I’m a badminton player, and I’ve always been a bit unsure of what music I should listen to before a game. The songs I normally listen to in order to get pumped up are a bit noisy, which is great when I’m running for a shuttle during a game, but not so great when I’m just waiting at the net. I’ve experimented with listening to different genres of music for this purpose, and I’ve decided that I prefer the sound of banjo. It’s quiet, and so it doesn’t distract me while I’m warming up, yet it doesn’t sound as if I’m trapped in a music store.
What is Badminton?
If you’ve been to the United States to watch, you may not know the first thing about badminton. It’s a game in which the players hit a shuttlecock (a lot like a racquet) into a net (also a lot like a racquet) to get points. Once the shuttlecock is launched, it has to return to the ground at the end of the court. There are four players: one in the back court (to the left and right), and two on the court (one person in the front, and one person in the back). It’s a very competitive sport! If you want to learn more about it, there are multiple online courses on Youtube. While I don’t get to play it, I play badminton at my club, so I’ve got an understanding of the rules and strokes. I have a very talented friend who is a recent international silver medalist, and it’s thrilling to watch.
My life as a Badminton player.
I heard that good players have this natural inclination toward quiet music. I don’t know how that came into play, since as a non-badminton player myself, I’m not sure why I would naturally listen to quiet music. I guess it’s just that they seem to be listening to it for some reason. If I have to guess, I’ll probably say that when you’re performing at a high level of play, you need a lot of quiet to concentrate. Here are some of the tracks that I listen to while I’m waiting at the net. Ben Harper – “Don’t Bring Me Down” This acoustic cover of Ben Harper’s original is one of my favorites. This song feels like it’s always been there and I’m just getting to hear it now.
Listening to Banjo music before a game
When it comes time to pick out music, I prefer playing with my laptop because it holds more music than my phone. My laptop also has an external speaker, which is great because it holds more bass, allowing me to get a louder sound and create more volume. I find that most songs have enough bass in them to work with my laptop, as long as they aren’t too muddied. Once I choose a song, I load it up into YouTube and add it to my playlist. I like the added benefit of doing this because it’s really easy to add a song or a new artist to a playlist. If I’m really struggling to pick one out, I’ll listen to the first four or five songs from my playlist to get a good idea of what sounds I like.
The perks of listening to banjo music before a game
1. You can actually tell what the song is called. Most music isn’t labeled, so if you only ever hear one or two words in a song, you may not be able to tell what the song is about. Listening to the word “banjo” over and over again is a great way to memorize the song. You can also have fun calling out what part of the song you’re hearing the word at. “Banjo, de de banjo! de de banjo!” 2. The banjo is cute. Banjos are cute, and listening to the sound of banjos has the added benefit of making you feel like you’re listening to something very lyrical. Banjos have a lot of little catchy notes in them, and that’s enough to make you stay focused on what you’re doing. 3. Banjo music is typically slow.
The drawbacks of listening to banjo music before a game
Beware of getting too carried away I’m not saying that listening to banjo music before playing badminton is a good idea. I’m a beginner, so my aim is to improve every day. Any music that gets me hyped up too much is something I’ll have to curb, but as long as it’s not too noisy, then I can get into it. It’s not always possible, though, and it’s not a reason to completely rule out the tactic. However, be prepared to quickly start the next song on the iPod if things start getting intense. You don’t want to disturb other players I’m not interested in getting into an argument with someone over badminton music, but don’t get distracted when other players are trying to focus on their own play. If they get distracted by your banshee cries, you’ll lose.
I’m not sure if playing music while you’re playing badminton helps you during the game, but it sure helps me! With banjos playing in the background, I never get so annoyed that I start to go out of control like I normally do when I play. While this may not be the best option for you, it might be just the thing you’re looking for!