Role of Music Therapy in Dementia

Dementia:

Dementia is a progressive neurologic disorder that changes behavior, diminishes cognition, and deteriorates memory due to a disease or injury. Some causes of dementia which may or may not be reversible are brain injury, use of certain medications, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, immune disorders, vitamin B12 deficiency, excess alcohol intake, and smoking. The common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia.

The most pronounced effects of dementia are on memory and visual-spatial. Some psychological and behavioral expressions that can manifest are aggression, agitation, depression, wandering, restlessness, and trouble eating or swallowing. During the late stages of disease, difficulty in swallowing can result in breathing food into the lungs that may lead to aspiration pneumonia.

Treatment:

The symptoms associated with behavior and psychology affect patients and their caregivers. Available pharmacologic treatments used to treat behavior have little benefit and significant risks. Due to increased risk of mortality associated with these drugs, the FDA has issued warnings against their use especially in elderly patients. The Dementia Action Alliance encourages integrated approach to focus on a person's behavioral and psychological expressions rather than following general practices.

In a holistic approach patient-specific behavior is identified and modified to eliminate conditions which contribute to a specific behavior. A targeted approach provides patient activity program and builds skills that simplify communication and tasks. Various therapies that have been used to support a person living with dementia are music therapy, art therapy, reality orientation, aromatherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Music therapy:

It is a health profession in which music is used as a therapy to improve mental, physical, and social wellbeing of an individual. It helps to balance spiritual and emotional needs of an individual to improve quality of life.

The qualified music therapist provides treatment based on individual patient's needs and may include playing musical instruments or video games, singing, dancing, song drawing, listening to music, and / or multisensory stimulation. It can be provided as individual or group therapy, however studies have shown more positive results with group therapy. Active therapy engages patient with direct participation while passive therapy allows patient to listen to music or engage in another activity. Active therapy has been found to be more helpful in improving physical functions of the patient like grasping an object.

Credentialing of music therapist:

Music therapy is a health profession based on evidence. The therapist must earn at least a bachelor's degree, complete 1200 hours of internship and obtain MT-BC credential issued by the Certification Board for Music Therapists to become a certified music therapist.

The therapist may hold different designs like Certified Music Therapist, Advanced Certified Music Therapist, or Registered Music Therapist. He must obtain continuing education credits and hold licenses in states that require board-certification to safeguard competent practice.

Impact of music therapy:

When we listen to music different parts of brain become stimulated. For instance, music stimulates amygdala which is involved in processing of emotions. Dancing and playing an instrument involves motor cortex which controls movement. Musical experiences excite hippocampus which is responsible for memory and spatial navigation. It increases blood flow in the brain, strengthens executive functions, supports heart, improves communications, and reduces stress.

Studies have shown the positive effect of music therapy on psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia. A study by Ozdemir L et al., 2009 [1] improved cognition and reduced depression and anxiety with continued effect for three weeks following the completion of study in mild dementia. Another study by Li CH et al., 2015 [2] showed that cognition in music therapy group was reduced less as compared to the control group and change of abstraction domain in the music therapy group was better.

Numerous other studies have been done using different assessment instruments like Mini-Mental State Examination, Geriatric Depression Scale, Beck Anxiety Scale, Hamilton Anxiety Scale Scale, Clinical Dementia Rating, Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument, and Neuropsychiatric Inventory. Several studies have shown promising results in the form of decreased anxiety, positive emotional states, and increased relaxation.

It has the potential effect to enhance the quality of life, improve neuropsychiatric symptoms, and reduce symptoms like cognitive decline and depression. It benefits patients who have difficulty communicating or expressing themselves in words. This, in turn, strengthens patients' abilities and transfers it to other areas of their lives.

Conclusion:

A clinician can play a role in facilitating collaboration with specialists and other healthcare professionals to implement music therapy. Researchers have demonstrated that music therapy can protect cognition, executive function, psychomotor speed, and autobiographical and episodic memories and can yield high levels of patient and caregiver satisfaction. Additional clinical trials will add evidence to support the positive effect of music therapy. Multisensory stimulation with dance, art, video game, and physical exercise seems an exciting and promoting approach.

