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Published On: Tue, Jan 17th, 2017

Tom Hess: Play Guitar for a Healthier and Happier Life!

For anyone interested in becoming a music professional, learning to play the guitar is pretty much a prerequisite for a successful career. As someone who has successfully navigated this path, Tom Hess Guitar can confirm that like with any profession you need considerable dedication, commitment and training. For would-be pros, the time and effort hopefully pays off in the form of a successful career.  But what about those people who have no plans to pursue a career in music?  Is it worth it for them to put the time and effort into learning to play?  Our answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!” because there many benefits that come with learning to play the guitar even if you never get good enough to fill a stadium. Here are just a few.

Tom Scholz playing his Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) guitar

Health and Well-Being

Music calms the savage beast, as the saying goes, and that savage beast may be in your own body in the form of stress.  Stress can take years off your life, prevent you from sleeping at night or cause you to be vulnerable to other forms of ill-health.  Fortunately, listening to or especially playing music provides an important outlet for stress, and one which is well-documented.  In addition to providing a mental outlet for stress, the physical act of playing your guitar also helps to lower your blood pressure and heart rate.  And, if you get good enough to play with other musicians, you can benefit from the very real effects of being part of a group working towards a common purpose – you don´t have to be “good” but the “we-feeling” that comes from harmonizing your efforts with someone else’s is a known way to make you feel good.  Also worth noting is that studies show that music releases “feel-good” hormones in our brains which also contribute to a sense of well-being.

Focus and Discipline

Like anything else, getting good on the guitar takes practice, and that takes discipline.  In our “sound-bite” culture, the idea of remaining focused on anything for more than a few minutes might seem difficult, and indeed it is something that you might need to train yourself to do.  But this is exactly what you will need to learn if you want to become a competent guitar player – if it was easy and could be done without any mental effort, then what would be the point? In fact, studies show that learning to play the guitar contributes to the development of brain centers that control memory and can help to enhance mental sharpness and focus.

Accomplishment and Reward

Even if you are a musical genius, you need to do the work when it comes to playing the guitar.  Your finger strength needs to be developed, you need to improve your stamina, build calluses, learn the chords, teach the fingers to dance over the frets, perfect your strumming technique and all the rest of it.  There is no substitute for hard work, discipline and time when it comes to making great music.  And when you can finally make great music, when your friends cheer as you play their favorite song around the campfire, when you can pick up your guitar and play effortlessly and joyfully, then you will have earned the incredible payoff of all your hard work.

For all of these reasons and more, you owe it to yourself to pick up your guitar and play!

Author: Anwar Hossain

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