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These are the top 10 reasons why everyone should learn to play the guitar

From strengthening
your sense of well-being to boosting your creativity and confidence, there are many
benefits to learning to play the guitar

1. Guitar can boost your brain power

2. It can boost your confidence

3. Enhances your coordination

Learning to play the electric or acoustic guitar requires a certain level of hand-eye coordination, which is developed with practice. It takes quick movements of the fingers, hands, and arms to play guitar. Your fretting and picking hands will be performing different types of movements simultaneously. At the same time, you’ll be reading guitar tablature and/or music and converting that information into specific motor patterns.

Learning to play an instrument causes the parts of your brain that control motor skills to grow and become more active.

4. Improves maths

Did you know that music and math are highly intertwined Studies have shown that students who play instruments are often better in math and achieve higher grades in school than students who don't. Learning music theory – in this case, the ABRSM theory - requires that we understand beat, rhythm, and scales and teaches us how to divide, create fractions, and recognise patterns. Yes, we’ve said it here - learning to play the guitar can help improve math skills at any age.

5. Boosts your listening skills

Listening is pivotal when learning to play the guitar. It requires you to listen carefully to the pitch, rhythm, and key. You learn to know when you’re playing a wrong note. When tuning your guitar, you’re listening out for whether the pitch you're playing is high (sharp) or low (flat).

With consistency and practice, you will be able to recognise chords by ear and overall improve your playing standards.

6. Makes you more disciplined

Getting good at guitar playing requires persistence and determination. Being strict with yourself and dedicating time to practice makes you more disciplined, and this can help you in many ways besides playing the guitar.

Developing good technical habits takes time and patience. It takes practice and this can help with self-discipline and being persistent in the pursuit of playing the instrument well.

7. Guitars are versatile instruments

Guitars are used in almost every music genre from jazz to country and heavy metal. As a guitarist you don’t have to concentrate on one musical style. If you take the electric guitar, the plethora of effects at your disposal is extensive from different amps, and pedals to pickups.

The guitar is both a rhythm instrument and a lead instrument. Some guitar players concentrate on one or the other, but most are skilled as rhythm and lead players.

8. Build social skills

Playing the guitar can help build your social making new friends as you connect with new people whether that is your tutor, other learners, and even the great team here at Art of Guitar as we love nothing more than to meet fellow guitarists.

9. To understand rock, you need to understand the guitar

When we think of rock we often think about the guitar. The sound of rock is traditionally centered on the amplified electric guitar, which emerged in its modern form in the 1950s with the popularity of rock and roll. Over time it has evolved and been influenced by other sounds, but at its core remains the guitar

10. Finally, it’s a good way to release your creativity

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