of us are sure to remember a song that was a favorite during our childhood days.  Moreover, when we hear certain songs they trigger special memories of the past.  Music possesses the power to make us remember long forgotten memories.

Better concentration

When you listen to music, especially when you are learning to play a particular music instrument, you get to focus more on the music. This focus helps in sharpening your concentration skills. You will be more attentive at school and work. In addition, this helps even when you are conversing normally.

Healing skill

While upbeat music with lively lyrics helps in revving you up, music can also soothe you. Singing lullabies to infants to induce sleep in them is a very ancient tradition followed world over and which is effective even now. Classical or Jazz music has been found to calm some adults effectively.

Adds vibrancy

That music keeps you alive and energetic is a proven fact. You can see most gyms play live and upbeat music. People who work out on their own too listen to music. The music helps in keeping up your energy levels with the lively beat.

Motivating intellect

Most often songs have some message or story to interpret. When you study a song and the reason for its creation, it can be a challenging task and may even inspire you into doing greater things. Moreover, music gives you the courage to overcome a difficult situation or get through a difficult phase in your life with motivation. Music can reach us at a very deep level and provide the energy boost we need to move on.

Inspire creativity

Music unleashes the creative power lying dormant inside us. People who listen to music regularly have creative skills in relation to writing, painting, or any other task they do than those who do not listen to music.

Get productive

When you listen to music as you exercise, cook, clean or write you will notice that you accomplish things fast and more effectively. Energetic music is great for chores like cleaning, gardening and exercised, while for writing you can choose a music type that suits the topic your are writing. You will notice a marked increase in the productivity.

I told my friend that by having music on in his salon, his artistic work would certainly improve in addition to relaxing the clients and giving them a pleasant experience.

The Benefits of a Music Education

The Benefits of a Music EducationWith increased budget cuts, one of the things that is falling by the wayside in schools is the presence of a solid music education. With this being the case, it is becoming more and more important for people to recognize the value of a music education and to re-assert music’s role in the lives of both adults and, especially, children. There are myriad benefits to gaining a music education, only some of which are listed in this article.

Music is a language meant to be shared.

There are thousands of languages in the world, but musical notation is universally used around the globe. Because of this it can open up opportunities for both children and adults to experience other cultures. This may be as simple as learning to play a Japanese traditional song like “Tamuke” on the flute, which sparks and interest in reading books about ancient Japan. Even bigger, music can also lead to attending a choir camp or the international harp competition on Israel or going on a trip to see a Blues played by the masters in the Mississippi Delta. Regardless of where it takes people, music opens doors to experiencing new places and meeting a diverse array of people while still having a common interest and way of “speaking” in the world.

Music Helps us to share language.

More than just being a language itself, music actually aids children in language development. Learning to play an instrument or to sing has been shown to affect the left side of the brain, which is responsible for speaking and writing. Music can ever rewire this side of the brain to make it more effective for processing language. So, who knows which child may benefit from music enough to become a public speaker or a famous linguist. But this is not the only thing music does. It also facilitates communication and cooperation as is requires children to incorporate constant feedback from their music teacher and to work together in groups to perform a piece.

Music helps our minds to grow.

Past its amazing language feats, many other studies have shown that music is beneficial to cognitive development overall. It has been shone in many scientific studies that a background in music can help to raise IQ scores, and we all have hear that music education reinforces patterns and logic in a way that helps children to learn math and problem solving skills. And, learning to play two or more notes at once can aid children in learning how to multitask and to rack more than one thing as they are happening.

Music makes for better schools and students (and workforce).

There is a strong correlation between schools with strong music programs and schools with strong teaching overall. This may be partly due to better funding, but is also likely to to reinforcing an exciting and inclusive culture of learning within a school. But music not only makes for better teachers. It has also been shown to increased standardized testing scores. This is probably partly due to the cognitive benefits mentioned above. But, let’s not forget that music teaches the benefits of persistence, practice, and working through challenges. These skills are imperative for children being able to apply themselves to their school work as it gets more difficult, and also applies to adults in their work lives as well.

Music overcomes fears.

The recital system use in music education also teaches children and adults how to overcome anxiety and to perform in public and under pressure. These are skills which almost everyone will someday have to use in their careers and personal lives even if they never have to take a SAT test to get into an American university. In fact, the whole process of learning more and more complex pieces of music and then performing them to an audience teaches people that hard work and dedication can overcome almost any challenge and that “virtuosity” is more often earned than it is a gift from above.