References:

1. Ozdemir, L, and N Akdemir. "Effects of Multisensory Stimulation on Cognition, Depression and Anxiety Levels of Mildly-Affected Alzheimer's Patients." Journal of the Neurological Sciences. , US National Library of Medicine, 15 Aug. 2009, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19289242/ .

2. Fang, Rong, et al. "Music Therapy Is a Potential Intervention for Cognition of Alzheimer's Disease: a Mini-Review." Translational Neurodegeneration , BioMed Central, 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5267457/ .



Source by Sadaf Muneer

Tim Foust Is The Next Great Country Music Artist

If you have not seen the show, certainly you have at least heard of the smash television hit ‘American Idol’ at some point. Well, Tim foust is definitely the next American Idol, just not in the pop genre. Tim Foust is certain to be the next great country music artist. With his good looks and incredible voice, he can make any woman’s knees wobble. If you are a fan of the likes of Trace Adkins, you are going to love Tim Foust. His voice is quite similar, with that heart stopping baritone voice so sweet, you could listen to him reading the phone book and not grow weary of it.

Tim Foust was born in Lubbock, Texas, and enjoyed singing and writing his own Country Music Song Lyrics even as a child. While in school, he studied and played extensive classical music, but even after two years of study at Lamar University, he could not shake that music bug. He made the choice to leave college and join an a cappella group out of Minnesota, who toured all over the US. During their tours, they released an album that included Tim’s first original song lyrics. Soon after, he left the a cappella group to join a band out of Boston. While he was with the Boston band, he did over 200 shows around the country each year, and was blessed to share the stage with the likes of Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight.

Tim Foust now lives in Southern California, where he recently released his own debut album that is now available on tunes. Sure, he’s handsome and has an amazing voice, but beyond that, he is likely the only country music artist today that can play the piano with extraordinary flair and with a range of 5 octaves in his voice. Absolutely incredible! Tim’s music is extremely well written with love, emotion and a bit of witticism. In his debut album, lyrics like, “The other day, I checked my bank account, and I could swear it was the wrong amount…” and “Hey, kid, open up your eyes and try to see the outside world…” leave the heart and the mind wondering what message there is to be enjoyed inside each and every song written.

With a lifetime of musical experience, as well as life experience all over the country touring with two different bands, Tim Foust has assuredly had his fair share of ups and downs. With his innate talent and beautiful way with words, he is sure to reach out to every heart, soul and even the odd funny bone all around the world. Tim Foust is certainly one to watch, as his debut album is sure to be only the first of many in a long and illustrious career entertaining country music fans around the globe. This is a rare opportunity, so do not miss out on your chance to get Tim Foust’s first solo album. It is sure to climb in value as his popularity increases and his soft heart and enchanting voice echoes around the world.



Source by Millicent Merritt

Music Legends Who Have Appeared On Late Night With Jools Holland

As soon as he ceased being member, the band he co-founded went on to have its first big hit. While most artists would consider this sequence quite disheartening, Jools Holland instead became even more famous than his old group.

Holland left Squeeze after their third album, only to see its next record spawn the huge single “Tempted” sung by his replacement Paul Carrack. Not long after that, however, Holland created his own TV series with musical guests from nearly every genre.

In fact, “Late Night With Jools Holland” has even featured several appearances by Squeeze over the years. Holland seemed delighted to be playing with his former band, and there are many other well-known artists who have performed on the show.

Perhaps the two almost as close to Holland are Elvis Costello and John Cale, both of whom served as producers on Squeeze albums. Costello oversaw the recording of East Side Story while Cale produced the debut record U.K. Squeeze, and both men have since made numerous appearances on Holland’s show.

Two other performers with close associations to Holland are Graham Parker and Nick Lowe, who have also been featured several times on the series. Here are eighteen other notable acts to perform on Late Night With Jools Holland.

Morrissey

Like the host, Moz co-founded an alternative British band (the Smiths) only to enjoy a much longer career as a solo act.

Beck

The 2014 Grammy winner performed several times on the series before Morning Phase brought home the award for Album of the Year.

