Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken a baseball bat, flipped it upside down and pretend to dual with Jimi Hendrix over “All Along The Watchtower”. Good, I’m not alone. Here are ten reasons why it’s worth your time and never too late to start learning the guitar.
1) Getting started is simple: Walk in to almost any mega retail store like Target or Wal-Mart and you’re bound to find a guitar set sold for around $100. If you’re keen into supporting local businesses, go on down to your music shop and buy a used guitar for the same price if not cheaper.
2) Relieves stress: It doesn’t take very long to learn a few chords and put together a song. Playing guitar is an easy way to relieve stress and these simple chords can help take your mind off any troubles you might have.
3) Create your own style: The versatility of the guitar allows you to create your own style and not be abided by certain styles of playing. Funk, alternative, metal, Flamenco, jazz, soft rock, the list goes on and on for the different styles you can play. It’s not uncommon for people to bridge many genres together to create their own style of guitar playing.
4) Connecting with others: Being one of the most popular instruments, it isn’t too difficult finding others to jam with. Whether it’s a close friend, local guitar workshop, or an impromptu street session, learning a couple chord progressions will allow you to play the guitar with anyone regardless of their skill level.
5) Get your emotion’s out: Feeling down? Play some blues. Feeling angry? Rip a blazing solo. Feeling loved? Play some cheesy riffs. The guitar is one of the best tools to release your emotions. Especially for introverts who have a difficult time expressing themselves.
6) Boost of confidence: It can be extremely daunting finding out what to say to someone you are attracted too. What better way to boost your ego and calm your nerves than talk about your guitar playing abilities.
7) Physical benefits: We all know playing guitar is an arm and a hand workout, but if you get your feet stomping along as well, you might be able to forego the treadmill.
8) Sense of accomplishment: While the guitar can have some of the simplest melodies to learn, it also features extremely complex arrangements. Challenging yourself to learn a difficult piece and then completing it is like very few other feelings in the world.
9) Develops discipline and patience: No one can pick up a guitar and sound like Eric Clapton right away. Taking hours of time and practice before even making yourself listenable is a task in and of itself. By learning the guitar, the discipline and patience required are skills that you will find carry over into other parts of your life.
10) Cognitive development: Outside of influencing an individual’s creative capacity, learning the guitar can greatly improve your memory and alertness.