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Written by David Jones on March 31, 2017
Sure, you could make a New Year’s Resolution at the actual New Year like most people. But then, like most people, you’d have already given up on your goals by now. When roughly 80% of all resolutions fail by mid-February, why would you ever tie your dream to master the guitar with such a doomed date? If you want to give yourself a fighting chance, a springtime resolution has a greater likelihood of turning into a lifelong hobby.
Canadians, Americans living near the border, and anyone else in the Northern Hemisphere are at a disadvantage when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. It’s difficult to find enough motivation to leave your warm and cosy bed when the temperatures drop well below zero, let alone have the energy to tackle a brand new hobby. It’s so easy to snuggle under the blankets, flick on Netflix, and promise yourself that you’ll touch the guitar tomorrow.
The springtime, on the other hand, is the most hopeful season of them all. It’s hard not to feel positive as the temperatures begin to warm up and the flowers start to bloom. We take our biological cues from Mother Nature, and there’s a proven springtime effect on our mental health. As each day gets longer, we’re exposed to more sunlight, which in turn increases the amount of melatonin our brains produce. This particular hormone regulates your sleep cycle and improves your mood, which is why you may just find yourself with more spring in your step.
Learning how to play the guitar isn’t always easy, especially when you’ve never played any instrument before. There’s a fine line between learning your lesson and becoming frustrated at your attempts. You’ll need as much energy as you can get to devote as much time to your new guitar without getting upset.
Keeping your cool can be helped by equipping yourself with the best guitars money can buy. If you live in Canada, you have access to the latest Gibson guitar models when you go online to shop with Long & McQuade. They have a huge selection of Gibson guitars as well as a variety of other quality brands of both acoustic and electric guitars available for easy and fast shipment. They can also point you in the direction of a skilled professional instructor with beginner guitar lessons.
If you’re ready to finally master that guitar, take your cue from the weather around you. You’ll have a greater chance at meeting your goal than if you had started it in January, so use the longer days and warmer temperatures as inspiration as you tackle the instrument.