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Why you should talk to your musical instruments

Recent research has discovered that taking a few minutes to check up on your instruments may be quite a beneficial thing for both you and your musical devices.

03 April 2020 03:01


An expressive, yet personal form of art

Sometimes musicians can be too enthralled in their performances and how they go for them to completely ignore the device that has allowed them to make a sound in the first place. Analysts have recently released a paper identifying the benefits of talking to your instruments, and how it benefits not only the emotional states of the instrument but also the playability and timbral sound quality of them too.

The paper, titled "Social Instruments: A study on conversation and communication", comes down to a few primary benefits of speaking just a few minutes a day to your musical instrument:

  • The tension that's sometimes felt within the music of a physical instrument turns out to not just be due to the harmony and composition of the piece, but also the current mood and emotional state of the instrument being played. Sometimes consoling an instrument can lead to a piece feeling more relaxed than before talking to them, as the instrument feels more comfortable being in the presence of its performer and is less stressed when playing a new piece of music if it knows that the musician is tolerant and forgiving towards them.
  • Having conversations with your instruments can actually lead to them sounding and staying more in-tune than if no socialising were to take place. This is because regular talking and checking up keeps the instrument ready and happy to play in-tune, whereas if the instrument was paid no attention for prolonged periods of time then they start to feel lonely, and are less inclined to play the exact right pitches all the time.

Piano Privileges

This newfound information recently led to the formation of an "Instrument' Rights" association, whose purpose is to make sure that every instrument is loved and cared for enough so that no guitar is left in its case to rot ever again.

Now we must give our instruments the care that they have always deserved. I would recommend anyone who owns an instrument who has not been treating them correctly to spend some time to apologise to them and make sure that they are ok. Instrumental health is a serious matter, and we must do our best to address it.

Ollie "Oboe" Musicman, Head of the Instrument's Rights Association

To any musicians or songwriters out there, certainly spend some more time with what has given you so much happiness and perhaps a job. Whether you have a chat with your Trumpet or take your Violin for a walk outside, make sure your instruments get some much-deserved love.


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