Biceps, Triceps… Ear Drums? Combating hearing loss with exercise.

Exercise leads to better hearing

Exercise leads to better hearing

By now we all know the physical benefits of exercise; weight loss, increased energy, physical strength, stamina, heart health, etc. We also know that exercise elevates our mood and makes us feel good, although it doesn’t always seem that way while we’re doing it. But did you know that regular exercise can decrease the likelihood of hearing loss?

According to Dr. Kathy Landau Goodman, audiologist and chairperson of the Audiology Awareness Campaign, exercise and proper nutrition are important in maintaining good hearing. In an article published by the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Dr. Landau Goodman stated, “Just as a healthy body is fostered through proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest and good hygienic practices, so is the ability to hear well.”

Some of the healthy practices that can help reduce the risk of hearing loss include maintaining a healthy weight, 20-30 minutes of sustained aerobic exercise five days per week, eating five servings of fruits/vegetables per day, eliminating smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, and reducing the loudness of music and other noise (obvious).

Another way to combat hearing loss is learning to play a musical instrument. According to the same article, “…people who regularly play musical instruments maintain their ability to better process and understand the sounds they hear in daily communication.”

Hearing loss is a major concern to music lovers and musicians. Whether you like to sing karaoke, play guitar, or just sit in a comfortable chair and listen to your favorite album, your quality of hearing can greatly affect your performance and/or level of enjoyment. So take care of yourself. Be good to your body and your body, including your ears, will be good to you.

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.

“Play a Tab” And Peavey: Avengers Assembled!

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DigiTrax Entertainment LLC, the industry leaders in digital interactive music, are preparing to roll out their newest innovative product, Play a Tab. This easy-to-use interactive guitar learning system is perfect for beginners of all ages who harbor aspirations of becoming the next rock legend. Peavey has already reached said status in the music industry as one of the world’s premier creators of acoustic/electric guitars and studio equipment. It only makes sense that these two giants would eventually join forces and they are doing so alongside “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” as Play a Tab will be packaged with Peavey’s new line of Marvel-licensed guitars.

It’s almost impossible to find a hotter product than Marvel right now. “The Avengers” set box office records by bringing in $400 million in 14 days according to deadline.com. It’s also the highest grossing Disney release ever and the #6 highest grossing film domestically of all time. I mean, how do you top that? Maybe by putting all of your top characters’ faces on some of the finest made guitars in the world.

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These guitars are absolutely beautiful and a must-have for any Marvel fan worth his/her salt. Now here’s the kicker. Rather than buying one (or 10) of these amazing instruments and just slapping it on a wall somewhere to collect dust, you can actually learn how to play the thing thanks to the ingenious Play a Tab system pre-packaged with your guitar! Who knows? Like Thor, maybe one day you will be a legend in the pantheon of rock gods.

Peavey’s line of 3/4 and full size Marvel guitars are available now with the Play a Tab-inclusive versions due for release in the very near future. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for more amazing officially licensed products from Peavey such as “The Walking Dead,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!”

Heeeeeeere’s Jonny! The scoop on Play a Tab’s front-man.

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With DigiTrax Entertainment’s Play a Tab guitar learning system about to hit the market, we feel there’s no time like the present to get to know the face of Play a Tab, musical prodigy and entrepreneur Jonathan (Jonny) Sexton.

There is no more important aspect of an instructional program than the person chosen to pass on the information itself. When DigiTrax Entertainment began the development process for its upcoming Play a Tab guitar instructional system there was no doubt that Jonathan Sexton would be their number one guy.

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Born and raised in the small town of Seymour, Tennessee, Jonathan has been playing guitar since the age of fifteen. Though destined for a career in music, Jonny took some time before plunging head-first into the industry to pursue another heart-felt dream, that of an educator. Graduating from the University of Tennessee, Jonny spent his next four years as a kindergarten teacher before an opportunity in Nashville provided the chance he needed to chase after his first love — music.

Now the front-man for his own band, Jonathan Sexton and the Big Love Choir, Jonny has also made a big name for himself in the music industry as an entrepreneur with the development of his own music management software app, Artist Growth. This revolutionary app won the 2012 MTV Music Award for “Best Music App” and is currently being used by industry leaders such as Vector Management, BMI, and Spalding Entertainment Group.

JS and Big Love Choir

With credentials like these is it any wonder why DigiTrax chose Jonathan as the face of their new Play a Tab system? Aspiring musicians of all ages will be able to learn quickly and easily as Jonathan takes them step by step through all the basics such as how to hold a pick, proper hand placement, and strumming. He guides users effortlessly through how to play the basic chords giving students the ability to play hundreds of songs which are included in the system.

Play a Tab will be available soon so if you’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar, here’s your chance!