Different Ways Playing An Instrument Can Improve Your Life

Different Ways Playing An Instrument Can Improve Your Life

Music is very important for people of all different backgrounds, especially at times when you need to find an escape. One of the most rewarding experiences in life is to sit down and play a musical instrument. Whether you’re an experienced musician or someone who has never even touched an instrument before, mastering the art of music can benefit both your physical and mental well-being. Here, we will discuss the different ways playing an instrument can improve your life.

It’s A Great Exercise

Playing instruments such as drums or maracas, especially in combination with dancing, provides great aerobic exercise and muscle toning. Just 30 minutes of intense drum playing burns up around 200 calories, which isn’t too bad when you think about the fact that you’re having fun at the same time. It is also well known that brass players often have the best lung capacity out of all musicians. In addition, playing a brass instrument such as a trumpet or trombone can also help to improve your lung function and capacity. These instruments require you to take in more air than other types of instruments and pushing the air out of your body makes it easier for you to breathe when resting. Other simple movements, such as pressing a Looping Pedal, hitting at drums and more can really make a difference to your strength, balance and overall wellbeing.

Improved Memory

Playing a musical instrument can help to improve your memory, especially when it comes to remembering important dates and times in your life or being able to recall what happened in a particular event or date in history. This is because playing an instrument forces the brain to concentrate on many different things at once, such as memorizing notes and where they appear on the fretboard of an instrument along with learning how long each note should be plucked or strummed for. In addition, when learning new music many steps need to be taken before being able to perform the song successfully, including writing out chord charts and figuring out what all of the symbols mean within a piece of sheet music. All of these steps are essential for memorizing information that helps to improve your memory.

Improved Brain Functioning

Playing an instrument is also great for improving the way your brain functions. Whether you’re playing music alone or with others, focusing on the task at hand can help stimulate various areas of the brain which in turn can help improve problem-solving skills and communication between different parts of the brain including left and right hemispheres which allow you to communicate more efficiently with each other. Learning different types of musical instruments can also be beneficial for improving cognitive functioning by forcing sound waves through various parts of your inner ear, sending signals to both sides of the brain simultaneously which engages the part responsible for thinking about upcoming events as well as how to solve certain problems. In addition to this, playing a musical instrument can help improve your concentration skills, which is an essential part of everyday life.

Great Way To Make New Friends

When you take part in a band or orchestra, meeting new people and making friends can be very rewarding. It doesn’t matter if you’re an extremely shy person since the social aspect of playing in such ensembles can provide a great environment for overcoming such fears and making lots of like-minded friends who share similar interests to yourself which is always nice. In addition, learning how to play with other people can help develop your communication skills along with your sense of rhythm and timing which once again are essential skills to have when it comes to everyday life. That’s why it is highly recommended to encourage kids from a young age to play as part of a band or orchestra as this can help them develop all the skills listed here, allowing them to become more successful in their lives.

It Can Reduce Stress And Anxiety

Playing music with others requires a great deal of concentration and if you don’t manage to keep up with all of the changes going on around you it’s going to reflect in your playing. When learning new songs it’s important to be aware of what is coming next so that you’re able to prepare yourself for what is going on around you as well as be able to concentrate on making sure that everything sounds good from all angles. While performing this task, being aware of what other people are playing can help to reduce anxiety and stress levels. Furthermore, music also has a calming effect on the mind and studies have shown that music can be an effective therapeutic tool when it comes to helping people who suffer from various mental health issues such as depression. 

As you can see, playing a musical instrument can help improve various areas of your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a child who wants to learn, and whether it’s the trumpet, the trombone, or even the drums, it will bring you a lot of physical and mental benefits. So if you’re thinking about learning how to play an instrument, be sure it’s the right way to go.

About the author


Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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