Learning An Instrument

Learning a musical instrument can be a challenging feat, especially if you’re not very musically inclined or if you’ve never held an instrument before. Some people start learning an instrument at a very early age, while some learn later on life but whatever age you decide, it’s not entirely impossible.

1. Pick the right one – Some may suit you while others won’t. For example, choose an instrument that plays to your strengths, if you have poor hand-eye co-ordination, stay away from instruments like a keyboard or if you has asthma avoid wind instruments requiring a lot of puff.

2. Buy second hand – At least initially. You’ll find that you may struggle with some instruments and change your mind so it’s better than having the mass financial outlay from the beginning.

3. Teach yourself - Haven't found the right instructor or short on cash? Don’t worry and don’t give up; there are a lot of books and tutorials available on the market or the Internet that help you with the basics. Always remember that a lot of famous and successful musicians are self-taught.

4. Make a commitment - Even the most famous musicians make time to practice and they do it for more than half of the day every day. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that you should spend all your time in practice, but 30 to 60 minutes a day will surely make a difference. Only through practice can you maximise your potential, allowing you to hone your craft even better.

5. Have fun - Learning an instrument can be stressful and frustrating at times. If it feels like too much for you to handle, take a short break and remember what motivated you to learn the instrument in the first place. It may be for the amusement and enjoyment of the music it brings; whatever your reasons are, always make it a point to enjoy the learning process.

The journey of learning can be long, at times difficult, and maybe even frustrating. But learning an instrument and making music out of it can be one of the most satisfying gifts you can give yourself.