Music Therapy

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This article has been on the net for quite sometime. Here it is in part explaing that indeed music does calm the savage beast.

It has long been suggested that "music soothes the savage beast." But is this true? And if it is, does this have any implication where humans are concerned? The answer, apparently, is yes. To illustrate this, researchers point to the different physiological changes that take place within the human body in response to different sounds and noises. A loud noise that shatters the silence sets the human heart racing and stimulates a rush of adrenaline that prepares you for flight. In contrast a soft, soothing sound helps us relax.

Music therapy has, in fact, been around for thousands of years. Nearly four thousand years ago the Hebrew scriptures recorded that the boy who would later become King David was hired by his predecessor to play the harp to calm King Saul when he would go into a rage. Likewise, the use of music therapy is found in the writings of ancient civilization such as Egypt, China, India, Greece and Rome.

More recently scientists have been studying the effects of music therapy and have documented changes in respiratory rates, blood pressure and pulse. In response to music, researchers in the realm of music therapy have found that the use of music therapy can be effective in areas as diverse as IQ and recovery rates, pain management and weight loss.

Some object thta this sounds too good to be true. How can music therapy change something like pain management? Researchers tell us that the reason music therapy works is based on how we hear. Sound is a little more than vibrations in the air that pick up by the inner ear and transferred to the brain which is a key component in your nervous system and controls the functions of the body and the brain responds to the stimuli that it is given.

In light of this, music therapy can and often is used in a wide variety of applications. One common application for music therapy is in working with autistic individuals because research has found that music can help autistic children to express themselves. Likewise, music therapy has been found to help individuals with physical disabilities to develop better motor skills.

With music therapy, individuals with high levels of anxiety can be helped to express suppressed emotions thereby discharging anger, or enabling the individual to express the joy they would not otherwise be able to express. Likewise, research has found that music therapy can help lower anxiety levels of hospital patients who find themselves facing frightening prospects and in unfamiliar environment. Furthermore, music therapy has been found to help medical professionals with pain management such that they have been able to reduce pain medication by as much as one half by helping to stimulate the production of the body's own pain killers, called endorphins.

Music therapy can come in a wide variety of forms. In some cases it's as simple as having the individual listen to particular music. In other cases it's as simple as having the individual respond to teh music either in dance or using some other form of expression. But in its many forms, music therapy has often been found to be beneficial.

Music education benefits the students listening to themselves while playing the piano, plus listening to cds of other performers. Won't you take the time to listen to your son/daughter play their instrument and saturate your home and car with good quality music. It's good therapy for the body and the soul!

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Tips to Finding Free Piano Tabs

Sheet Music for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.Image via WikipediaMany piano players, especially those who are good at  improvising, as well as pianists who prefer to develop their own style of playing prefer to use piano tabs (chord charts) instead of sheet music.

Piano tabs offer great flexibility and versatility while reading sheet music, although able to improve your technical proficiency, limits you to a technical style of just reading the notes. The Internet has a huge selection of free piano tabs available and they’re quite easy to find when you consider the tips below.
Places to Find Free Piano Tabs

Piano tab databases allow you to copy, save, or download their piano tabs. Sometimes, their entire database is free to access. Other times, you need to pay a membership fee or per tab. With tab search engines, you need to specify the piece you require piano tabs for and they’ll produce a list of websites that have them.

Piano Tutorial Websites and Forums

Websites and forums that teach or help you to play the piano for free usually have free piano tabs as well.
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Pentatonic Scale in Oriental Video

Hendrix chord, F7#9, as an uncommon pentatonic...Image via WikipediaPentatonoic is a scale that consists of 5 notes,
namely, I-II-III-V-VI. C pentatonic scale
comes with C, D, E, G, and A.
You can create all kinds of beautiful music using
pentatonic scale.

oriental moods

Frédéric Chopin wrote the right hand piano part of
his Etude Op. 10 no. 5 in the major G-flat
pentatonic scale, and therefore, the melody is
played using only the black keys. Antonín Dvoøák,
inspired by the native American music and
African-American spirituals he heard in America,
made extensive use of pentatonic themes in his
"New World" Symphony and his "American" Quartet.
Are you finding the pentatonic scale interesting

In fact, you can take a look at the
video that highlights the usage of pentatonic
scale. This video is put together by one of Yoke Wong's
customers, Miriam.

She started composing using pentatonic scale after
learning this technique from Yoke Wong's definitive piano
improvisation course. With her permission, Yoke Wong is
sharing her first music video that makes use of
pentatonic notes blended with open chord voicing.

I am enjoying the video a lot as she puts real
effort in combining her music with beautiful
pictures of the nature. Furthermore, she is making
use of music synthesizer to highlight certain
instrumental effect. Kudos to Miriam. 

Improve Your Piano Playing
Access Free Piano Tutorials Here

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Piano Playing Cat: Nora

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I have a Siamese cat and you can read more about "Jazz" at:

Oh how I wish I had thought of this earlier. If you're familiar with Nora, the piano playing cat, then take a look at her sequel.

Nora The Piano Cat: The Sequel - Better than the original!

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Jazz Piano Tutorial-Easy Does It

Teaching music with a steady beat:

Standardized testing shows that children with steady beat independence are better readers and more successful in mathematics. STEADY BEAT seems to help in areas of concentration, to understand space and distance and to have better control of physical movements. Here is a website for using a free metronome to help with your child's practicing a STEADY BEAT.

'Easy Does It' - jazz piano tutorial 

Wonderful playing by Doug McKenzie... enjoy!

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Piano Chords: Let Go (Tutorial)

Piano Tutorial: Let Go recorded by DeWayne Woods

Are you looking for the chords to Let Go? Here is a tutorial guide for some piano tips to the song.

Play Piano By Ear

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I found this very cool article online this morning written by Isaac Whitfield.
It's  called Play Piano By Ear  - Practice Is The Key. I couldn't agree more. I hope you find some interesting tips to help you bring your piano playing to the next level.

Practice is a big part of learning to play piano by ear, but another is natural ability and some musical background. If you have a family member who is a musician and seems to be able to play anything they want, that is natural ability. If not, then there are ways of learning, but it will take a lot of practice to achieve your goal.

Those who are lucky to have been born with perfect pitch have no problem at all learning to play piano by ear. If not, more practice! Begin by sitting at your piano. Now close your eyes and strike a note. Without looking at what note you played, identify it. Were you close? Get it right on the money? Keep at it. This is a big part of playing by ear. Note: Make sure your piano is tuned!

Listen And Listen Some More
Play a favorite song on your CD player, and just as the first drill, try to identify what notes are being played. Listen to just the melody. Play it again and listen to the bass line. Play it again and try to identify any other instruments being played. Learn everything about the song. Choose a song that has some easy piano parts in it.

Play The Melody
Now that you have studied this song with your ears, try to play the melody, one note at a time from memory. Play the first few bars over and over. Turn your CD back on and play the first few bars or whatever you can remember. Keep at it until you have learned the basic melody.
A big part to learning to play piano by ear is to associate what you hear with the notes on your keyboard. By mastering the first drill of playing a note and identifying it with your eyes closed, this association will hit you like a ton of bricks someday and you will yell-I got it!
Take It Slow
Learn the melody first, then begin putting some bass lines into it. If you know basic chords and scales this process will be easier. Hop online and check out some video tutorials. There are audio lessons available as well, created specifically for ear training.
By following these tips learning to play piano by ear can be achieved, but the big word here is practice!
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