Music, like any art form, serves as a way to transmit the feelings, emotions and thoughts of its creator. The waves of the music are the means of transmission to the listener’s mind. All of this artistic energy is the product of the composer’s imagination, and the work and knowledge of the composer and players.
This energy can vary greatly. One of the conditions of its qualities is the musical style. There is no doubt that the energy in a chamber music concert is vastly differently from that of a rock concert. Both may have a great artistic value, with well written and executed music, but the feelings, emotions, values, in fact the energy transmitted is very different. Each one has its moment. One person can enjoy one as much as the other, or have other taste preferences. Given the differences and varieties that exist everyone can always choose the music that best suits his or her nature or mood, and thereby get the energy needed anytime.
Aside from musical styles we should focus on the quality of the music that we “consume”. The creation of a piece of music can be compared to a painting. Let’s take the case of creating two paintings that are the same, the same quality paints and expressed on two canvases that exactly the same, the end result is very different. It might be a masterpiece, but it could also be just a stained canvas. Likewise, using the same notes you can compose a beautiful melody, something boring or simply rubbish.
On the other hand, in the quality of the composition in itself, unlike the plastic arts, in music the interpretation is very important. In the interpretation, quality depends on the individual qualities of the musicians, their professional training, character, experiences, even their mood and the desire to play at the moment. The same musical score can have a very different impact. Sometimes, a minimal difference in interpretation can result in a tremendously different piece: playing a musical piece, the right notes, in tune and with the correct nuances you can create a good rendition, but as I said earlier, with minimal, subtle differences you can create a great one. In this case the music can, through its art, transmit energy during the performance just like the gurus of the Orient do. Sometimes the energy transmitted can even be more effective. Naturally, when the rendition is heard live the effect is much greater. That’s why, in the end, tickets to some concerts can have an extremely high value and be very expensive.
For thousands of years the effects of music on people has been known. There is evidence of ritual use of music in almost all of the great ancient cultures. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians recognized the psychological effects of different musical scales and modes. Similarly, Hindus, Chinese and Japanese have, for thousands of years, applied musical structures to diverse activities and moods. From these traditions studies on the psychological and organic effects of the music have been carried out over the past century.
Music can be used to improve learning, coordination and physical resistance. Music, when well used, can help us to fight against specific emotional blocks and produces a catharsis necessary for the resolution of internal conflicts that normally form a part of any problem that we face during our life.
One of the simplest and most widespread uses of music therapy is mood regulation through music. This explains why it is very practical to use music as a background for meditation.
The most recommendable music for meditation is usually instrumental. From classical music I would recommend Mozart, Chopin, Debussy or Baroque music. You can also use music with a combination of sounds from nature such as bird songs, waterfalls, ocean waves, rain and wind. Popular oriental music, for example Chinese, Hindu or Japanese, would also be appropriate.
In the practical health manual “The Happy Man’s Shirt” you will find a disc of my music that I composed and recorded on a vibraphone, whose tone and sound are perfectly matched for meditation. This music creates a strong and subtle cushion around the physical body that facilitates and increases concentration in the practice of meditation and helps attain our goals and desires.