Musical Instrument And IQ

Musical Instrument And IQ

Last week I met a friend of mine, while I was attending an awards ceremony. No, I was not being conferred an award instead, I was doing a photograph session of the awards for a news website. While I was clicking away, to my great surprise I saw my friend being awarded for excelling in his research work. I was stunned. He was not much of a learning geek during our school days, so seeing him winning an award certainly surprised me.

I said so to him. He said that his concentration had improved a lot since he had taken up learning the trumpet. He had bought it at and advised me to try it too. After hearing from him about his recent accomplishments, I thought of giving it a try. But before that I wanted to know what exactly a musical instrument could do to make you smart. Here is what I found out.

Research on playing musical instrument and its effect on brain suggest that the power and shape of our brain can be changed. This change helps in improving the cognitive skills largely. Studies suggest that the IQ in kids as well as adults had increased to about seven points more.  The studies done on brains of musicians reveal that the structure and function of their brain is different from those who were not acquainted with a musical instrument.

What surprised me most was that people who were 65 years old could experience the impact of learning to play afresh for just five or six months. Since the memory and hearing control spots in our brain are related to the part that controls movements, we become active and our brain structure too changes.

For instance, a kid-learning piano could become more disciplined, attentive and even excel in planning. These qualities are essential for academic excellence. So the kid becomes brighter. And I guess this is what happened in my friend’s case.

But I also found out that there are other things that music can do besides spark the intelligent streak in you and make you smarter and accomplish greater things in life. Learning foreign languages easily is another benefit that you get. While you get your memory improved, as you learn to play a musical instrument like a trumpet, you also learn to grasp new languages by the increased verbal memory.

Musicians are also able to pick up emotions like disappointment, empathy and other such feelings more readily than the rest.  It is said that music enhances memory power, language skills and much more on which research is being done consistently. The researchers believe that the new revelations would help in rehabilitation of neuropsychological issues in a better way.

I was definitely impressed by these findings and it renewed my resolve to learn the trumpet. When I said so to my friend, he advised me to know about the right devices to buy as he had suggested earlier and other details. He even volunteered to help me out with the initial steps, so I could learn it better.

The Awesomeness Of Having A Hobby

The Awesomeness Of Having A HobbyHaving a hobby is important. I enjoy many different hobbies and am always looking for something new to try. While I enjoy copywriting and photography, I need something that will help to unplug and unwind after a hard day. For those who have a hard time deciding if a hobby is worth it, the awesomeness of having a hobby.

Hobbies can be a great outlet for stress. Recently I decided to take a boxing class. The activity helps me release the stress. I can beat up on the boxing bag without having to worry. It also helps by focusing on a non-work- related task, clearing your mind, taking it off of anything that might be making you feel uptight. Once the focus if off of what I’m working on, work wise, I can feel the worry of the day fade away into the background.

Hobbies are awesome not just because they can give you the opportunity to pound away your stress at the end of a long day but because they can encourage you to take that break. It is so easy to get wrapped up in work. With the way that business are today, more and more people are being on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  By having a hobby, something that you can just do out of pure enjoyment, you will have that opportunity to step away from your work. For those that feel like breaks are a waste of time, with a hobby, your break now has a new meaning of purpose. You are being productive even if it isn’t business related.

Hobbies allow you to learn something new, giving you a break from the traditional routine. When I wanted to learn something new I decided to take up smoking meat. It is a challenge to make sure that meat is not only smoked to perfection but also to make sure it’s tasty to boot. I enjoyed researching and learning the new method of cooking. I asked questions, researched procedures, learned all about the different ways to smoke the meat. It was a lot of fun, but a great way to learn a new challenge.

When taking part in a new hobby you also get to interact with others. It might seem like hobbies are a solitary pursuit, however is not further from the truth. You engage with others who like to perform the same hobby. You get to learn from each other, bond over the fun. You get to expose yourself to a whole new world. Your hobby could be totally solitary, like drawing or writing. You can go online to learn more about the hobby, and meet others who can help you grow in your hobby.

Hobbies also help you stay in the present. It’s easy to get caught up in the flow of your hobby. You stay in the moment, you don’t worry about the past or the future. You are there in the moment, even if you spend hours on the project. It fills your focus. It keeps you from worrying about all the things that have to be done, all the things that should be done, all the things you never got around to doing. You get to live in that moment until you are finished.

