Positive Lessons from Learning a Musical Instrument
Music is a wonderful blessing we have in our everyday lives
It has the power to change our moods and entire thought processes just by listening to a single part of a song. It has even been shown by Masaru Emoto to affect the molecular structure of water , and learning to play music is even more astounding.
No matter what instrument you choose to learn, learning any instrument has an undeniable effect on the way we go through our lives. Especially if a musical instrument is picked up young, it has the ability to completely consume a young teen’s mind. Learning a musical instrument teaches us much about ourselves; it teaches us about our limits and how we can break past those limits with specific methodical practice. It teaches us about things like muscle memory and how our body adapts to perform a task better if we repeatedly do that task.
Sure, it is true that we can learn these same things from video games, but a musical instrument like guitar seems to be at just the right amount of difficulty to be rewarding enough to continue pressing on but not so much that it becomes boring quickly or that you master it in a short amount of time. We can also learn these things from sports, but because playing music requires focused use of one part of the body, normally our fingers, and because when you practice an instrument you are usually alone, we are able to look at our progress very closely and objectively. This allows us to make specific adjustments to our practice routines as we see fit. This teaches us about refinement, essentially optimizing our available time so that the highest gains are made from our practice. In addition, it helps us optimize our practice so that the time spent is on the most productive practice.
The way we practice matters
Most people instinctively know this but the ones that actively pursue the most productive practice are usually the ones that succeed in the end. We talked about correct practice in our first ever post. Learning to play the piano or guitar or any instrument quickly teaches us something very important about life.
There is always someone giving 110% at the top. If you can’t give 111% then it will always be just for fun.
It really is absolutely fine to be good enough, it’s good enough!
Just remember, you can always be better.