How often, now that childhood is but a memory, have you wished that you had learned to play a musical instrument? Perhaps you wanted to learn to play the trumpet or the piano. However, those things just were not “cool,” so you caved into peer pressure and also learned to strum a few chords on the guitar. You and three of your friends sat in the garage and talked about bringing girls when you became rock stars. However, you secretly longed to play with in the band at football matches, join the Mariachis since they serenaded the birthday girl in the early morning hours, or combined the vocalists at a performance of Handel’s Messiah. And as time passed, even the guitar you used to strum was relegated into the corner of the bedroom cupboard.
Now you’re older, and also the dream of learning to play music has never really gone away. You have never acted on attaining that desire, but visions of you and that instruments still inhabit your dreams. But you have finally come to understand and accept the idea that instrumental music is simply a fantasy that you’ll need to set aside, right?
Absolutely not! It’s never too late to learn how to play an instrument! If you begin as an adult you will probably never grow to be an internationally known soloist, but you can surely learn well enough to play for personal pleasure and as a part of most amateur groups. You might even be able to play professionally!
It is not going to be simple, but it’s probably simpler than you fear. You experience an advantage many children do not have. You really want to learn the tool! Many children take music lessons because their parents need them to. You are self-motivated. Expect to create progress slowly, but be assured that you can… and will… progress.
Step By Step is the Way to Go
As I’ve said, short of a wonder you won’t achieve immediate success, but you can achieve short term goals. Regular practice for reasonable amounts of time is necessary. Lessons from a professional, or even a serious amateur, may be required. Perhaps you can learn using videos. A well thought out plan with regularly spaced classes and rehearsals, in addition to progressively harder goals will certainly help you reach the goal of playing this instrument.
Join a group or find people with whom you may playwith! If you are able to find a group of people who are basically your musical equals you’re probably find support and learn practice and performance tips that can assist your playing improve even quicker and you would not have realized or executed if you’d only play alone at home.
Stay Inspired – Listen With the Perfect Attitude!
You have inspired listening to masters play the instrument. You developed your desire to play when you noticed tunes you enjoyed. Keep listening to this music. Hearing the songs you love can help you stay excited! But use the records or the concerts as inspiration. Understand that you’re progressing toward this ability level. Do not expect to become as great as saxophonist Kenny G, or violinist Hilary Hahn, or organist Cameron Carpenter in a week! (Or for that matter per month or annually!)
Remember, you’re doing something your want to do, not something that you have to perform. Remember, when it comes to songs you play your own instrument. You do not work, suffer, gripe, struggle, battle, or whine that the tool. How can you’ve got fun? Find music you need to play. Do not select music that is beyond your ability. Perform up to the level of your ability… and just a little beyond every now and then. Playing what you’re able to play nicely is fun, and you are going to be thrilled when you achieve something that you were not sure you could handle. And if you play in people you will almost undoubtedly receive the admiration you hoped for if you’re fourteen!