Learn the Beat in the Heat of a Pandemic 2022

Time runs fast has pretty much insinuated that this is exactly what the world is experiencing right now.

 

Has Covid-19 Wreaked Havoc on Music?

Surely, the old phrase “time runs fast” has pretty much insinuated that this is exactly what the world is experiencing right now. And who would have thought that in just a few months, we’ll be flipping another page and turning over into another year?

Fear, confusion, and uncertainty are all emotions we could do without, but there is always a light amid adversity. Sometimes, just sometimes, that light is accompanied with a sound: a melody that incorporates strings, notes from white and black keys, or perhaps something more organic that we’re capable of producing with a few good breaths or clicks of the fingers — this sweet-sounding light is one of the few things that’s keeping us sane and upbeat!

In a case study recently posted on “The Conversation,” researchers pointed out that “the motor system is particularly responsive to the beat, the regular pulse in music that people typically tap or dance along with. The beat has a privileged role in music, capturing our attention and sometimes driving us to move without us even being aware of it. The process by which we synchronize movements to the beat is called entrainment.”

They also added that, “Entrainment allows us to achieve what researchers call interpersonal synchrony, or the alignment of behaviour in time. Being in sync with others is important for many kinds of human behaviour. It enables us to coordinate synchronized actions as a group, from singing in a choir to rowing a boat, as well as the turn-taking behaviours that make for good conversations. The desire for interpersonal synchrony may drive humans to perform music together during this pandemic.”

We might be in a physically distant time but we certainly are connected socially, virtually, in our hearts, and in some particular way — through music!

Play That Playlist

To some, unprecedented time can understandably trigger anxiety. There are different playlists for different moods and ones to suit all tastes of music. Each one is different from the other, so spare some time and create your own playlist! That way, whenever things get a bit overwhelming, you can simply tap it up for easier access. After all, if listening to songs relaxes us, what else can that song offer? Rewire your thoughts of the world and let the music take you into the songs you’d love to listen to. Pick the right musical instrument and learn to play your playlist.

A Companion in a Physically Distant Time

All of us must have heard and/or perhaps experienced by now the virtual changes in the music industry. In tune or not, we all love to sing and hum, why not enhance the experience with a good musical instrument or invest in some professional equipment to make it even more beautiful?  What could honestly be more endearing than learning and creating art together

Quarantine and isolation guaranteed us a lot of spare time to dedicate to our crafts and discover new hobbies, so there’s no point in wasting it… Music is undeniably one of the biggest means of comfort, hope, and entertainment to anyone under stress. Social isolation isn’t the best idea for relationships but it is for pandemic. Since there is no other way to bond and have an outdoor adventure together, consider inviting your circle for a fun-filled musical jam or lesson virtually; unleash the music within and beat that beat!

 

FAQs

How does music help to relieve stress on this pandemic?

Fear, confusion, and uncertainty are all emotions we could do without, but there is always a light amid adversity. Sometimes, just sometimes, that light is accompanied with a sound: a melody that incorporates strings, notes from white and black keys, or perhaps something more organic that we’re capable of producing with a few good breaths or clicks of the fingers — this sweet-sounding light is one of the few things that’s keeping us sane and upbeat!

What are the benefits in listening to music?

After all, if listening to songs relaxes us, what else can that song offer? Rewire your thoughts of the world and let the music take you into the songs you’d love to listen to. Pick the right musical instrument and learn to play your playlist.

What are the positive effects of music during this pandemic?

Music is undeniably one of the biggest means of comfort, hope, and entertainment to anyone under stress. Social isolation isn’t the best idea for relationships but it is for pandemic. Since there is no other way to bond and have an outdoor adventure together, consider inviting your circle for a fun-filled musical jam or lesson virtually; unleash the music within and beat that beat!

Different types of DJ equipment

DJ Headphoes

You can’t DJ properly if you can’t hear what you’re doing or gauge what the audience is hearing. This is why a top-class pair of headphones is essential in any DJ setup. There are hundreds of great headphones on the market, but what you need to factor in when buying is whether they will be in-ear or over-ear, the cup size, orientation, comfort, and durability, among other things.

Different types of DJ equipment

speakers

 If you haven’t got some already and need to add speakers to your shopping list, you’ll want to avoid cheap brands and opt for some which are powerful but suitable for your DJing environment. You wouldn’t go out and buy a huge PA system if you live in a cupboard under the stairs, and you wouldn’t invest in some tiny desk speakers if you are mixing in a large room with thick walls and high ceilings. A set of speakers that fit somewhere in the middle is best.

Different types of DJ equipment

DJ Software

If you’re looking to play solely digital, you’re going to want to invest in some good software. Some DJs who play from USB still do not use software, but the truth is, it can seriously help you stay organized. Software not only allows you to prepare your tracks into neat and tidy playlists, but it also detects the BPM and key of all your tunes, lets you set hot cues, make loops, mashups, and other really cool stuff that wouldn’t be possible if you simply stuck all your tunes on a USB stick or burned them to CD. If you’re just starting out as a DJ, there’s no question that using a high-quality software program will make mixing easier and your sets sound better.

Different types of DJ equipment

Controllers

 DJ controllers are highly convenient because they are an all-in-one setup that you can carry around with you, then plug in and play right off the bat. They also eliminate the need to spend thousands on individual pieces of gear. There are many different types of DJ controllers that are ideal for beginners, each with different functions, personalities, and more. Some are fantastic for multi-deck mixing, changing the volume, tempo, track settings, looping, panning, playing drum pads, and even scratching.

Different types of DJ equipment

mixers

For any analog DJ setup, a mixer is an essential bit of kit. Besides being used to make seamless transitions from one song to another, they also have a wide range of other functions. The crossfader can be used to make epic scratch performances, while the vertical sliders control the volume levels, panning, and can be used in conjunction with effects. They also act as a soundcard to process the music signal you’re sending out to your audience, and let you cue up your next track in your headphones while the current song is playing.

Different types of DJ equipment

Turntables

As mentioned, mixing on turntables is the classic way of DJing, and even some digital DJs still have a vinyl player or two in their repertoire. Turntables are ideal for those who want to get into scratching. They also allow you to switch between songs and albums, slow down tempos, alter the pitch, and do other creative tricks. While laptops and digital DJ setups are the most popular in this day in age, we still recommend learning how to mix on vinyl, even if you don’t plan to buy turntables or use them in your setup. The saying is true – if you can play on wax, you can play on anything.