Many adults secretly long to play music. Unfortunately, with busy lives and hectic work schedules, it often seems impractical to fit in private tuition, and many of us feel a little awkward or embarrassed about going back into a teaching scenario, as the pupil. In reality, all the hang-ups we may have about learning a musical instrument, even as a complete beginner, should be completely disregarded – music is a lifelong activity, and there are no rules that say you can't learn at any age…

In fact, there are a number of benefits to learning to play music that might not be immediately obvious. Of course, most importantly, learning to play an instrument is fun, and it's a hobby that you can work at and improve at over time. Learning to play an instrument is very rewarding – even the greatest musicians had to start from somewhere, and the rewards of working up from zero to guitar icon are arguably even more enjoyable than the rewards of ripping into a complex solo in front of a crowd.

But learning to play guitar can also be a very social occasion, helping you meet new people and experience a slightly different dynamic – guitar classes are frequently relaxed, and the opportunity to work one-on-one with an expert tutor can help build a rapport in addition to building on your base skills. Also, when you get the opportunity to practice and develop your new found skills with other musicians, you'll notice a significant improvement in your musical understanding, while also meeting loads of new friends in the process.

Learning music is also a great way to relax and forget about the stresses of modern life. As a break from the normal daily grind, learning to play guitar (and practicing your new-found skills) can be a great way to escape, and is enjoyable in a way that's hard to convey to non-musicians. It's also something to devote time and energy to, and something that will improve your quality of life, both as a student and as a competent guitar player going forward.

Learning music gives you the opportunity to express your creativity in a way that is often suppressed by the 9-5 working world. Forget about boring documents and dusty old filing cabinets – real enjoyment and relaxation comes from being able to express creative ideas and frustrations, with music providing the tools to help you project what you want to say.

There are no hard and fast rules as to who can learn music, so if you think it might be of interest to you, there are manifold advantages to deciding to go for it – either with one-to-one tuition or at a guitar class in the evenings. Whether you've hit a brick wall with guitar lessons in the past or you're a complete and utter beginner, learning to play music could just be one of the best decisions you'll make this year.

Author's Bio: 

Edinburgh Music Lessons is a music school offering Edinburgh guitar lessons from its base in the city. With full Enhanced Disclosure checks conducted on all tutoring staff, Edinburgh Music Lessons is committed to providing a professional one-to-one tuition service for adults and children across Edinburgh.