08 november 2016

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Studies have revealed that playing a musical instrument – any instrument – will help improve grades and boost your ability to think fast. USC studies showed that kids who were given musical training have their brains developed faster.

One of the most commonly cited health benefits of playing guitar is its ability to reduce pain. Something about those soulful tones really does reduce the amount of pain one feels. You can read more about this discovery from the University of Utah’s Pain Research Centre here: study on guitar health benefits.

Music Makes Us Smarter

Lutz Jäncke, a psychologist at the University of Zurich, said: “Learning to play a musical instrument has definite benefits and can increase IQ by seven points, in both children and adults. We found that even in people over the age of 65 after four or five months of playing a instrument for an hour a week there were strong changes in the brain. The parts of the brain that control hearing, memory, and the part that controls the hands among others, all become more active. Essentially the architecture of the brain changes. For children especially we found that learning to play the guitar, for instance, teaches them to be more self-disciplined, more attentive and better at planning. All of these things are very important for academic performance, so can therefore make a child brighter.”

ADD and Memory Boost

Faster thinking is not the only brain-boosting effect playing guitar has. Among those who suffer from memory issues or attention disorders, one of the top health benefits of noodling on the guitar is the way it bolsters your memory and focus. A study done by the University of Zurich showed that people who played the guitar had the part of their brain that controlled focus and memory ignite. In other words, it helps you gain better control of both parts of your brain, becoming a big advantage perk for individuals who suffer from memory loss or ADD.