Music is powerful. Not only can it help tap into feelings that are difficult to express with words, it can also bring people together. What is even better is that anybody with a certain amount of passion, curiosity and determination can learn an instrument. Here are some reasons to get started with making music and other similar hobbies.
Getting started with an instrument
Even if you are just beginning an instrument for the first time, with no prior musical training, the Internet provides a great space to begin developing your techniques. There are many different apps available for download that provide varying degrees of assistance from simple chord charts and lead sheets to complete sets of video lessons. Whichever route you prefer to take (and whichever way you learn the best) is entirely up to you. Of course, in order to play music, you’ll need to have an instrument first. This can be a difficult choice – not only do you have to choose a make and model of your preferred instrument, but you also have to pick which instrument you’d like to play. This mostly depends on your musical tastes, though your physical characteristics may come into play.
Guitar is a great instrument for people new to music, as it can give you a foundation for learning other stringed instruments like the ukulele. Meanwhile, the piano provides a good background in musical theory for your future endeavors. Take into account your personality, as well – an instrument such as piano, oboe or guitar may suit introverts well, while extroverts may thrive with drums, trumpet or violin .
While you may be tempted to purchase your instrument online, it is extremely advisable to go to a physical shop, at least for testing purposes. Even within the umbrella of a particular type of instrument, there are many different individual differences in each make’s construction, design and feel. On an even more specific level, each instrument will feel differently, even if they are the same make and model. This holds true across the broader categories of instruments like tubas, cellos or flutes, and the most effective purchasing method is to experiment with different models.
This is why the best way to choose an instrument is to take your time in the store and test out different instruments until you find one that speaks to you.
The benefits of learning to play an instrument
As with any other hobby, the process of learning to play an instrument is rewarding. As your abilities grow, you will increase in confidence and begin to experience the stress relieving properties of a passionate hobby. Music is particularly good, though, as a way to help boost your socialization. Whether or not you are a naturally gregarious person, music brings people together. Not only does it provide a sense of cultural and social belonging, but it also strengthens empathy and cooperation.
Even listening to music with other people releases oxytocin, which helps to create a stronger bond. This becomes even more powerful when you play with others. Group play makes you focus on what each person is playing and how your part fits into the overall sound – music is a conversation. If you are nervous about playing with others, try starting with a basic rhythm or pedal note part.
Incorporate other hobbies into your musical adventure
Incorporating music can also lead to other fun hobbies for you and your friend group. Dance, for instance, helps reduce anxiety while keeping your body active and flexible. You can even switch between playing your instrument and dancing to your group’s jam. As you develop as a musician, you may want to expand your talents into audio recording and production.
Music is a great way to develop your mind, sense of logic and creativity. It can also help form powerful bonds with your social group. Grab a musically-interested friend, and start your journey today.
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