Music has changed dramatically in modern times. Many of the world’s biggest artists have little or no knowledge of musical theory and may not even by able to play a traditional instrument at all. It seems to have become a forgotten art, as modern artists have more frequently taken to computers to write their music. Yet there still remains is a certain respect and adoration in our society for people that are skilled at playing a traditional instrument.
Music provides an escape from reality, a break from the stressful world, and the ability to really tap into your own sense of creativity. The particular playing style of each individual differs. Playing chords and tabs can be taught to anyone learning to play the guitar, yet the way each person plays often depends on their mood and personality. In the case of writing music, you will find that the feel of the song often reflects your own emotional state at the time. For instance, the best time to write a break up song is quite obviously when going through a break up. Music is all about tapping into your emotions in a creative way.
Not only is music a great way to express yourself, but it can also act as a workout for your brain. Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument stimulates your brain and increase your memory capacity. By learning to play an instrument your motor skills naturally improve as well as your memory, hearing and visual ability. An improvement in motor skills enhances your overall coordination, which has a number of practical benefits. Some results have even shown that through the simple act of playing an instrument, your IQ could increase by 7 points in comparison to those who do not play any instrument at all. Music not only enhances your memory skills but also refines both your organisation skills and timing capabilities. Further, becoming a great musician requires a lot of time and effort, and committing yourself can help develop your discipline and time management skills.
Another reason to learn an instrument is the networking opportunities and the great fun you can have jamming with your friends, which requires teamwork skills. Whether in a band or an orchestra, you are required to listen to others while working together with their abilities. There really is nothing like playing and writing music, and with the use of home recording gear, just about anybody can write and share their own original music. By recording your music you can experiment with different things and really get a good grasp of how your music sounds from another perspective. If you have the commitment and focus, playing an instrument is a very rewarding experience.
If you’re looking to start playing the guitar or you’re interested in grabbing some home recording gear, pop into Guitar Paradise and have a chat to one of our team members!