Having a hobby helps people relax and get through bad moments easier. A few years ago, I was given a guitar and I can say it was one of the best things that happened to me as I was going through my parent’s death and I felt that everything was falling apart.
In the beginning, I did not know what to do with it, how to play or how to hold it properly. It started as a way of doing something different and then it became a passion, a way to focus my energy and my motivation on learning how to play that chord and so on.
Until 2 years ago I used to play everywhere, in front of my friends, at different scout events but I had a break since I came to the UK as I did not manage to buy one. Things have changed now that I own one, and since I’ve restarted playing again, I feel more relaxed than ever.
Even if I have a bad day at work or I miss home I will get with my guitar and after a few songs, I realise how far I got and that there are still so many things to discover and to learn.
If you are a new player, I would recommend filling yourself up with lots of patience as it can take quite a long time until you will get that chord as you want, but you will as it is all about practice. Try to master simple chords first and then find songs that have them. The feeling of being successful after mastering a song is amazing, it makes you want to practice more and learn more complicated songs.
For me having a guitar now is an excellent way of spending my time. Wherever I go I tend to take it with me and make memories as they are the best way of reminding myself of a specific place.
If you ever wanted to have a guitar, I would recommend it. It will make you feel more responsible as you have to invest time and effort, but it is totally worth it. Having an instrument as a passion will have an impact on our development, makes us listen more to the music and to the others.