Continuing The Fight: How learning to play guitar combats Alzheimer’s

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A couple weeks ago I posted about a program in New York which is dedicated to providing iPods to Alzheimer’s patients. It has been shown in study after study that music can improve cognitive function and elevate mood providing temporary relief for those suffering from the devastating disease. It has also been shown, however, that music, specifically learning how to play an instrument such as the guitar, can help to fight off the onset of Alzheimer’s altogether.

In an article posted on Aging Home Healthcare’s website, the author cites a study conducted at the University of New South Wales in Australia which claims that vigorous and regular brain stimulation may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by 50%. It has also been proven that regular mental stimulus and brain fitness exercises such as solving crossword puzzles, undertaking artistic endeavors, or learning how to play guitar can promote brain plasticity well into ones 80’s and 90’s.

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Learning how to play the guitar is a great way to stimulate the brain, but lessons are often expensive, frustrating, and inconvenient, eating into ones already precious time. With the Play a Tab program, however, all of these factors are negated. Inexpensive (under $7 per month), easy to follow, and convenient, Play a Tab makes it possible for beginners of any age to learn how to play the guitar at their own pace and at anytime.

While we are exceptionally proud to offer such a program that will be partially responsible for bringing up the next generation of musicians, we are equally thrilled and humbled to know that the same program can help combat the awful realities of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

If you want to learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease and how you can contribute to the ongoing fight to find a cure, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website at alz.org.

Beatles Mania Revisited: Paul and Ringo together again!

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Beatles fans, rejoice! 50 years to the day that the mop-headed icons were first introduced to American TV audiences, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney reunite to celebrate that vaunted night.

Last night (Sunday, Feb. 9th), the two remaining Beatles teamed up with other industry icons and current superstars and treated fans to a 2 1/2 hour spectacular commemorating their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Keith Urban, and Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the “Fab Four” as Hollywood stars and Joe Schmoes alike looked on from the audience.

A-listers such as Kate Beckinsale, Tom Hanks, and Johnny Depp were in attendance as Maroon 5 performed their version of “Ticket To Ride.” Other performances included Ed Sheeran playing guitar and singing “In My Life,” Stevie Wonder on both the piano and harmonica as he performed “a little more funky” version of “We Can Work It Out,” and Katy Perry belting out her rendition of “Yesterday.” In one of my favorite moments, Alicia Keys and John Legend gave a masterful performance of “Let It Be,” earning a standing ovation from all in attendance.

While there were many other outstanding performances and tributes from stars such as John Mayer, Pharrell Williams, and Imagine Dragons, the conclusion of the festivities was, by far, the most anticipated and exciting part of the night as the former Beatles themselves took center stage! Ringo went first, the 73-year-old enthralling the audience as he performed the song “Boys” with the legendary Peter Frampton on guitar and finished up in his rightful place, on the throne behind the drums. The crowd then happily joined in, clapping and singing along as he performed “Yellow Submarine.”

Not to be outdone, the 71-year-old McCartney took the stage and performed 2 songs of his own, “Birthday” and “Get Back.” Next, with the backing of an orchestra, Sir Paul began singing the beloved “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” then came the reunion as Ringo joined Paul on stage (introduced, of course, as Billy Shears!) to finish out the song. The duo then teamed up to perform “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey, Jude.”

What a night it was for Beatles fans and music lovers of all kinds. You can pay your own tribute to the band that changed American pop-culture forever with our free Sing-N-Share app! Check it out on both the Apple App Store and Google Play today!

Sing-N-Share Hits The App Store!

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Sing-N-Share hit the Google Play store the week before Christmas and that was enough to keep us jacked up into the new year. “Jacked up,” but not satisfied. As excited as we were for Android users to finally get their hands on Sing-N-Share, we immediately turned our attention toward getting the app approved and pushed through on the Apple App Store. That time and energy has payed off as Sing-N-Share is now available for Apple users on iPhone, iPod, and iPad!

For those not 100% sure what Sing-N-Share is all about, it’s a completely free, add-supported (thanks to LiveRail) mobile karaoke app developed by DigiTrax Entertainment and Deansoft which gives you total access to thousands of songs from the Karaoke Cloud catalog with more being added all the time! Sing-N-Share is much more than that, however, as it also allows users to not only sing along with their favorite tracks, but to record their performance and share it with friends and family anywhere in the world by posting it to Facebook or Twitter!

But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself on either Google Play or the Apple App Store right now and share the fun!