Five Great Reasons to Learn to Play a Musical Instrument
By Angela Sanders Thursday, November 07, 2013, 11:24 PM EST
Music has been around for millennia and even Neanderthal man probably banged out a few tunes sticks and stones when he was bored. But just because we like to listen to music, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we want to learn to play an instrument. But you really should consider it for there are lots of reasons why learning to play some kind of instrument can enhance your life. So in case you are yet to be convinced, here are my five top reasons for having music lessons.
An Enjoyable Hobby
Learning to play a musical instrument is a great hobby. It won’t even cost you that much money if you are able to borrow an instrument or pick up a second hand one. There are lots of music tuition resources available online, or you could even have a go at teaching yourself how to play with the aid of a book or DVD. Once your skills improve, you can join others and play in an ensemble or a band. But either way: learning an instrument is relaxing and fun. It is also a lot safer than bungee jumping or sky diving.
Great Entertainment Value
You will always be in demand at parties when you can play a musical instrument. Guitars, violins, and larger instruments such as the cello are hugely entertaining when played well, which is why people pay good money to attend musical concerts and recitals. So if you are skilled in a particular instrument, it won’t be long before friends and family are asking you to play a few tunes at their celebration.
Fame and Fortune
A lucky few are able to turn their musical talent into a career. And if they are really lucky, their career takes off and they end up making millions as a result. Obviously the chances of you achieving global fame as a result of learning to play an instrument are slim, but thanks to the plethora of talent shows these days, it isn’t completely beyond the realms of possibility. As long as you are young and good looking, you don’t even need to be massively talented to succeed in the music world. You just need to be lucky and fit the mould. So go for it, because you never know what’s around the corner.
There is a great deal of kudos attached to musical talent. Girls love guys who can play a musical instrument and guys admire girls who can do the same. This is perfect if you are in the market for love. All you have to do is mention your talent for playing the guitar or flute and you have a conversation starter ready made. You can even serenade the object of your affection if you really want to make a lasting impression.
Earn Extra Cash
Perform in pubs and clubs or teach others how to play once you attain a decent level of skill—both are valid ways of making extra cash when times are tough.
Learning to play a musical instrument will take time, but you will gain a lot from the experience if you do decide to make the effort.
About the author: Sally Renshaw is a writer. She also plays guitar in a band in her spare time. The four of them recently decided to purchase some new equipment, so they looked at Music Universe Amplifiers and invested in some for an upcoming gig. Sally is certain the band will be talent spotted any day now.