14 Apr Learn to play Guitar!
Billings Adult Community Education is offering acoustic guitar lessons, geared for the beginner. There are classes currently in session now, however the next course offering will begin Thursday June 8th, from 5-6 P.M. This course is intended for beginners, people wishing to learn the basic concepts of the acoustic guitar. The skills taught will be: knowledge of the guitar’s parts, how to both pick and strum, the basic cords and scales—with this knowledge you will also learn to play simple songs. You will need your own acoustic guitar to take the course.
There are many reasons why someone would want to play a musical instrument. The most obvious reason for guitar, being the guitar is a beautiful sounding instrument, even somewhat romantic. Learning to play the guitar, while difficult (you will not leave this class able to play like Jimi Hendrix, but you will be armed with the foundations to build your skills), is a great stress reliever. Studies say that playing a musical instrument helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It’s also said that playing a musical instrument may make you smarter. There are apparent links between children who play musical instruments and abstract reasoning skills. For adults, you would think that just the process of learning something new, and practicing it over and over, has a strong positive relationship to cognitive activity. The process also involves creativity, which is good for cognitive ability, but it also promotes patience, and a good work ethic. It takes so much practice to be great at anything in this world, and with something like a musical instrument, you can literally watch your own progress, and this progress leads to one of the greatest gifts learning to play the guitar can give you: a sense of achievement, of doing well—however small the gains.
Best of all, however, is probably that playing the guitar is fun. If you have any questions as to how to sign up for Acoustic Guitar class, contact the Billings Community Adult Education Program today.