The Health Value of Playing Classical Guitar (and other instruments)

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Re: The Health Value of Playing Classical Guitar (and other instruments)

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:07 pm

The article is on the mark! From the study I've done on this topic, playing a musical instrument is the best brain exercise ever devised!

Playing a musical instrument will exercise, in no particular order:
1) Fine motor neurons (precentral gyrus)
2) Tactile and proprioceptive neurons (post central gyrus)
3) muscle memory (cerebellum)
4) Memory in general (bilateral parietal lobes, frontal lobe)
5) Vision (occipital lobe, cranial nerve two)
6) Future planning, decision making (frontal lobe)
7) Auditory neurons (cranial nerve eight)
8 ) Creativity (right side of brain)
9) Connections that sew it all up into a meaningful whole (corpus callosum)
10) Emotions (limbic system and amgydala)
11) Maintaining plasticity/ability to learn (hippocampus)
12) meter (brain stem - note: one of the most ancient parts of the brain)
13) the smell of wood (cranial nerve 1)
14) Abstraction of reading music (frontal lobe)

Whew ... I'm glad I didn't have to stop at 13... :D
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Re: The Health Value of Playing Classical Guitar (and other instruments)

Post by David Gutowski » Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:50 am

Thanks Andrew...it's also a great hobby when you retire. You need to find interactive things that are interesting and fun to do when you stop working. One of the great things about playing cg is the creative aspect because when you get creative, you don't know how it will turn out until the piece is complete.

Just the other day, I finished my second cg piece. Just a study but opens up a whole new chapter of playing.
Got all the beams and stems going in the right direction...what are those little black dots after some of the notes? 8)


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Re: The Health Value of Playing Classical Guitar (and other instruments)

Post by Luigi Pati » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:06 am

Playing a musical instrument is great for the brain. This, assuming one challenges him or herself enough; otherwise it's useless, for playing something that feels very easy doesn't hold the same 'brain factor' as playing something that feels challenging. The key word is challenge, not just 'playing a musical instrument'. When you read an article that says that research shows that playing an instrument is good for the brain, the article refers to people who have NOT played a musical instrument before, i.e. just starting is a challenge in itself, because it's a new experience and certainly not easy. The point is that the complete beginner will be challenged regardless of what they play. But when musicians refer to these articles, the 'playing a musical instrument' part becomes 'what is being played?'. :)

Yet the brain stuff is all that is said about playing instruments. One thing is never mentioned is that it can also KILL you, because you'll sit around a lot. Sitting around a lot KILLS, or turn people into disabled ones. Do not ever underestimate the importance of some DAILY exercise and a diet free of junk. And if you are overweight, you are already at a serious disadvantage, as the risks are much higher.
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Re: The Health Value of Playing Classical Guitar (and other instruments)

Post by David Gutowski » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:15 am

Luigi Pati wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:06 am
But it can also KILL you,
When I'm playing, I always check where my wife is especially if shes in or near the kitchen considering that's where all the pots, pans and knives are!
Luigi Pati wrote:
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exercise and a diet free of junk
Think Paleo Diet! :D
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Re: The Health Value of Playing Classical Guitar (and other instruments)

Post by Eliseo » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:07 pm

I have spent many years doing barbarities with the bulls. And still today I can fight a not very big bull with the cape. Maybe one day I can show you pictures.

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Re: The Health Value of Playing Classical Guitar (and other instruments)

Post by Eliseo » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:23 pm

Luigi Pati talks about CHALLENGE! Well, for me, the challenge is to be in front of a brave bull! But playing a melody that gives us pleasure and satisfaction that is undoubtedly good for health. It is evident that before interpreting a musical piece it is necessary to study it, and as we learn it we feel a great pleasure. :D
At least I think so.

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