Benefits of Listening to music while working out

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Many people have the habit of listening to music while working out or jogging which is not a habit, it is a trick to overcome the stress and to increase the efficiency of working out. And for your information listening to music while exercising does more than distract you from the pain of a training session.
Studies show that listening to music reduces your perception of how hard you are training by as much as 10%. It may also take the boredom away from your routines to keep you from tiring out. As a result, you may feel that you can run farther and faster. In addition, music is also known to improve a person’s mood so it can definitely work as an effective performance tool that can help you get into a better state of mind before and during a race.

  • The kinds of music you listen also impact your results
  • A good beat can help you keep pace
  • Music elevates your mood
  • Listen to anything you like
  • Select the songs that mirror your heart rate, depending on the level of exercise
  • Slower songs are recommended when you are warming up or cooling downSo now it is time to choose the right headsets for working outs
    All headphones are not suitable for working out or running. So there are some models, which are specially designed for sports use. These might be little expensive than the regular ones but one should not compromise with price. There are headphones for swimming, which are water-resistant up to certain depth.

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    Now the question is how can you choose the perfect pair for your sports?

    Here are few tips that you may need to consider:

    • Adjusting and readjusting your earphones while working out is difficult and irritating so choose one that stays in place no matter how you move
      • Pick comfortable headphones, which are light in weight and which fit comfortably on the earpic1

      • It is advised to pick a moisture resistant headphones as you sweat a lot, that could withstand excessive moisture
      • You need a pair of headphones that helps you keep in touch with your environment. You need to know what’s happening around you at all times. So picking complete noise cancelling headphones is not a good idea
    • It is better to choose a wireless headphone like neck-band/behind the neck headphones

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The Winners of Grammy Awards 2015

The most popular and prestigious music awards of 2015 are out!!

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And the Winners of 57th Grammy are:

Record of the year : Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

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Song of the Year : Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

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Album of the Year: Beck – Morning Phase

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Best New Artist :  Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy (Live)” – Pharrell Williams

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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Say Something” – A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera

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Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Cheek to Cheek” – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

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Best Pop Vocal Album: “In The Lonely Hour” – Sam Smith

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Best Dance Recording: “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “Syro” – Aphex Twin

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Bass & Mandolin” – Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer Jr.

Best Rock Performance: “Lazaretto” – Jack White

Best Metal Performance: “The Last in Line” – Tenacious D

Best Rock Song: “Ain’t It Fun” – Paramore (Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters)

Best Rock Album: “Morning Phase” – Beck

Best Alternative Music Album: “St. Vincent” – St. Vincent

Best R&B Performance: “Drunk in Love” – Beyonce featuring Jay Z

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Jesus Children” – Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Song: “Drunk in Love” – Beyonce featuring Jay Z

Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Girl” – Pharrell Williams

Best R&B Album: “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface

Best Rap Performance: “I” – Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “The Monster” – Eminem featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song: “I” – Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album: “The Marshall Mathers LP2” – Eminem

Best Country Solo Performance: “Something in the Water” – Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Gentle on My Mind” – The Band Perry

Best Country Song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell

Best New Age Album: “Winds of Samsara” – Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Fingerprints” – Chick Corea, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Beautiful Life” – Dianne Reeves

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Trilogy” – Chick Corea Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Life in the Bubble” – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: “The Offense of the Drum” – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “No Greater Love” – Smokie Norful

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “Messengers” – Lecrae featuring For King & Country

Best Gospel Album: “Help” – Erica Campbell

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.” – For King & Country

Best Roots Gospel Album: “Shine For All the People” – Mike Farris

Best Latin Pop Album: “Tangos” – Ruben Blades

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Multiviral” – Calle 13

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Mano A Mano – Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernandez” – Vicente Fernandez