Music helps children and adults to use their bodies.

Learning a musical instrument can greatly aid small children in developing both gross and fine motor skills. Learning how to hold a bow or play a key can be hard even for the most dexterous adult but, if they learn early, children who play particular instruments have an advantage when it comes to hand independence and strengthening their non-favored hand. This may translate into a variety of advantages in later life from improved handwriting to better cooking skills. Not only that, music gives learners the confidence to get involved in their interests instead of sitting on the sidelines because it emphasized active participation. In this way, music gets things done later in life by both teaching people to “do” an not to “watch” and also by facilitating manual skills set that makes us more adaptable able to use our hands to work.

Music helps children move their bodies.

Past learning motor skills, music makes us all want to move. Music is a great motivator, and every child knows tat the songs are what makes jumping rope fun. We adults can serve to remind ourselves that music energizes our workout routines the next time we are staring into the mirror with the realization that we need to drop ten pounds. Of course, there are other benefits as well. Learning to count time and develop rhythm can make for better dancers. And even those who are not dancing can benefit from incorporating their love of music into their workout to keep the pace while they are jogging and to maintain interest and motivation at the same time.

These are only some of the reasons that people of all ages should try to learn to sing or play an instrument. It really is a fun and rewarding process for the students, teachers and even the family members who get to watch their loved one perform. There are so many benefits that music should be reasserted as a foundational part of educational programs focused on children’s development.

The Sounds of Skating

The Sounds of SkatingWhen talking to a younger family member a while back, I learned that one overlooked genre of films and media regarding music is actually found in the movies, videos and video games centered around skateboarding and longboarding. I decided to o a little more research on it and I learned that this is really the case. Skating culture is invested in street art, but it is also really heavily music centered and the producers of these films put great weight I choosing the right soundtracks for even the most basic of videos about the sport, and the music is seen as important to augmenting the watching experience.

First, I should mention that we are talking about two different types of films, the first are scripted movies where actors take the roles of skaters to tell an overall story. This is a small genre of major pictures that includes works like Gleaming the Cube, Grind and The Lords of Dogtown. These movies usually either fictionalize real events or are comedies. They are usually released around the summer and are often set in sunny California and targeted to teenage boys and young men.

The second type of video is actually more of a demonstration of real skaters doing tricks. These are meant to be released on DVD or online and there are hundreds of these types of films with their own vibes, but there are still common threads in them. They are all skate heavy, though there may be small scripted skits or some speaking, and there is usually plenty of antics, but it is mostly just edited skating sessions. The footage often feels quite raw and off the cuff compared to the first type of film.Videos in this category include CKY2K, Yeah Right!, East Coast Toast and the Memories series. These videos are often sponsored by crews of skaters and/or companies that produce boards and the feature both well accessible names and skaters wanting to make it big.

Music is instrumental to both types of movies, but the way in which songs are used is different in each. The first type of films use music like traditional Hollywood blockbusters tend to do, usually as transitions and fades and in short segments. These soundtracks are usually not made of composed scores, but licensed songs. The names of the artists are featured in the credits at the end but no where else. Often these films have good soundtracks of current songs meant to appeal to their demographic. However, they also pack surprises like songs from Foghat, Sublime and Poison.

The second class of films tends to focus more on the music to offset the visuals. These films tend to use longer cuts of the music or even the full song. They also sometimes credit the artist in the actual footage of the film, giving the musicians a good deal of weight. The song choices are also somewhat surprising.While there are plenty of punk and rock standards, there are often also singer-songwriters and neo-folk musicians as well as rappers and hip hop artists. These videos have featured everyone from Band of Horses to Metallica, from the Notorious B.I.G. to Elliott Smith, and from Joy Division to John Coltrane, sometimes in the same film. Indeed, the juxtaposition of music with the skating footage is the primary drive of these films, and the music is often covered only by the sounds of the wheels and the boards grinding.

Obviously skaters value music and see it as an extension of what they do. This reflects in both the scripted films and the skate videos, but, of the two, I learned the most from the production of the skate videos. As films that feature music in an unusual way, these videos are very interesting and informative.

When Not to Listen to Music

When Not to Listen to MusicI recently talked to a friend who is an avid shooter and who goes to the gun range regularly to practice, and she had an interesting perspective on music and its role in her sport. I tend to trust her because I know from others that she is what they would call and “ace shot,” though he only experience I have with any kind of shooting is trying to fire an air rifle once. Also, what she said seemed to be pretty common sense and logical to my mind at least, so I though that I would share it here for those who share her interest.

