Posted: 17 March 2018
Remember those days of carefree singing into your TV remote and rocking out on your air guitar? Or those times you made makeshift instruments from old cardboard tubes and pots and pans from the kitchen? In those moments we were all convinced that one day we would play the real thing but did we ever actually go through with it? You might be casting your mind back and realising that you never did learn a real instrument but luckily its never too late to start.
We can’t promise that learning an instrument will make you a genius but studies have shown that it can have an amazing effect on the brain. It can help with reading, maths, coordination and memory.
If craft clubs and gardening groups aren’t your thing then maybe you’ll feel more at home with your local jazz band or community choir. Learning to read and play music gives you the power to start a band, join an orchestra or put on a show, all while meeting a whole new range of people.
Once you’ve gotten to grips with the basics, you can do almost anything with your musical instrument. It’s the perfect vessel for expressing your emotions and creativity. Learning an instrument gives you the freedom to play your way, whether that's strumming a guitar around a campfire, serenading a loved one or even writing your own concerto.
Sometimes we want to escape the pressures of real life and immersing ourselves in music is a great way to do this. We can all relate to that great feeling we get when we achieve something and mastering a new instrument is no different.
We’re going to be brutally honest here. You’re probably not going to become a virtuoso overnight but over time your confidence, as well as your skill, will build. This confidence may even expand into other areas in your life and open up new opportunities for you.