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How Has the Guitar Helped You?


How Has the Guitar Helped You?   

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  1. 1. How Has the Guitar Helped You?

    • Improved My Mental Health
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    • Gave Me a Challenge
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    • Gave Me a New Hobby
      5
    • Keeps My Mind Active
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Music evokes emotions, memories, and even our endorphins. 🧠  🎶

Pursuing music, whether it's for fun, therapy, professionally, it does something to everyone. For many playing guitar is an escape, a means of happiness, and a challenging. It's rewarding. 🎸

Playing guitar is great for your mental health, it's great to use a way to decompress when life gets loud. Playing a guitar is a great way to have fun as well. 

So I am curious to know, what does your guitar do for you? 👀

Is it a hobby? A job? Your therapy?

Let us know, vote above, or comment below! We want to know more about you and what music has done for you. We want to inspire others, and show them how beneficial the guitar really is. 🤘

To read more about how playing the guitar is great for your mental health, click here. 

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What has guitar done for me? Well, I would say a lot!

I always loved music, listening to it. It takes you anywhere you want to be. When I first held a guitar in my hands, it felt like magic, I could make music myself! The journey started there (I was 15), with the "Whole lotta love" riff on a single string😜 

I took a few lessons, learned the basic chords and all that, but always had difficulty in learning entire songs or when I succeeded, memorize them for longer than a few weeks.....so I decided to create my own songs and it worked, I never forgot any of those, even the first one, 45 years ago.....yes, I am old! Moreover, I could sing, staying within my very limited talent for singing! When sad or frustrated or angry or happy, I would sing it out...loud. If you do that without a guitar in your hands, people judge you. If you have a guitar and scream, it's normal, it's rock'n roll!😜

So, yes, guitar has been a companion all along, and a very good one! It's been good for my heart and great for my soul! I never regretted any moment I spent with a guitar in my hands!

Music rules!

YC🎸

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12 minutes ago, Yves Cadieux said:

What has guitar done for me? Well, I would say a lot!

I always loved music, listening to it. It takes you anywhere you want to be. When I first held a guitar in my hands, it felt like magic, I could make music myself! The journey started there (I was 15), with the "Whole lotta love" riff on a single string😜 

I took a few lessons, learned the basic chords and all that, but always had difficulty in learning entire songs or when I succeeded, memorize them for longer than a few weeks.....so I decided to create my own songs and it worked, I never forgot any of those, even the first one, 45 years ago.....yes, I am old! Moreover, I could sing, staying within my very limited talent for singing! When sad or frustrated or angry or happy, I would sing it out...loud. If you do that without a guitar in your hands, people judge you. If you have a guitar and scream, it's normal, it's rock'n roll!😜

So, yes, guitar has been a companion all along, and a very good one! It's been good for my heart and great for my soul! I never regretted any moment I spent with a guitar in my hands!

Music rules!

YC🎸

We love to hear that @Yves Cadieux! Creating your own music just creates a feeling that you can't explain... You have to experience it to understand! 

Thanks for your input 🎸

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How has the guitar helped me?

To start with it helped me recover from a stroke. I also have PTSD. So, it helps keep me calm and helps stop me from having flashbacks. When I feel a trigger and know I am going to have a flashback I grab one of my guitars. I start playing a song a scale or just a riff and it grounds me. Music has been shown to help Veterans with severe PTSD as well as mild cases. I have regained a lot of what I lost from the courses here as I used to play in the 70's. My anger management skills have improved. My anxiety and depression have lessened. Most of all I am playing music again.

Fred 🎸

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On 4/1/2022 at 9:45 PM, Fred Soukup said:

How has the guitar helped me?

To start with it helped me recover from a stroke. I also have PTSD. So, it helps keep me calm and helps stop me from having flashbacks. When I feel a trigger and know I am going to have a flashback I grab one of my guitars. I start playing a song a scale or just a riff and it grounds me. Music has been shown to help Veterans with severe PTSD as well as mild cases. I have regained a lot of what I lost from the courses here as I used to play in the 70's. My anger management skills have improved. My anxiety and depression have lessened. Most of all I am playing music again.

Fred 🎸

Hi Fred, 

That's such an amazing coping skill you have created for yourself! Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸

Many of our students are veterans like yourself. 🎶

Outstanding progress that you have made recovering old knowledge with us! 🎸

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For me the style of teaching is awesome! Jonathan explains everything so well, then you get to practice it until you are comfortable with it and then you move on. He shows you how not just breezing through it like other courses where they are just showing off what they can do.

Fred 🎸

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Hi an interesting question !!

I guess i'm like many guy's i started trying to learn & play many years ago (1990's) but gave up for one reason or another, work travel life family etc. But I always looked after my guitar's safely in hard cases.

So when pandemic arrived restricting social life about that time, i discovered BGT, read the publicity & decided to give it a try.

Very pleased I did as i can now play alot of my favourite songs. I have'nt developed my own songs, for me there are so many songs from my formative generation 1960's-2000.

Its good to be able to take classic music & generate your own versions in your own style combining soloing with chords, triads and finger picking. So its still ongoing to achieve the standard im looking for but achievments made to date thanks to doing the BTG course.

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I was stuck. I had no interest in playing lead, but the course got me interested.  I began practicing two hours a day six days a week.  So far, I've learned the scales and working on playing the whole neck without thinking.  Thank you

 

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      Music has helped me in so many ways . Piano is my main instrument but I started playin guitar when I was young, about 12 year old. I learnt chords and liked playin the guitar because I couldn't drag my piano around with me back in  69. Besides that, most of my friends played guitar so, I picked it up too along with the bagpipes, although I don't play them any longer, health reasons.... I sure miss them, a shame cause that was the one instrument I could play without the music   I laid down the guitar and only picked it up when I got home from workin' out on commercial fishing boats, deep sea trawling, all types of fishing really. I pretty much have done all of it  I just decided lately to dust it off, literally, and  start playing again, except this time, with a goal of getting good at it . I understand music, scales, chords, arpeggios, I trained in classical piano till grade 8 along with my theory I and II which is basically everything about music pretty much. Reading it writing it how scales are made, and chords are built, all the technical stuff but never learnt much about chord progressions or how it related to rock blues and jazz. That is what I want to learn at this time in my life. Looking over the courses I think I lucked out, I am looking forward to putting my fingers to the strings and learning all this stuff. I am finding everything super inspiring and I am learning with a renewed fever and it surely ain't from Covid . I practice at least an hour a day on piano , I will do the same or better on guitar until I have it mastered as long as my health will allow me. I am truly looking forward to this the guitar is a wonderful instrument. 

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