Best Tropical Latin Album: “Mas + Corazon Profundo” – Carlos Vives

Best American Roots Performance: “A Feather’s Not a Bird” – Rosanne Cash

Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird” – Rosanne Cash

Best Americana Album: “The River & The Thread” – Rosanne Cash

Best Bluegrass Album: “The Earls of Leicester” – The Earls of Leicester

Best Blues Album: “Step Back” – Johnny Winter

Best Folk Album: “Remedy” – Old Crow Medicine Show

Best Regional Roots Music Album: “The Legacy” – Jo-El Sonnier

Best Reggae Album: “Fly Rasta” – Ziggy Marley

Best World Music Album: “Eve” – Angelique Kidjo

Best Children’s Album: “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World (Malala Yousafzai)” – Neela Vaswani

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling): “Diary of a Mad Diva” – Joan Rivers

Best Comedy Album: “Mandatory Fun” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Best Musical Theater Album: “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” – Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “Frozen” – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “Let It Go” – Idina Menzel

Best Instrumental Composition: “The Book Thief” – John Williams, composer

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella: “Daft Punk” – Pentatonix

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “New York Tendaberry” Billy Childs featuring Renee Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma (Billy Childs, arranger)

Best Recording Package: “Lightning Bolt” – Pearl Jam (Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors)

Best Boxed or Special Edition Limited Edition Package: “The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)” – Various Artists

Best Album Notes: “Offering: Live At Temple University” – John Coltrane (Ashley Kahn, album notes writer)

Best Historical Album: “The Garden Spot Programs, 1950” – Hank Williams

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “Morning Phase” – Beck

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)” – John Legend (Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer)

Best Surround Sound Album: “Beyonce” – Beyonce

Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending”

Best Orchestral Performance: “Adams, John: City Noir” – St. Louis Symphony (David Robertson, conductor)

Best Opera Recording: “Charpentier: La Descente D’Orphee Aux Enfers” – Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble

Best Choral Performance: “The Sacred Spirit of Russia” – Conspirare (Craig Hella Johnson, conductor)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “In 27 Pieces – The Hilary Hahn Encores” – Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Play” – Jason Vieaux

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Douce France” – Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit

Best Classical Compendium: “Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances” – Partch

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean” – Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony

Best Music Video: “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

Best Music Film: “20 Feet From Stardom” – Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill

 

Types of Music

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Music they say, is an extended language of conveying emotions. But with so many varieties, how sure are we about what genre suits our mood the best. Go on and read:

 Alternative – Alternative Music is music that doesn’t fit in to the mainstream genre. Presently, alternative music generally defines rock music that is an offshoot of the several spinoffs of rock music during the 80s like punk-rock, college rock, indie rock and etc. Like rock, alternative music uses guitars, bass and drums. The major difference is the sound of the instruments.
Blues – Blues is a style of music and how it is played. Classic blues instruments included the guitar and harmonica. Other instruments included in blues are, drums, bass guitar, piano, trombone, trumpet and saxophone. The most important instrument used in blues music is the human voice. For a lot of people, vocals are what make music so great to listen to. Everything else is accompaniment.

Classical – Classical music were written when forms such as the symphony, concerto, and sonata were standardized. The instruments used in most classical music were largely found in an orchestra like stringed bows(Violins/Cellos/Double Bass), woodwinds(flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon), brass(trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba), percussion(cymbals, triangle), keyboard, guitar, together with a few other solo instruments (such as the piano, harpsichord, and organ).

Country – Country music  is an American style of popular music, developed from the folk music of the rural southern USA and first known as Hillbilly music. Until the 1920s it was performed largely at home, in church or at local functions, on fiddles, banjos and guitars.

Dance – Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. It can be either a whole musical piece or part of a larger musical arrangement. In terms of performance, the major categories are live dance music and recorded dance music. By 1981, a new form of electronic dance music was developing. This music, made using electronics, is a style of popular music commonly played in dance music nightclubs, radio stations, shows and raves. Disco became influenced by computerization. Looping, sampling and seguing as found in disco continued to be used as creative techniques within Trance music, Techno music, and especially House music.

