Music is elevating, inspiring and uplifting to the mind and soul. It allows you to express yourself without any language or such boundaries. Just as Plato said “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Apart from its soothing effect, the music itself and playing an instrument can also help improve your cognitive skills and your writing capabilities. We have brought to you some of the key ways in which playing an instrument can help with your writing.
Playing an instrument sharpens your concentration skills
When you’re just playing an instrument, it requires great focus. You have to make mental notes on concentrate on things such as pitch, rhythm, tempo and note duration all at the same time in order to play your instrument in the right way. This makes your brain work at an advanced speed and when writing, you will be able to more easily draw ideas together, connect them and stay on track while writing. Concentration is extremely important
Playing an instrument increases your memory capacity and retention
While playing an instrument, your brain always has to be alert and active. You have to constantly pick on cues of how your next piece of music should sound like. You have to memorize the notes and perform on spot, therefore all this process, in turn, sharpens your memory. This is also extremely helpful when you’re writing. In order to create a brilliantly written excerpt, it is best that you retain and remember what you have written before. What ideas you want to include, how the ideas connect with each other. All this in the end then determines how coherent your writing piece becomes and how well it knits together.
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Playing an instrument helps inculcate a sense of responsibility
Playing an instrument requires dedication, and you have to put in time and effort if you are to play an instrument every day. Instruments also need cleaning, oiling, and maintenance which also calls for responsibility from your end. None the less while playing the instrument, you are responsible for taking time out, and you also have to invest in more time from your busy schedule if you want to play the instrument perfectly and better than before. Much like how perfecting your piece of writing requires consistent time and effort.
Playing an instrument has also proven to enhance your comprehension skills
According to a study by Science Daily, Children exposed to a multi-year program of music tuition involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers. Also, it just follows naturally to its logical conclusion that when your comprehension skills are excellent, your writing skills too in turn will benefit from this. You will be able to pick essential points a lot quicker and reproduce them in your writing in a more efficient manner.
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Release stress and calms the mind
Playing an instrument and creating great music is an excellent form of therapy. Since music has no rules and no bounds, it allows the artists to freely express themselves and paint their canvases with whatever they wish. They have nothing to worry about. So you too will naturally be able to write better with a calmer and more peaceful mind. Music therapy is also used for treating disorders such as depression and autism amongst teens and children.
Playing your musical instrument teaches perseverance
Constantly trying and playing an instrument until you get it right can be a challenging task. Great playing just like a great piece of writing just doesn’t occur. It takes time, hard work and effort. You have to constantly revisit what you’re doing and not just that, but you also have to improve upon your past work.
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Creating music encourages creativity and imagination
If you are to write well, you need to be creative. Regardless of what you are writing about, you should be able to explore things and topics from all angles creatively. Music allows your brain to run free and wild and you discover that just as music can be played differently, something good may come out of varying your writing style, writing about new topics and genres all in a way that you have never done before.
Your mind is set free and allowed to be creative while playing an instrument; it will be less intimidating for you to do the same in your writing as well.
The fact that playing musical instruments can help improve your writing skills may go unnoticed by many people, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give music enough credit for improving your writing. So the best thing to do after reading this article would be to pick up your guitar and start playing. Not only will you have a good time while creating music, but you will also be able to get over that pesky writer’s block.