Fender Study Finds 50% of New Guitarists Are Women.
A new study from guitar manufacturer Fender reveals that women make up 50 percent of new guitar players in both the U.S.A and the U.K.
The Study was commissioned by guitar maker Fender, and conducted by Egg Strategy, in conjunction with Canadian-American neuroscientist and author Daniel Levitin, best known for his book This Is Your Brain On Music.
Daniel Levitin explains the mental benefits of playing an instrument. “Playing an instrument has a meditative aspect that can release positive hormones in the brain and can reduce the stress hormone Cortisol, increase productivity, and create social bonding to combat loneliness in the digital age,” adds Levitin. “Playing music with other people produces the chemical oxytocin, a binding chemical that promotes trust and social bonding and makes you feel better.”
According to Levitin, other mental benefits associated with playing music with others include increased feelings of compassion, bonding, empathy and generosity toward others, as well as heightened self-efficacy. “Playing a musical instrument is a valued skill,” he added. “When we play an instrument, it allows us to see ourselves differently – taking on something that is seen as being a masterful skill in society”
Global insights and playing environment: Players in the U.S. and U.K. cited differences in where they play with 50 percent of respondents in the U.K. listing “playing privately” as their preferred environment, 18 percent more so than U.S. players. “Letting your mind wander is the key to reducing anxiety,” Levitin said. “We get our minds to wander by walking in nature or playing music – that’s what hits the reset button on the brain. Even just 15 minutes of ‘wandering’ and playing an instrument can increase productivity.”