Do you play a musical instrument? Do you sing? Or are you absolutely hopeless where music’s concerned? Either way, did you know that playing music is really good for your mind and spirit?
Recent research shows that playing music, whether you’re an impresario or a rank amateur, has amazing effects on your well being. It boosts your mood. It helps people with dyslexia improve their writing skills. It fosters confidence. And it encourages a warm sense of belonging when you play in a group or sing with other people, in a choir or other musical ‘community’.
Music is also a wonderful way to get the family together and have a laugh on a shoestring. You don’t need expensive musical instruments. Many of us learned to play the recorder when we were little and a descant recorder only costs a few quid. Percussion is easy – at its simplest, fill a lidded container with pebbles and you’ve got an excellent shaker. Or play the spoons. Even if you sing horribly out of tune it doesn’t matter in a family context!
Make up your own songs. Sing along to a CD or get your iPod fired up and do Karaoke that way. Invite your mates for a cheap night in. Record yourselves and enjoy listening back to your efforts… the worse you are, the funnier it is! If one of you is musical, they can take the lead and you might do a bit better. But it doesn’t matter. It’s the fun that counts and it’s a great way to save money on DIY family entertainment!
Published January 17, 2011 & Filed in Discount Coder Chat
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