When I gave birth to my first-born, I listened to CDs
of classical music in the hospital. I figured that music would help calm me and distract me from the pain.
You might use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations, too. Or perhaps you’ve listened to music while studying or working out, hoping to up your performance. Though you may sense that music helps you feel better somehow, only recently has science begun to figure out why that is.
Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine that can make us feel good or even elated. Listening to music also lights up other areas of the brain — in fact, almost no brain center is left untouched — suggesting more widespread effects and potential uses for music.
Music’s neurological reach, and its historic role in healing and cultural rituals, has led researchers to consider ways music may improve our health and wellbeing. In particular, researchers have looked for applications in
A baby grand piano with black lacquer finish stands out as an elegant piece of furniture in a home as well as a musical instrument. Like other finishes, the lacquer requires basic maintenance to stay looking its best. Wiping with a feather duster or soft damp cloth keeps the finish clean and free from dust.If left to sit for a long time, dust can lead to scratches on the lacquer finish. Frequently dusting the piano keeps this from happening. Use a feather duster to brush the dust away. If you don’t have a feather duster, use a soft nonabrasive cloth or piece of cotton. Slightly dampen the cloth and wipe down the finish using minimal pressure followed by a dry cloth immediately afterward to prevent moisture damage. When wiping down the piano, follow the direction of the grain if it is visible to avoid potential scratches.Fingerprints sometimes wipe off with a damp cloth during routine cleaning but if not, add a little oil soap to that damp cloth when wiping down the piano, followed by a clean, damp cloth, then a dry cloth.
To mark National Piano Month, we asked our Facebook fans to submit their piano-related questions for Damon Groves (pictured), The Royal Conservatory’s Concert Piano Technician and a member of The Conservatory’s Piano Technology team. In this first of two posts, Damon shares responses to your cleaning questions, including advice on dealing with the dilemma of dust.
Kaoru Sato Miller: How do I clean inside my grand piano?
Damon: The short answer is very carefully. Piano technicians have special tools for cleaning grand pianos. One of the tools is called a soundboard steel. It is a very thin, malleable piece of steel that can be inserted in between the strings to clean the soundboard. We attach a cloth to one end of the soundboard steel and carefully dust off the soundboard. I have used a vacuum, too, but very carefully. Stay clear of the dampers- the little, black pieces of wood above the strings. Dampers are very sensitive and you don’t want to touch them (or even worse, vacuum them). Keeping the lid closed is a great way to keep dust out.
Piano Playground Studio: Is it harmful to my piano to take the keys completely off and clean under them? My piano has
How you Should Choose your Wedding Band Couples who are on the planning process for their wedding day, the selection and hiring process of a band is actually the last thing that they need to make and is also the most crucial decision that has to be made. Wedding bands will be able to help in setting the tone at the reception and is something that everyone remembers and also the most important part of your wedding which is going to determine whether the day is going to feel good as you hoped. There are actually various factors which you must consider in the process of hiring a wedding band, which actually is one of the most important thing that you need to book. The band actually should be booked in advance. A wedding band is in fact high in demand and while you have many choices available, when you wish to end up with the best of the best, then you should consider booking this first. The good news to this would be where you don’t need to book the venue at first before the bend as long as you have the date already,
Picking The Best Beginner’s Guitar Guitar playing greenhorns, apart from learning guitar chords, must know the basics of how a guitar works, and be able to get a suitable guitar to start off with the strumming. Guitars are classified as stringed musical instruments. Stringed instruments may contain 4 to 18 strings; the present-day guitar has six. Sound may be amplified acoustically or electrically. It is this that gives rise to guitar classification as either acoustic or electric. Producing sound from a guitar is either by strumming or plucking the strings with the right hand while fretting the strings with the fingers of the left hand (although customized guitars for left-hand strummers have been made). Basic guitar construction apart from the strings has three main parts. The body is the bulky part where one end of each of the strings is secured to the bridge fixed to the far end of the body. An acoustic guitar has a “hollow body” with a round hole on the front. The strings cross the hole; the arrangement providing an acoustic guitar’s ability to amplify sound when the strings are struck. Sound control knobs are fixed onto the body of electric guitars.
Reasons to Play the Clash of Clans Game The size and success of Clash of Clans cannot be matched to anything else in the mobile gaming world. Investing in a game of Clash of Clans is one of the best ways to spend your money or time. We have researched on some of the reviews that the gamers have given about the game to help you discover the experience that you will have with the game. The developers to the game make sure that they always provide updates of the game and this is one of the things that the gamers enjoyed the most because the game never becomes boring. You will find that developers of the Clash of Clans game fix all the problems that the gamers complain about and at the same time throw in new weapons and updates to the thrill of the gamers. Over time, the game evolves to adapt to the changes and this is the most liked feature about the Clash of Clans game. You can play Clash of Clans anywhere because the mobile platforms allow you to. Since it is mobile, you can be able to use it on your
How Phone Games are Changing How We Have Fun Smartphones make one of the biggest game changers of the century. Their usefulness has seen the proliferate our world and grow from a luxury to a necessity in an amazing record rate. Currently, we use the smartphone to do a wide range of things from the traditional making of calls to managing our work, responding to mail and as a source of entertainment. Apart from making us highly efficient, smartphones are a perfect source of fun and entertainment – if used well. As the manufacturer struggles to put more processing capabilities into the next device, developers have more wiggle room and can deploy better games. This means that you no longer have to stick to the mundane laser blasting or brick arranging games that proliferated the pre-smartphone era. By expanding the scope, manufacturers and developers give us something more interesting to look forward to every time we pick up our phones. When choosing a phone game, you should ensure that you go for something that is both interesting and challenging. One of the most ignored things about smartphone games is that they offer fun but rigorous exercise to
Check out Horror Movies and Why People Like Them the Best Have you ever asked yourself why people like scary movies so much? If the answer to this is yes, then you aren’t the only one. When it comes to horror, there is quite a bit of research that has been done as well as many claims that have been made along the way. The love of horror films is often been attributed to the thrill that you get out of watching them. Researchers have found that this is especially true about the males of the world. In other words, some people love the threat they feel from the scariness of the film. Worry and fear are two things that horror films aim to invoke in watchers. People can worry in ways that other humans are just not able to. Practical and Helpful Tips: Options
“Paranormal Activity” is one film that has invoked a great amount of fear in the audience. Even though this movie was low budget, it became so popular that it has released several sequels. A Simple Plan: Horror
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