Thinking about learning the guitar? Not sure if it’s worth the time, effort, and dedication?
Spoiler alert – it absolutely is. There are many benefits of learning the guitar.
As a passionate musician and dedicated teacher, I have experienced the lifelong benefits of learning the guitar. In this article, I will share three of these incredible benefits with you.
Ready? Let’s get right to it.
1. Playing the guitar can help eliminate stress
We all experience stress. You might be working your way through the final years of high school, or feeling overrun with workplace deadlines, or finding yourself stressed from time-to-time in the face of life’s everyday challenges.
To safeguard your mental wellbeing, it is essential to relieve some of this built-up stress. And, you guessed it, playing guitar is a proven way to calm the mind and minimise stress.
As you begin playing guitar, your focus shifts from your troubles to your instrument. Your full attention is glued to the shape and movement of your fingers and the sounds you are creating. In many ways, this is similar to mindfulness, as concentrating on your instrument can draw your attention to the present moment.
Don’t just take my word for it – check out what one study conducted by HELPGUIDE had to say: “Music’s ability to help us shift thought patterns and moods, and even improve our physical well-being is quite remarkable.”
2. Playing the guitar can improve cognitive functions
In other words, playing guitar is a brain-boosting activity. In fact, the act of working your way through a song utilises more areas of the brain than any other activity. Back to the study mentioned above: “Playing music is like a mega-vitamin, engaging more areas of the human brain than any other activity.”
I like to think of it as a full-body workout, but for the brain. Think about it, when you play guitar, you read music, move your left and right hands independently yet in unison, regulate the timing, listen for the correct sounds, and pick up on mistakes. That’s a whole lot for your mind to do at once!
3. Playing guitar is a practice of passion
One of the most beneficial outcomes of playing guitar is having fun.
Whether you’ve just started or have been strumming away for years, spending time with your instrument is a practice of passion. It gives you something outside of work and school that you can improve on, giving you a serious confidence boost.
What’s more, learning an instrument can put you in touch with a whole host of like-minded people, and open up new and exciting opportunities. The possibilities truly are endless.
Start learning guitar properly today
While there are many benefits to learning the guitar, if you are trying to work your way through a ‘quick-fix’ course that promises the world, you may end up frustrated and disappointed.
The truth is, it takes a lot of time and hard work to become the guitar player you see yourself as. In fact, you never stop learning.
If you’d like to take on the guitar properly, using a proven teaching method that guarantees success, check out my online guitar lessons.