by Maurice Richard
Senior Instructor at Halifax Guitar Lessons
Everyone knows how cool the guitar is and many people dream of being able to play it and impressing others with their skills.
Yet, few people successfully learn how to play. I have talked to many people that do not even want to try because they believe they are not talented, or do not think they have time or many other reasons.
The reality is that most people can learn to play the guitar if you commit to it. Even if you do not learn quickly, it can be done, if you simply start trying and don’t give up!!
Here are 3 reasons why you should invest your time and energy into learning how to play the guitar so you can someday impress many others with your abilities!
1. Learning To Play The Guitar Keeps Your Whole Brain Active And Sharp
I am sure you have heard of the left/right brain split idea.
When you do certain activities, it tends to activate more of one side of your brain than the other. We were all taught this in school.
Those who are more analytical are considered left brain types of people while artistic and creative people are considered right brain types of people.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could do something that activates both sides of the brain at the same time and helps keep them both sharp? Of course it would!
Based on recent scientific studies it turns out learning to play the guitar is one of those rare activities that engages both sides of your brain at the same time.
This is incredibly good news because now you know of a way to boost both sides of your (or your child’s) brain and develop into a more rounded person. Just by playing the guitar!
2. Learning How To Play The Guitar Helps Remove Stress From Your Life
Music. It’s the center of most of our lives and definitely an integral part of our society.
We listen to music all the time for many different reasons and one of the main ones is that it helps reduce stress and makes us feel good.
What is even more powerful is if you can play the music yourself. When you listen to music you are mostly passively involved with it. Unless you are dancing or some other activity associated with the music.
If you can pick up a guitar and start to play music that is soothing or relaxing, it takes everything to another level. Now you are actively listening and playing.
This is related to the first point above but when you do this your entire brain gets fired up. When you get focused on playing music you lose yourself and your problems and stress disappears.
And the guitar is the easiest instrument to do this with because you can walk over and pick it up and start to play it. You can close the door to your room and not bother anyone else. You can take it with you when you travel.
It’s the ultimate stress reliever in my opinion!
3. Playing The Guitar Is A Lot Of Fun
Ever go to a friend’s house for a party or get together of some kind and then have someone break out a guitar and start playing?
What happened next? Usually people light right up, they join in and start to dance, hum, sing or join in with their own guitars! Almost everyone gets into it and it is a lot of fun.
Do you know what is even more fun? Being the one who has the guitar and is playing the music!!!
It is so gratifying to take your guitar and put what you have learned to good use entertaining and helping others have fun and enjoy the moment.
Bringing joy and fun to others is a major benefit of learning to play the guitar! It makes them feel good and of course you feel good too!
The Best Way To Learn To Play Guitar
Now that you know 3 of the awesome reasons you should learn to play the guitar, what is the best way to go about it?
You could try to do it yourself by going online and finding free resources or free teachers. You can pay for materials online too or buy instructional books or DVDs.
Unfortunately, all of those methods are one-size-fits-all and do not work for most people. Instead what you should do in order to make learning the guitar as fast and fun as possible is to find a local teacher to train you.
You still need to make this choice carefully. Not all teachers are the same. You best option is to find a professionally trained guitar teacher. Someone who has been trained to teach and specifically how to teach guitar.
Playing the guitar is one of the coolest and most awesome things you can do for yourself today and for the rest of your life! Go for it!