Guitar is good for your mental health?

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There is lots of evidence to suggest that music is good for your overall health! Check out this article from Harvard: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/music-and-health

Music is definitely a good thing for your mind and spirit as well. Enjoy your musical journey!

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There is lots of evidence to suggest that music is good for your overall health! Check out this article from Harvard: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/music-and-health

Music is definitely a good thing for your mind and spirit as well. Enjoy your musical journey!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

jadaldouglas

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Indeed! Makes me completely present. I literally just started. Just learned switching from A minor to E. Yeah very new lol. But although the pain prevents me from practicing for more than 10 min, in those 10 min I am completely free from any and all stress.

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Indeed! Makes me completely present. I literally just started. Just learned switching from A minor to E. Yeah very new lol. But although the pain prevents me from practicing for more than 10 min, in those 10 min I am completely free from any and all stress.

gregmchir

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Speaking for myself when I play guitar I am totally present . My mind is not wandering I am not worried about the past or the future . I am just enjoying playing the guitar . I guess you could call it a type of meditation . The more songs I learn the more I enjoy being in the moment I am at the point where I am starting to listen to the music for chord changes as opposed to relying on the scrolling tablature

Here is a TED ED video on the benefits of playing music

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

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Speaking for myself when I play guitar I am totally present . My mind is not wandering I am not worried about the past or the future . I am just enjoying playing the guitar . I guess you could call it a type of meditation . The more songs I learn the more I enjoy being in the moment I am at the point where I am starting to listen to the music for chord changes as opposed to relying on the scrolling tablature

Here is a TED ED video on the benefits of playing music

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

nomegome

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It is becoming a new friend

It's the relationship I am beginning to form with it that is helping to make me feel more whole. It calms me and brings me a quiet joy no matter what time of the day.

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It is becoming a new friend

It's the relationship I am beginning to form with it that is helping to make me feel more whole. It calms me and brings me a quiet joy no matter what time of the day.

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I can't imagine how much I've grown artistically and there's even a spiritual connection to it because you can use it to worship God also!

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I can't imagine how much I've grown artistically and there's even a spiritual connection to it because you can use it to worship God also!

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Here is a TED ED video on the benefits of playing music

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

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Here is a TED ED video on the benefits of playing music

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

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Very cool information....

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DirkGabriel

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I'm still recovering from a burnout and struggle with every simple ordinary task. By picking up the classical guitar (and even bought and playing the electro-accoustic Mayson Topaz in the meantime) I finally found moments where I can calm down my turbulent thoughts and recharge some energy. Music has always been my hobby (been DJ on local and national stations) but now it has become an essential part of my mental life.

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I'm still recovering from a burnout and struggle with every simple ordinary task. By picking up the classical guitar (and even bought and playing the electro-accoustic Mayson Topaz in the meantime) I finally found moments where I can calm down my turbulent thoughts and recharge some energy. Music has always been my hobby (been DJ on local and national stations) but now it has become an essential part of my mental life.

snpfarm

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I can tell you that playing my guitar and music in general is my best therapy. No need to bring up my past but music is what always took me away from the bad and still does!

This trying to get my left hand and right hand to work together is driving me crazy!

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I can tell you that playing my guitar and music in general is my best therapy. No need to bring up my past but music is what always took me away from the bad and still does!

This trying to get my left hand and right hand to work together is driving me crazy!

DraconusJLM

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Playing guitar (or any musical instrument) can be considered a form of Mindfulness if you're concentrating solely on what you're doing, so links with meditation are fairly obvious.

I'm not quite sure if working on shredding would be considered "meditation" for a lot of guitarists, but it ticks all the boxes if done with full concentration.

Six strings, but only four fingers. Twelve simi-tones, but only eight notes to an octive. Part of me thinks mathematicians should steer well clear of guitars.....

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Playing guitar (or any musical instrument) can be considered a form of Mindfulness if you're concentrating solely on what you're doing, so links with meditation are fairly obvious.

I'm not quite sure if working on shredding would be considered "meditation" for a lot of guitarists, but it ticks all the boxes if done with full concentration.

Six strings, but only four fingers. Twelve simi-tones, but only eight notes to an octive. Part of me thinks mathematicians should steer well clear of guitars.....

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The worst experience that affected me psychologically was being told by someone vindictive and toxic that I can't have or learn an instrument - meanwhile, toxic person went off and praised their son playing bass in a band.

Thankfully, I ignored the hypocrite. Years, later, I still enjoy doing something extraordinary. Playing music. Instead of just listening to it.

I'm not a trained psychologist or mental health expert, but drawing, painting and learning an instrument is something i'd recommend if you're stressed, have anxiety or both.

Epiphone SG 400 Pro, Fender Squier, Flying V for shredding. Celtic fusion,rock, blues & Metal. From Wales, GB.

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The worst experience that affected me psychologically was being told by someone vindictive and toxic that I can't have or learn an instrument - meanwhile, toxic person went off and praised their son playing bass in a band.

Thankfully, I ignored the hypocrite. Years, later, I still enjoy doing something extraordinary. Playing music. Instead of just listening to it.

I'm not a trained psychologist or mental health expert, but drawing, painting and learning an instrument is something i'd recommend if you're stressed, have anxiety or both.

Epiphone SG 400 Pro, Fender Squier, Flying V for shredding. Celtic fusion,rock, blues & Metal. From Wales, GB.