Music is good for you!
It has been used as a therapy for thousands of years and is currently part of standard NHS practice. What makes the guitar stand out is that, not only does it provide all the emotional and attention benefits associated with music in general, it also brings specific motor-skill benefit and, most importantly, the guitar is a social icon! Playing it can build self-confidence and provide a root to extended social interaction.Guitar therapy
is not the same as music therapy. It is an application of guitar practise and performance that has been pioneered by award-winning guitar teacher Ian Dyball
. His PhD research into the 'performance mind' along with almost thirty years of fully professional guitar-teaching experience led him to the realisation that the benefits of learning to play the guitar were far more wide-reaching than would seem immediately obvious.Learn to play!
That's it; there doesn't have to be any specific motive other than pure enjoyment. Learning to play the guitar will
benefit you. However, specialist guitar therapy
tuition can enhance this natural benefit in specific areas. For example, improvisation can be used as a technique for building self-confidence and this has proved invaluable in implicit therapeutic situations of 'withdrawn' individuals.
Advanced players can even be taught a meditational guitar playing
technique pioneered by Ian Dyball
and involving the explicit separation of thought from action. The results are frequently described as 'awe inspiring' and invariably have a profound effect on players at the top level.