Musical Instruments to Learn for Beginners

Musical Instruments

Learning how to play musical instruments is a wonderful skill, this is one of the many reasons that so many parents enroll their kids in music lessons at such a young age.

But, even if you haven’t learned how to play any musical instruments growing up, it’s never too late to acquire a new skill – and definitely not too late to pick up a musical instrument and learn to play it by heart.

 

Musical Instruments

While it’s true that playing some musical instruments are better taught during childhood, adults can still learn to play any musical instrument they may want to play, as long as they put their hearts and mind into it.

The thing is, there is really no one instrument that would be easiest to play for all. The title ‘easiest musical instrument to play’ will greatly depend on your interests and your preference. While trying to play various musical instruments, you will feel that there’s one instrument that you’ll feel more at ease playing than others.

That being said, if you’re still on the phase of deciding which musical instrument would be the easiest one for you to handle, you can choose from some of the musical instruments usually played by beginners:

Flute – Flute can vary depending on the materials used to make it. Silver flutes will have a brighter tune than wooden flutes, but any variety will be good for you to start with. Flutes can be easy to handle and easy to learn, using just your fingers to move through the keys.

Keyboards or Piano – Keyboards and piano are also popular musical instruments played by beginners, including children. These musical instruments can be an excellent stepping stone in learning the level of concentration and coordination needed in playing any instrument. And, since playing piano or keyboards usually require reading notes in front of you, you’ll get used to reading notes early on. Piano and keyboards are also multifaceted instruments and could be great stress relievers for both the person playing it and the listener.

Harmonica – Aside from being easy to play, the harmonica is perhaps one of the most (if not THE most) portable musical instruments to play. Because of this, you can readily enhance your skills playing it practically anywhere! In playing harmonicas, it’s also very hard to get the tunes wrong, so it can help build confidence along with skills. There are various types of harmonicas you can purchase to start practicing, and certain types are easier to play than others. My friend from Silvercrest Custom Homes Vancouver is a self taught, yet amazing harmonica player.

Why Do We Love Music?

Love Music

Music has a long history, and we just can’t say exactly how long it has been with us. In fact, music instruments date back thousands of years. Despite this fact, we still have no idea why we have a love for music or what function it serves.

Numerous research studies have been done so far, but none of them has found any “music center” in the human brain. Just like all other types of processing, the execution of music is done by many parts of the brain.

However, we do have some findings from a few studies. According to one of the studies, when we focus on harmony in a music track, we experience a heightened level of activity in the auditory areas of our right temporal lobe.

Other studies have found that temporal lobe is one of the main areas of the brain that understand some musical features. However, this region of the brain works with the frontal lobe that forms meaningful syntax of music.

Researchers have also done some studies to find out how we react to music emotionally.

At McGill College, my friend conducted an experiment was done in which brain scans were carried out to find out why we have goosebumps when we listen to great music. The study found that the brain activates certain areas of the brain when we eat food, have sex or take drugs, and the same regions got activated while the subjects listened to music. This friend now owns a carpet cleaning company in Calgary and he always listens to his music while working. 

In your brain, blood flow increases and decreases in response to the change in music, and this results in goosebumps.

For the survival of an organism, two things are really important: food and sex. The same type of neural activity happens in response to music. This suggests that this is something in our genes that makes us feel good when we listen to a good tune.

How Music makes Your Workouts More Enjoyable

Workouts

Don’t you like to go to the gym? According to a new study, there is a way to make your exercises more fun: just listen to your favorite tracks.

Researchers found that listening to music while you are working out can’t help you focus better, but it does make your workouts much more fun.

The research study was done at the Brunel University London, and, Marcelo Bigliassi, the study co-author made the conclusion based on the EEG technology to measure the response of the human brain while listening to music and doing workouts at the same time.

Recently, the researchers published their findings in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, which is a popular journal.

