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Music Enhances Brain Power For eight years I have played the clarinet in the marching band Many people believe that playing in the band is just an extra curricular activity that does not require much effort People feel that it does not take a genius to play an instrument They have the attitude of oh I can do that or all you have to do is blow air into the mouthpiece and move your fingers around People also think playing an instrument in the band is just a way to get an easy A and boost up their grade point average They believe all these things because they have never played an instrument in the band or have tried to but were not very good at it Most people think playing an instrument in the band is not important or academic related and require little skill but in fact it takes lots of time practice and enhances memorization and math skills All musical instruments require the playing of scales Scales provide the basic rudiments of all musical compositions There are twelve major scales two minors and one chromatic All fifteen of these scales must be learned by memory in order to play in the band The twelve major scales are played everyday in band as a warm-up and to tune your instrument You must know all twelve by heart in order to keep up with the rest of the band and be able to read the music Memorization of scales takes not only the skill of learning the written notes on the page but also the skill of learning the fingerings of each Smith 2 individual note and conforming your fingers to the structure of the entire scale Scales are a very important part of playing music in the band The playing of a musical instrument requires lots of memorization You have to memorize every piece of music that is played which
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