Music I love to listen to while I work

 

Music has always played an important part in our lives, as it can shift our state of mind and make us feel either more uplifted and happy or sometimes even sad depending on the tune we choose.

Research showed that the human brain responds differently, compared to any other animal, when it hears the music. When we listen to it, a part of our brain called the nucleus accumbens activates and triggers the release of the “pleasure chemical” dopamine.

The amount of dopamine that gets released, and therefore the level of the pleasure we get from it, depends on other things such as the element of surprise.

So the next time you find yourself browsing through new music, remember that if you stumble across a new song you really like, you’ll probably be happier than listening to the one you already know and like.

Studies have shown that music can actually help us perform tasks better and faster, while also creating a specific environment in which we can let our creativity go wild. According to the studies, listening to happy music is associated with an increase in divergent thinking, but not convergent thinking.

However, music does have some limitations when it comes to the tasks you can perform while listening to cool rhythms.

 

If you’re learning

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to learn something new at your job, then listening to music is not such a good idea. Learning requires our brains to analyze and remember instructions and facts.

When you have your music on, this multitasking for your brain can cause it to interpret instructions and facts improperly, either associating them in odd ways or making mistakes about what’s important enough to store.

 

If you’re avoiding noise

We all know that sometimes the workspace can get a little loud, especially when colleagues are on the phone or when they work on a project together. This noise can cause an added stress for our brains which are doing their best to process all the information around.

Productivity can, therefore, go down, even if your task doesn’t require you to learn something. If you feel like you need to work effectively and cancel disturbing noises, listening to music can actually help, as it blocks out the excessive input keeps you calm.

 

If your task is repetitive

As it was shown by various studies, when doing repetitive work is actually a good idea to listen to music. According to the research, this practice helps you make fewer mistakes and finish your tasks faster.

These results occur because the music you like triggers the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, which help you feel relaxed and happy and therefore focus better.

 

Acoustic vs. electric cellos


If the cello is your favorite musical instrument, I’m sure you have at least once come across the dilemma of what to choose – the acoustic or the electric one.

The acoustic cello, just like most other classical instruments, has been around for over 150 years, while its electric version is considered a novelty. Here is everything you should know about these two and how to make the perfect decision for you.

 

Costs

When it comes to the price of a regular acoustic cello, you must be prepared to take out of your pocket at least a few thousand dollars, with some of the most expensive items costing several millions of dollars (yes, that is correct!). On the other hand, even when you add an amplifier and other required accessories, the cost of an electric cello won’t exceed 3-4000 dollars at most.

So, if you’re looking for an affordable and durable item, you should start with an electric cello. If you already purchased the electric version but still want to know how the acoustic one sounds, you should consider renting the latter. The renting version is also good for when you’re not entirely sure about picking up this musical instrument in the first place.

Sound quality

Although this feature is highly debatable, I still think that an electric cello offers more possibilities than the acoustic version. As with the violins and guitars, the sound of an acoustic cello will always be, in a way, fuller and deeper. On the other hand, by opting for an electric instrument you’ll have plenty of possibilities to experiment with different intensities of the sound.

In fact, the electric cello is the most popular version for concerts and recordings as it’s easier to connect to a computer and work around with different effects to create unique and contemporary sounds.

Obviously, the acoustic instrument remains popular amongst opera musicians and those who want to hear the classic sound of it.

Most orchestras won’t allow you to perform on an electric cello but this doesn’t mean there is a shortage of instruments. On the contrary, many professional players still choose to buy such a cello because they also enjoy playing jazz or rock in their spare time, and electric cellos can deliver a wide variety of unique sounds.

Transportation

Although electric cellos are not lighter per se, you’ll benefit from a lot of advantages when traveling with such an instrument. Acoustic cellos are quite sensitive when it comes to transportation and the exterior temperatures, while the electric versions are far more durable.

Even though both instruments are made of solid wood, electric cellos are less delicate and less likely to break or change their sound because of the outside temperatures.