How Does Music Affect Us

musicEmotionally, socially, mentally, are a few of the adverbs that best describe how we feel about music. It can affect our body as well as our brain and along with that,our productivity. It is a BIG part of our lives without us realizing it.

Because we all spend way more time than we should on our devices, iPads, tablets, phones, our sources for music have changed as well and our devices are our CD players. The options are many for good quality music of our choosing.

The following blog said it best , Belle Beth Cooper and here is her link. It is an excellent read.

https://blog.bufferapp.com/music-and-the-brain

Music is one determinant of our personality and learning a new musical instrument is an excellent method for brain stimulation. Now that we know we NEED music, come to the class that tells you where to find it, how to play it and save it.
This seminar is about listening and streaming music from the internet. There are several very popular apps and programs for your PC and your smartphones for streaming music. Live 365, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio. All of these sites stream all genres of music. You can save it, use it on your TV, plug it into a speaker, or listen to it in the house from your smartphone.
Also we will pair our device with blue tooth speakers in both the car and externally.

More info on class and to register…

There are more websites than ever that offer free music online and it can be a little daunting when you’re looking for some free online music that you can play right now.

These free online music sources all work a little bit differently and all have many different features. You’ll basically find music databases where you can search for an artist or song and listen to it on-demand or online radio stations which work more fluidly. They all have their bells and whistles giving you just what you want.

Tip: Although these websites are all great places to listen to free music online, many are advertised based so you’ll need to listen to ads every once in awhile. There are also sometimes rules on how often you can skip songs within a playlist or radio station. Be sure to read each website’s FAQs to find out all the details.

Who is your favorite contemporary artist? Oldies from the 50’s and 60’s don’t count. I like Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryant, John Legend, Adele, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Armik, and guitar music that I can find.

Come to class on July 15th at 10 and listen to our portable BOSE speakers

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Using your smartphone

yellow rose  Having a little art background makes me dangerous. I have always been interested in light and the interplay with color but it hasn’t been fun, really fun until I met my smartphone. . Being “older” makes instant gratification a MUST. Take the photo, play with a free app, download or upload and VOILA!   Five minutes while you are waiting for the coffee pot to make your one cup of coffee.

There are a lot of reasons for owning a phone, calling people, texting long distance to the family, staying involved in your friend community, using a magnifier, maps, finding bathrooms and gas stations and making art creations out of your photos.

As the phones replace our point and shoots, you need to get more familiar with how the camera works, the possibility for exposure, focus, contrast, and post editing. The app stores are loaded with options. Overwhelming? I’ll say!

If you need help one on one help, with a calendar, your phone list, taking a photo, storage, using the music features, come and see us. Both platforms, iPhones and Androids are welcome. Check out the calendar for dates and times.

I took the photo above with the app Camera Awesome from SmugMug. Great for locking in focus and exposure. I post processed in Photo Viva. Available for both iOS and Android. If you check out there website at the app store, they have helpful hints on the painting. photoviva Remember after using the paint strokes, use the copy feature to blend in the brush strokes. You also can brush away unwanted strokes.

Time to go swimming and get outside on this beautiful day. See you in class.

Roberta