Could Playing Music DRASTICALLY Change Your Brain?

Hey there! Welcome to Life Noggin! Triangle Bob is learning how to play the guitar! He’s able to look at a sheet of music and
have his brain translate that into instructions for his fingers, hands, and arms to create
this beautiful song! Or not so beautiful, he’s learning. But still, what does playing an instrument
do to your brain? Could these skills be helpful in other areas
of life too? Since Triangle Bob just started learning how
to play the guitar the effects on his adult brain aren’t as strong as they would be
if he started playing when he was still a young quadrilateral. But either way, picking up an instrument at
any age can provide some huge benefits for your intelligence, your physical well-being,
and your brain. Playing an instrument requires your auditory,
motor, sensory, and visual systems to all work together. This inner system cooperation has some incredible
outcomes that can affect so many areas of your life. Or Triangle Bob’s… Different intensities of training produce
different outcomes, but even the most minimal practice can make a difference. Starting to play an instrument just one hour
a week for a few months can cause growth and increased activity in the parts of your brain
responsible for memory, hearing, and motor function. Researchers found that this type of practice
could even increase your IQ by 7 points or more! It’s also known that people who play musical
instruments are better at other practical things too. For example, processing emotions, learning
new tasks like another language or creative problem solving! Musicians brains have better communication
between the left and right hemispheres which allows for more cooperation and out of the
box thinking! Some researchers think this is because the
corpus callosum, the structure that connects both hemispheres, is larger in musicians. This could be the reason the two sides of
the brain communicate with each other more effectively to solve problems. Triangle Bob, quick, how can I fit this boat
in this bottle? Ugh, nevermind. Playing an instrument also has some amazing
health benefits for your brain and body. From boosting your immune system function
to increasing resilience to hearing loss[20] to even helping stroke patients regain motor
skills! It’s been found that just listening to music
can prompt the repair and regeneration of damaged nerves in the brain! Taking that a little further, learning to
play an instrument, even in later years, has been linked to a 64% lower risk of developing
dementia and other cognitive impairments! There are a lot of other structural and functional
differences in the brains of musicians versus non-musicians. But it’s important to note that it isn’t
entirely clear if each of these differences are due to years of training or if these people
were born with these differences and that predisposed them to their passion for music. That being said, it’s been found that musicians
brains have more grey matter, more neuroplasticity, altered white matter, and sometimes a more
symmetrical firing pattern! The process of playing an instrument or learning
a similar skill, also strengthens the myelin coating around nerves, allowing signals to
be sent through the body faster. This could explain why musicians have faster
response times. Quick, Triangle Bob! Think fast! If Triangle Bob keeps practicing, he could
develop lightning fast reflexes, greater intelligence, and a more efficient brain! That last one sure would be nice. Do you play an instrument? Did you? Did you like it? Let us know in the comments below.

100 thoughts on “Could Playing Music DRASTICALLY Change Your Brain?”

  1. Things that I'd really like to see be clarified are if singing and people who are entirely self-taught (a specific way) also apply. Because everything I've seen says playing an instrument improves fine motor skills, but clearly singing doesn't require that. And as far as math and the connection between audio and visual, I feel like those are specifically for people who read music. I know a lot of people who play instruments that never had any kind of remotely formal teaching that have absolutely no idea how to go about reading a piece of sheet music or many basic things we learn in band classes. I can't think of many things because I do play in a band, but I know people who are fully self-taught often don't understand much beyond basic theory, such as time signature, dynamics, tempo changes, etc. (Also, if you read through this entire thing thinking OMG WHY IS THAT ME, then laughed, then cried, feel free to ask questions and I might be able to help xD)

  2. Right now, I’m learning how to play the guitar, the violin, and the recorder. I’ll soon practice how to play the saxophone, the piano, and the kalimba.

  3. Learning an instrument can and should be highly motivating. All aspect of it can be applied to everyday life with a little imagination…….

  4. learning how your brain changes while learning to play an instrument gives me more motivation to play an instrument. Hmmm

  5. I literally don't know what has happened to my brain because whenever I play my guitar on my first strum theres a pattern on my brain that just randomly generates! But the thing is I know what it sounds like on my brain but I can't play it. Ok heres another one when I listen to music on my brain the chords is already there I can't explain it and I learned finger-style in just 40minutes without any kind of tutorial! And sorry if I have a bad english

  6. I'm going to be writing a paper for my college class on a similar concept: the concept of what listening to music can do to the human brain. This is some great information and I'm going to make sure I check out the sources in the description for anything that could help put my paper together. Thanks!

  7. i like the way how music is my passion. Other wise, Im a musician to play Nu Metal riffs in my guitar. i love music! Music is my favorite subject and Hobby! Right?

  8. Should i play the Piano? Because we have a guitar in our home but it’s not even used so i wanna try learning the guitar but i want to learn the piano more than i want the guitar

  9. I was lucky enough to have had an older mentor call my mother an say "you need to buy him a guitar right now". I was only 10 at the time and 16 years on I've learned to play quite a few instruments, as well as learning to sing fairly well. People are always so amazed and say things like "I wish I could or you were always naturally talented", which drives me absolutely nuts. The truth is I sucked as much as anybody at playing and I hadn't developed the strength in my vocal muscles to sound remotely appealing. Anybody can learn, with the right amount of practice and dedication . It took a considerable amount to learn personally, far more than I've witnessed with other people. The best time to start is in your youth and I encourage parents to introduce their children to music, in any capacity. When they grow up, they might be so thankful that mere words wont be able to describing their joy. That's how it is for me and i would hate to imagine a life without the profound effect music has had on me.

    In ten years you wont regret having picked up that guitar, whether your are a child or an adult

  10. I play guitar. I’m not really good school wise I mean I usually have a B average, but I’m much more faster in responses, like a stressful situation at work or if it’s something outside of school I can usually understand.

  11. I play the trumpet and I saying and now I’m thinking of learning a new instrument so that I can understand bass clef a lot better than what I currently understand.

  12. My teachers at the end of the school year: You are most likely to become a… MUSICIAN
    Me: I don't want to
    Me after watching this video: I WANNA BE A MUSICIAN I WANNA BE SMART

  13. I play a music instrument and it feels like a damn waste of life cuz my parents forced me to play 2 instruments and i will not tell more cuz that feeling sucks

  14. #dearblocko instead of how learning to play an instrument changes your brain, what about learning animation?
    I’ve noticed how my limbs move and their limits while I’ve been learning to animate!

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