There is no doubt that music can trigger emotional responses as many research studies have been done to support this claim. Listening to your favorite song can make you angry, motivated, empowered, sad, or happy. That’s why some people listen to their favorite songs when they go for a run.

In other research studies, researchers found that music caused a rise in the enjoyed level by 28% while the participants were having a walk. Actually, this happens when the beta waves rise in the frontal as well as the frontal-central areas of the brain’s cerebral cortex.

This proved that music has something in it that gives a boost to the beta waves and leads to a positive state of emotions. Exercisers can benefit from this approach while they are doing their routine workouts. I had a friend who had become depressed as he had lost his job and wasn’t even looking for work. He started to exercise as a recommendation from his doctor and then completely became a different person. He ended up thriving and now has a job with a good company. He is much happier and attributes it to working out while listening to music. 

According to Health.gov, all Americans should perform aerobic exercises for at least 75 minutes per week. This includes intense exercises, but if someone can’t do intensive exercises, they can opt for 150 minutes of moderately intense aerobic activities each week.

Unfortunately, only 50% of the citizens in American follow these guidelines, reveals a report from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC).

So, listening to music can make your workouts much more enjoyable for you, and you will be less likely to skip your routine workouts.

Music Is An All-Natural Therapy For Those Who Find it Hard To Fall Asleep

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Lullabies are not designed for babies only; they work well for adults as well. It’s ok to listen to your favorite tunes before bed. In fact, experts encourage that you play your favorite tracks and use them as a relaxation technique.

According to many studies, bedtime listening can be of great help if you have a sleep disorder. Songs boost your sleep quality; however, you can’t see the benefits overnight. You may have to wait for a few weeks at least, but the important thing is listening to quality music does pay off. You can fall asleep a lot faster and get up with a fresh mind in the morning. No matter what your age is, music can help you.

There is no evidence to strengthen the claim, but music does help you relax by releasing certain chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. Aside from this, if you listen to relaxing music, it may reduce your heart rate, in addition, to slow down your breathing.

If you want to try it yourself, go ahead and listen to some soothing songs, especially those that feature a slow rhythm. According to Spotify, Ed Sheeran, a British singer is currently the most popular artist, and his songs are the best to snooze to.

Also, familiar songs are more likely to work for you. The same is true about folk, jazz, and classical music. You should try out different types of music to see which type works better for you. If you have no idea how many BPS a certain song maybe, you can find out by typing the song title along with the artist name into songbpm.com.

So, if you don’t listen to music, now is the time to give it a go, especially if you are one of those people who find it really hard to fall asleep. Without enough sleep, you can’t focus when doing your routine tasks at home or office.

 

7 Amazing Benefits Of Listening To Music

Music

Do you know what happens when you hit that Play button?

Music can take you back in time and set your mood for a relaxed evening. Besides, without music, no party is a party. Music can also make a positive impact on your life. There are a host of reasons why you should listen to your favorite tracks in your spare time. Below are 7 benefits of listening to music.

Music relieves anxiety

According to studies, music can help you reduce the symptoms of stress and depression. Some researchers even say that songs can help you reduce your anxiety by as much as 65%. In other words, it can work like medicine for your mind.

It can put you in a good mood.

Many research studies concluded that music could put you in good mood reducing your feelings of sadness.

It can help you heal.

Music can induce positive emotions. In a study done in 2014, a few participants experienced a higher level of empathy when they listened to sad songs.

Music can be motivating during a workout.

If you want to get the most out of your workouts, listening to music can help. Many research studies concluded that music could help you boost your workout. While you are listening to your favorite songs, you will run faster.

It can improve your sleep.

In a study done in 2008, researchers discovered that listening to music, especially classical music can help you deal with your insomnia symptoms. Other studies suggest that music can help you sleep better.

It’s a major performance enhancer.

If you have a big project to work on, listen to your favorite tunes. According to many studies, background music can help you boost your cognitive performance so you can do better on academic tests.

So, are you looking for your headphones now? I hope so.