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Arthritis and Playing Musical Instruments

Published: 2010-06-22 - Updated: 2022-08-02
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
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Additional References: Arthritis Publications

Synopsis: Playing a musical instrument can provide immense health and well-being benefits to those people with arthritis. If you have previously played a musical instrument, then now might be a good time to pick up the instrument that has been gathering dust or buy a new one. Playing any musical instrument will help to improve agility and strengthen the fingers and other muscles. Playing regularly will help with dexterity and mobility and may help combat the effects of arthritis and other health conditions. Why not have fun, maybe relive your youth and feel better?

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Definition

Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for conditions affecting joints and surrounding tissues. Joints are places in the body where bones come together, such as the knees, wrists, fingers, toes, and hips. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Main Digest

While a lot is written about the various forms of arthritis and treatments, it is less widely known that playing some musical instrument can provide immense health and well-being benefits to those people who have arthritis, and many other conditions.

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If you have previously played a musical instrument, then now might be a good time to pick up the instrument that has been gathering dust or buy a new one. Playing any musical instrument will help to improve agility and strengthen the fingers and other muscles.

There are many different musical instruments to choose from, ranging from a harmonica or mouth organ that can be kept in the pocket and taken with you wherever you go to electric guitars with enormous amplifiers.

If you used to play an instrument, and want to treat yourself to a new one, many of the traditional manufacturers are still producing the same or similar models to those of years gone by, so there may be some brands that you are familiar with. Brands such as Fender and Gibson are well respected in the guitar world and provide a model for all abilities, musical styles, and budgets. Some more recent modern companies produce very capable guitars at lower prices. Hohner, Lee Oskar, and Suzuki are well-respected harmonica brands.

Harmonicas are very cheap, and even signature models can be purchased for a few pounds. A good place to start is a combined package offering a book or DVD/CD and a harmonica. This ensures that the harmonica is in the right key and the sounds on the DVD/CD are the same. These can be purchased online from dedicated music sites, auction sites, and music shops. Music shops will be the best place to start if you are new to musical instruments, as specialized advice will be available, and you can purchase the right package for your needs.

Harmonicas are easy to play and learn, and there are many famous harmonica players to aspire to. Players like John Paul Jones, Mick Jagger, Sonny Boy Williamson, Paul Oscher, and Sonny Terry are good people to learn from, and there are also many online resources.

A music shop will also be the best place to purchase a guitar. The advice available will ensure that you choose the right guitar. Many guitars are available, and many models to choose from. A good place to start is to either define a budget and stick to it or choose a model you are familiar with and see which one feels most comfortable and suitable. While it is tempting to purchase a guitar online, unless you have tried the model and can be sure that it will be set up to your needs, it may be a false economy. However, depending on the cost savings, there may be bargains to be had online. Once you are more familiar with guitars, know exactly what you want from a guitar, and perhaps can perform some basic maintenance, then buying online is less risky.

While most people will be buying on a budget, there is no denying that the opportunity of choosing the perfect guitar is an enjoyable one. Sticking to a budget will allow you to sample many different types of guitars. The type of guitar you choose will depend on the type of music you wish to play. A Spanish acoustic guitar isn't suitable if you want to play along to Metallica or Iron Maiden. Similarly, if you wish to play the folk songs of the 1960s, a Gibson Les Paul and a Marshall stack isn't the right choice.

Wanting to emulate your heroes is a great reason for wanting to learn an instrument, and nailing that tricky solo is a fantastic feeling. Whether you aspire to play like Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, or Stevie Ray Vaughan, there is a guitar and amplifier to help you achieve these aims.

Learning to play the guitar can be frustrating, but it is gratifying. Once you have mastered a few chords, you can play many songs. With a few scales and other techniques, you will soon be playing the solos and licks of your favorite guitarists. Learning with a friend or playing with a band will quickly improve your playing. Playing harmonica in a group or with other musicians will make you better and learn more.

Playing regularly will help with dexterity and mobility and may help combat the effects of arthritis and other health conditions. Why not have fun, maybe relive your youth and feel better?

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