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Is playing guitar is good for your mental health?

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by gustavowoltmann, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. gustavowoltmann

    gustavowoltmann TDPRI Member

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    We see playing guitar as a form of mindful escapism, a way to create space between an individual and their busy mind. Guitar-playing is beneficial to your overall well-being and mental health in other ways, too, including helping you develop a greater sense of personal achievement.

    What you say about this?
     
  2. the-woey-man

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    Sure works for me
     
  3. hopdybob

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    words are for the mind, music for the soul.
    music is capable to reach to spots in your personality that words can't.

    there are some songs that can tackle me by surprise and i can cry, make room in my mind to make live easier copping things from the past.

    furthermore learning to play (any instrument) is good for your mental growth.
    learning new things is good for the brain, and working with 2 hands, 20 fingers, doing all different moves at the same time keep your brain alive, working.
     
  4. Digital Larry

    Digital Larry Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Absolutely. Even if I just play Em to A all day long, which sometimes happens. Today I remembered how to play Jim Thomas' (The Mermen) "Last Forever" and I got so into it I broke my pick! Jim plays it a little better than I do...

     
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    It's very important for my mental well being & I really notice when it's a long in between jams.
     
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    Yes.It's a great mood changer. In all genres IMHO.
     
  7. TG

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    Yes
     
  8. Gibson

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    Well . . . it's all relative . . .

     
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    My wife says no.

    :)
     
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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6368928/
     
  11. RoscoeElegante

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    Way Yup! on this. A self-resetting necessity.

    Also, the imaginary groupies. Don't forget that all of them are also made out of very good calzones....
     
  12. radiocaster

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    Playing the guitar, sure.

    Being on forums, no.
     
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    Shut up and play your guitar. :lol:
     
  14. RoscoeElegante

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    Dayam! That was great stuff!! Very cool to see Uncle Fester, Tony Clifton, and Cousin Itt rockin' out like that. Now I gotta look up this group's stuff.

    Suggestions, Larry?
     
  15. Sotakoira Musti

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    When I grab any guitar that is nearby, start to play it; it’s a matter of seconds when I lose contact with time and place.

    Without playing, I’d be dead long ago. It’s the best medication for screwd-up mind.
     
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    It's my medicine. I play I feel great. I don't t play I feel like ****.
     
  17. hemingway

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    The question was kind of unnecessary, really.

    Is doing creative stuff that makes you exercise your brain and imagination good or bad?

    Hmm . . .
     
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    Playing guitar can absolutely be good for your mental well-being. Obsessing about gear and compulsively buying guitars is probably not so healthy.

    Guitar has been a lifelong hobby for me. I went through long periods where I did not play (family and work) took priority. Over the last 30 years it’s been a constant.
    Now I’m retired and become even more important. I have friends who have no hobbies or interest and they faced boredom. Some are still active but their bodies don’t always allow them to do what they used to do. (I’ve had both knees replaced and I haven’t been able to play tennis for years.)
    Not on my guitar playing but also the challenge of getting better. Plus, like many I have a home studio, so that’s an additional music hobby. Learning more about my DAW (Logic) and arranging, editing, etc my tracks.
    It’s a great sense of satisfaction to learn a new song, put it on “tape” and then have fun jamming out.:)
     
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    After playing guitar for about 10 minutes, my blood pressure drops from about 135/85 to about 122/78. Happens every time, unless I'm trying to figure out (unsuccessfully) a tough guitar lick or tune.
     
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    cognitively yes, sure.

    emotionally? i'm not sure it makes that much of a difference for me either way. higher highs, lower lows? a bad gig can sometimes really mess with you.
     
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