I grew up in a home filled with a variety of music and a guitar playing dad.Dad introduced us to all types of music from bluegrass to classical guitar. As I embarked on my teen years, I noticed that I was attracted to people who, like myself had an appreciation of music. Dad taught me some basic chords and I picked up a lot from musician friends. I was really proud of myself when a friend of mine taught me a finger style way of playing called Travis style. I learned how to play Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, a song by Bob Dylan, and even learned a little bass run to add to the song, which helped it sound like I knew what I was doing. When I mastered this song, I felt like I was on top of the world. My playing improved as I learned new songs.
After college I got married and started a family. At night I would play guitar and sing my children to sleep. With little time left for myself, consequently that meant little time for guitar. My trusty Yamaha classical acoustic was reduced to nothing more than a living room accent. It sat on a stand in the corner, mocking me every time I walked into the room. The kids are grown now and I have more time to myself.
At any rate, I’ve decided to reacquaint myself with my guitar. Being out of practice was just a temporary setback. Motomemory skills kick itin and seems your fingers have a mind of their own.
Learning to play guitar and revisiting guitar are about the same. Initially, it’s a bit of a struggle, holding down the strings close enough to the fret. After the first few practices the soreness on your fingers will begin to fade. When I’m practicing or playing guitar I am thinking of nothing else. All of my usual concerns disappear, as the stress flows out of my body. There are other benefits, such as raising your serotonin level, and lowering of blood pressure. It just takes me to a happy place and that’s all that really matters when you are in the moment.
I noticed as a child that while music is playing everyone seemed to be happy. Playing music in a group enhances a feeling of unity and elevates the mood in the room. That just about covers it for me. If you can think of other benefits to playing guitar,feel free to share. You can learn to play guitar no matter how old or how young you are. Once you learn to play with some significant skill and can play with others, a feeling of self accomplishment will prevail and you will have acquired a lasting and joyful skill.