s we age, it can be hard to find hobbies and activities that are fun, engaging, and beneficial to our health. I know that when I want to learn something new, I often feel overwhelmed by options. Fortunately for all of us music lovers out there, playing an instrument is an activity that checks all of those boxes: it's fun, it's challenging, and rewarding, and you can get a lot out of it both mentally and physically. So if you've ever thought about learning how to play an instrument but weren't sure where to start or what kind of instrument was best for you, then this is the perfect article!

Playing an instrument can help keep your mind sharp.

One of the most common reasons people start learning an instrument is to improve their focus and concentration. It’s no secret that music can help you do just that, but did you know that it can also help you think more creatively?

There’s a lot of research out there proving how playing music can improve your problem-solving skills. Studies suggest that this is due to something called “cognitive flexibility,” which means being able to process information quickly in different ways (not being stuck in one way of thinking). If you learn how to play an instrument, then new information becomes easier for your brain to access and process because it's been trained over time to work across multiple dimensions at once. This helps with everything from learning new skills and remembering facts about historical events—to developing better interpersonal communication skills when interacting with others!

Not only will keeping up with practice sessions keep your mind active while exercising those creative muscles; they'll also reduce stress levels through meditation techniques like yoga or T'ai Chi Chuan (a form of Chinese martial arts). So while instructors might tell us not so think too hard when playing music...don't worry! It's okay if we think sometimes—as long as we're doing it right!

It can also help with dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

Learning a musical instrument can also help with dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Playing an instrument requires fine motor skills, which is the ability to perform precise movements of the hands and fingers that require control and flexibility. Hand-eye coordination is important for many other activities, too: writing, drawing, playing sports, cooking and more! With practice, you can improve your hand-eye coordination by learning how to play a new instrument or by practicing with one that’s already familiar to you.

So, what's the best instrument for you?

You should pick an instrument that is easy to learn and fun to play. You want to make sure that you enjoy it, so it's important to find something that fits your personality and interests. To help you with this, here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Do I like performing? If so, then perhaps drums or a wind instrument would be good choices for you—they have a lot of opportunities for solos.
  • How long do I plan on playing? You want something with longevity so that even if life changes, then there's still value out of what was once purchased at retail price (and hopefully much less). Or if not much time exists in your schedule, then an instrument that can easily be stored away when not being played may be best—one such example would be saxophones (which are also fairly easy-to-learn).
  • What kind of music do I listen to most often? When choosing an instrument based on what type of music interests us the most, keep in mind our personal tastes may change over time; therefore if we choose one now but later discover another genre more appealing than the original choice...it doesn't mean there was anything wrong with either option!

Music is an incredible force that has the power to bring people together—both for those who make it and those who listen.

No matter which instrument you choose, it’s a great way to improve your physical and mental health while also enjoying the social benefits of making music. Hopefully, we’ve helped you find your perfect match, but if not, there are lots of resources out there to help you along your musical journey. Best of luck!

If you want to get started learning an instrument, why not try the piano? 

Check out this class and you'll learn about several apps that will help you get started to play piano in no time! Click on the link to watch the class: Apps to Learn and Play Piano

Jun 21, 2022

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