You love music. You love listening to music, talking about music, and reading the latest music news. Music is an integral part of your life – but you’ve never actually tried to play an instrument yourself.
The above scenario is incredibly common. While you may have a genuine, deep love for music, that doesn’t necessarily translate to the point of being able to make music – the two are very separate. Here’s a little fact about me: I started playing musical instruments and reading music at the age of 11. In high school I was a self-confessed “band geek” and even attended performing arts school during the summer to study music and creative writing. People with a genuine passion for music often find a number of benefits for taking the time to learn to play themselves, including…
#1 – A deeper appreciation for your favorite songs
You can love and appreciate music without being able to play an instrument yourself, but the depth of your understanding of your favorite songs will hugely increase should you give it a go yourself. The great beats and guitar riffs you have always admired will be enhanced by an understanding of the complexity required to play them, and you’ll see your favorite songs in a whole new light as a result.
#2 – You’ll have the opportunity to create your own music
While it takes time to get to a stage where you are ready to write your own music, with dedication, you should reach a point where this is a possibility. This gives way to a variety of incredible experiences you may want to engage with; you can form your own band, make use of services that are helping musicians collaborate, explore songwriting with like-minded people, and much more besides. You’ll have the opportunity to take what you have learned from being a devout listener and channel it into an artistic expression that is all your own.
#3 – Enhance core skills
While you will learn to play an instrument for the love of music alone, there is no denying the process is incredibly beneficial for a number of core skills. For example, learning to play an instrument can enhance your memory, improve core motor skills, and can even benefit your coordination. You will find that these skills translate well to the rest of your life, making the endeavor of learning an instrument doubly beneficial to you.
#4 – Sense of accomplishment
Learning to play an instrument – any instrument – is difficult. You start from the bottom, with little innate understanding of what to do, and build gradually. This process can be undeniably frustrating at times, but the overall impact on your well-being is extremely positive. As the instrument that once felt unwieldy and alien in your hands becomes familiar and reassuring, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment – and accomplishment is well-known for being vital to self-esteem.
If you have a lifelong passion for music, expanding on this by learning to play an instrument – and eventually make your own music – is a wonderful way of engaging with one of the most important areas of your life. While it may take awhile for you to become proficient, the learning process in and of itself is beneficial, and could eventually give way to a hobby that will provide endless enjoyment and fulfillment in future.