Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
This quote, taken from French romantic poet Victor Hugo, is a prime example of the effect music can have on a person. Expressing the inexpressible, sounding deep silence and relieving oneself from the stress and pressures of everyday life are but a few of the benefits and actions that music can take on. It is important to know that different instruments can be therapeutically unique in themselves and depend upon the individual musician, each instrument can appeal to someone in different ways.
In many cases, though some may differ, learning to be a drummer is one of the easier feats to achieve, but most difficult to progress in. By playing mostly beats and bass riffs, rather than notes and chords, drumming demands more physical power than mental, as all four limbs are working simultaneously to maintain consistency. A drum is one of the most desirable instruments to follow and adapt oneself to, mostly due to its simple, aggressive nature. Drumming in its own is an instrument that allows the musician to challenge himself physically to maintain a rhythmic beat at both slow and fast paces.
Drumming has a tendency to relieve stress, decrease fatigue, improve mood, and lessen depression, mostly because it is known as the most recreational instrument of modern society, giving the musician an aerobic exercise while creating a desirable increase in creative talent. If a person has high levels of depression and fatigue, he should highly consider pursuing the drum as his instrument of choice.
If the musician desires a more poetic, individualized instrument, learning the guitar will captivate his interest. The guitar can stand alone in music, as a single individual can carry an entire song with just a guitar in hand (a feat not so easily accomplished with instruments similar to the drum). With a basic twenty-four-fret guitar with six strings, it is possible to play one hundred and forty-four different variations of twelve basic notes, giving a far wider range of play with this particular instrument.
Playing the guitar increases the use of the right side of one’s brain, which is the area most related to creativity, giving great outputs of creative thinking that can later aide the person in educational and occupational success. A guitar is recommended by some therapists, such as highly acclaimed musical therapist Ryan Judd, to relieve stress and tensions in one’s life.