Wilco

Jeff Tweedy’s band has made regular appearances, including one in which they were joined by Nick Lowe.

Alice Cooper

Hard rock has been represented on the show, most notably this veteran shock rocker.

The Strokes

Although they performed two different selections for the show. I always thought they should have done “Last Nite” in honor of Late Night.

Kaiser Chiefs

These guys seem to be near regulars on the series, which is not surprising given their huge following in their native United Kingdom.

Blur

This quartet appeared on a special episode called Cool Brittania, featuring some of that country’s biggest acts from the Nineties.

Oasis

The biggest rivalry to the group listed above, this outfit fronted by the Gallagher brothers was placed in the same episode as Blur.

Lou Reed

One of the last TV appearances he made before his death in 2013 was on Late Night With Jools Holland.

Eels

Mark Oliver Everett is the sole member of Eels, but he did manage to put a band together for the selections performed for Holland.

Warren Zevon

The Excitable Boy singer played on Series 8, which aired not long before he succumbed to cancer.

Donovan

Probably the oldest performer on the show, fans were certainly thrilled to hear the guy who once was deemed the British Bob Dylan.

Ben Folds Five

Holland, an accomplished piano player, must have been delighted to have Folds and his band on the stage.

Aztec Camera

Roddy Frame was a contemporary of Squeeze and Costello, so his band felt right at home with their host.

The Jayhawks

This quintet, fronted by Greg Louris, represented the alt-country genre.

Teenage Fan Club

If you closed your eyes while these guys were playing on the show, you would likely have thought you were hearing the Moody Blues.

John Prine

Holland no doubt felt honored when this legendary and hugely influential songwriter joined the show.

Loudon Wainwright

His kids Martha and Rufus both made numerous appearances, so it is appropriate that their old man pop up on there, too.



Source by Doug Poe

African American Music; The History Of

When I saw this title, I was afraid and I was still afraid about my opinion about the subject. The subject is complex and difficult so I can not resolve it overnight. I am an African. I do things the African way. I can not write about African American music like a Western scholar. In my culture we live the past and the future in the present. When I listen to some African American music I can feel the past, the present and the future all at the same time. Now, the best way for me to handle this subject is to work by questions and answers.

[Question] Yaya! Who do you think you are?

Yaya Diallo – I do not think! I am Farafin, which means I am a dark skin man. The word Africa is the Arabic name for our continent. In Bambara we call the so-called "Africa" ​​Farafina. Farafina means the land of dark skin people. I am from Farafina and I am proud of it. I do not want to be somebody else. People in general say African American. I would say American Farafin, which means dark skin human being who lives in America.

[Question] What is your African background?

Yaya Diallo – I come from far away. I was born in 1946 in Fienso (French Sudan), now Mali. My parents were nomadic. When I was very young I used to travel a lot. I grow up in the bush far from any western civilization. The music that I heard was very traditional and played live. I did not have a radio or TV. I had the opportunity to listen to the music of the different ethnic groups from the Ivory Coast, Burkina and Ghana. In some villages I heard Muslim songs coming from the mosques. By night, I would enjoy the frog symphonic orchestras. From 1946 to 1960 I was living in complete nature. My musical training is a long story but you can learn more from my book The Healing Drum.

[Question] What are your feelings about the civilized world?

Yaya Diallo – In the city I had strange feelings. I saw people listen to music through what I thought was two kinds of boxes. The first was a radio. You could change the singer with the tuning button, I thought. The second needed records. It read 78, 45 and 33 1/2. You had to adjust everything with something but I did not have a clue as to what. Even still, the only music that I heard was the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Johnny Holliday.

[Question] What do you think about the word African American?

Yaya Diallo – Dark skin people living in America are not different from people I met in Africa (Farafina). To me they are just different ethnic groups like the Yoruba, the Bantou, the Zoulou or the Touareg. Africa is not one culture. We have thousands and thousands of languages ​​and different music. My wife is an African American from Louisville, KY. Her mother is from Dark Corner, MS and her father from Jackson, TN. Like my wife and family there was one African American man, James Brown, who saved my life with his music.

[Question] How can an African American man save the life of a traditional African?

