Talent Thursday: Play A Musical Instrument


?Why do people learn to play musical instruments?? said no one ever. ?How can I play an instrument and where can I learn to play one?? are more likely asked questions. Whether you choose to play it as a hobby or make a career in the music industry, there are plenty of employment opportunities for you. However, here are some exciting reasons to make you head to the nearest store to purchase a musical instrument.

10 Benefits Of Playing An Musical Instrument

  1. Learn A New Skill: It is easier to learn new skills at an early age. Think of it as muscle memory, learning a new instrument requires you to practice, and with regular practice, it becomes a habit. If you choose to learn a new instrument, get ready to enjoy the benefits.
  2. It?s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
    - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Develop Patience & Perseverance: It may be easy to learn a new musical instrument, but it takes time. To learn a new instrument, you need to be patient. Initially, it will not sound remotely close to what you aim at, but gradually it will. In the process, you will learn to be patient with learning the instrument and with yourself.
  4. Improve Listening & Memory Skills: A trained ear will be able to point out minor changes. But it takes practice and experience to develop that understanding. You may have seen many musicians play imaginary instruments when their favourite song is being played. In fact, to untrained ears, it seems like they can predict the rhythm. The musicians have heard and played the instrument so many times that they know the patterns at the back of their hand.
  5. Stimulate The Brain Cells: Studies have found a correlation between academics and musical training among children and adults. Learning an instrument stimulates the brain cells, abstract thinking and reasoning skills needed to learn Science and Mathematics.
  6. Become A Global Citizen: Music is a language in itself and helps to connect people across cultures. You can try this experiment. You can organise a virtual meeting for multilingual people and play an instrument. Then wait and watch the crowd enjoy and appreciate the music. That is the power of music.
  7. Evoke Emotions: Why is it that an upbeat song puts you in a happy mood while a sad song brings tears to your eyes. It helps people to release pent up emotions and even open themselves up to feelings.
  8. Boost Confidence: Whether you play the instrument on your YouTube channel or in front of an audience, you are bound to develop confidence in your abilities. You will even get comfortable with performing on stage and in front of an audience.
  9. Enhance Coordination: Let?s say you are playing the guitar. Your fingers will need to hold the right strings to play the chords, and with the other hand, you will be strumming in patterns. This may sound simple, but one song may have multiple chords and patterns, and you will need to move through them seamlessly to play that song.
  10. Improves Social Skills: Playing an instrument is a conversation starter. You can easily connect with people through common music preferences. If you play in a band, teamwork is crucial and taking the lead when required is necessary. These life skills are developed while playing an instrument.
  11. Promote Self-Expression: Since music is an amazing medium to communicate emotions, you can express yourself through your music. Even instrumental music speaks volumes if you are listening.

You can develop your style and approach. You can even learn multiple instruments to play a song. The sky's the limit when you know to play an instrument. What you make of it is in your hands! There is much more to playing an instrument that meets the eye. Share these benefits with your parents or guardians, and let?s hope an instrument makes it to your birthday wish list, fingers crossed!

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