Why you need to learn an instrument

10 Reasons You Should Consider Learning An Instrument

At Least Consider The Possibilities.

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I have played the violin for more than a decade. My mom put me into classes when I was five or six, and I've been playing semi-consistently since (I put it on pause for a few years at one point). I also learned the ukulele, and have started learning violin and piano. My mother always encouraged me and pushed me when it came to music. While I didn't really appreciate it then, looking back, I can see how valuable it's been to my life. I wanted to share the benefits of learning an instrument because it has changed and shaped my current life. The below are ten reasons why you should consider learning a musical instrument:

It teaches commitment

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Playing the violin helps you to have more commitment to things. You may find "the spark" gone when your fingers ache and your ears have reached the limit of their abuse, but when you think of the progress you've made, and are making, you'll push through. Sticking with something small but hard like this, will help you in the future when you just want to quit.

It Gives You Something to Do When You're Bored

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When there's not much to do around, I often find myself on the computer, glancing through social media and emails. Playing an instrument is a more productive use of your time.

Helps With Focus

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Nervous to study for a test? Can't seem to think straight? Pull out your instrument and play your favorite song, or learn a new one. Music brings a level of clarity that changes your focus from a million little things to one main one. You are focused solely on the music, nothing else. This is especially useful if the student has ADHD, or an attention disorder like it. It can help with fidgeting, as well as "Because music instruction combines all three learning behaviors (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), children who suffer from ADD and ADHD are actively engaged throughout the learning process." Read the full page Here

It Teaches Patience

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Patience is one of the biggest things that I have learned from playing instruments. While learning shifts on the violin, it was easy to get frustrated and mad at myself for not moving to the right position. However, getting it right, even once, encouraged me. I would force myself to keep playing, until I got it right a set number of times. Playing the section over and over, I started to get more patient. It was easier. I learned that everything takes time, I just need to be calm and work through the issue. and it has really helped change my mindset.

It Helps With Confidence

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Playing the instrument just like the people on the radio, and knowing that you played it well is an amazing confidence boost. It encourages you to try more, harder music, because you actually played it perfectly! You feel better about yourself when you are able to see your accomplishments bloom, like you do in music. you gradually feel more confident in your playing, as well as yourself as a person

You Get to Make Something Beautiful

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Once you've learned and polished the piece, you get the most rewarding part, playing it. You get to play a song, and make music. I don't really know how to describe it, but it's amazingly rewarding to play the piece right, and get the beautiful sound of your instrument's notes.

It Gives You a Sense of Peace

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Playing music can give you a lot of peace, more so than just listening to it. When you're mad, you can channel it into your music. The one time that I sounded actually beautiful was when I was really disappointed about something. I pulled out my violin and started playing strong pieces that had a lot of dynamics. As soon as my bow hit the string, I felt better.

It Helps You Take Sense of Your Accomplishments

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While too much pride isn't a good thing, being happy about nailing that piece you were working on is. You'll feel more accomplished once you learn the song or section that's been bugging you for weeks. You'll start to appreciate the small things, because you realize that even the smallest task still takes effort. Getting over the challenges that are hurdled at you will start to feel more rewarding, too. You did it, now go celebrate!

You Keep Challenging Yourself

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Right when you think that you've mastered your instrument, you find a new trick or technique. The beauty of instruments is that there is always more to learn and figure out. Even when you mastered the instrument, there is difficult music that will challenge you, and ultimately make you better. Playing an instrument is always a learning process. Just keep pushing yourself.

You'll Impress People With Your Art

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No, you won't rival Beethoven after your first few lessons, but if you stick with it, you can get really really good, and impress your friends. My brother used to always play our friends' favorite songs, and it was like doing a card trick. They all always loved it, and seemed amazed.

Sure you'll be sore the first few days, especially if you play a stringed instrument like the violin, guitar, or ukulele, but you get a rewarding experience that will make an impact on your life. I don't regret learning it, and really appreciate my parents for letting me start when I was so young. I really encourage you to consider learning an instrument, you won't regret it!

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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

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I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend

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Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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