Anyway, my friend told me that she often uses classical music before practicing, particularly when she is driving to the gun club. This is not what I expected, to be honest, but she really emphasized that it gets her in the right “place” to concentrate and to feel relaxed and focused. This was in keeping with something I posted earlier about the benefits of listening to music before and after a practice session, but it is also a good reminder that some sports are not conducive to listening to music during a session.

Having said this, my friend DID say that shooting has some very specific safety considerations that mean that listening to music while shooting is not a good idea. Of course, we know that is is not, but I thought that this might be a good point for explaining why so that people can be safer.

First, she said that people usually use noise-canceling headgear to protect their hearing. These often have electronics that allow people to hear vocal commands, but they are not conducive to listening to music at all. Second, the sheer amount of noise at a shooting range means that the volume levels needed to listen to a song would be so high that they could be damaging to hearing in and of themselves. No one wants to ruin their hearing, so his is an important thing to remember not just for people at gun ranges but for anyone who listens to music with headphones and the volume set very high.

Finally, she came to her last point, which is the most important. It is really essential to remember gun safety even if practicing alone. Remaining alert and having unobstructed hearing can be essential to knowing if someone else enters the area. Even more than that, sound can be an important way of alerting a shooter if a firearm has a squib or any other major malfunction. This seems pretty essential to me, so I’m going to have to agree with her on this one.

My friend loves shooting. Admittedly, I’m not sure that I’ll be taking that Gamo Hornet out for any more practice sessions in the near future. Even so, I thought that what my friend had to say was important enough to share. Stay safe and enjoy what you do.

Getting Started Playing a Digital Piano: A Buyer’s Guide

Getting Started Playing a Digital Piano A Buyer's GuideSome people are content with just listening to music, and this is wonderful in itself. Others, however, take their love of music and want to create something with it. For those people who want to actively participate in music there are a number of ways to do so from reviewing concerts and releases to learning audio engineering to learning to play an instrument.

Obviously, the last of these is the course hat most people take, and the piano is the most popular instrument to learn for a number of reasons. Having said this, the process of figuring out the best way to learn and what to learn on can be daunting.

Since my blog is for audiophiles who may be looking to learn to play the piano or may already know but are looking for a new instrument, I thought that this post could be a good place to review not just the music itself but also electric pianos, which are the most natural choice for those of you looking to learn to play. I hope that this is helpful in pointing those readers in the right direction.

Why a Digital Piano

Most people do not have the room for an upright (and certainly not a grand) piano but still want something that looks nice and that they will not outgrow in a few months of practice. The best option or many is a quality digital piano because they have a small footprint and are relatively inexpensive but are still built well. Of course, not all digital pianos are created equally, and a site like Piano Report can be a great resource regarding all the various models.

What to look for

Some of the things a person looks for in  digital piano are personal and basic to getting started. These include things like the size, price and the look of the piece that I mentioned above. But, there other factors to consider as well. These include the number of keys on the keyboard ( which can vary, believe it or not), the amount and types of effects programmed into the digital piano and the overall sound quality and tone of the piano.

Past that, there are also considerations regarding the electronics in the keyboard itself. I am not a technical wiz, so I can only suggest reading a few reviews and a looking at the product warranty before making a purchase. Personally, I have found the Yamaha DGX650 to be a great model for beginner and advanced players alike, as it has many fun features and is a quality instrument as well.

Conclusion

There are many excellent models available for someone to learn to lay music on past the one that I suggested. The key to buying your first digital piano is doing some research and knowing your own needs. After that, it is just sticking to a consistent learning plan. Practice really does make perfect no matter what instrument you are playing.

Music Before and After

Music Before and AfterObviously music in and of itself is a hobby, but music can also be a valuable addition to other hobbies because it can increase focus and strengthen cognitive processes, as has been mentioned before. Obviously, music be a great addition during workout routines, and many play lists have been created for jut this reason. But, some sports are not conducive for using music in this way. This is particularly true for activities like motocross, snowboarding, swimming and archery, where all of the senses have to be engaged in the activity at hand.

One of the things that all of these types of sports have in common is that they are all already heavily mitigated by sound factors that prevent them from playing music. Either their practitioners are working under very loud conditions in an environment where they cannot use an mp3 player or otherwise need their hearing to be unobstructed for safety reasons. So, were is the ability to incorporate music? The answer is fairly straight forward. One of the main times when can be used for healthy living, however, is not during a practice session, but before or after it.

