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. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 12:42
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    Surely she should only play dissonant chords? Got to avoid too much resonance! :) Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 13:04
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    Skippy, I sure hope you get the reference! :=) Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 15:23
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    Check out Weasels Ripped My Flesh. Commented Jan 21, 2014 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! Commented Jan 21, 2014 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.



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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