“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”
World Music Day or Fête de la Musique is an annual celebration that takes place on 21 June every year to honour amateur and professional musicians. On this occasion, how about taking up the hobby of either playing a musical instrument or listening to music?
Playing a musical instrument, especially the guitar, is one of the most popular hobbies worldwide. Millions play the guitar as a leisure activity, as it is one of the easiest musical instruments to learn.
According to research conducted by Fred Cicetti of Live Science, playing the guitar lowers blood pressure, decreases the heart rate, reduces stress and lessens anxiety and depression. Researchers suggest that both listening and playing any musical instrument can improve our memory capacity. There is also emerging evidence that playing music can improve our immunological response to viruses and bacteria. Isn’t this very important in this current scenario?
Playing a musical instrument is a great hobby to have. So if you are thinking of taking on a new hobby this year, music lessons are a great option. A few of the musical instruments one can easily learn and play are: keyboard, piano, recorder, classical guitar, drums, electric guitar and violin.
Five benefits of playing a musical instrument
- It is a form of therapy.
- It is good for the heart.
- It enhances creativity.
- It can future-proof the brain.
- It enables us to express our feelings.