Yaya Diallo – In 1967 I left my country to go to Montreal, Canada. On my way, in Paris, I saw a big picture of James Brown in the Olympia Theater. In my mind I thought, "Oh! A black man in Olympia in Paris, France." In Montreal I was looking for a place to dance or listen to the music that I loved. One day I found a radio station that played black music. I heard James Brown and felt at home.

[Question] What do you think about African American music?

Yaya Diallo – I always say that I do not think, I feel. When we talk about African American music we talk about Spirituals, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Gospel, Rap, dance music, etc. I want to talk on each one by one.

When people in Canada were dancing the twist, jerk and go-go, in my country a French man named Johnny Holliday was playing bad versions of Wilson Pickett and Ray Charles' music in French. In America I found out this French man was a robber. He stub the music, sang it in French and looked like a genius for us Africans.

[Question] What did you feel when you started to dance?

Yaya Diallo – I used to go out to dance to Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Sly and the Family Stone's music. For me they were Africans. They had good beats, good feelings and most important, African Soul. I did not feel that from Chinese or European music. In the 70s I discovered the Funk music, The O'Jays, Parliament, Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang and JR Walker and the All Stars. I felt I was at home when I knew the Motown Family (Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder). I could survive because I had those kinds of musicians.

[Question] In terms of music, what is the link between African and African Americans?

Yaya Diallo – African Americans are Africans from the village and sadly they just do not know it! When you listen to the music you can find out. Kool and The Gang played Funky Stuff. When you listen to the drum part you will get the Dounouba part of the dance Sounou. Sounou was played in the 15th century and today is the dance young people love. In Africa we learn the past in the present and teach it to the next generation. The African Americans sometimes do not know how African they are.

[Question] Why can you say that they are African?

Yaya Diallo – The first time I heard the Four Tops I thought I was listening to the Bambara Farmers in the evening after a hard working day. The Temptations reminded me of the men Fire dancers and singers. I can listen to Temptations but I am afraid to see them. I am not initiated to the Fire dance and the music brings out memories about the secret ceremonies that happened afar in the village. Aretha Franklin is for me a great Djeli-mousso coming from the Empire of Mali in the 13th century. When I listen to African American music I do not worry about the meaning, only what I feel.

[Question] What do you think about Jazz?

Yaya Diallo – Really, to tell the truth, I do not feel jazz. Many people coming from Africa feel the same way. I learned about jazz in 1980 when I recorded my first album, Nangape, on Onzou Records. That opened the door for me with jazz. Jazz magazines like Cadence and Down Beat wrote articles on me like I was a "jazz man." I was invited to do workshops at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY. I met jazz big names like Art Blakey. He said, "Yaya is the only African that I can jazz, that I can play with and be comfortable." I completed a trio with Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell in the Symphony Space in New York.

[Question] What about Gospel?

Yaya Diallo – To me Gospel means religion or church but my father-in-law changed my mind. When going to church with him I saw a big band and a big choir. People were singing and I forgot that I was in church. I was surprised; I saw ladies in a trance like in my village but they called it shouting. This reminded me of the Mania Secret Society where only woman go into a trance when praising god (See The Healing Drum).

[Question] What is rap?

Yaya Diallo – I love rap! I use to lie about buying rap and say that it was for my children. Rap is the old tradition of the Fulani people in Mali. It tells life stories through poetry that is recited quickly. Nomadic people have to explain their daily journey through this same quick form, but without the foul language. Today, the young people think that they have reinvented the wheel.

[Question] Yaya, what is wrong with African American music today?

Yaya Diallo – Today everything is easy. Instead of buying a drum set you buy a drum machine. Computers do everything. You can get almost every sound by pressing a button. This is the type of world that we live in today. The young Africans love it like we used to love James Brown. Time is the only thing that has changed!

[Question] How did African American music change American Society?

Yaya Diallo – We changed everything! We changed the style of dance; we created new sounds, new styles, and new way to dress … EVERYTHING! Country music is the white version of the Blues. Rock-n-roll comes from our music. People forget that Jimmie Hendricks was a Blues player that just changed his sound and look. Without James Brown, Sly and Family Stone and the Motown Family there would be no Madonna, no Celiene Dion, no techno, and no disco. African Americans welcomed this to the world. It is sad because people do not recognize it. We changed the world and it will never be the same again.

