Updated: Feb 11
Can you teach an old guitarist new licks? Yes, we believe so!
As we age, it's a common misconception that certain activities become more challenging. In fact, there is compelling evidence that learning to play a musical instrument, or even just attempting to do so, can bring numerous benefits to ageing adults. Whether you are an existing player or just beginning your musical journey, here are some reasons to start learning a musical instrument today!
Boosting Brain Power
Playing a musical instrument can create new neural connections in the brain, improving memory and cognitive function. The act of playing music engages both the left and right sides of the brain, leading to increased mental sharpness. A recent article in the Economist highlighted a correlation between playing an instrument and improved cognitive performance.
Lower Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Listening to music can relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, but playing music amplifies those effects to a whole new level altogether. Even if you have never played musical instruments before in your life, rest assured that just the act of learning to play will have a relaxing and mood-enhancing effect on your nerves.
Do not take it as a challenge or a task. Don’t be too bothered about making fast progress, either. Instead, let your body and mind relax with the music itself. If there’s any advantage to getting older, then it’s the fact that you can finally learn and do new things just for the sake of your own happiness for a change!
Playing music can be a great way to connect with others and join a community of musicians. Whether it's playing in a band or simply jamming with friends, making music together can be a fun and rewarding experience. This isn't just limited to playing activities. Learning an instrument becomes a lifestyle as much as a hobby. There is a multitude of youtube channels. interest forums and social media groups for players to discuss their learning experience, favourite players and (when it comes to guitar) gear. We are, in fact, about to start some virtual meet-ups to learn songs and talk shop for this very purpose!
If you would like to discuss lessons (or talk about guitars and pedals), Why not book a free trial lesson today?