“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” – Johann Sebastian Bach
Music is definitely the greatest creation of man, and is probably the most powerful thing on this planet. Can you imagine how life would have been if there were no music? Well, I don’t even want to think about it, life without music would have been tragic. Music has been wired into the very existence of our life for centuries. Music keeps us going actually, and a life without music would be the last thing on earth we would have wished for. Music makes this world lively and active, it brings cheers and happiness in our life. An artist playing a musical instrument and the person who listens to it, both equally enjoy the music. Music is one of the most cherished human experiences and everyone enjoys some sort of music. Music can not only be enjoyable it can also have a positive effect in our life in various ways.
Music is the universal language, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, an American poet in the 19th century said that music is “the universal language of mankind.” Because of the kind of effect music has in our life, music has crossed boundaries to unit people from different countries, background and cultural heritage. There is nothing like music to take you to a place in time. Music bridges the cultural divide: a study conducted by Researcher Thomas Fritz from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany has shown that regardless of culture or previous exposure, people in Cameroon were accurately able to recognize three emotions in Western music – happiness, sadness and fear.
Playing musical instrument will make you smarter, “Mozart effect” which refers to a set of research results indicating that listening to Mozart’s music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning”. In short it will make you smarter. It is, also, said that music training at an early age helps develop certain parts of brain which are involved with language and reasoning.
Playing music will improve your creativity: According to a HuffingtonPost article, music is a great way to enter “mind-wandering mode,” which can unlock creativity. This article talks about Levitin, a professor of neuroscience at McGill University, according to whom there are two primary modes of brain operation: Either you’re paying attention to something very closely and you’re deeply engaged in a task, or you’re in “mind-wandering mode”. It’s in this “mind-wandering mode” where most of the creativity takes place, and we’re able to come up with innovative solutions to problems.
If you play guitar, it will reduce stress and anxiety: Playing guitar has a calming effect. It has a unique link to our emotions, and hence it is very effective in managing stress. According to a study at Mind-Body Wellness Center and Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Applied Biosystems stress can be reduced on a genomic level by playing a musical instrument.
Music is everywhere, and it can set the ambiance in any room by only changing the style and sound of it. Soft music in a restaurant creates a great romantic ambience for a couple, while loud and inspirational music increases the motivational level of athletes before a match.
For decades different music genres like classical, jazz, rock, blues, hip hop, country, rap, bluegrass, folk, metal, etc. have evolved and ruled the heart, mind and soul of people. Music is a great force which can bring people together and create international peace, love and brotherhood.