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Music to Play Billiards To

imagesThe term ‘billiards‘ refers to any game played on a billiards/pool table. The first game came about in the year 1900, and soon it became a popular and casual way to spend time with friends, wind down after a long day, or even try and make some money on a gamble.

Most billiards tables are located in bars or even a few relaxed restaurants. Lighting plays an important roll in how the game is perceived, but more importantly, the music one listens to while ‘hustling’ pool determines how the game will turn out.

I started playing pool when I was eight years old; we were on vacation up at one of the great lakes and the only place to eat at was a bar up the road. My cousin and I played a game of eight-ball nearly every night we were there, and I started to get really good at it. When I got older, at my church youth group I played a few kids in straight pool and lost every single time. At first I thought it was because I’d just lost my touch, but the real reason was because the music made it difficult to focus.

Music is a very mental and emotional thing for people. The right can make you cry when you’re just sitting in the car. In fact, it’s stated, scientifically, that the more you play music, or even a musical instrument, the better your memory is and it’s easier for you to think through problems. It’s no surprise that music is even used in therapy.

So, what was wrong with the music at youth group? It wasn’t the right kind of music to play pool to, simple as that. It was too upbeat, too jarring and at some points it was too hyper. Billiards is a very cam and focused kind of game to play, so listening to bouncy music is not going to help you land the seven in the corner pocket in the slightest.download

What should be playing is something smooth, something harmonious. In bars they like jazz music in the background, some live music with some great guitar pedals from The Lead Guitar may be good, and sometimes even low country tunes. A steady bass, soft voice and rhythmic tune is perfect for pool. Try to stay away from strong vocal songs, or even ones with a heavy bass. Your mind will want to pay more attention to the action in the song and become more likely to ignore the game you’re playing.

Now whenever I play pool, I always request “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney. It’s the perfect tempo and sound to really hustle a good win from a game of pool

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