Music has been around for centuries. In fact, it's as old as humanity itself. The earliest known melody that was written is known as Hurrian Hymn No.6 but the oldest composition to have survived is a first-century tune known as Seikilos Epitaph which was engraved on a tombstone in Turkey.
Music is all around us and it's in our roots. Our ancestors played music and the current generations are taking it to a level that's never been seen or heard before. Genres are still being created and we are lucky enough to be a part of music unfolding in front of our eyes.
There are millions of reasons why everyone should learn how to play a musical instrument but here we are going to look at 6 most important ones.
It's An Incredible Skill
First and foremost let's just take a look at actually playing an instrument. No matter what it is, having the ability to pick up a guitar, some drum sticks, a flute, a violin, or sit at a piano and just start playing beautiful music is one heck of a skill. Sure, it might take you a while to learn and develop that skill but once you have it you'll always have it. Much the same as riding a bike.
You can be creative with your instrument or learn other people's songs. But the fact remains, no matter what you're playing you're creating music at that precise point. And that in itself is the main reason everyone should be learning how to play an instrument.
It Improves Your Patience
Learning an instrument doesn't happen overnight unless you're a musical prodigy, and they're pretty rare. It takes time and patience and if you're someone that doesn't have these skills then it's something you will learn pretty quickly. The overriding feeling of wanting to learn something is far greater than the want to quit and put your instrument down. Even when learning something you may not feel is possible, like singing, patience and perseverance will prevail. When looking at this URL it's easy to see that there are plenty of ways to hone your craft with many different techniques. Putting in the effort is what is going to create that patience within you. Time and effort equal success.
It Builds Your Confidence
Even the shyest of people will be able to express themselves with a musical instrument in their hands. Often, the feeling of having an instrument as a barrier between you and anyone listening is enough to let the creative juices flow. But once you know that you are good at playing a musical instrument then there's nothing stopping you. You may not feel confident right away, but if you have that one song in your locker you'll happily step up and show the people what you got. It's why there are pianos dotted around cities across the world. For people to showcase what they can do in public.
It Improves Your Social Life
When you're learning to play there are plenty of musical clubs you can join that will expand your social circle. You might meet your new best friend or even a partner when you first go along to one of these meets. They're great for bouncing ideas around and learning new things.
When you can play an instrument well enough and you're confident then people tend to talk to you about it. There's always someone at a party with a guitar ready to play a tune, and these people are seen as 'popular' amongst their peers. As another bonus, the dating game becomes something different if you can woo someone with a song. Music dates back centuries with people playing songs to their partners to win their hearts. Not much has changed since then.
It Breeds Creativity
When you start learning it's going to be difficult to understand what note goes where or what chord sounds the best after the last. But once you get the hang of things you'll soon find your creativity starts to flow. Write songs or musical pieces and do whatever you can to perfect them. Your brain works in a different way when you're being creative so it's a brilliant way to exercise the mind. Moreover, you end up creating something unique and individual.
It's Incredibly Fun
Lastly, and something many musicians lose at some point in their playing career, it's a lot of fun! Playing with friends or in a band is something like no other. Creating music that sounds incredible and means something to you is a lifting experience that you'll never forget. If you ask a retired musician what some of their favorite times in life were, no doubt their answer will be when they were playing music in a band.
Music is for everyone, no matter what genre you like or if you enjoy chart music or not. There is something for everyone. Everyone should learn an instrument for the basic reason that it's just an incredible thing to do. It uplifts your life in so many ways, including these 6 reasons. It's never too late to learn, so find your instrument and give it a go.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist