10. It can be challenging. While some people like being in their comfort zone, others like to venture out into the unknown, and if that’s you, then you should definitely learn how to play the guitar. Learning to play an instrument isn’t easy, especially the guitar which requires all kinds of coordination and concentration, and of course, a focused memory. You might not pick it up straight away, but if everyone could be a good guitarist, you’d find a guitar in every single household. There’s a reason why there are classes and courses for learning the guitar: it isn’t always easy, but that’s what makes it so great. Think of how amazing and confident you’ll feel when you learn a complete song or even a few notes. Every accomplishment you make with a guitar is challenging, and you’ll feel rewards when you’ve got some newly learned skills under your belt.
- You’ll have fun: Think about how much fun you have when you play air guitar. Think about how much fun you have when you play Rock Band. Triple that fun and what do you get? Playing a real guitar. Not only can you have fun to play songs you know and love, but you can have a whole tonne of fun playing songs you’ve come up with yourself. Playing on your own has its perks, but it can be even better when you’re in a group, rocking out with other musicians, either on stage or jamming out in a garage. Either way, there’s so much fun to have with a guitar, and if you have one nearby, you’ll never be bored. A lot of people just enjoying sitting on the couch and strumming along, and even find it a little relaxing.
- You get to be creative: Everyone has an inner musician who’s just dying to let their ideas out, and when you learn to play guitar you can let that all out in the most creative way possible. You can come up with your own songs, or completely change up your favorite tune. You can create covers and put them on YouTube, or even post your songs and get feedback. There might come the point where you even get to perform in front of people, and whether the crowd’s small or large doesn’t matter: you’ll be having fun either way. Learning guitar opens up so many doorways for creativity, where you get to have all kinds of freedom with your own instrument. Forget music class where you had to follow instructions, and you can create and play any song you want with your guitar.
- You can meet new people: Making friends and meeting others is always a good thing. Sometimes it’s hard to be social these days with everyone glued to their phones, but there are still people who meet up when they have similar interests. You can look for advertisements for bands, join a guitar class, or even join local art or youth center. Communities always love promoting homegrown artists, even up and coming ones, and that could very well be you once you’ve got a song or two down. Besides your name spreading, you’ll be meeting a tonne of new people with the same interests as you, and there’s nothing like bonding over the love of music. Once you’re all settled and exchange names, it’ll be easy to set up a time and date where you can all get together and just play.
- Your memory might see a boost: When it comes to learning songs on the guitar you’ll need a good memory. That doesn’t come easy to anyone and everyone, but once you focus on a song long and hard enough, you should be able to remember an entire song with ease. This encourages your memory, plus studies have even shown that the area that takes care of memory in your brain is stimulated when you play the guitar. With this comes to focus, and from that comes concentration, so when you learn guitar your brain also gets a few benefits – so what’s not to love? Before you know it, you’ll have a whole bunch of songs that you can play with ease, and that means performing will become easier for you. You won’t have to worry a whole lot about remembering every little bit of a song. It will all come naturally to you.
- Your multitasking skills improve: When it comes to playing guitar. You’re doing all kinds of hard work. You’re not just using both hands at the same time, you’re using your memory, and when you’re singing in front of a crowd, you can’t always look down to make sure what you’re doing is correct. What does this mean? Your hand coordination has a good chance of improving. You might learn a new song by looking at notes in front of you while you play, which also means you’ll get better at multitasking. You might even try and pick up singing, whether it’s just backing vocals or lead singing, which means your brain will be working even harder. When it comes down to it, playing guitar sometimes has a lot going on, and learning to multitask will come in handy for other parts of life. Learning this particular skill is great because you can even utilize it to learn other instruments.
- There’s no better time than the present: This is probably the easiest time in the history of the universe to learn to play guitar. You can definitely pay for guitar lessons if you prefer a one on one learning experience, but you can also jump on YouTube and find thousands of guitar tutorials literally. You can learn a million new songs right from the comfort of your own home, and you won’t have to pay a single cent. It’s also a lot easier to meet other guitar players, and this is a good way to share advice and feedback. The guitar world online has a lot to offer, from teaching people how to play guitar to fixing a guitar’s strings. You can learn so much these days without having to dig into your life savings, which means you can invest your money in a high-quality guitar.
- Your confidence will improve: Not everyone can play guitar, and people go crazy over those that can. There’s just something about the guitar that gets people excited, whether it’s an electric or an acoustic one. Either way, people might start to praise you and let you know how much they like your guitar playing. Guitar playing takes skill and practice and a lot of hard work, which means when you have a few songs under your belt you’ll feel fantastic. You don’t even have to perform in front of a crowd to feel confident, though that would surely be an amazing experience. Your confidence will boost once you realize you’ve spent time and energy honing a new skill and craft, and it means you’ve achieved something that not everyone can say they’ve achieved. It means your meeting goals, and let’s be real, a lot of people give up on their goals.
2: The Physical: Some people might not look at playing guitar as a healthy activity. After all, you just stand there and play, right? Wrong. Playing the guitar can definitely encourage a few handy benefits, some you didn’t even think were possible. One of the biggest improvements you can see is with your wrists and hands. These are the obvious parts of your body that are getting a steady work out, and through enough guitar playing, you’ll develop stronger hands and wrists. You might even get more flexible over time. The rest of your arms also get a work out too. If you perform on stage, you might also see some weight loss since you’re standing on stage for so long, and if you really get into the song, you can turn it into a full-on exercise. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, maybe the guitar is for you.
- Mental Health: A lot of people don’t take into account how important it is to take care of your mental health. It’s easy to push it aside and act like it doesn’t matter, but both your physical and mental health should be a priority. Playing guitar can often help those with mental health issues. It is a good way to relieve stress, to calm down from long, hard days at work or school, or to find a healthy release for whatever problems it is you’re facing. It can be looked at as a form of (free) therapy, where you forget about all the problems around you and relax. You can’t play guitar if you’re not completely in the zone, which means your brain is going to let go of all the problems you’re holding onto – even if it’s just for a little while. Playing guitar means you can let go of your anxieties, worries, and stresses, even if it’s only for a song or two.