Easy listening Easy listening is a broad style of popular music and radio format, evolving out of big band music, and related to MOR (middle-of-the-road) music as played on many AM radio stations. It encompasses the exotica, beautiful music, light music, lounge music, ambient music, and space age pop genres. The range of lounge music encompasses soft rock music-influenced instrumentals, modern electronica (with chillout, nu-jazz and downtempo influences), while remaining thematically focused on its retro-space-age cultural elements. Easy listening is broad and may include instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for playing in shopping malls. A good deal of easy listening music was pure instrumental with no vocal parts, which was called lounge music.

Electronic – Electronic music is any music produced or performed primarily using electronic instruments in a unique, non-generic fashion, such that the focus of the music is on the electronic aspects. Electronic instruments include are not limited to the use of synthesizers, samplers, drums machines, and filtering techniques.

Hip Hop/Rap – Hip hop music is an American musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture, and is defined by four key stylistic elements: rapping, DJing/scratching, sampling (or synthesis), and beat-boxing. Rapping is a vocal style in which the artist speaks lyrically, in rhyme and verse, generally to an instrumental or synthesized beat. Beats, almost always in 4/4 time signature, can be created by sampling and/or sequencing portions of other songs by a producer. They also incorporate synthesizers, drum machines, and live bands. Rappers may write, memorize, or improvise their lyrics and perform their works a cappella or to a beat.

Instrumental – Instrumental music intended to be performed by a musical instrument or group of instruments. Usually no vocals and singing are involved.

Jazz – While jazz music may be difficult to define, improvisation is clearly one of its key elements. In jazz, the skilled performer will interpret a tune in very individual ways, never playing the same composition exactly the same way twice. Depending upon the performer’s mood and personal experience, interactions with fellow musicians, or even members of the audience, a jazz musician/performer may alter melodies, harmonies or time signature at will. The instruments used in marching bands and dance bands became the basic instruments of jazz. Music instruments including woodwinds, saxophones, guitars, brass instruments, drums, keyboards, and band instruments types.

New Age – New Age music is music of various styles intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, and reading as a method of stress management or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is often associated with environmentalism and New Age spirituality. New Age music is defined more by the effect or feeling it produces rather than the instruments used in its creation; it may be electronic, acoustic, or a mixture of both. New Age artists range from solo or ensemble performances using classical music instruments ranging from the piano, acoustic guitar, flute or harp to electronic musical instruments, or from Eastern instruments such as the sitar, tabla, and tamboura.

Pop – Pop is a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of “popular”. Pop music is usually understood to be commercially recorded music, often oriented towards a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short, simple songs utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes. Although pop music is often seen as oriented towards the singles charts, it is not the sum of all chart music which has always contained songs from a variety of sources, including classical, jazz, rock, and novelty songs. Pop music as a genre is usually seen as existing and developing separately. Thus “pop music” may be used to describe a distinct genre, aimed at a youth market, often characterized as a softer alternative to rock and roll.

R&B – Rhythm and Blues music, or R&B music, was originally termed “race music”. Today’s contemporary R&B music has a distinctly different sound than its forebears, focusing on pop beats and culture rather than the blues, gospel and jazz sounds of previous generations. R&B groups consisted of brass instruments and woodwinds, as well as drums, piano and vocals. These elements were common in jazz bands, but R&B musicians produced a heavier sound with a steady beat.

Rock – Generally rock is a modern music with a simple tune and a strong backbeat is played and sung loudly with the help of electric guitar, electric organ, electric bass or electric piano and drum.

Vocals – Vocal music is a genre of music performed by one or more singers, with or without instrumental accompaniment, in which singing (i.e. vocal performance) provides the main focus of the piece.

World – World music is a general categorical term for global music, such as the traditional music or folk music of a culture that is created and played by indigenous musicians and is closely related to the music of the regions of their origin.