Music is a perfect way of putting an athlete in the right frame of mind before they perform. This is something that elites in snowboarding and swimming have found. This is so true that during the last Summer Olympics one of the most common questions that journalists posed to swimmers in their pre-race interviews was “What are you listening to?” And, there have been sports commercials galore made that include elite athlete’s play list suggestions.

Even more than just the ability to get someone in the mood for competition, it is important to remember that music is capable of much more. The seemingly simple act of shooting a recurve bow, for example, requires a huge amount of control and focus to accomplish accurately. Music can be a powerful tool for focusing the mind and relaxing the body beforehand to improve performance.

More than that, the body goes through a lot when pushed to the limits and music can be an effective means of relaxing the body after strenuous exercise. Even with stretching and a good cool down, sometimes it is a song that can truly work to loosen up and unwind and can even be used to help an athlete work through cramping pains or minor injuries along with proper treatment. Even mentally, music can and does help people to recover when a session has not gone as well as expected and gives them a way to confront the next session with renewed spirit and vigor.

So, it may not be possible to listen to music while working out to make it  more enjoyable when practicing some sports. Even so, music can still be an important contributor to these activities through its residual benefits before and after the actual practice session. Music really is a key force in maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

Why Hunting Is Necessary For The Environment

Why Hunting Is Necessary For The EnvironmentI’ve always viewed hunting as a sport to be enjoyed. The thrill of the hunt and patiently waiting for your prey is something that has to be done in person to enjoy it fully. I’ve been on hunting expeditions both inside the United States and also abroad. From the hunting I’ve done, I think that three main reasons for success in hunting are, the proper gear, good hunting skills and knowledge about the area you are hunting in.

When all these three conditions are met with, your hunting will be a big success. There are special range finders which also help in adding to the effectiveness of the hunt. This helps in hunting moose, Colorado bull elk, trophy mule deer, black bear or whitetail deer or any other small game you are interested in.

While I’m all agog about hunting and its benefits, there are many who oppose it because of the harm it can do to the animal population, which is dwindling rapidly. I however maintain that there are several benefits that hunting can bring about not only to humans but also for the wildlife too.

For the vast community of landowners, foresters and farmers, a healthy and flourishing wildlife population is of high value. Having animals like deer on the lands can be a big drain on the farmers as these animals have a big appetite and are more adept to change their habitat when compared to other animals. This results in big damage to pastures, hedge banks and trees which the farmers need. They are therefore forced to cover for the damage by diverting the scant resources they have at their disposal.

Hunting such animals is as you see of high ecological value. A high population of deer can cause irreparable damage to forest area. They can go over all the vegetation in their immediate vicinity, which reflects harshly on the survival of the forest system. Over a period of time the destruction of small trees will be reflected in complete elimination of plant communities.

So for an ecological balance, a proper interaction at all levels from plants and animals to insects and microbes is needed. If any part is upset, it can cause extinction of certain species and damage to the forest system. For instance, deer can eliminate the flowers which are vital for the existence of bees and butterfly population leading to the dwindling of their numbers.

Though environmentalists are against hunting because they think killing animals for sport is barbaric, hunting plays an important role in wildlife and forest protection. When a controlled and regulated hunting is allowed, the environment can be conserved and the resources replenished well. When you hunt according to the regulations, harvesting animals to maintain their numbers is brought about easily. There are several new and advanced equipment like rangefinders – read reviews here – which make the hunting more pleasurable and less destructive.

Hunting for sport keeps the animal population in check, when done in a controlled manner. When hunters abide the rules they can contribute more towards maintaining the ecological balance and also learn to use the hunting tools wisely.

Bringing Out The Beauty And Elegance Of Lace

Bringing Out The Beauty And Elegance Of LaceBeauty can be brought out in different forms. Everyone loves beautiful things as they bring liveliness and vibrancy to our lives. Weddings are in my opinion one of the most beautiful and emotion filled occasions on this universe. Why I’m suddenly all nostalgic is because I attended the wedding of my best friend recently. The entire wedding was arranged so appealingly that I couldn’t find fault with a single thing. I liked the bride’s dress the most. Lace certainly adds a classic and rich touch to a wedding dress.

When I commented on this to my friend, she said that she’d done the lace work on her dress all by herself with her new serger. I was stunned. The dress looked like an exclusive designer piece, such was its magnificence.

