Learning how to play an instrument is one of the most fulfilling hobbies you can do. It’s a great option if you want your child to develop a talent at an early age as well. Some may even be able to parlay this skill into a full-time career. However, learning how to play an instrument is not easy, and there are some things you have to be prepared for before you start. Here are some of the things people won’t tell you before you learn how to play an instrument.
You Don’t Always Get to Play the Instrument You Like
A lot of people automatically decide to choose instruments based on preference. But not everyone is made to play the piano, saxophone, or the guitar. Some instruments demand that you have specific physical attributes, and some can be extremely painful or downright impossible to play. In other cases, some instruments can demand that you rearrange your whole life around them, like the drums for instance.
A lot of people will ask, can I hire an instrument? And the answer is yes. As a matter of fact, you should always hire an instrument first and see if you or your child is actually physically capable of playing it, or if the experience is what they expected.
Practicing is Long, and Painful
A lot of people will assume that you are automatically a prodigy the minute you start learning an instrument, so expect a lot of friends and family to make impromptu requests at parties. Also know that things will be painful at the start, and that playing an instrument does not come easy. You might feel frustrated at times and things will get noisy, so make sure that you or the people around you are ready to put up with the noise.
You Might Never be Great, or Even Good
People often have very high expectations when they start learning an instrument. But in some cases, you simply may not have what it takes to become a good player. Some people will simply give up when they realise how long it takes to become a decent player or how tough it is. So, don’t set your expectations too high, and take things one step at a time. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t master an instrument either – you’re not the only one.
Learning to Play a Song Does Not Make You a Musician
Some people think that being able to play a song by mimicking someone else is a huge step. But that’s actually like painting by numbers. So, don’t get carried away if you manage to play a simple song; you should be able to play your own compositions as well, and be able to read music. There’s also a lot of musical theory involved and a huge portion of learning music doesn’t involve your instrument at all, so be prepared for that.
Learning an instrument can be a great way to discover a new talent, and is a great skill to have. However, you have to be ready to put the work in, and have realistic goals if you want to actually make it.