Posted by Aston Avery

Learning musical instruments can help improve our mood

Playing an instrument is one of many skills that help to keep our brains young and engaged, whilst also allowing us to relax. In fact, a quarter of people feel playing an instrument can improve their mood.

However, millions of us are too scared or shy to learn our dream skills for fear of failure, despite over six in ten of us wanting to learn a new skill or hobby when given the opportunity, according to research by Fender, with only 15% currently content with their skillset. This comes as 70% of the population take longer than an hour to relax after getting in from work but almost a third (32%) feel that having a skill or hobby to concentrate on would help them to switch off from day-to-day life.

This comes as Fender has launched their new Beginners Hub, a platform that can help people on every step of their learning journey from finding their perfect guitar, learning how to tune their instrument with Fender Tune and learning how to play with Fender Play.

Aston spoke to Professor Catherine Loveday, psychologist at University of Westminster.

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