10 Advantages of learning to play the guitar

Introduction

There has been a lot of research done into discovering the intellectual benefits of learning to play a musical instrument. Here, of course, we will be applying this research to playing the guitar! The fact is that the more we learn and practice something, the better we become. No matter what the rate of improvement is, we still make progress.

When learning to play guitar lessons in Singapore, we may consciously be thinking about enjoying the music and being able to play our favorite songs. However, during this process, our brain is also being trained to operate a certain way, which has lots of beneficial effects on the functioning of our brain, as studies have shown.

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1. Improves our memory

A study has found that learning to play the guitar at school improves children’s behavior, memory, and intelligence. Researchers have found that it enlarges the left side of the brain, which facilitates students to remember a fifth more information when compared with non-musical pupils.

2. Enhances our creativity

Creating our own music through improvisation or songwriting makes great use of our creativity. It is so much fun and incredibly rewarding to create our own melodies. We see it with our students all the time whenever we explore improvisation; they often surprise themselves with what they have just played!

3. Teaches us discipline

Regular practice can take discipline, especially with areas that students find challenging. With persistence come success and the development of the discipline, this can then also be applied to other areas of our life.

4. Develops social skills & teamwork

With a developed sense of hearing, musicians are able to pinpoint what others are feeling, just by the tone of their voice. Also, working and playing with other musicians teaches people to understand the value of teamwork.

5. Improves our math performance…!

There is a definite relationship between music and maths. Research suggests that musician’s process music in the same cortical regions that adolescent’s process algebra.

6. Enhances our coordination

Playing an instrument needs a certain level of hand-eye coordination, which is of course developed with practice. Reading guitar tablature and/or music involves our brain converting that information into specific motor patterns.

7. Increases our confidence & self-esteem

It is 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 us a great sense of achievement.

Once we reach the stage of performing music in front of an audience, which takes a certain level of confidence to do so anyway, we reap rewards that can affect many other areas of our life.

8. Sharpens our concentration

Playing the guitar needs us to focus on a lot of aspects concurrently, i.e. pitch, timing, rhythm, fingering, etc. The more we practice our mental muscle of concentration, the easier it becomes.

9. Music therapy & self-expression

Playing the guitar can help us to relax and release the stresses of the day. As we progress with learning to play the guitar, we will increase our ability to precisely express and release our emotions through playing, which can be very therapeutic.

10. Playing the guitar is fun!

Integrating all of these benefits into something that we want to do because it is fun and makes us feel great, gives our life that something special that cannot really be found anywhere else. To find out more about our guitar lessons in Singapore adults click here.