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4 Reasons You Should Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

Let the music play.

Music brings people together. Friends bond over bands, cultures have their traditional songs, and generations are defined by the music of their era. If you don’t already play a musical instrument, I’m here to tell you it’s time to change that. Whether it be a guitar, a keyboard, or even a ukulele, here are 4 reasons why you should invest in yourself and learn to play a musical instrument.

1. Learning an instrument helps with organizing and discipline.

We’ve all heard the studies that say playing a musical instrument helps make you smarter, but it’s not just that! Playing an instrument is an amazing teaching experience. As someone who’s learned to play a couple of instruments, I can personally say that it teaches drive and determination. As long as you continue, the learned motivation you gain from practicing makes its way into other parts of your life, like school and work! There’s no better feeling than seeing yourself slowly getting better at an instrument, and that takes practice. Keeping a schedule is integral to the lives of most people, and practicing an instrument can help teach you how to set a good schedule.

2. Playing a musical instrument is a great stress-relief.

As a musician, this is another thing I can vouch for. Music is one of my passions, so playing a musical instrument helps me escape from whatever is getting me down. Even if you’ve never picked up an instrument, the enjoyment of music itself is the perfect mood-lifter for the upcoming dreary winter days. On rainy or snowy days, staying warm at home practicing is the perfect way to pass the time. There’s nothing like picking up your instrument and playing your favorite Christmas Carol or happy song to bring some cheer! There are endless possibilities when it comes to playing your favorite songs, or writing new ones. No matter what, expressing yourself through music is one of the best stress reliefs on earth.

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3. Music is a great group activity.

Whether you play in an orchestra, a jazz ensemble, or a rock band, musicians bond extremely well. Even though getting to a proficient level may be difficult for first-time musicians, making music with a group of people is a fantastic upside to learning a musical instrument. Surrounding yourself with like-minded musicians, whether it be learning together or playing together, helps develop your artistic identity and drive which is a lifelong investment anyone can make. It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to be creative, and find that bond with the group of people around you. The people you practice with can end up becoming extremely close personal friends, and lifelong influences in music and in life.

4. It could be the start of a lifelong love.

I would have missed out on one of the most important parts of my life.

Let’s face it, while music brings people together, playing a musical instrument isn’t for everyone. You’ll never know until you try it! I’m surrounded by musicians who have practiced their craft throughout their entire life. Not only are they master musicians, but they’re also incredibly happy to have found a love of music. If I had never tried guitar lessons, I would have missed out on one of the most important parts of my life. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have the artistic drive and motivation I’ve gained from playing guitar.

Even if you can’t pay for lessons, there are a million videos on YouTube on how to play certain songs or chords or notes, even basics on how to play a musical instrument. As long as you really feel the motivation to find a place for the instrument in your life, your life will surely improve as a result.

The possibilities are absolutely endless when it comes to music. Teach yourself, or take lessons. Watch videos online, or figure songs out yourself. Cover songs, or you can even try to write your own songs. No matter what, I’ve never seen a life worsen due to the introduction of music. So, if the opportunity arises, I urge you to ask or invest in a musical instrument. You won’t regret it.

*On a personal note, I recommend the guitar.

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Vaughan Jones is an 18 year old graduate of Horizon High School in...