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    We see playing guitar as a form of mindful escapism, a way to create space between an individual and their busy mind. Guitar-playing is beneficial to your overall well-being and mental health in other ways, too, including helping you develop a greater sense of personal achievement.

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    Playing any instrument, not just the guitar, can help with all of that. There's also research which shows that playing and/or listening to music helps to strengthen connections between the two sides of the brain and their respective functions, which is why it's particularly helpful for children as their brains and intellects mature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gustavowoltman View Post
    We see playing guitar as a form of mindful escapism, a way to create space between an individual and their busy mind. Guitar-playing is beneficial to your overall well-being and mental health in other ways, too, including helping you develop a greater sense of personal achievement.

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    Totally agree. It not only gives me an interest that can evolve (plus all the benefits you mentioned) but I see it as a form of self-expression unique to me. When i'm playing my guitars im lost in my own little world.
    Last edited by Merl; Oct-16-2020 at 19:52.

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    I've been playing guitar over 30 years. I'm still crazy as hell but it has been therapeutic. Plus playing with people and for people is an absolute joy.
    I'm realizing that my answer to the "favorite recording" question is usually Bruno Walter.

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    Music has the ability to make us dance like no one is watching, sing until your throat is sore and uncontrollably tap your feet.
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    It certainly helps me to stay relatively sane during this COVID crisis. Bach works the best.

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    I wouldn't even try to play Bach on the guitar. A rugged version of 'Wonderwall' is my limit.

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    Playing any instrument keeps your mind active and can allow your mind to escape. I've been playing guitar professionally for about 25 years now, I started on Piano before that, and I can play basic stuff on several other instruments. When I'm on my own I will just noodle and create ideas that just flow out and hours pass like minutes because just like Merl said, I go into my own world. When I play live or do work for other people it's a little different because I'm focused on what I'm doing because I'm working with more structure. Now, if someone says improv for the next 32 bars though then I will generally drift off and try to play whatever comes into my head. Sometimes I am trying to turn an emotion or a memory or something into a musical passage or idea, etc. The true expression part of it and creative experience is what drives me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I wouldn't even try to play Bach on the guitar. A rugged version of 'Wonderwall' is my limit.
    Oh come on Merl, I'll have to send you a little single note version of Joy Of Man's Desiring I learned when I was like 14 that's fun to mess around with, you can even use distortion...lol. Get you away from those chords and into some single note lines

    I had a couple really cool versions of some other Bach things I used to play at one point, seems like they were parts from the Toccata & Fugue in D minor, also some Paganini caprices. A couple of them were fairly challenging I should re-learn them again.

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    Come to think of it, I first listened to some Bach pieces by guitarists like Leo Kottke and Steve Morse before I heard any classical recordings. I cannot play Jesu like Steve Morse so I'll need the single note version!
    In Mahler I usually prefer the Solti approach -caveman having a seisure whips orchestra into a frenzy!! - Radames, TC member

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    Playing any instrument is usually good for your mental health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realdealblues View Post
    Oh come on Merl, I'll have to send you a little single note version of Joy Of Man's Desiring I learned when I was like 14 that's fun to mess around with, you can even use distortion...lol. Get you away from those chords and into some single note lines

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    I'll take you up on that, mate.

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    I play guitar and piano--both give me great pleasure and are a wonderful way to relieve stress.

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    Playing electric guitar as a teenager was definitely detrimental to my parents health.
    "Puritanism:The haunting fear that someone,somewhere,may be happy."

    H.L.Mencken

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    Yes, it does. I've played classical guitar since I was a kid. It provides enormous pleasure (and occasional frustration!), and it has gotten me through some tough times.

    I agree that any instrument can do that as long as you enjoy it.

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