Guitar For Your Mental Health
Guitar is great for your mental health!
Guitar players’ brains are especially intuitive, according to science. Playing the guitar requires hand-eye coordination, creativity, memory, intuition, improvisation, and countless other functions of the brain. Anyone who has ever tried learning the guitar knows just how difficult it can be, and even professional players struggle sometimes. It just seems that common bond goes beyond the frustrations of playing however. In fact, according to a scientific study, all guitar players’ brains share a special chemistry. Did you know that?
One of the findings concluded that guitar players have the ability to sync their brains and essentially read each other’s minds while playing and even anticipate what is to come. This all has to do with neural networks and brain chemistry, which explains the phenomenon of a band seemingly being a single functioning unit, and perhaps even makes it clear why there are so many successful bands made up of family members. The closer the brain chemistry, the better the band chemistry. Something to ponder over! Can you “sync” to someone else’s brain?
Guitar players also happen to be more intuitive than most and therefore have exceptional improvisational skills. When a guitarist “shreds” he or she temporarily deactivates the brain region that routinely shuts down when achieving big picture goals, signaling a shift from conscious to unconscious thought. And when non-musicians attempt a solo, the conscious portion of their brain stays on, which indicates that real guitarists are able to switch to this more creative and less practical mode of things more easily. Which one are you?
It is obvious that musicians are more artistic, right-brained people but these studies show just how special guitar players are in particular. Guitar players are better than other musicians at understanding a song via observation or listening than just reading the sheet music. It all happens in the brain, but for guitar players, it seems that their brains are just a little different. How different is your brain?
Have you decided yet if you are a musician or a non-musician? If you have always wanted to learn guitar, now is your chance to find the inner guitar god in you. Taking lessons is a great way to discover your true abilities and to learn what kind of guitar player you can be. If you have never picked up an instrument before, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a natural. It means you have never been given the proper motivation for trying. So what is stopping you from trying?
When you take guitar lessons in Philadelphia, be sure to check out the David Joel Guitar Studio before you go anywhere else. David has the experience and background to teach anyone how to play. He offers one on one lessons so that all the focus is on you and at what pace you learn. You are in a relaxed and non-pressured environment so that your brain can focus and allow you to be the best you can be.