Deciding to take the plunge and take ukulele lessons comes with its fair share of excitement, anticipation and even a little nervousness. Whether you can't wait for your first lesson or have a little anxiety about whether or not you can stick with it, it helps to be able to lean on the fact that learning music has been proven to provide a wide range of benefits, from better health to reduced stress.
Let's take a look at five ways strumming the strings can help improve your life.
Studies show that when you take up playing an instrument, you keep your mind sharp. While learning the ukulele, your brain is actively trying something new, which forces it to focus, concentrate, create and problem solve.
Plus, during practice, you are continuously dealing with memorizing patterns as well as repetition, which are some of the things that keep the brain nimble.
Research has even shown that people who pick up stringed instruments increase their math and reading abilities — a perfect reason for parents of school-age children and teens to oblige when their kids show interest in ukulele lessons.
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Humans tend to bore easily and often fall into predictable routines that while are part of everyday life, can leave us unsettled, sometimes giving way to annoyance, agitation and restlessness.
A great way to change up the pace is by trying a new hobby, or finally taking the plunge and learning something that has always appealed to you.
Learning to play the ukulele is not only a hobby for the present, but also for the long-term. In only a few lessons, you learn just about everything you need to know about playing thousands of songs available on the web.
But that doesn't mean that once you learn the basics you've learned it all; the basics are just your entryway to a lifetime of learning new songs, skills and even meeting other people who play.
One of the most important functions of ukulele teachers is to help guide you toward your goals. If you set a goal from the beginning, most students gain a certain satisfaction as they pass one marker after another.
That sense of accomplishment typically leads to students setting higher goals, which not only allows them to become better, more confident players, but often, better, more confident people.
Life in general is full of worrying about the past or having anxiety about the future. Playing an instrument requires you to focus on the task at hand and not at the other things that surround your life.
In a way, playing the ukulele can act as a positive escape, and for many people, taking a break from life's stresses for a few songs can help them have a clearer perspective, if not help them feel a little better about life's lemons.
When it comes to instruments, getting started with the ukulele takes far less discipline than other instruments. Getting good or even proficient at ukulele is another matter; it takes a certain amount of dedication to learn how to play songs well, and there are always more advanced principles to master.
In a society where our attention is increasingly fleeting, purposefully dedicating time to improve at the ukulele reinforces the fact if you stick with something and put in the work, there are priceless rewards along the way, which is useful not only for music, but life as well.
Countless studies have shown that learning an instrument can have many health and social benefits. The great thing about the ukulele as opposed to other instruments is that there's almost zero risk to get started; you can learn the basics in a few hours and most beginner ukuleles cost under $50.
Still, taking ukulele lessons through The Approachable Music Project helps you get further faster, so you spend less time figuring out what you need to do, and more time on the path to playing.
Plus, we're conveniently located to serve both the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. Contact us today for more information.
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This 10-step, straight-to-the-point guide shows you everything you need to play and sing songs on the ukulele. With these instructions, most people can start actually playing songs they want to play in less than a few hours. The book also contains next steps for getting as good as you probably ever need to be.
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