The perks of guitar playing

Playing guitar has always been a big part of my life. I always encourage kids, teens and parents of kids and teens to pick one up and start learning. Most people value playing an instrument, but they don’t often think of all the benefits it can provide. Here are a few from my life so far…

1. Boredom doesn’t ever happen

Since I started playing the guitar at the age of 11, I’ve never been bored, except for times when I didn’t have a guitar around. I started writing right away, so when I would get frustrated technically, I would try to write something. Today, I do a combination of practice and writing. Basically, any time I pick up the guitar, I have something to do and the only reason I put it down is that I have to move on to something else like work, family, or chores. I often hear kids complain of being bored, even though they play sports and video games. Give them an instrument. (more…)