[Question] How do people know you in America?

Yaya Diallo – I am the author of two books, The Healing Drum and At the Threshold of the African Soul. I have four CDs, Nanagape, The Healing Drum, Dombaa Folee, and Dounoukan. I thank Onzou Records, the first company that trusted me to make my first album in 1980. That was not easy!



Source by Yaya Diallo

Stream Movies and Music With a Sony Ericsson Aino Sim Free

At long last, the much talked about Sony Ericsson Aino mobile phone has been released to buy. The Sony Ericsson Aino sim free combines both of the features of the superb Cybershot and Walkman range.

Dont be fooled by the large display of the Sony Ericsson Aino, as it is not actually a full touch screen. The touch screen is only used when the media and camera applications are in use. There is a sliding hardware keypad below the screen, which will be more than welcome for a lot of people.

The Aino certainly doesnt let down in its specification. A powerful 8 megapixel camera will ensure you land the perfect shot every time, with advanced features like face detection, geo tagging, flash and autofocus.

No more phone should be without social networking applications in this modern time. Built in YouTube and Facebook clients are present on the Sony Ericsson Aino sim free to help you keep upto date, Google maps and Google search are also included.

The best feature by far about the Sony Ericsson Aino is the new Media Go feature. The handset can be used with your PlayStation 3 as a remote control, and also give you full access to any media on your PlayStation 3, including streaming movies / music.

If you do not own a PlayStation 3, do not worry. If you install Media Go onto your PC, you can watch any movies / tv shows you have through your handset. The Aino can also watch live TV streams, pause and record them.

Sony Ericsson Aino Sim Free Features-

* 8.1MP camera – geotagging & face detection
* PlayStation 3 integration – use the phone as a remote control and access media
* Media Go – Stream music and video from your computer to your phone to take with you
* The built in Accelerometer rotates the screen automatically
* Facebook, Youtube, MSN and E-mail * 3G over HSDPA allowing you to access the mobile internet at broadband like speeds
* GPS support with Wayfinder Navigator software
* Wi-Fi 802.11b / g with DLNA support
* Bluetooth with A2DP
* Accepts MicroSD memory cards



Source by Cesar M Terry

Jogging to Music is Great!

We've all been there I'm sure. It's been a long day, you can not be bothered, friends have asked you to the pub, there's something interesting on TV, etc, etc, etc. So you put off another run with excuses … well it's only another lonely run, yeah?

Well, what about when do you actually get out running, it's great, yeah? Energetic, fulfilling, stimulating, refreshing … yeah, but no! Actually although I love it, I actually find it quite boring and laborious! well I used to (I should say) because now I run / jog with music. Not just any old music, I use training sessions now with personal trainer narration, and I have found these to be my savior, in fact I tried running without them and I really struggled. Music wise I like a good dance beat with build ups and peaks (takes me back to my old clubbing days). But most of all I like the motivation, the focus tips, and the advice and coaching from the narration!

Reaching my goal now seems less daunting. Also my run / jog sessions are much more structured … and this has had a massive impact on my strength and stamina.

I recommend the 5 minute warm up and 5 minute warm down also, I never used to do it, I know crazy, that's why I was always so achy for days after, but now every session has both warm up and warm down, so you have to do them simple as … my advice, do the stretches every time … it's worth it!

So if nothing else, do the stretches before and after each run / jog, and if you do get the sessions, then get in the zone and I'll see you on race day at the finish line!

Happy Jogging Guys!



Source by Craig Smith Edwards

Helping Your Child With Music Practice

Why did you start your child on an instrument? Was it because she showed special interest in music? Was it because studying music has been shown to improve performance in school? Was it so that he would have a great skill in life, a skill that would provide him with emotional well-being and that he could enjoy and share with others? It certainly was not for because you wanted to add more work and stress into your child's life! Yet, practicing can become a real chore and the subject of many arguments between yourself and your child.

