If you can think that far back, do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a child? The answers usually range from the dull to the delusional. Farmer, astronaut and firefighter are some of the more commonly broached subjects. But what about musician? How many of us dreamed of performing our own compositions to a capacity crowd of thousands? I know I did.
Okay, so selling out the Wembley Arena may not be the most realistic expectation to have (though stranger things have happened). It is, however, important that we all chase our dreams. Isn’t that what life is all about? And it’s never too late to follow your heart, but you have to start somewhere. Before your illusions of grandeur get carried away with you, here’s what you need to know about learning a musical instrument.
Because it’s human nature to hold a pessimistic outlook on life, let’s begin with some of the drawbacks, shall we?
- Your chances of ever ‘making it’ are slim. At a guess, I’d say that millions of people have spent their entire lives in search of fame and fortune. Of those people, it’s only a lucky handful that ever manage to even make a living from their passion, let alone find wild success. Especially true for the younger of you, always have a backup plan. Study for a career to fall back on in case things don’t pan out just as you’d hoped.
- Things can get pretty expensive. If you’re looking for a cheap way to pass the time, learning a musical instrument is probably not for you. There will always be new strings and amplifiers you just need to pick up. That’s without even mentioning the rather hefty up-front costs of many instruments.
- The novelty may well wear off. This is an especially critical piece of information if you’re a parent whose child is learning to play an instrument. You may have certain preconceived misconceptions about what it takes to learn an instrument. Make no mistake, though, it’s an awful lot of tireless hard work. Piano specialists will tell you all about the hours they’ve spent learning their craft from a very young age.
With that being said, learning a musical instrument can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying things you can experience. Not only does it allow you to get in touch with your creative side, but scientific studies suggest that it can even make you smarter. Not bad, don’t you think?
If you’re the type of person that suffers from a lack of confidence, this could be the hobby you need to instill self-belief. It will ultimately improve your social skills, patience, and even your memory. These are all clear benefits whether you’re young or old, but especially for the aid of development in children. Above all, playing a musical instrument is just fun. If, like me, you ever dreamed of becoming a famous musician, bite the bullet and follow your dreams today.