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.

All Hail King Clapton! The guitar god rocks the Kingdom of Bahrain

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Three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eric Clapton rocked a sold-out crowd in Bahrain on Saturday (March 8) with the Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in attendance. Now rave reviews and angry voices alike are following in the wake.

The performance itself was the “show of a lifetime” according to the Bahrain online entertainment magazine Albawaba Entertainment. “I can’t remember the last time I have seen so many people so happy in one place,” stated the author (unknown) of an article published March 9. “It really made you understand why he’s known as a guitar legend.”

No complaints seem to have been aired about the performance itself, but there is plenty of frustration over seating and ticket issues. The venue chosen for the highly anticipated concert was the 2,000-seat Arad Fort. Tickets sold out in only two hours, leaving many upset over the poor choice of venue for such a lauded artist as Clapton.

Local media reports that many Bahrain citizens decided to travel to Dubai instead in order to attend Clapton’s performance at the 15,000-capacity Media City Amphitheatre on March 6. Such dedication shows the influence that Western music holds in the region, even in the face of unrest and disdain for Western ideals. This is a perfect example of how music draws people together, regardless of culture or belief.

Be sure to check out KaraokeOnVEVO and Sing-N-Share where you can sing several of your favorite songs by Eric Clapton and hundreds of other artists. Want to become a guitar legend yourself? Take a look at our intuitive Play a Tab system for iPhone and iPad.

 

The “Friend Zone:” Hall of Famer David Byrne covers Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend.”

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Many say that trying new things is what keeps us young. If that’s the case then former Talking Heads founding member David Byrne must still be in his 20’s! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member spent Tuesday evening (February 25) covering Biz Markie‘s 1989 hit “Just A Friend” in a karaoke-esque performance for an “Artist’s Pay For Radio Play” benefit in New York City.

This certainly isn’t the first time the New Wave pioneer has covered songs from other artists. Byrne has performed songs from the likes of Whitney Houston, Beyonce, and even Missy Elliott. One of my personal favorites was his 2011 duet performance of “You Can Call Me Al” with Paul Simon himself. As an 80’s fan I definitely geeked out on this one.

So here’s the thing. If a rock and roll visionary and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who has won Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes can try new things, why can’t you? Check out KaraokeOnVEVO and Sing-N-Share now to perform your own covers of your favorite songs. Or heck, do something really new and learn how to play guitar with our easy-to-follow Play a Tab program. The sky’s the limit and the only one holding you back… is you!

Unplugged and Unleashed: First group of contestants kick off Knoxville Unplugged!

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The local singing competition “Knoxville Unplugged” got underway this morning in Knoxville, TN. Eight contestants will be battling it out live on local television for a chance to win a professional recording session with DigiTrax Entertainment. Each contestant is allowed to sing their song selections either acapella or with guitar accompaniment, giving those who are both singers and musicians the chance to show what they’ve got! The competition runs through February 28th.

Meet the contestants and judges for Knoxville Unplugged

Meet the contestants and judges for Knoxville Unplugged

The first four competitors hit the stage early today on Mornings with Fox 43. They are Tanner Dalton, Brandon Sellers, Tony Paul, and 12-year old (yup… 12!) Sydni Stinnett. Keep up-to-date with all the happenings in the Knoxville Unplugged contest by liking Mornings with Fox 43 – Powered by 10 News on Facebook. While you’re at it, make sure to like our Sing-N-Share and Play a Tab pages as well. We love to support local musicians and plan to follow these talented contestants the whole way through. Good luck to you all!

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“Wild Wing Voiceoff” At Wild Wing Cafe! DigiTrax helps support another local music competition.

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It’s apparent that Knoxville, Tennessee is quickly becoming a hub for amateur singers and musicians. With singing competitions popping up seemingly everywhere, DigiTrax Entertainment is proud to help sponsor many of these events in an effort to support local musicians and artists. Yesterday we told you about the Knoxville Unplugged singing competition being hosted by local TV stations WBIR Channel 10 and WTNZ Fox 43. Now, we’re proud to announce that we are also throwing in with Wild Wing Cafe and their Wild Wing Voiceoff competition!

“The Voiceoff” begins this coming Sunday night (Feb. 9th) with blind auditions. The rules and procedures for the competition will be familiar to anyone who watches “The Voice” on NBC. The contest will be broken up into 5 rounds; Blind Audition Round (with the judges facing away from the contestants), Battle Round, Knockout Round, Semi-Finals, and Finals. The Finals round will take place on April 27th and the winner announced that night! You can get an idea of what to expect below.

So what’s at stake here? Not only will the winner receive a $1,000 cash prize, but, in addition, they will earn a recording session at DigiTrax’s state-of-the-art recording studio in South Knoxville worth an estimated $3,500! More importantly, they will have the opportunity to possibly turn their passion into a career.

You can find a full listing of the rules and competition dates hereBe sure to like our Sing-N-ShareSing-N-Jam, and Play a Tab Facebook pages for updates on this and many other music related topics. Good luck to everyone who decides to follow their passions!

Knoxville Unplugged: DigiTrax Entertainment sponsors and supports local musicians!

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DigiTrax Entertainment, the company behind such products such Play a Tab, Sing-N-Share, and KaraokeOnVEVO, has always been an avid supporter of amateur musicians, and now they’re proving it once again. DigiTrax is joining forces with local Knoxville, TN news station WBIR to sponsor Knoxville Unplugged, a month-long televised music competition which gives local singers and musicians an opportunity to win a recording session in a state-of-the-art professional recording studio!

The competition, which runs through the month of February, will feature live performances from amateur musicians who live in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Contestants will be allowed to sing either acapella or with guitar accompaniment. Once the winner is chosen, he or she will be given a studio recording session with DigiTrax Entertainment worth an estimated $3,500.

Good luck to all the contestants! We’ll definitely be watching and listening.

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