7 ways playing guitar can benefit your mental health

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Playing guitar brings enrichment and fulfillment in many ways. Clinical studies have proven that learning guitar, or any instrument for that matter, benefits bodies and minds.

Practicing, writing, recording, playing for pleasure, sharing and working with others – all of these activities work in tandem to increase cognition, physical dexterity, social skills, mood, and self-esteem. Reports even point to a lowering of blood pressure levels as a result of experiencing and making music. 

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.