Some people have the impression that music is just sound, but in truth it affect your physical
state of being. It can alter you in many ways, depending on the genre of music you are being
exposed to. Electronic music with amplified sounds that stresses such musical parts as
brass, percussion and heavy bass notes will physically affect you more easily than any other
type of music.
Certain types of music can give you courage and strenghthen your willpower, while other types
can relax your nerves and muscles and relieve tension.
Here are some examples of music and their affect on the physical body:
If you feel as though you need to be energized you should listen
to music with strong rhythms and powerful contrasts between theme
and verse. Music such as marches, containing powerful chords and
instruments such as trumpets, horns, tubas, saxaphones, cymbals,
timpani, and trombones often have these characteristics. These tunes
provide a healthy stimulus for your body, the tend to focus and clarify
goals, promote cooperation, inspire and motivate loyalty. This genre of
music should not be played too loudly or for too long a time period or
you may shock your body and become exhausted. Specific examples of these
types of work are:
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Another genre that has the same effect as marches are overtures, which
tend to be energetic and dynamic, and carry a happy tune. An example of
work of this type is:
Played by the NY Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Bernstein
Fanfares were originally written for royal celebrations, and contain a
strong brass and trumpet sound which can help to revitalize your body
when out of energy.
Perkiness is the key to energizing music. Happy rhythms and brass sounds
have the highest capability of recharging and energizing your body.
Have you ever heard a certain song that made you want to get up and dance?
Folk music often has this effect on people. It can restore energy and revitalize
your spirit. It provides you a free form of exercise, which makes it more fun,
and often tiredness will not come into realization because the music has taken over
your body. Dance music can help to clear your emotions and helps you "breath in
new energy through your lungs and bloodstream (Lingerman, 22)"
Tchaikovsky - Dances from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty
Shostakovich - Polka (from Age of Gold)
Other music has a tendency to slow you down and relax you. Music having heavier
bass notes and slower rhythms