The Awesomeness Of Having A HobbyWhile it might seem like all you want to do is get rid of the stress, there is an important type of stress that you do need in your life. Eustress is a positive type of stress that hobbies actually promote. It’s that feeling of excitement you get when you work on a project. By working on a hobby you access that kind of stress. You get that feeling of excitement and joy every time you sit down to work on it, especially if you only do the work because it is something you want to do, not something you have to do.

Finally, the best reason to start a hobby is because it can have great physical benefits. Some hobbies are physically challenging, like bike riding. You get out there and you’re using your muscles to move yourself around the area. You release endorphins along with the eustress and it can be a real rush. But even if your hobby is something of a more sedentary nature, you will still have some physical health benefits. Engaging in a hobby can help to lower your blood pressure and total cortisol. It can help you keep your weight down and have a better body mass index. You will also be less susceptible to depression. It is a benefit not just to your body but also to your mind.

Hobbies are great. They get you away from work and allow you to do something that you enjoy doing. Granted a lot of people can make money from what they do for a hobby. Some people draw, take photographs, or write all of which can translate into an easy way to make a living. However, a true hobby has to be something that you do not just because it is a good way to make a little extra cash. It should be something you enjoy doing or it’s not a real hobby.

Look around and see what is out there. You might not know what you want to do, that’s why you should try things out. Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? If so do some research, find out what it entails and try it out. For example, you love the look of beadwork but you know little about it. Get some books, go online and learn more. Buy a few beads, a weaver, and some thread and try it out. If you really enjoy doing it then you can expand your horizons and delve into the hobby more. The same can be said for any hobby that you may consider undertaking. The point is to find something that you can see yourself doing when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of life.

Why Learning Piano Is Beneficial

Why Learning Piano Is BeneficialMy neighbor was saying the other day as to how difficult his son found learning piano. He said that piano is certainly one of the most difficult instruments to learn. Being a piano enthusiast I didn’t agree with this opinion. It is considered as a straightforward instrument that teaches you all that is to know about basic music notes in a very effective manner. The visually pleasing array of white and black from the lowest to the highest tone speaks for itself the beauty and functionality of the instrument.

While I know that perfecting the play requires long hours of practice, it still remains my favorite. All great composers in music have piano as their key instrument. While it is easy to play initially, mastering it needs lots of practice and patience.

To play rhythmically and with perfect melody and harmony, you need to use your hands separately and at the same time. Using both hands is not a skill that is achieved easily. I know of only one other music instrument that is on par with piano on the complication scale.  But in case of drums, the player need not worry on the melody or harmony. A violin, guitar or bass deals with only one rhythm at a time. So in piano you need daily practice to maintain dexterity of fingers.

While the initial grades involve only easy notes that use one finger only at a time, when you need to have melody and harmony simultaneously in the higher grades, the playing becomes difficult. Playing harmonies is necessary

Beginners have an easier time, usually playing melodies of the one-finger-at-a-time variety. Playing the melody at the same time as the harmony, though, is harder. Irrespective of the purpose of playing the piano, it is vital to learn the skill of playing harmonies. This alone gives the music an expert and alluring touch and makes it stand out from the rest.

Though learning piano may seem difficult, it also has various health benefits. I’ve been playing piano from my school days and love playing it. Recently I got a digital piano, which is certainly a big and effective improvement on the acoustic piano.

Not only is playing piano a challenging task, it also comes with immense health benefits like:

  • Improves self esteem
  • Enhances self-discipline
  • Is a great medium for expressing your thoughts and emotions.
  • Improves your learning ability at school
  • Makes you take intelligent decisions and act smarter
  • Provides you with leisure and skills that stay for your lifetime

The most important benefit that makes piano the best ever instrument is its role in improving split concentration. I’d experienced this when I was young and learnt to play my first Chopin piece. This required using each hand in a separate manner with the placement differing in them albeit with precise coordination. This coordination skill is instrumental in developing the split concentration ability, which is not achieved that easily otherwise.

Since the new era of digital pianos have caused a great stir among the players, click for digital piano reviews here, it is easier and technical now than ever before, enabling easy mastering of the notes as you go to an advanced level.

A Brief Outlook On Field Archery

A Brief Outlook On Field ArcheryWhile I was practicing target shooting at the archery range, a fellow shooter approached me and starting talking about how he had become addicted to the sport. He wanted to know more about the field archery form, which is gaining popularity now. While field archery is similar to target archery, it involves practicing the archery in a wooden setting. The outdoor atmosphere adds to the allure, making it quite sought after sport in Europe and America.

