Uncontrollable movement whilst listening to or playing music?

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ginger_biscuits
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I was wondering whether this happens to anyone else. It has happened to me for as long as I can remember. My muscles will go incredibly tense, and I will start to get shaking or small twitches in my legs or my neck. If I'm singing, I grip my music so tight that my knuckles go white. I can feel my heart beating faster and faster, and I become very light-headed.
It only happens when I am completely emotionally involved with the music; it happens more often when i am listening to music live or actually performing it myself. It's definitely not nerves or anything like that, and tends to start when I hear a paticulatly beautiful combination of notes, or sometimes notes that are very loud or high.
It is very weird. Any explanation? Anyone else have this happen to them?
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you gots da groove
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You ****ing love music?

I get somewhat involuntary movements sometimes, usually in the form of headbanging, but sometimes also air drumming. Or even both :O

No, but really - music often triggers restless legs for me.
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Every time I listen to Bohemian Rhapsody, the headbang is essential (even when I'm driving)

Also the drums on In The Air Tonight
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When my boyfriend gets into his guitar playing it looks a bit... :coma: It's a tad awkward.
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I'm afraid... you have dance fever.
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When my boyfriend gets into his guitar playing it looks a bit... :coma: It's a tad awkward.
Does he sit hunched over the guitar with a braindead expression on his face?

That's probably how most guitarists actually look when they want to look like this:
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Does he sit hunched over the guitar with a braindead expression on his face?
No, it's just that's the closest emoticon I could find to "looks-like-he's-enjoying-himself-too-much-if-you-know-what-i-mean". The actual sexface one :sexface: looks a bit too pervy.
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(Original post by Lovefoxxx_93)
No, it's just that's the closest emoticon I could find to "looks-like-he's-enjoying-himself-too-much-if-you-know-what-i-mean". The actual sexface one :sexface: looks a bit too pervy.
Oh right. Like BB King?
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(Original post by Manitude)
No, but really - music often triggers restless legs for me.


This.
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I have a similar experience except my body becomes incredibly relaxed and it’s not so much emotionally involved but if I am 100% focused on the music ie. my eyes are closed and I’m sitting up straight then I start involuntarily swinging to the music. It only occurs in my upper body like my shoulders my neck and my head, but never a head banging kind of thing just a swaying
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I never get this. I sometimes wish I did.
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I know this is like 7 years late. But I have the same thing. When the music is live I tend to twitch a lot and I'm not sure why either. Its been happening since forever. Whenever I'd see musicals or dance shows cause I was doing that stuff as a kid, I would also twitch. I liked to think that I loved dancing and music so much that I would twitch when I wasn't dancing and watching someone else do it. But as I fell out of dancing and into playing classical music on the piano and clarinet (I play other instruments such as the Alto sax, guitar, ukulele, kalimba, but I'm not too attached to those instruments) I'd watch more concerts and I would be constantly twitching. But for me it wasn't one spot, it would happen everywhere that it was happening. As a child mostly my legs and arms would twitch but now its switched to my whole body. I don't think it is like something serious cause I've had it my whole life but it still would be cool to know why this happens. Also, I'm 17 so my whole life really isn't that long. Another thing to do with music is I'm constantly moving my fingers as if I'm playing the piano and I do it on any kind of surface, sometimes I don't mean to but it just happens and it's always random. Especially when I'm listening to my own music that isn't classical I still do the air piano thing. I just feel like if someone saw me doing this they would think its weird.
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(Original post by ginger_biscuits)
I was wondering whether this happens to anyone else. It has happened to me for as long as I can remember. My muscles will go incredibly tense, and I will start to get shaking or small twitches in my legs or my neck. If I'm singing, I grip my music so tight that my knuckles go white. I can feel my heart beating faster and faster, and I become very light-headed.
It only happens when I am completely emotionally involved with the music; it happens more often when i am listening to music live or actually performing it myself. It's definitely not nerves or anything like that, and tends to start when I hear a paticulatly beautiful combination of notes, or sometimes notes that are very loud or high.
It is very weird. Any explanation? Anyone else have this happen to them?
Yes, every single day.
Intense emotional involvement with the music, plus some fantasy world in my head, equates to me shaking so hard I think it must compensate for the vibrations of my eyes and stop "seeing" because for a little while I am "there" inside the fantasy.

It isn't quite halluconations and I can stop or change songs when I want but I always wonder what it is that makes me so intensely involved with and controlled by music.
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i have an extremely similar problem and i came here looking for the answer. my therapist has unofficially diagnosed me with add.. but i’ve always thought it might be autism or ocd. everyone in the comments is lookin at it from a music angle, so does anybody have a psychological take?

edit: oh my god.. i didnt read the whole post.. this happens to me but REGARDLESS of what song i listen to. the twitches are entirely uncontrollable and i dont have any knowledge before theyre gonna begin
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Was trying to find if anyone else felt this! When invested in a song, sometimes i twitch, have intense heart beats, and tense up. I don’t understand it.. maybe overstimulation?
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I get this too and sometimes I get scared and think I might be seizing 🤷🏽*♀️I don’t know what causes it but I hope you find out because that’s actually why I went on google just now.
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I do this too! Part of it is that I'm autistic so I often rock and tap my fingers to the beat as a stim, part of it's because I listen to a lot of EDM, so sitting still while listening to something made for dancing to is kinda difficult haha
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