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1 Boosts mem­ory Re­search shows that play­ing an in­stru­ment can in­crease brain ca­pac­ity through stim­u­la­tion. A 2009 study at the Univer­sity of Zurich even found it can in­crease IQ by seven points. 2 Im­proves team skills If you want to be in a band that con­quers the world you need to have some sort of work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the per­son on bass. Even if, in Ea­glesstyle, you even­tu­ally end up be­ing barely able to stand on the same stage with­out hav­ing a fight. 3 En­hances mo­tor skills The art of play­ing an in­stru­ment re­quires al­most mind-bog­gling hand co-or­di­na­tion. By per­fect­ing it, you are es­sen­tially be­com­ing a more evolved hu­man be­ing. 4 Re­lieves stress ‘Re­search shows that mak­ing mu­sic can lower blood pres­sure, de­crease heart rate, re­duce stress, and lessen anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion,’ says Suzanne Hanser, chair of mu­sic ther­apy at Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic in the US. 5 In­creases fit­ness Be­ing on stage for a cou­ple of hours ev­ery night is a se­ri­ous work­out that gets the heart pump­ing and mus­cles work­ing. Think about it: you don’t see many over­weight rock stars.

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