Archery is basically an ancient skill that involves practicing or getting skilled at propelling arrows using a bow. In ancient times, archery has been used in combat and hunting, but now it is mostly used as a recreational activity or as competitive sport. Other than the target and field archery types there is the para archery, which is practiced by athletes who have some form of disability.

In field archery it is easy to train, if you’re good at target archery as the technique is the same except for the background or setting. The same equipment like compound, longbow, crossbow and recurve bow is used here.

Field archery is of two major categories namely unmarked or marked types. In the marked type, you have fixed distances marked as targets, while in the unmarked type the shooting is done at no particular fixed distance. The distance shot at can range from 5 meters to 60 meters depending on the equipment and range category the archer is shooting from.

Field archery is identical to golf as you can walk from target to target around a fixed course. The challenging part of field archery is shooting at downhill or uphill distances or across slopes. The different natural light conditions also make the archery interesting.

Target faces are set at fixed distances in field archery regardless of the particular round or level you are shooting from. The faces are set at 20 cm with 12 faces and three being high and four set across. The next level is at 40 cm with 4 faces, two on top and two across bottom, while the next two at 60 cm and at 80 cm are placed as single faces.

Archery is mostly popular because the variety of shooting styles you get here.  The endless variations in equipment and the different targets and courses make the sport an interesting and challenging one. I use great recurve bow for my shooting.  Whatever be the variations used, the intent or purpose is to hit at the specific target you aim on. Unless you get this right, the sport will fail to grab your attention and you’ll soon lose interest. Practice will help you improve your technique and aim in a great way.

While a rifle gun for instance makes it easy to aim, for archery you need strength and skilled coordination to hit your target successfully.  This is why archery has a wide range of equipment you can choose from. The bows, stabilizer and sights improve the mechanical advantage so a fair competition is ensured always.

My Brand New Boots

My Brand New BootsThis post is just a quick update about a purchase that I made recently that I am excited enough to write about here. I am not really a fashion person, and I don’t do a lot of shopping, but I have always paid special attention to my shoes. I like having something that is unique and different to wear than other people. Recently, I bought a pair of military-style boots because I thought that they looked amazing. I got the information for them from a website called Combat Boots Pro, which offers really good information on combat, hiking and trekking boots.

There are many types of combat boots. There are boots made for different situations, including patrol desert situations and straight-up fashion among others. This means that there are styles for al types of climates and uses. The other important thing is that they are built to be tough and to last. This is important to me when I am making a purchase that I want to last.

The boots that I chose to buy are called the Atlama OD Jungle Combat Boots. They are really solid, all-around boots. This is good since I plan on wearing them fairly regularly. Some of the things that I particularly like about them are their good price as well as their rugged vulcanized outsoles and their nylon webbing for comfort and drainage vents for moisture control.

I also like how they look. They look tough and they do look a little military, but they don’t make me look like I’m running a boot camp when I wear them or anything like that. Even though their price was really reasonable, these boots are solidly made and I see them as investment. I look forward to wearing these boots for a long time to come.

Designer Dog Day

Designer Dog DayA while ago, I got a job writing for a site about going behind the scenes at a professional dog show. I won’t repeat what I’ve already put into the article here, but I thought I’d give you all a “behind the scenes” of my day behind the scenes, if it were. 

I have to say that I love dogs, I even have dogs, but I had no idea what I was getting into with this show. I am used to easy-to-care-for mutts that make it to the vet once a year. I definitely am not used to all of the effort that goes into maintaining a purebred dog at the competition level.

The first thing I noticed was the names of the dogs.  I was given a roster sheet at the start of the day, and some of the things they were called really are incredible. After that, I noticed how intense it all was. The space it takes to hold a dog show is huge, and there were people and dogs everywhere.

There were very professional-looking setups for the dogs.  All of the owners, trainers and handlers took their jobs extremely seriously, and I actually think that the dogs did too by extension. I mean, they have to be able to feel the energy, after all. I honestly wanted to interview a few people, but everyone was so busy that they onlyhad time for a work or two. Mostly, I had to just pick up on the feel of the day and go with it for the article.