As a parent of two budding musicians, age eleven and six, I've gained new insights. I thought that, as a trained music pedagogue, I would find it easy to guide my kids' music education at home, but on the contrary it has been hard work. Here I've compiled some thoughts, as a teacher and as a parent, that I hope you will find helpful.

To maintain a child's interest and enthusiasm in music the most important thing that you can do, regardless of your child's age, is to provide a regular routine for the practicing. Personally I like my kids to get their practice done straight after school, after giving them a light lunch. Other children like practicing in the mornings before school. Try finding a time that suits your family's routine. Aim to get the practicing done five to six days a week in order to maintain progress. Progress on the instrument makes the child proud of their achievements; playing becomes easier and therefore more satisfying. This is crucial for developing your child's self-motivation.

On a busy day, even 10 minutes of practicing is better than nothing. If you're experiencing a particularly "sticky" day there are other musical activities you could do together. Why not check out performances on YouTube of the pieces your child is working on? There are also several web-sites aimed at young students with free music games and fun ear-training.

If you are helping your child with the practicing try refraining from taking the role of a teacher. Even if you hear a mistake being made, instead of trying to correct it, you could suggest that the child plays the piece through again because you like that particular piece. Let your child know that you're proud of her when you think she is doing well.

Ways of stimulating your child could be using star charts with a treat after a certain number of stars, or a promise to do something nice at the end of a practice, sometimes plenty of praise and a cuddle is enough! As the students grow older, they will slowly become self-motivated, through their own progress on the instrument and also through the occasional failure. You have to let go at a certain stage and let them take responsibility for their own actions; if they do not practice they might get a scolding from their teacher or a concert might go less well than they hoped for. We all learn from our mistakes and you have to let your child make them occasionally as well. Keeping certain goal-posts in sight, like exams and concerts, is also important.

The best way to find out what is expected of your child is to talk to the teacher. All students have different levels of maturity and capacity, every child is unique.

Good luck!



Source by Emma J Montonen

Styles of Piano Music

If you are studying the piano, you’ll find that there are many different styles of piano music out there today. Usually it is a great idea to learn as many styles as you can if you want to master the piano, and learning all of them is a great idea. When you are knowledgeably about various styles of music for the piano, you are able to play in a variety of styles yourself and it also helps you learn to improvise. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular styles out there that you’ll want to study and learn to play.

Classical Piano

The oldest style of piano is the classical style and it is very varied as well. This style of piano has been around for hundreds of years and for many, it is the proper style of music to learn when playing the music. Various other styles of piano music actually come from the classical style as well. This style of piano music takes training that is intense and a lot of practice as well.

Rock Piano

Another style of piano music is rock piano. This style of piano actually came right out of blues piano music, although later it would begin to get a new style of it’s own. Some great pianists, such as Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elton John would go on to make rock piano the popular and beautiful style that it is today.

Jazz Piano

Another great style of piano music that is well worth studying and learning is jazz piano. It includes a variety of different styles within it and it difficult to describe. A variety of piano styles today actually borrow jazz ideas like certain chords and even improvisation as well. You’ll also find that the emphasis on various forms of chords comes from jazz too.

Gospel Piano

You’ll find that the gospel piano style of music is very similar to various other styles, such as R&B, blues, and even jazz. There are some extended chords which gospel piano tends to emphasize, but it has that lilting or swinging feel that you often see in both R&B as well as in jazz. While gospel songs may appear to be quite simple, the musicality of them is usually quite complex. You’ll notice that syncopation is often used and provides a very spiritual style overtone to the gospel piano music.

Of course these are just a few of the different styles of piano music that are out there today. You’ll find that there are many other styles to listen to, learn, and play. Some of them include new age piano, ragtime piano, rhythm and blues piano, boogie woogie piano, and even cocktail piano.



Source by Kevin Sinclair

Slow Down Music

Learning how to play the guitar can change your life. You'll not only be called on to play at parties and gatherings, you will also have a hobby that will enable you to pour out your soul when you are stressed or anxious. It's simply a wonderful thing to know how to play the guitar. But maybe you already know some standard chords and you are ready to progress into the excitement of learning how to play riffs and licks. If this is the case, this article is for you.

