Randy Rhoads, Physics of Guitar String Vibration & Music is Your Most Reliable Friend.

Ozzy Talks About Randy Rhoads And Hears Unheard Crazy Train Master Tape 2016.

It’s fun to see Ozzy listening to the Randy Rhoads unmixed master tape recordings again after so many years.

Visual of A Guitar String Vibration

The video shows the first few reflections as the wave bounces back and forth along the string.

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Visual of Guitar String Vibration.

Scientists prove music is a college students’ most reliable friend.

This is a piece written by Rebecca Eisenberg, published in The Daily 49er.

We find ourselves alarmingly close to the end of this semester and I can say with conviction, it is a bittersweet relief. On the one hand, I have an eleven-ish page paper to write by next Thursday, a literature review due the following week, two debates to prepare for, a ten-minute informative speech to memorize, and five final exams to study for, so on and so on. On the other hand, I would very much like to indulge in the easy living of sweet summertime. I am certain I am not the only one with this monstrous load stretched across my nearly defeated shoulders.

With the economy and world lying seemingly in broken pieces around us, how are we supposed to find peace in this time of madness? Without turning to drugs, I think I found the solution.

It has been proven that music can have a profound, relaxing, and even therapeutic effect on the brain. Pam Bellucks “To Tug Hearts, Music First Must Tickle the Neurons,” discusses which specific factors within a song have the greatest and most positive outcomes for listeners. Bellucks notes that scientists have been attempting to recognize what exactly makes music so communicative and how music can be so meaningful. Bellucks proceeds to ascertain that it is not the tune of the musical piece that conveys emotion to the audience, but slight modifications that the musicians make. Changes to a musical piece make for much more interesting music, and therefore provoke greater emotion than if the entirety of the notes were anticipated. In an interview with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, he stated, “It’s deviation from a pattern… A surprise is only a surprise when you know it departs from something.”

This is why live performances are so exciting to attend. There is a chance that the musician performing could take the chance to play the music differently, therefore inciting different emotions from the audience. In an interview with Rosanne Cash, she divulged a statement she had learned from her father, Johnny Cash: “Your style is a function of your limitations, more so than a function of your skills.” If a musician has greater limitations, they will be forced to exert more effort to succeed. Hard work always builds character.

Getting back to the brain’s digestion of music, a study was discussed involving musicians and non-musicians and their reactions to a musical piece. The musicians who were capable of playing the piece they listened to showed greater emotional activity than the non-musicians as if the musicians understood what was attempting to be conveyed through the musical piece. When tempo or volume changed in the music, areas in the brain associated with simple motor activities showed activity, so it is evident that listening to music can affect parts of the brain having to do with everyday general activities.

I am surrounded by music most of the day, whether I am plugged into my iPod, shuffling through songs in my car, or messing around on Youtube. Music is my savior; it has helped me through some very difficult times in my life and will continue to aid me in defeating the inevitable struggles to come. I encourage you to get out of your head if you’re feeling a little tense with finals coming up. Just take a step back from it all, and turn the volume up.

Rebecca Eisenberg is a junior philosophy major and a contributing writer for the Daily 49er.


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