The start of a new year is a great time to get motivated to make changes, create plans and learn new skills. And, although these things can be started at any time, there’s something special about the fresh start that a new year brings.
If you’re determined to learn a new skill in 2017, but haven’t quite decided what it’s going to be yet, here are four reasons why we think that learning to play a musical instrument is a great option.
It’s a fantastic stressbuster
It is commonly known that listening to music can help to lower your stress levels, so imagine how great it would be to be able to play your stress away on your very own musical instrument.
Music has been found to lower blood pressure which, in turn, will help you to feel less stressed, and being more relaxed can also give your immune system a boost which could make 2017 your healthiest year yet!
It trains your brain
Playing a musical instrument is the perfect cognitive exercise as it has been found to help to protect against memory loss, improve word recall and develop nonverbal memory too.
Several studies have also shown that learning to play a musical instrument can help to defend against illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
You may have tried out a few of the brain training apps and games that have been popular over the last few years, but these don’t compare to the impressive benefits you can gain from learning to play a musical instrument.
It provides social opportunities
If you’re looking to meet new people in 2017, learning to play a musical instrument can help you to achieve this.
By joining lessons, a group, or a band, you will be able to spend time with creative people who share a common interest with you.
Plus, you’ll have a great reason to get your family and friends together when you have enough confidence to play in front of an audience!
The most important benefit that you can gain from learning to play a musical instrument this year is that you are guaranteed to have great fun.
Ensure that you choose an instrument from a music genre that you like, that you can afford to maintain, and that you feel like you will have the patience and dedication to learn, as this will enable you to gain the maximum enjoyment from your new hobby.
We hope that we have encouraged you to pick up a musical instrument as part of your new year plans and, to get you started, we have reduced our tin whistle gift set to £30 for the whole of January.
Happy New Year and Happy Whistling!