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How Music Concerts Might Damage Your Ears

Most of us love attending music concerts, and it’s a good thing to have fun with friends. However, did you know that loud music in those places can damage your hearing? When you lose hearing, it means your ears cannot function normally like before. The problem might be temporary, and can last for a few hours once you get out of the concert. If you are exposed to excessive loud music severally, it may lead to permanent ear damage!ear protection for concerts

Hearing loss can happen to musicians too, because they attend several functions on weekly basis. Music fans are also likely to suffer from hearing problems due to very loud music. This article will remind you the causes of hearing loss during music concerts, as well as tips to observe while in a concert.

The following are some of the ways you are likely to develop hearing problem when you attend music concerts.

Shouting to be heard

When we speak, we normally hear what we say. That is why you can control the level of loudness as you speak to someone depending on the distance of separation. However, when you reach a point you have to shout so that someone can hear you, probably you are losing hearing ability. This can be as a result of prolonged exposure to loud music while in a concert. In some cases, this is a temporary hearing loss that usually fades away after a few hours.

Tinnitus “ringing in your ears”

This is a condition whereby you feel the ears are occupied with other nonstop noises. You cannot find the source of the noise, making your ears not able to capture sound when someone is talking to you. This is caused by excessive loud music, and several musicians often suffer from this condition. The situation can take several hours before returning to normalcy. However, it might be dangerous if the hearing loss turns to be a permanent situation.

Exposure to daily loud music

If you are addicted to music concerts, probably you are likely to develop a permanent hearing loss unless you put on specific ear protection or earplugs. It can lead to a permanent ear damage, if the hearing mechanisms have been interfered with completely. Some people experiencing such problems might be able to hear only when someone shouts at very close range. Apart from losing hearing ability permanently, tinnitus can also occur. The condition is as disturbing as losing hearing permanently!

Staying close to “ear-damaging” loud music

Obviously, music concerts have ear-damaging music. There is a notion among music lovers that loud music is the only best way to rock during an event. But this does not force anyone stay just next to the speakers, because you might develop hearing loss before or after the concert. You can enjoy music by sitting far from the speakers, that is, if you have to attend every music concert within your area.

How to Prevent Hearing Loss While at Music Concerts?

Some music lovers that must attend concerts attempt to protect their ears using rolled-up tissues and soft pieces of clothes. Unfortunately, these cannot prevent your ears because the noise can easily penetrate. Wearplug.com recommends reliable earplugs include Silicone earplugs (Foam) and Custom-fit earplugs usually designed for musicians.

You can also consider the following tips txo help you protect your ears during music concerts;

  • Sit far away from the speakers, about 10 feet is a bit enough
  • Spare your ears by taking breaks after every performance in order to reduce excessive noise exposure
  • You can shift often from one point to another finding a quieter place
  • Avoid shouting to one another, because this is an additional noise to your ears
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The Guide of How to Form a Band

how-to-form-a-bandWhen you talk about creating a band, someone may look at it as a very easy task. However, it has got its challenges. You need to set up a group that meets all your requirements. Otherwise, you may get caught in a continuous cycle of replacing members, trying to get the perfect replacement, and teaching new members songs. That makes your band dysfunctional and frustrating. To save yourself from the above problems, create the best band from the start. Here is how you can do that:

What are your needs?

Before you make a move to look for band players, you need to know what it is that you want from the band. For example, if you have a friend and she plays the drums while you can play the piano, you are not going to go out and look for another pianist. However, your needs also depend on the kind of music you play. If you do not have your needs streamlined, you may end up getting another drummer or a guitarist just because you like the person. Always remember that this band is meant to play at shows as a team. Therefore come up with the musical roles and hire the right people.

Find the people

Now that you are sure of what the band needs, start looking for the people (musicians) to fill up the positions stated. You can get musicians through word of mouth, from your close friends, and through social media. You may also use the internet more so sites that are band and music related.garage-band

Formulate ground rules

When you are starting the band, there is no need to start talking about royalties, holiday packages and the like. This band is still a baby. Therefore, a lot of work needs to go into it even when the returns may seem low for the start. However, there are points you must consider if the band is to make forward movement. These include:

  • What is the schedule for practicing?
  • Where shall the practices be done?
  • Are there any expenses to incur? For example hiring practicing space, how do you intend to meet these costs?

As the band grows, so shall the needs and the costs. Therefore, bare that in mind and make room for it.

Who is the leader?

Most bands have the songwriter as the band boss or the person that formed the group or both of them. How far this ‘boss’ thing goes is entirely up to you; the person that is forming the group. Do you want it in such a way that it is only your songs played? Do you want them played in your style only? Do you want others to give their views?

It is crucial to have one main man more so when the time for booking shows starts and when promoting the band. This boss or main man is the primary contact for the musical group.

 

Start practicing

Needless to say, the most critical part of forming a band is to play music as a team. When you start playing, you shall be able to find out how well your musical group can work as a team. It is also the time when you find out who is serious and committed and who is not. If your objective is to earn a living out of this band yet the others are here for fun, now is the time when you shall know. If your goals and those of the band members do not connect, then you just have to return to step one instead of pushing your luck.

I wish you all the best in setting up your musical band.

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Choosing The Right Musical Instrument For Your Kid

guitar-kidEvery parent desires that their child learns how to play one musical instrument or the other. However, while a parent values music he or she has to put the child in mind when picking an instrument for him or her to learn. Here are some considerations to take:

  1. Age

Not all instruments can be played by all children. Your kid’s age matters when picking an instrument.

  1. 4 – 8 years

The following musical instruments would be ideal:

  • Guitar
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Violin
  • Piano

Let us see whykid-music these instruments best suit this age bracket:

  • String instruments– these are in several sizes. Their size does not affect the notes or finger positions in any way. It only makes the instrument easy to handle depending on one’s arm length. Therefore, if you choose a string instrument, take your baby to a rental place to get the right arm size and the appropriate instrument. Buying a string instrument from the Internet is usually a waste of money because you can not be sure if it is what your little one can use with ease.
  • The piano– It is the first and last instrument. The piano keyboard is in a manner similar to a musical staff. Therefore comprehending music, and learning notes becomes natural and intuitive. Besides that, the child learns how to read the low sound (bass clef) and the high sounds (treble clef). Learning a piano as your child’s first instrument also makes the transition to other instruments easy because he or she is now sure of the language.
  • Woodwind and brass instruments – Children of this age can not use them yet. That is because they require someone with a better embouchure in their tongue/jaw/mouth/lips and a large body to blow through the instrument tubing. Besides that, they are While a child may be able to lift these musical instruments except a tuba, he or she can not lift it through a rehearsal (lifting and blowing).

However, some children may start with a piccolo before progressing to a flute. That is because a piccolo is half the size of the pipe.

  1. Nine years and beyond

These can play almost anything. They can also join a band at school.

  1. The trumpet-flute-violin-saxophone conspiracy

kid-violinMost children love these instruments because, from a tender age, they have got exposed to them. Some others love them because they know someone that plays one of them.   However, when picking an instrument for your young one, you need to ensure that he or she loves and enjoys the sound that comes from it. It should not be because of peer pressure.

  1. The percussions

Drums and percussion instruments are not the best places to start your child. That is because it is not easy at all to learn how to read and train your ear harmonically and melodically on drums only. My advice is that since a piano is a percussion instrument as well, let your kid learn piano and drums concurrently.

I hope that this guides you very well as you pick an instrument for you little one. However, if you are uncertain about what to get, buy a piano. Your money shall get wisely invested because the skills learned from piano practice are transferable.

 

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