Acoustic guitar music is instrumental sound, made from an acoustic guitar, by transmitting the strings vibrations to the air to give a beauty of harmony (music). It is important to note that only an acoustic guitar can be used to produce this kind of music because it does not depend on electronic amplification. The acoustic guitar depends on the use of the sound board and the sound box to strengthen the vibrations of the strings hence determining the volume. The source of the sound however is in the strings.
History of the Acoustic Guitar
Most people recognize that the first acoustic guitar was made by Antonio de Torres Jurado but I bet he did not know that so many years down the line, acoustic guitar music would be used for not only relaxation purposes but also in medicine as a form of therapy.
Guitars and Medicine
Professionals in the medical field have claimed that music, especially calm and relaxing music as acoustic guitar music, is part of the connection back to life by reviving memories and eventually even bringing people back to life after illnesses. Man cannot survive on his own, he has to communicate and connect with others and acoustic guitar music achieves just this. “Medicine cannot heal in a vacuum; It requires connection.” said Doctor Rana Awdish.
Therapeutically, medical professions from different fields have done, and still continue doing, research and so far have proven that acoustic guitar music is being used in:
- autism and other relate development disorders
- music-based therapies for patients suffering from dementia, bipolar disorder, memory loss, insomnia and related sleep disorders and depression
- brain development in infants
- extra curricular activities in or after schools like music lessons which has shown to improve academic performance in students.
These examples and so much more have been proven to help with patients who had psychological issues. This indeed does make acoustic guitar special. Here is how it is used in real life.
Acoustic guitar music also helps deal with our moods by helping us get in touch with our emotions when we are grieving or are sad and also helping people be able to open up about issues they would not talk about under normal circumstances; a technique that psychologist have also started using in sessions with their patients.
Playing the acoustic guitar has also been shown to make one feel good-orgasmically as dopamine in the brain is released which is the same hormone that is produced during sex. Acoustic guitar music also releases stress by reversing the mind and body’s response to stress and pressure that may result from over thinking or too much work from the office for example.