• Atul Prasad

The Semi Toned

We all want a life with as many moments of happiness as possible, but the time we have for ourselves can be very limited and needs to be quite balanced. The key to happiness lies in the balance between stress and relaxation – and this applies equally to body and soul. Scientific studies show that hobbies can provide the ideal balance. It does not matter whether it is creative, physically demanding or perhaps intellectually challenging: the most important elements are enthusiasm and fun, and a team dynamic adds a social aspect, which can make the hobby even more fulfilling. Music is at the top of the list when it comes to making leisure time meaningful and fulfilling.

What’s amazing about making music is its incredible diversity. It’s an activity that can be done with a plethora of instruments, which means a variety of playing styles and using different parts of your body. There is also an interpersonal aspect to music, you are communicating something to an audience and, if you have a band, to your band mates. Motor skills and ability to concentrate are trained bit by bit, and sounds and rhythms speak to our primal instincts. So for some people music is math, for others it’s a physical activity, and for many it's a spiritual and emotional journey.  And it goes without saying that music making is continuous learning. The beginner learns chords and scales and the virtuoso never stops learning different combinations and variations of these. Music composing calls for all the senses and is a powerful stimulus for the brain because it keeps it active the whole time.

An individual can’t merely live without audio. You’re able to sing all on your personal computer, listen to music or play instruments by yourself. A lot of individuals have various hobbies among which many people decide to keep music as their own hobby. If you play with an instrument, it raises your creative element. There are a variety of sorts of music. You’ve different songs for different music genres. If you’re a song composer, then you have to create new music for virtually any type of fresh lyrics you compose. Then you have to boost the caliber of playing your device. Thus it aids in boosting your imagination.

We at the Hobbyist World caught up with a few musically inclined hobbyists who not only swear by their love for music but also have made it part of their career. One of them, you might recognise from our previous magazine cover. The charismatic Kaushik Kumar, who is all about the bass while being an architect and running his own firm. The second is the impressively talented Suraj Gulvady who never ceases to wow anyone with his guitar. The next man is the super jovial, multitalented, respected and a Grammy Award winner, Dr. Prakash Sontakke. All three of them have one thing in common. This is the love for music. The love for sound is unparalleled. To put this in a more academic way, Music is our first language. 

Prakash Sontakke

Kaushik Kumar

Suraj Gulvady

When one practices on an instrument (including the voice) one is learning from experience, completely independent of giftedness or age. Both for toddlers and the most adventurous adults, an instrument demands the interplay of sensation, expression, and fine motor skills. It begins with the training of wrists, fingers, joints, and muscles by repeating certain motions and eventually making them more smooth. Then you learn how to control phrasing and tone and at some point you experience this fabulous flow as if the instrument becomes an extension of your senses, body and soul. It is an experience that, in interaction with others, adds a new dimension to one’s own feelings.

Even more intensely than in the literature, for example, musicians use their own personal thoughts in their songs. The meaning of lyrics can be emphasized through appropriate phrasing, rhythms, intensities and keys that bring more emotion to a story or message. A melody or even just a certain droning sound can draw the listener deeper into the story. Manuscripts or recordings preserve a composition for eternity and ensure that the state of a certain moment can always be retrieved, both for the player and for the listener. Poetry can be fantastic but there are rarely instructions on how to recite it, with music we have these necessary musical cues. Lyrics and melodies are expressions of life, melancholy, happy reverie, meditation, rebellion, anger and much more.

A lot is already known about the fact that musicians draw positive energy, not just from party music or metal riffs, but even from melancholic songs. This happens both when you are playing an instrument alone or playing together with some friends. It is proved that a balance of leisure time and practising your passion can even alleviate or even cure certain ailments and even diseases. Therefore it is not surprising that music in itself is becoming a more common field of study in universities.

Music is a very powerful tool. It has the ability to bring people together even in the toughest of times. It has played a pivotal role in almost every culture. From the Mahabharatha and Ramayana to the epic battles of the west. In different parts of the world music is considered as the language of the heart and one must not underestimate it. So let us not miss the chance to sway to the rhythm and be able to make some music every now and then. Remember, the right note (like a right decision) is just a Semi Tone away.