Past the actual owners and handlers, dog shows have many other people. There are, of course, the judges, but there are also vets, members of the public, breeders and professional dog groomers in attendance. Having said this, it is definitely the handlers that are the busiest. They not only walk the dogs in the ring, but they also serve as the dogs’ groomers before everything starts. This is a lot to take on, as they are responsible for almost all of the care and presentation of the animals.

I had no idea what dog grooming entailed before working on this article, but I found some good information on this site that shows it entails everything for teeth cleaning to fur styling to nail trimming and more. The handlers often have to know very specialized styles and cuts for different breeds of dogs, and there are even trends for dog grooming! The handlers and groomers all seem to be extremely good at their jobs to be working at that level.

After the dogs are “benched” for their grooming, the show begins in what is known as the “conformation ring.” The round of the dog show that we usually see on T.V. is really the last step in a series of different rounds of judging for each breed of dog. After they win their breed division, they are put together into a group of like breeds for a round and then those champions are reviewed for the overall winner.

It was a unique experience to say the least. I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the time or chance to go back to an event like that, but I have to admit that I did get caught up in watching the “best in show” round, even though my favorite didn’t win.

5 Ways to Keep Readers Hooked to Your Copy

5 Ways to Keep Readers Hooked to Your CopyI’ve been writing about as long as I can remember, even since before I picked up a camera and started taking photographs of whatever interested me. There’s something about the written word that just appeals to me. It appeals to a lot of other people too, which is why some folks learn information better, or remember it longer, when it is written rather than spoken. That doesn’t mean your copy can be boring and you can still hope to catch readers, though. Here are 5 ways to keep readers hooked to your copy, and thus improve traffic for your website.

–          Give your readers unique content they are unlikely to find anywhere else, and they will become more likely to revisit your website, looking for more of the same in the future. This one is really a no-brainer. Don’t just rewrite content you find elsewhere – make your own!

–          Next, you’re going to want to make your content informative. You could write something completely unique, which is inherently all fluff and no substance, and that wouldn’t do you or your website any good. Readers need to take something away from your copy.

–          Creating a posting schedule and sticking to it is another good way to keep readers hooked to your copy. It’s not as confusing as it might sound. Consider this: you like to visit a website of some sort, where the host typically puts up new articles or content once a week, every Saturday. You, then, will be very likely to check the site every Saturday, to see the new content when it is released. Now, put yourself in the writer’s place, and someone else on the outside looking in, and it should be clear how a schedule and regular updates will draw readers.

–          Next, you should be looking at similar websites to your own, and seeing if writers on those websites are using tactics or techniques you could take back to your own website. Researching the competition has always been a big part of coming out ahead of the rest, not just in writing, but pretty much every kind of business.

–          Last but certainly not least, you might consider setting up a newsletter or some other campaign that sends regular messages to the email addresses of readers. These reminders about new content and upcoming events at your website can only do good things for you.

Well, these five steps are pretty much guaranteed to increase your number of readers, and keep current readers coming back for more. Just recently, I got a freelance job from to redo some copy someone else wrote for them. I just applied these few methods to the content I was given, did a little editing, and came up with something much better, which they were very happy with.

I don’t know about other writers, but for me, creating copy is kind of like endless studying. There are new techniques and tricks coming up all the time, as well as new and interesting people, events and other bits coming to light. You have to keep your eyes and ears open.

Smooth Ride on Mini S

Smooth Ride on Mini SEverybody and their mothers know I am a car fanatic. It has been this way since I was a kid.  I like comparing wide body versus stock. The same goes with automobile manufacturers comparing Ford and Chevy; it does not matter to me. I keep up with the trends, especially what is coming out this year. Matter of fact, I had the great opportunity to meet up with an old friend of mine who had just purchased the 2014 Mini Cooper S. I don’t like or dislike Coopers, and I had not driven the 2014 automobile until a few weeks ago. I know “advancement in technology” makes our life better, but I was a tad skeptical with this new release. Luckily for me, that skepticism instantly diminished once I hopped in the driver’s seat.

The 2014 Mini Cooper S has a four-cylinder engine and six-speed auto transmission with a maximum speed of 145 miles per hour. The Cooper’s length is 151.1 inches, which is an increase of 4.3 inches. The moment I sat in the almost 2,800-pound vehicle, I felt an instant rush as I changed gears. I took it out for a spin as my friend satnext to me and the drive was smoother than peanut butter. The paddle shifters allowed the experience to be better than expected, especially for shifters that were crafted from plastic. [Read more…]