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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.