Royal Lace look

Lace gives a romantic touch to all categories of garments, but mostly to the wedding gowns, blouses and lingerie. Not only is it a sought after fabric for dresses, it also makes a popular interior decoration material. You can use it for hand towels, bed linens and table cloths. A luxurious and opulent look is attained, when you add lace to the decoration. It enhances the detail and texture perfectly.

Sewing lace

Sewing lace is not like the ordinary sewing method, as you need to employ special techniques. The techniques used have evolved over the centuries and adapted to the sewing machine format. All you need is learning the right technique, and having the right sewing machine. Click here for decent sewing machines reviews.

Lace sewing methods

To sew in lace, you need sharp and fine hand needles or machine needles, matching thread and if you have it, spray starch.

Cut the needed length of lace for the material you want to add the lace to. The ends of lace should be smooth and the flat lace trim has a scalloped edge on one side and a straight edge on the other. The seam allowance of the edge should be trimmed to ¼ inch and rolled to form a narrow hem. Whip stitch can be used to secure the lace, when sewing with hand and a zigzag stitch, if you use a sewing machine. The zigzag should give overcast to the raw edge and also attach the lace at the same time.

If you need to attach more lace, lay multiple strips in layers and attach the edges with the whip stitch or zig zag stitch. The edges of the lace rows should not overlap, while you stitch them together.

For a gathered type of lace trim, you need to take thrice the amount of required length of the lace. Basting stitches should be used in both hand and sewing methods for gathering the lace and the attachment however has to be done as described earlier for flat lace attachment.

For wide trims, you need to merge the ends by using applique over a motif. Overlap lace ends and trim the edges of the motif using whip stitch, if you use hand needle or zigzag stitch, a narrow one, if you use a sewing machine.

The Best Sounds for Getting Work Done

The Best Sounds for Getting Work DoneWith the right musical sound you can relax your mind, sharpen your focus and get rid of distractions so you can work on those things, which are important in your life. I’ve come up with some best soundtracks for your workspace that’ll keep your mind on the work and let you finish them effectively.

Productivity and music

While some are skeptical about music spurring you on to work, there are others who say listening to great works like Mozart’s will turn you into a genius. In fact there is a research coined as Mozart effect which points out that by listening to a particular type of music and in this instance, Amadeus Wolfgang’s classics, helps you to

  • Boost the reasoning capacity
  • Ability to think in the long term
  • Arrive at abstract answers to the logical problems

Though this cannot be completely proved I’d suggest that music in general produces at least some effectiveness in your work capacity. The University of Illinois has also corroborated on this theory saying that basic computing tasks were more productive and efficient, when hearing music. But everything in the end depends on how quiet or noisy your work atmosphere is. I turn to music, when I’m on my workout sessions with power racks. Visit Garage Gym Pro for more information regarding power racks.

Classical selection

Classics have a quality of timelessness which gives them a special attractiveness. Baroque classical has found to produce great mind boosting effects. For instance, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 and ‘Four Seasons’ of Vivaldi are quite effective. Better mood and enhanced productivity was found with this type of music.

You can try out other classics provided they are paced at the rate of 60 beats a minute, which is the rate at which the brain gets its most effective revs. When such a beat was played out to students in a reading class, a breezy and bright mind frame and better creativity was found. You can find some of the best classics online in sites like Wikipedia and Musopen.

Pop music

Well, so you are not a classical music fan, there is always something else that can bring the same effect. Pop tunes played in string quartet or in chamber music style also gives the same effect as the Quartet will dull off the sharp edges of the pop music and mutes the distracting lyrics.

Electronic or ambient music

Ambient music is basically a soft type that activates the brain at a subconscious level giving a neat replacement of pop music’s usual sharp and loud components. Some examples are chillout, downtempo, ambient house and also Intelligent Dance Music (IDM). I use electronic music for my training sessions – with power rack and hitting the punching bag, with sturdy boxing gloves, click to read more. The music was created to give a relaxing atmosphere for partiers and at the same time give them sufficient motivation and stimulation. Eno’s Music for Airports is good for serious studying and tasks which need deep concentration. Pandora, glitch or Ovals playlist are some sites that help you out here.

Other routes include colored noise that mutes out the noisy atmosphere of your workplace. The sound masking effect covers the distracting sounds with the soothing and less intrusive music. Rainy Café and Coffeetivity are good sites and Chatterblocker are good examples.