It’s never too late to pick up a musical instrument

It really never is too late.

I’ve heard the following from so many people; “I can’t play guitar” or “I’m not musical enough” or “Piano just seems too… too difficult”. The above are all incorrect.

Playing a musical instrument, the way I see it, requires the 4 P’s: Patience, Persistance, Practice and Passion. These four elements should point one in the right direction for learning to play a musical instrument.  Let me explain.

Patience: You won’t get it right away. It’s the “not giving up” approach that ensures your future ability to play the instrument.

Persistance: If you don’t get it right away, don’t give up or stress out over it. Be patient (see above) and try again. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Practice: Motivate yourself to practice techniques, and whatever you want to learn, on a regular basis. If you don’t get it right the first time, persist and be patient.

Passion: Ultimately, you have to really want to play the instrument. This want (or passion) will ensure that you practice, are patient and persist in learning the techniques, songs and theories you want to learn.

It’s really not all that difficult to do the above four things… and hey, it’s never too late to start. 🙂

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  1. A part of me Agree’s and a part of me has an extra/another point of view =)

    The Agree: Well that’s just it really…i do agree. haha. You aren’t ever too old…i do sometimes feel that the older you get the less you think about your passions (unless your living them eg your job) and more about your job, money, security for your family etc But it doesnt take much to spark that passion again and the though never REALLY leaves your mind.

    Where I have an extra/ different point of veiw:
    I feel the older you get the easier it is to support your passion. Eg. I would love to play the sax and had the fortunate situation to have one i could use for a month and got no where. so you could say i gave up…but all it did was leave me deciding that i’ll pick it up when im 25+ cause then i would have saved enough to buy my own sax and go to lessons because the internet was proving useless =P

    So in actual fact…i think im tryna say that: Being older gives you no excuse and its the kids we should be worried about…lol. kinda. ANYWAY…theres my 2c for what it counts!

    Hope anyone who reads this is having an awesome day! x

    1. Hey ~Ice~. 🙂

      Thanks for your comment.

      I agree. When one gets older, one generally has more opportunities and avenues to support one’s passion. In terms of “the kids” though, I’d say that a possible solution would be to borrow from a friend, rent an instrument or buy one second hand. All of the above are viable options when starting out on an instrument. They also help if you’re unsure of which instrument you’d like to pursue (well, the first two options apply). 🙂

      Either way, music is something that runs through our veins and feeds our organs. If we can learn to share create or perform it, and can share that knowledge with others, it is one of the greatest gifts that can be given.

      🙂

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