Enhances Your Coordination
Playing an instrument requires a certain level of hand-eye coordination, which is of course developed with practice. Reading guitar tabs and/or music involves your brain converting that information into specific motor patterns.
Handle multiple tasks like a pro by improving your guitar hand coordination, sight-reading and listening skills.
During practices, guitarists are not just developing their musicianship – they also become good multi-taskers. They are be able to:
Read guitar TABS and scores
Create the right chord shape with their hands
Concentrate on playing the notes accurately
Read ahead for upcoming notes
Listen to the sounds being made
All at the same time!
If you try to add singing into the mix, then you will have a whole other element to contend with! It may sound quite complicated when you are just starting out, but the human brain will eventually rewire itself for the better, in adapting to multi-tasking. Once you get the hang of this valuable skill, you can also apply it outside your guitar practices.
Mastering chords, perfecting songs and nailing overreaching guitar solos are few of the greatest challenges that any guitarist faces. Yet the sense of achievement gained from doing so is truly gratifying. Achievements like these teach us that there is more to adult life than financial rewards.
Sharpens Your Concentration, Improves your Brain
Playing an instrument naturally stimulates the brain. You’re focusing on reading music, learning chords, and doing several things at once.
Playing the guitar requires you to focus on a lot of aspects simultaneously, ie. pitch, timing, rhythm, fingering, etc. The more you practice your mental muscle of concentration, the easier it becomes.
Increases Your Confidence & Self Esteem
It’s easy to set small goals in music, for example finishing a piece or just playing through to the end of a line of music, which when accomplished will give you a great sense of achievement.
Once you reach the stage of performing music in front of an audience, which takes a certain level of confidence to do so anyway, you reap rewards that can affect many other areas of your life.
Makes you better at your work
Personal and social benefits of playing guitar can have a knock-on effect on our professional lives. This new attitude may lead to a can-do attitude on a challenging project at work. If you mastered a difficult section of a favourite song over a weekend, those spreadsheets should be a piece of cake.
Plus, in order to improve, you have to pay close attention to detail so you can correct errors and make adjustments. According to Medical News Today, based on findings from a study in Scotland, “people who practice musical instruments have sharper brains because they pick up mistakes in their performance and fix them more quickly than other people.”
Improves cognition and motor skills
Playing guitar can be good for physical health, although those initial calluses and sore fingers might suggest otherwise.
There are great cognitive benefits here for improving focus, intelligence, and motor skills.
Strengthen your hands and wrists by constantly practicing chords and strumming.
With time, your hands and wrists will become stronger and more flexible. This comes from all those chord positions and strumming. It is a constant process that builds up the muscles and stretches the tendons. This can also carry through into arm muscles and shoulders.
That re-wired guitarist’s brain will set you up for a long life of cognitive health. You just have to remember to keep up with your playing.
Reduce Stress and anxiety. Music Therapy
Strum Away the Stress
No matter what’s causing you to feel stressed, spend some time playing your guitar. At the very least it will boost your mood and shift your focus, and before you know it, the stress of the day will subside. Once you get into your groove, you’ll feel much more relaxed.
The same goes for the effects on stress-relief and relaxation.
The act of guitar playing can be deeply therapeutic. A study from the Mind-Body Wellness Centre and Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Applied Biosystems found that playing an instrument has a positive impact on reducing stress levels.
It is a great form of relief for anybody struggling to release the tension of a long day in the office. Many first time players are 40-something adults needing a release. Some people like to play a few rounds of golf, while others want to learn to unleash their inner rockstar.
Escape from anxiety by having a guitar solo or jam session with your friends.
The guitar demands your full attention. It insists that you be “In The Moment”, Be conscious.
Switch off from the outside world completely. It provides an escape during those 20-minute sessions.
This means that guitar lessons could be a great option for people struggling with depression and anxiety disorders.
This is made better by the fact that it does give something back. That sense of accomplishment from achieving those difficult lessons leads to great happiness and self-worth.
Guitar playing is so much more than a hobby for those with the passion to learn and better themselves. It becomes a part of who you are, and a vital link in some of the best relationships you will have.
According to a study from HELPGUIDE “playing music is like a mega-vitamin, engaging more areas of the human brain than any other activity. Music’s ability to help us shift thought patterns and moods, and even improve our physical well being is quite remarkable.” So next time you feel stressed, take it out on your guitar, not your loved ones.
Have you ever noticed how playing or listening to music seems to take your mind off the things that are bothering you? This same strategy may work to alleviate anxiety and/or chronic pain.
An article in Men’s Health noted that based on a study from the University of Utah’s Pain Research centre, listening to music can take your mind off and reduce pain—and what better music to listen to than the tunes you create on your guitar?
Playing the guitar can help you to relax and release the stresses of the day. As you progress with learning to play the guitar, you will develop your ability to accurately express and release your emotions through playing, which can be very therapeutic.