A Few Notes On Guitar As A Hobby

If there’s anything you can do to relieve stress from your daily grind, finding a hobby is definitely a good idea. There is a plethora of hobbies to begin with, from passive ones like reading books and watching movies to active tasks such as sports and gardening. Your choice of hobby will basically depend on your interest and lifestyle.

For musically inclined individuals, learning to play a musical instrument will not only satisfy your interest, but also keep your brain in shape. Studies show that when a person solves mathematical problems, there’s a certain area of the brain where activities can be observed. But when a person listens to music, multiple areas of his brain were found to be having activities at the same time. It was also discovered that a greater area of the brain works when the person plays a musical instrument himself.

As a hobby, playing a musical instrument may not only be a stress reliever but potentially the perfect workout for your brain. Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever produced, was said to have turned to music whenever he encountered mental blocks. He would play the violin or listen to music (Mozart was a particular favorite of his).

The guitar is one of the affordable musical instruments and easy to learn. You might have heard or watched viral videos of child prodigies who can play the guitar when they were as young as 8 years old, with those tiny fingers moving simultaneously pressing and strumming the strings. Who wouldn’t be envious of those child pros?

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Think of it this way – if they can do it, then why can’t you? After all, an expert in anything was once a beginner like you, right?

So, to begin with, here’s a rough idea about notes and chords.

To make this short lesson more relatable, think of music as language. Music and language are similar in such a way that one can convey thoughts and express emotions through them. Language is composed of words as music is composed of chords. Words are made up of letters as chords are made up of notes.

By definition, a note is a single sound or a written symbol to represent this sound. When you pluck a single string of a guitar, you are playing a musical note. When you combine notes to produce a sound, it is called a chord. Technically, a chord is defined as three or more notes played at the same time. When you play a chord, it’s just like combining letters to say a word.

For beginners, you can play these songs by learning only few simple chords like C, D, G, E, Em, A, Am (A minor), F, Bm (B minor), etc.

– “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

– “Leaving On A Jet Plane” by Bob Dylan

– “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan

– “Zombie” by The Cranberries

– “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

With constant practice, you can learn a song or two in a month. And once you’ve mastered the basic chords of the guitar, you can get together with family and friends for a fun-filled musical bonding activity.

Craft Ideas for Every Season

Redecorating your home should not cost you thousands of dollars when you already have a billion ideas in your head. You can actually craft something up and have a beautiful looking home.

Butterfly Cloches

Capture a Victorian cabinet-of-curiosities vibe—minus all the hunting and gathering—with faux butterflies. To create the vignette shown here, we applied a technique featured in the book Design*Sponge at Home to a graceful glass dome ($125; jaysonhomeandgarden.com). Using a serrated knife, cut a one-inch thick circle piece of Styrofoam into a five-inch circle. Next, cut a nine-inch circle from black velvet. Pull the fabric over the Styrofoam until taut and affix underneath with straight pins. Using our photo as a guide, cut pieces of 22-guage wire to various heights that fit within the dome. Place a dot of superglue on one wire end before sliding it into a butterfly’s body; hold in place until dry. Repeat for each butterfly. Finally, insert the wires into the Styrofoam base, then top with the glass.

Papier-Mâché Marquee Letter

Take a cue from vintage movie theater marquees and put your name in “lights”—no wiring required. Use a craft knife to cut off the front of a papier-mâché letter ($4.99, joann.com), then paint it your desired color and let dry. Affix small gold Christmas ornaments (about 1” diameter) with hot glue. That’s a wrap!

Sourced from: http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/g1361/home-decor-crafts/?

Christmas is indeed the happiest time of the year; it is season of sharing and caring. Why not show your love for friends and family by making crafts?

Felt Holly Corsage

Looking to craft something special for the Christmas season but don’t have that much time? Here, we offer up Christmas crafts that require only a few on-hand materials and take just minutes to make — perfect for both you and the kids.

For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, try these cheerful corsages. They’re easy enough for a child to make but sophisticated enough for her mom to wear.

Baby Sock Advent Calendar

Wonderful things come in small packages. This hanging Advent calendar assembled from baby socks is full of great things, and it’s the perfect way to mark the season for a baby or an older child.

Sourced from: http://www.marthastewart.com/856465/easy-christmas-crafts#168427

You do not have to take the one you love to expensive places during valentine for them to feel loved. If you do not have much you can still show how much you care through the “crafty” efforts you make. You can also make crafts with the kids to show their mum or dad how much they love them.

Valentine’s Day.

Handprint Heart

If your child prints a handprint heart, it will be yours forever! These make a super quick craft activity for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day and a lovely keepsake, too.

Heart Boxes

We used papier mache heart-shaped boxes from the craft store and decorated them for Valentine’s Day an easy valentines craft for kids!

Sourced from: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/valentines-day-crafts

Easter is also another happy time of the year which calls for craft making. There are lots of ideas too so do not assume that you are limited to painting eggs.

Delicious Vase Display

Easter candy is not only delicious, it is colorful and beautiful. If you love having candy sitting around and you want to use that candy to create a great Easter display, this is the perfect project for you. You just need a glass vase and loads of Easter themed candies. Robin eggs, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps are perfect for this project, especially since Peeps now come in multiple colors. You can add flowers to the top or a nice ribbon – whatever you prefer.

Colorful Chick Placeholders

Fill your Easter Dinner table with holiday cheer when you create these adorable and very colorful placeholders. You will need a small terra cotta garden pot for each person at your table. The chicks are made with plastic spoons and you can paint the placeholders all the same color or make a unique color combination for each dinner guest. Hang a sign on the chicks with the names of your guests and you will have the most colorful table in the neighborhood.

Sourced from: http://www.diyncrafts.com/4897/homemade/80-fabulous-easter-decorations-can-make