Where to find strength to continue music lessons?
Dear friend! More than once in your life there will come a moment when you want to drop everything and retreat. Once this happens and with the desire to continue…

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Playing Guitar: Tips for Beginners
So, you have just returned from the store, unrolled your purchase, and now it is already in front of you - a new, smooth, beautiful guitar; I just want to…

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What is a znamenny chant: meaning, history, types
Russian church music began with the famous chant that arose during the baptism of Russia. Its name is associated with the use of special notation signs - “banners” for its…

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At the limit of hearing

The French otolaryngologist, Alfred Tomatis, was the first to systematically investigate the effect on the human psyche of high-frequency sounds.

According to his theory, a child, floating in an amniotic fluid during fetal development, hears a lot of sounds that become unavailable to him after birth – the mother’s breath, the beating of her heart, voice, the noise from the work of internal organs, etc.

This is due to the fact that during the period of intrauterine development, the child’s ears are filled with a fluid that conducts sound much better than air; in particular, high-frequency damping is much less Continue reading

Sounds that do not exist

Let’s listen to a tape recording of sacred music – Tibetan monks or Gregorian singing. If you listen, you can hear how the voices merge, forming one pulsating tone.

This is one of the most interesting effects inherent in some musical instruments and a chorus of people singing in about the same key — the formation of beats. When voices or instruments converge in unison, the beats slow down, and when they diverge, they accelerate.

Perhaps this effect would remain in the sphere of interests of only musicians, if not the researcher Robert Monroe. He realized that despite the beating effect widely known in the scientific world, no one had studied their impact on the human condition when listening through stereo headphones. Monroe discovered that when listening to sounds of similar frequency through different channels (right and left), a person feels the so-called binaural beats, or binaural beats. Continue reading

Ode to joy or sorrow?

Researchers study not only the processing by the brain of the “acoustic” component of music, but also the processes by which it affects people emotionally. In one of these works, it was shown that physical reactions to music (in the form of goosebumps, tears, laughter, etc.) occur in 80% of adults. According to a survey conducted in 1995 by Jaak Panksepp of the University of Bowling Green, 70% of several hundred respondents said that they enjoy music, “because it creates emotions and feelings.”
Until recently, the mechanisms of such reactions remained a mystery to scientists. However, a study of a patient suffering from bilateral damage to the temporal lobes, affecting the auditory cortex, prompted an answer to the question that tormented us. The patient has preserved normal intelligence and general memory, there are no difficulties with language and speech. Continue reading

Music in the head
Before modern neuroimaging techniques were developed, researchers studied the musical abilities of the brain, observing patients (including famous composers) with various disruptions in their activity due to injury or stroke.…

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How to learn to sing high notes
High notes can be difficult for novice vocalists, and more so for those who did not sing in the choir during their childhood. You can learn to sing them correctly…

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Sounds that energize the brain
“Some sounds work just as well as a couple of cups of coffee,” says Alfred Tomatis, an eminent French hearing expert. This means that we can use music as a…

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Is the performing teacher a creator or artisan? (dedicated to all teachers of instrumental classes)
Musical and instrumental pedagogy is a very strange science. Only someone who has gone through a system of music education can answer the question: “What is it?”. Studying at a…

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