Categories: Health & Wellness | Published On: October 8, 2019 |

6 Benefits of Learning to Play an Instrument

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6 Benefits of Learning to Play an Instrument

“Music soothes the soul.” That has to be one of the most authentic sayings ever. How many times has listening to a song made you dance in your bedroom or sing in the shower? There’s just something about music that gets deep into our guts and accentuates our mood. Nothing is more universally appreciated than music. A memorable melody is all it takes to make you feel good.

We’ve all wished we could strum a guitar or roll our fingers across a piano to create rhythms that people can move to.

It’s never too late to learn. There are some real benefits to knowing how to play any instrument. Benefits that would push you to at least try to pick up those drum sticks. It’s not about how good you are. Just putting in the effort means you’ll feel many of the benefits we’ll describe below.

Here are 6 reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to pick up an instrument

1. Helps with Your Breathing

A group of people practice playing musical instruments

Throughout the day our breathing typically stays shallow. But singing or picking up a wind instrument like a flute or a saxophone encourages what’s called deep breathing. Deep breathing helps keep your respiratory system strong and expands your lung capacity.

2. Levels out your mood

A woman sings in front of a crowd

Studies have proven that you can reduce stress by creating your own music. Being able to express your emotions through an outlet like music gives you an opportunity to define your own sadness or joy or confusion in a way that is soothing. It’s a better sounding alternative to screaming into a pillow when you’re upset.

3. It’s good exercise

An older person practices playing the piano

Whether you’re playing the drums or sitting up straight to play the piano, music is more physical than you think. Your arm and back muscles are always being challenged, and if you stand up, so are your legs. Just holding an instrument up for short periods of time is a workout.

4. Helps your coordination

A person learns to play the guitar

It’s not easy to get your fingers to move the way you need them to when you’re trying to get songs right. It’s actually one of the more difficult things to do when learning to play any instrument. Trying to get that right while at the same time remembering what note to play next is challenging for anyone.

5. Improves concentration 

A pair of glasses sits on top of a music book

In the same vein as the last point, learning to play an instrument improves your concentration. There’s a lot going on at the same time that requires your attention. Are your fingers in the right place, are you getting the melody right, are you going to improvise the next section? And if you get a few of your friends together, it actually forces you to concentrate even more because you also have to be in harmony with everyone else.

6. Helps you meet new people

An orchestra practices

You don’t have to think of learning to play an instrument as an isolated activity. Take group lessons so you meet other people who share your interest in learning how to play. If you’re into singing, maybe you can volunteer to be part of a choir. The point is to enjoy yourself and enjoy the company of other people. Nothing soothes the soul like friendship.

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