Do you want to emulate the rock gods of years gone by? Or perhaps you’re hoping to be the next Indie darling to conquer Manchester? Well, whatever the reason it's also worth bearing in mind the health benefits associated with learning to play an instrument. Here are just a few of the myriad of ways playing an instrument can positively impact your physical and mental wellbeing.
Playing music helps you focus your energy on something positive, you can shut out your worries and the outside world and let the music envelope you. This can lead to reduced stress levels and a reduced blood pressure.
It has been proven time and time again that playing a musical instrument can act as an outlet for people whom are suffering from depression, stress, insomnia and a range of other difficult emotions. Whereas listening to music can be helpful in its own right, actually playing an instrument and being creative opens up a whole world of escapism.
Loads of people struggle with maths in school but learning an instrument can help! Learning about how music is divided into beats, half beats etc are all skills which cross over into the world of arithmetic.
Focus is an essential part of learning a musical instrument and as such concentrating on your playing means that you might find it easier to concentrate in other areas of life such as school or work. This can be particularly beneficial for people with ADD.
Most of the time our breathing is quite shallow but playing an instrument such as the saxophone or indeed any other brass or woodwind instrument requires deep breathing from your diaphragm. This can help strengthen your lungs and respiratory system.
What better way of making a group of new friends! Going to gigs, jamming with new friends or even having a lesson one on one with a more experienced player, playing an instrument is great for your social life.
So, you can see there is no excuse not to pick an instrument and go for it! If you need any help with choosing your next instrument, please get in touch!