You know that saying “it’s never too late”? Well, if that can be applied to anything, it can be applied to learning to play a musical instrument. On the subject of sayings, people occasionally also come out with one about old dogs and new tricks. We don’t buy that at all. If you want a new to learn a new skill, we say get on with it. In fact, you’ll be doing yourself a favour. There are tons of reasons to pick up a musical instrument.
1. You’ll have a new way to express yourself
If you’re the kind of person who has a playlist for every mood, a musical instrument is like the level up from that. Instead of just listening to someone else describe your feelings, you’ll be able to do it for yourself. We’re not suggesting that you also start writing songs, but there’s a certain kind of satisfaction to be gained from coming home after a long day and telling it like it is. Even if that is just to the four walls of your bedroom.
2. You’ll learn increased co-ordination
Were you ever the kind of person who could pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time? There’s an element of that to playing a musical instrument. It’s very much a case of practice making perfect, but even if it doesn’t come naturally to you, you’ll see improvements over time. You’ll be a multitasking whizz before you know it.
3. It’s a great stress reliever
It’s extremely difficult to keep thinking about whatever’s stressing you out once you pick up a musical instrument. We don’t mean that in a philosophical, ‘at one with the guitar’ kind of way. We literally mean that playing an instrument takes up so much brain space it’s difficult to concentrate on anything else. So that case of the Mondays you’ve had all day? Gone.
4. It’s a good way to feel creative
It’s a great feeling to be able to pick up a musical instrument and make something. It’s not like painting, where you need loads of equipment. You probably won’t even need sheets of music. You can just grab your guitar, drums, ukulele, or whatever else you’re learning, and start playing. That totally counts as making something, even if the finished product isn’t something tangible.
5. Bragging rights
We could have called this ‘confidence’ instead of ‘bragging rights’. But do you know what? If you learn a musical instrument you’ve bloody well earned the right to brag in our opinion. You took a positive step towards doing something personally rewarded, and you deserve all of the halfhearted small talk and proper congratulations that come along with that.
We hope that you’re seriously thinking about learning a musical instrument. In case you couldn’t tell, we have pretty strong feelings about them. If you do decide to take the plunge and want a bit of one-to-one help, check out the classes available on HowNow and thank us later.