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The Emotional Benefits of Learning Guitar

How Strumming Can End your Bumming

Over the years, research by numerous organizations and individuals in the realm of mental and emotional health have concluded that one of the best ways to improve and maintain ones psychological wellbeing is to learn how to play a musical instrument. The reasons range far and wide. Here, we will discuss several reasons why learning guitar can do more for you than just landing gigs.

Music’s effect on the soul

There’s no denying it, music is good for the soul. It can touch a part of you that other art forms simply cannot. Hearing a new piece of music that you like is exciting and can create a bond between yourself, the artist, and others who enjoy the same song. Hearing an old favorite can take you back to a pleasant memory of where you were and what you were doing back when the song was a hit.

How much more emotionally impactful, then, when it is a piece of music you yourself are playing? Whether it’s a favorite new or classic song you are recreating, or an original work of your own, playing that which resonates with you is an emotionally uplifting experience that words can’t describe.

Accomplishment and self-esteem

Mastering guitar takes time, and, just like learning anything else, you start with basic concepts that are used as building blocks for greater success. With mastery of each concept comes greater confidence until you are mastering entire sections of songs, whole songs, and, with practice, possibly being able to play any song you want to almost by instinct.

Make no mistake, learning anything takes time and patience. Guitar is no exception. You WILL make mistakes. At times you may find yourself slogging through a chord progression or melody you just can’t quite grasp. This is when fortitude and persistence will pay off, both in terms of accomplishing the task itself and the increased feeling of success and self-worth resulting from hitting your latest goal. Be patient with yourself and stick to it!

The Mozart effect: music and IQ

Emotional and mental improvement can be linked to increased productivity and rest. Multiple studies have shown that instrumental music can increase your learning ability and productivity. Soft music, with or without vocals, can help you rest, which in turn can help you even more with your mental acuity. Such an important concept should not be downplayed nor overlooked.

Romance, friendship, and admiration

Plato wrote, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Since ancient times, music has been used to forge friendships, to woo potential mates, and to bring people together.

Everyone loves a good guitar player. Regardless of what type of music you play, you are bound to attract people. This can lead to all kinds of wonderful experiences and the possibility to begin great new relationships. Pick up the guitar and improve your life!

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