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What are the consequences for the baby ? Are there any studies that would have noticed positive / negative consequences on the baby of the vibrations a classical guitar induces on the belly and the chest ?

Should the avoid playing dissonant chords ? Playing loud ? Playing notes that would be near the resonance frequency of her belly ? (frequency that should get lower and lower as the belly gets larger)

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My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama! OK, seriously, there is absolutely no risk from the incredibly low energy output of a guitar. Compare with, e.g., the output of the ultrasound monitor used prenatally. Meanwhile, lots of people swear that playing music calms (or even educates!) the fetus. –  Carl Witthoft Jan 21 '14 at 12:42
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Surely she should only play dissonant chords? Got to avoid too much resonance! :) –  shambulator Jan 21 '14 at 13:04
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Skippy, I sure hope you get the reference! :=) –  Carl Witthoft Jan 21 '14 at 15:23
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Check out Weasels Ripped My Flesh. –  Carl Witthoft Jan 21 '14 at 17:20
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I was assuming this question had more to do with technique and a big baby belly getting in the way! Very interesting to consider dissonance and resonant frequencies in the womb though. Also, Frank Zappa ftw! –  Basstickler Jan 21 '14 at 17:51

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This is a positive thing. Studies have shown the positive effect music has on unborn babies, see: Whitwell, Giselle E. "The importance of prenatal sound and music." Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health 13 (1999): 255-262.

http://intraspec.ca/music.pdf

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In the case of a catastrophic fall from 20 feet in height, A mother's body will protect the unborn child from harm. The mother might not survive, but the baby likely will. Given that, I find it impossible to imagine how playing classical guitar could harm the baby.

When my wife was pregnant, she used to sit on my bass amplifier as I was playing, which would make the baby rouse and kick. That baby went on to become an extremely intelligent adult with absolutely no rhythm. :)

The only possible downside to playing classical guitar while very pregnant is posture difficulties for mom.

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