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Music Improves Brain Function

Music Improves Brain Function

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For most people music is an enjoyable, although momentary, form of entertainment. But for those who seriously practiced a musical instrument when they were young, perhaps when they played in a school orchestra or even a rock band, the musical experience can be something more. Recent research shows that a strong correlation exists between musical training for children and certain other mental abilities.

Can larger claims be made for the influence on the brain of musical training? Does training change thinking or cognition in general? Trainor again says yes. Even a year or two of music training leads to enhanced levels of memory and attention when measured by the same type of tests that monitor electrical and magnetic impulses in the brain. “We therefore hypothesize that musical training (but not necessarily passive listening to music) affects attention and memory, which provides a mechanism whereby musical training might lead to better learning across a number of domains," Trainor said.

http://www.livescience.com/7950-music-improves-brain-functio...

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jrd3820's picture

This is your brain on music

It moves kind of slow at some points, but interesting nonetheless.

http://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Brain-Music-Obsession/dp/045...

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The Mozart Effect...


http://youtu.be/hPvm6amFrc4

It was probably the pandas.

Cultural arts are almost lost to time

I like Mozart also, Cultural arts need to be renewed with serious interest. Thanks.

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Learning a musical instrument - is studying intensely

The conclusion reached in this study/article is not surprising to me. Learning an instrument and maintaining the coordination involved TAKES INTENSE FOCUS. So I would think that the ability to learn an instrument well... will be accompanied by the ability to FOCUS INTENSELY on one thing for a good amount of time.

It would seem that anyone would benefit from that personal ability to focus.

It also improves creativity

When one becomes proficient with an instrument you start to improvise, I really think this greatly develops the creative parts of the brain. Back to what you say about focus, you are right and I picked probably the hardest instrument to learn to play. As a drummer I had to train my brain to control all four limbs separately and independent of each other. Almost like playing four different instruments at once. Physical stamina was another aspect to consider in what I chose to play. So it kept both my mind and my body in great shape over the years.

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TwelveOhOne's picture

I'm drumming!

Been jamming with some friends for several weeks now. Had been using three limbs, but last night used just two and we had an awesome session. The drum kit I'm using is incomplete (no high hat or cymbals) so I was just doing bass pedal with right foot and snare with left hand. It was weird, at one point my left arm was getting tired so I tried to reproduce the same rythym with my right hand (during one song) and couldn't get it! Different parts of the brain, as you mentioned.

Last night was our best session to date. I am awed that they wanted to include me. We might play locally soon, which I'm both interested in and anxious about -- it'll be my first performance (well, as an adult). Cheers!

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Right on!

I understand what you say, It depends on whether you are right handed or left handed how a set is arranged. I sat on a left handed set a couple of times and even after all the years of experience and practice I had, I found I just couldn't use it at all! It rendered my skills completely useless and unable to play! My brain was in such a conflict trying to make it work I could not even keep time with more than one limb at a time. every time I tried to add another limb to the mix all of them locked up. I was a fish out of water.lol

I highly recomend getting a high hat as soon as possible because it is very important to have it to balance the alternating "Downbeat-Upbeat" cycle in your lower limbs. This is the most important needed base that holds everything else you do on top of it together. It really needs equal balance. Please update your progress! Playing music was my life 24-7 until I had children and fully appreciate your efforts to play! Good luck and let me know if I can help in any way at all my friend!

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A few years ago I saw a bumper sticker: Music Makes You Smarter

Right next to it on the same car was "Obama/Biden". I pulled up next to the car, motioned for the driver to roll her window down and said: "Next election, listen to a lot more music!"

Lol !

That's rich Mike, thanks for the chuckle. apparently the two did not belong on the same car!,lol

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TwelveOhOne's picture

Bump

Music is similar to laughter, in the medicinal sense.

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Yep,seriously good stuff you posted

In turn I found something for you when a bicycle song came on the radio the other day. It's about your sidewalk issue. I don't know if you knew or not, but it IS legal to ride your bike on the sidewalk in residential zones and areas. You are in Green Bay right?

Found it, lost it in my sticky notes:

29.403
REGULATION OF BICYCLE OPERATION.
08) Bicyclists shall be permitted to ride
bicycles on sidewalks in residential areas, providing they yield to pedestrians.

http://greenbaywi.gov/law/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CHPTR29...

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Except Electronica

:)

Thank you Ralph

That was strange, For some reason your name hit me as I was clicking the save button for this post, lol. I agree and have an affinity for digital samples and music created with a computer. As a percussionist I have played digital kits and find them lacking in character and personalization.

When a percussionist can take just one drum or cymbal and turn it into a instrument all of it's own and make it talk with many voices, The digital samples just can't compete with this kind of musicianship. As far as guitars go, I think a true lead electric guitarist is one that needs nothing but an old tube amp, No pedals no digital effects. This is real musicianship and mastering of the craft.

I have to give very minimal digital leeway to keyboard though,lol

Thanks again Ralph.

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