It’s never too late to learn to play an instrument. If you’re still stuck at home because of Covid-19, it might be the perfect time to start playing an instrument. Between YouTube, Skype, and all the other online methods of exchanging information, it’s possible to learn an instrument very effectively without having to leave your home.
Music can be a wonderful hobby to add to your life!
Consider these benefits:
1. Your memory gets a workout. Memorizing notes helps you to be better at memorizing other things, too. Those with musical training have better memory recall on the average than those without musical training.
- If you’re routinely having trouble finding your car keys or remembering what you need at the store, learning to play an instrument can help.
2. It can enhance your social life. While you can play music all by yourself, you can also play with others. Musicians have a bond that non-musicians don’t understand. You’re also likely to take lessons and interact with your teacher and other students. Who knows, you might even be part of a band someday.
- People seem to have a natural interest in musicians. You’d be surprised how many people will want to talk to you about the musical aspect of your life.
3. Learning an instrument teaches discipline. Mastering an instrument can be a lot more challenging than the casual observer realizes.
- Playing a guitar chord cleanly is a lot tougher than it looks. Playing the correct notes in the correct order isn’t too difficult on a piano but trying to make actual music on a piano is quite difficult. Each instrument has its challenges.
- Learning a musical instrument requires discipline to keep trying when you’re struggling to learn a new piece of music.
4. Enjoyment. While practicing isn’t always fun, seeing the results of your work is very rewarding. You feel a sense of pride, and it really is a lot of fun to play your favorite songs. You might find that it’s a more rewarding option than watching TV.
5. Playing an instrument will lower your stress level. Music is soothing. Studies have shown that listening to relaxing music lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It also decreases the level of hormones associated with the stress response. Who doesn’t need to relax a little more these days?
6. Learning an instrument allows you to stretch your creative muscles. Humans have creative abilities. A person that doesn’t create isn’t getting the complete human experience. If you don’t have another creative outlet, music might be just what you need to round out your life.
7. Your hearing improves. You won’t suddenly be able to put your hearing aid in the drawer, but you can see some interesting improvements. A few studies have shown that musicians are more adept at focusing on specific voices and sounds in noisy environments. Your listening skills can improve in general.
8. Learning to play music can add culture to your life. If you’re learning classical music on the piano, you’re going to become more knowledgeable about classical music. The same can be said about blues guitar or playing jazz music on the drums. You’ll learn about the history of your style of music.
It’s important to explore your interests and to try new things. Music can add a lot to your life. Give it a try. Imagine how good you’ll be in a year or two. If you don’t do it now, in a year or two you may wish you had started today.
If you’ve always wanted to learn an instrument, but never quite got around to it, get started today. What are you waiting for?