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thugette_babe ♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Music accompaning your chess play Hmm... I think music is a nice touch when you're playing chess and well..basically doing anything else too. Music can get you in the mood for a lot of things, and I think that if you choose the right songs; you can do better in your chess games. Does anyone else have the same views on this? Or is music a distraction for you?
invincible1 ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
LOL Interesting idea! Well music can NEVER be a distraction. But I am not sure if chosing the right kind of music will help me make better moves. But yeah, chosing the wrong kind of music has often resulted in bad moves!
macheide ♡ 91 ( +1 | -1 )
thugette_babe & invincible1 A agree with both of you. To my, music has to main goals or reasons to be:

1. Reinforce a good mood.
2. Puting you in a good mood if you are in a bad one.

My musical taste is very eclectic. That is a good think. For example, if I feel compeled to be
agressive (in the good sense of the word) and I'm playng rapid or blitz internet chess, I want
to hear, to mention just a few: "Thightrope" by Stevie Ray Vaughan (requiestat in pace) or
Tackin' Care of Business" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "Elevation" by U2, Ludwig van's
5th Symphony "Allegro con brio", "Overture William Tell" by Rossini, etc., etc. Something
that elevates my level of testosterone to the top.

If I am playing or analyzing a fascinating endgame, I want to hear something like: "Bolero"
by Maurice Ravel, etc., etc.

Maybe this won't work for some people, "...but I like it, like it yes I do..." (This last whithout
permission of "The Rolling Stones' "It's only Rock and Roll". :)))


thugette_babe ♡ 22 ( +1 | -1 )
lol- You have an interesting choice in music macheide! =) That was a good point u made. I wonder if a person with highblood pressure could play better chess... I read it somewhere lol not sure if its true
macheide ♡ 64 ( +1 | -1 )
thugette_babe Dear friend,

Thanks for your kind words. With respect to high blood pressure, I have no
problems (80-120 mmHg),...,yet :) I'm an oldy guy (almost 45) but from time to
time like to play the kind of play in which victory and defeat are dancing slam in
the edge of a samurai sword :)

But speeking more seriously, I know persons that had changed their chess
habits (style of play, control times, etc.) because of a high blood pressure
problems. I don't know if a statistical causal correlation exists. But your
question is a very interesting one.

Your Mexican friend,

tyekanyk ♡ 22 ( +1 | -1 )
My personal favorite Are Viollin concertos. They are truly delightful. Also if I feel agressive I would put on some hard rock like Static-X or Metallica, if I am in a positional game I would preffer Coldplay or some jazz.
ccmcacollister ♡ 169 ( +1 | -1 )
Music/bloodpressure/Chess While in the hospital 2 years ago, between episodes of TeleTubbies, I saw a program about a theory behind the "New Age" type music. [Whether New Age "music" qualifies to be music by customary definitions is open for debate, but...] It suggested certain rhythms could be used to alter state of consciousness. Something like 20 beats per minute to put someone into a relaxed state of "alpha" brainwave pattern. A state passed thru in "falling asleep". Or attained by hypnosis or meditation, as I understand it.
Unfortunately, a state in which myoclonic seizurelike activities occur more readily, also. But even barring that, seems unlikely to play particularly well in any hypnotic state?! [Though hypnosis PRIOR to play Can be quite helpful. Suspect it gained me about 60 pts Elo in OTB, tho of course such approximations are difficult to make, at best.] Perhaps a useful tool for ingraining certain behaviors as part of Chess training, as well as use as a mood maker. Conceivably the aspects of relaxation & suggestability could be useful in altering BP as well, as suggested by T-Babe, since "biofeedback" is somewhat similarly used effectively to that end. So I do wonder about the methods & extent by which music and biofeedback could be used to improve one's Chess Game by such means?
...Lately, for a good general Chess mood music, I've been getting more into Dire Straits as FindUriel suggested in a prior thread. And less Led Zepplin. But looking at one of my games with a decision forthcoming, "to sac, or not to sac, the piece" I'm wondering if perhaps a switchback may not be called for. Some Iron Butterfly would be the obvious best fit for this game. I think it may be winnable if I can JUST find THAT tape in time !.
nivag18 ♡ 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Music seems to be helping me Thought I would resurrect this thread...Since I have bought a pair of wireless headphones, I have been listening to the "Polygram" CD's of Mozart, Bach and company, my chess play has improved dramatically. It seems to really relax me when I play and I can think and focus with much less effort. You might say I am one with the universe...and the chessboard...
irish-pete ♡ 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Ravel's Bolero If I am going to get excited playing chess, then this may be a good start.