Riffs and licks are based on chords and scales.

When you become completely familiar with a variety of popular chords and keys, you're on your way to mastering those great guitar licks. Learning scales is the next step in your guitar tuition. You can download a scale chart from the world wide web and print it out and then spend a few minutes each day learning the scale names and diagrams shown.

Learn the variations on the chords, also known as "voicings."

When you study a book of guitar chords, you'll notice that you do not have just one "G" chord, but a bunch of "G" chords, such as G7th, and G9th, and G major 7th, and G minor 7th. . . well, you get the picture. Each variation has it's own unique feel. For example, the major 7th chords create a misty, soft feel, whereas a series of minor 7th chords makes you automatically think of the blues. For playing modern guitar music, especially jazz, you will need to be familiar with these variations. Many of the older songs do not include them as much and if all you want to play is classic bluegrass or country, you may not need anything fancier than a couple of minor chords.

Practice what you do with your picking hand, also.

Often it looks like all the work required in learning how to play riffs and licks focuses on the chording hand. The fact is, you need to be able to find the string you want with your right hand as well. (Left for you lefties.) The left hand has the riff all figured out, however if your pick lands on the wrong string, you wont be getting the sound you want. Explore different ways of picking, too, to find what works best for you. Some guitarists never pick up a pick, they would rather feel the strings with their fingers. Others use several picks on various fingers. Many use a standard flat pick, but why not try some different methods and you might discover your own personal style for playing guitar licks and riffs.

Slow Down Music

One of the obstacles of learning licks and riffs, is the speed that they're often played at. If you're trying to learn to play by ear, by listening to a taped track, the notes pass you by so quickly that you do not have a chance to remember them all or to get your fingers to the correct frets in time.

The solution to this problem is to slow down the recording of the riff or lick that you're trying to learn, and the way to do this, without changing pitch or tempo, is to make use of the popular "slow down music" computer software programs that can be downloaded to your computer. A search on "Google" will present you with some good choices.



Source by Dick Lee

The Health Benefits of Listening to Music

"If music is the medicine of the soul let it play on", so said a playwright. I think the made the statement because probably he got some tie from music. Music has some strange healing ability. Read on, you will understand the picture I'm trying to paint.

Research has shown that stress can be handled by music. Music enters into the brain cells that affects the human brain. Medical scientists have proven that a person that is stressed out can actually listen to some kind of music and become well. How? The researchers said that since stress comes as a result of life events such as starting a new family, starting a new business, starting a new job, and relocating to a new place, one can actually listen to good music and feel good because stress touches the human mind negatively so good music also touches the human mind positively. Music helps you to forget the stressful life events and remember the momentous events that once happened in your life.

Depression is a disease caused by so many factors including stress, alcoholic addiction, drug abuse or addiction, smoking, social problems such as unemployment, family crisis, divorce, conflict, and imprisonment. Depression is also caused by economic problems such as poverty, and failure in business. Depression is characterized by weakness, headache, confusion, and loss of concentration. Good music makes one to remember happy moments or good days; if you play music about love it makes you feel like falling in love again although you have had several heartbreaks. And such good feeling makes you healthy.

Anxiety is another health problem that can be controlled by music. Anxiety is a side effect of some major health problems such as cancer of the liver and cancer of the breast. Good music makes you feel relaxed and eliminates the pains inherited from these diseases. It removes every factor responsible for anxiety and makes you feel all right.

Cool good music helps to control your breathing and heart rate. Poor breathing rate could be as a result of lung problems such as common cold, tuberculosis, and pneumonia. Good music helps to calm down the cells and tissues that make up the lungs thereby bringing down the patient's breathing and heart rate to normal.

Good music can send you to sleep. And you need to know that sleep puts your body in a healthy condition. Sleep takes away the effects of stress, depression and anxiety from a person.

You do not have to underrate the power of good music. It performances unimaginable wonders. I think music should be classified as one of the wonders of the world. It is a universal language spoken by everyone across the world.

Play good music when you feel unhealthy and it will certainly ease off some of those nasty pains.



Source by Raymond Edeh