Saturday, January 23, 2010

Beautiful sound in musical instrument

The musical instruments in each people tell about the feelings, beauty and varied wisdom of the through the evening remains today and will continue to the next generation, as long village in its place of putting it into words. The beautiful sound of each musical instrument, weaving as the new generation is trained and is interested.

Generally, this is the favorite instrument of Lisu men. This is a wind instrument which they will play at ceremonies in the group of people culture court or when they travel to play in other villages; they also use the bottle gourd organ to contact each other, to others know they are thinking of them – a very good reason why this is the beloved and continues to be learnt from generation to generation.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Jazz with pop music bands

Before jazz drums came to Taiwan, here no such term; we only said drummers and called the music light music. Afterwards, when jazz music inwards in Taiwan, people gradually accepted it and pop music bands were formed. With the interest and rhythmic sense of the drummers, jazz drums became fashionable, widely loved and learned by youthful people. Jazz drums, in detail, are the heart of a jazz band.

In this developmental period, jazz drums endured some lean times before the unique crude instruments evolved into the present comfortable drum sets. Due to shortages of equipment and backward system, the early sets were simple to carry. They needed only to make a rhythm. Basically, the drum set consists of the bass drum, the side drum, and the hi-hat cymbal, which is copper.

The modern jazz drum set benefits from improved developed techniques. The basic set has grown to a deep drum, a side drum, a hi-hat cymbal, 2 tom-toms, one bass tom-tom, a ride cymbal, a crash cymbal, and a cowbell. This set has been used on step for quite a long time.

In the group of present-day bands, these two modern drum sets are combined. Tom-toms and cymbals can be added to make an entirety of eight or nine pieces. It depends on the talent of the player, and on demand. If you can get a firm and correct grasp of the rhythm, you can strike the drums and cymbals by now stretching out your hand, and develop a drummer’s skill and presence.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Effects of Music

Research into the effects of music on behavior, intelligence, learning, pain tolerance and health have generated a number of interesting findings.

Music, Intelligence and Learning:
According to the Association for Psychological Science, intelligence test scores grew higher in children who took lessons in keyboarding or singing. In another study, boys between the ages of 6 and 15 who took music lessons scored higher on tests of verbal memory than a control group of students without musical training.

Music and Pain Reduction:
Researchers found that patients who listened to harp, piano, synthesizer, orchestra or slow jazz experienced less post-surgical pain than those who did not.

Music Therapy and Autism:
Music therapy is particularly helpful for autistic students, who have difficulty interacting with classmates and teachers and become agitated in noisy, changeable environments. Autistic students respond very well to music therapy, which can be used to help them remain calm under stress and socialize more effectively. In addition, many autistic children have spectacular music skills.

Music and Plant Health:
Experiments conducted by Dorothy Retallack to learn about music's effects on plants are described in her 1973 book The Sound of Music and Plants. Retallack played rock music (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge) for one group of plants and jazz for another. When two weeks had passed, the jazz plants were healthy and bent toward the radio. The rock music plants grew very tall and droopy, with faded blooms, and most had died within 16 days.

Retallack tried other types of music, including country, to which the plants showed no reaction, and modern (discordant) classical music, which caused the plants to bend away from the speaker. The plants seemed to “like” Bach and North Indian sitar and tabla music.

Other people have conducted similar experiments, and some claim to have achieved similar results. However, Retallack has been criticized for using unscientific methods in her experiments.

Most music studies to date have used small sample sizes and some have not controlled for confounding variables, so although these findings are compelling, more research is required. However, given that many studies have generated similar results for certain types of music, the psychology of music is certainly worthy of further exploration.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Music and Your Body

Research has shown that music has a profound effect on your body and psyche. In fact, there’s a growing field of health care known as Music Therapy, which uses music to heal. Those who practice music therapy are finding a benefit in using music to help cancer patients, children with ADD, and others, and even hospitals are beginning to use music and music therapy to help with pain management, to help ward off depression, to promote movement, to calm patients, to ease muscle tension, and for many other benefits that music and music therapy can bring. This is not surprising, as music affects the body and mind in many powerful ways. The following are some of effects of music, which help to explain the effectiveness of music therapy:

Brain Waves: Research has shown that music with a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves to resonate in sync with the beat, with faster beats bringing sharper concentration and more alert thinking, and a slower tempo promoting a calm, meditative state. Also, research has found that the change in brainwave activity levels that music can bring can also enable the brain to shift speeds more easily on its own as needed, which means that music can bring lasting benefits to your state of mind, even after you’ve stopped listening.

Breathing and Heart Rate: With alterations in brainwaves comes a change in other bodily functions. Those governed by the autonomic nervous system, such as breathing and heart rate can also be altered by the changes music can bring. This can mean slower breathing, slower heart rate, and an activation of the relaxation response, among other things. This is why music and music therapy can help counteract or prevent the damaging effects of chronic stress, greatly promoting not only relaxation, but health.

State of Mind: Music can also be used to bring a more positive state of mind, helping to keep depression and anxiety at bay. This can help prevent the stress response from wreaking havoc on the body, and can help keep creativity and optimism levels higher, bringing many other benefits.

Other Benefits: Music has also been found to bring many other benefits, such as lowering blood pressure (which can also reduce the risk of stroke and other health problems over time), boost immunity, ease muscle tension, and more. With so many benefits and such profound physical effects, it’s no surprise that so many are seeing music as an important tool to help the body in staying (or becoming) healthy.

With all these benefits that music can carry, it's no surprise that music therapy is growing in popularity

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Conference and One-On-One Media Interviews to be held by NASA on Jan. 21

NASA will hold a briefing for journalists with the next set of residents of the International Space Station at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 21, from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The briefings will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Questions also will be taken from participating NASA locations.

The briefing participants are:
- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson
- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov
- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko

Following the briefing, the crew members will be available for individual round-robin interviews, in person or by phone. There also will be a photo opportunity. To participate in the interviews, reporters should contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111, by 4 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 20. U.S. and foreign nationals planning to attend the news briefing must contact the Johnson newsroom by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, to arrange credentials.

On April 2, Skvortsov, Kornienko, and Caldwell Dyson will launch to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They will dock to the space station on April 4, joining Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who arrived on the station in December as part of Expedition 22.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Winter High School Alumnus in Orbit on Space Station Will Talk with Wisconsin Students, State Representative

Wisconsin Rep. Mary Williams will attend a discussion Jan. 6, 2010, among astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth and students from two Wisconsin schools. International Space Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi will speak with students from Winter School in Winter, Wis., and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School in Hayward, Wis.

Williams, Creamer and Noguchi are members of the station's Expedition 22 crew. Williams is a 1976 graduate of Winter High School and considers Winter his hometown.

The live call from orbit will take place between 8:40 a.m. and 9 a.m. CST during an event at Winter High School from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will include videos of the astronauts' launches to the orbiting outpost aboard Soyuz rockets. Additionally, Mike Simonson of Wisconsin Public Radio will display objects brought back from Williams' launch in Kazakhstan.

Students have been preparing for the downlink by studying science experiments, designing presentations and creating space and mission-themed art projects. Students also have made a welcome center in the main entrance of the school that contains a moonscape, 3-D star and planet mobiles, a spaceship and an astronaut.

The downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office. Teaching From Space promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of human spaceflight.

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