Can learning to play the guitar improve our well-being in profound ways?
When learning to play an instrument, you may consciously be thinking about enjoying the music and being able to play your favourite songs. However, during this process, your brain is also being trained to operate a certain way, which has lots of beneficial effects on the functioning of your brain, as studies have shown.
This blog only scratches the surface of the advantages that guitar playing can provide.
Improve your concentration and memory by learning to read guitar tabs and creating chord shapes.
A government-commissioned study has found that learning to play the guitar at school improves children’s behaviour, memory and intelligence. Researchers have found that it enlarges the left side of the brain, which helps students to remember a fifth more information when compared with non-musical pupils.
Lutz Jäncke, a psychologist at the University of Zurich, found that the parts of the brain that control hearing, memory, and the part that controls the hands, all become more active. This leads to growth and a positive change in the architecture of the brain. These changes were also apparent in people over the age of 65.
A study at the University of Zurich concluded that the areas of the brain responsible for memory were stimulated while playing the guitar. This relates to both cognitive and muscle memory.
Children with ADHD are sometimes advised to pick up an instrument to help them focus their energy into something creative and positive.
Improved drive and discipline will help you focus on this new skill and improve concentration.
This hobby also helps players improve their memory.
Click here to find out the benefits related to listening to music.
Creating your own music through improvisation or song writing makes great use of your creativity. It’s so much fun and incredibly rewarding to create your own melodies. I see it with my students all the time whenever we explore improvisation; they often surprise themselves with what they’ve just played!
Boost your creativity skills by improvising.
More and more of us are being encouraged to bring more creativity and a work-life-balance into our lives. For many, this means drawing, painting or the ongoing craze of adult colouring-in books. Others like to bake. Still others write poetry.
Music is a creative outlet that brings just as much joy through the same amount of passion.
Playing guitar as a hobby, can give us a sense of fulfilment that may have been lost, or has not been fully explored. When you accomplish new goals to develop your guitar skills, you will gain so much confidence in your creative side.