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Music has often been called food for the soul. Music soothes and rejuvenates and Friedrich Nietzsche correctly said, 'Without music, life would be a mistake.' You may have had various reasons for picking up an instrument to play but there is no denying the fact that learning to play one can be a very rewarding hobby in itself.
There are many benefits to learning to play an instrument. Playing increases brain activity and has been proven to enhance the capacity of our memories and improve motor skills. A person who plays instruments is expected to be better organized. Musicians learn time management at an early stage as mastering an instrument requires tremendous practise. Progressing quicker depends on how well the individual effectively utilises his time.
As already mentioned mastering an instrument takes time and can be a powerful test for a person's perseverance. Thus, playing an instrument will not only teach you patience but increase your focus and concentration levels besides incorporating discipline in your life.
A beginner can experiment with instruments to decide which instrument they want to play before committing to lessons. Get a feel of the instrument you want to learn and then enrol for classes or hire a personal tutor for the same. To learn music reading and know how music works, play the piano. Piano is a highly popular instrument that is good for learning music as you can see the notes right infront of you.
Next to piano, the most popular instrument is the guitar. Learning to play the guitar is pretty easy and all you need in the beginning is an acoustic guitar and some musical sheets. You can also learn to play the electric guitar. The main difference between electric and acoustic guitar is the added amplifier and headphones. It is also a good foundation for learning instruments like mandolin, banjo, the harp, etc.
Other stringed instruments include the violin, cello and double bass. If you like jazz and marching bands, you can try your hand at learning brass instruments like the trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, baritone and sousaphone. Like brass instruments, flutes, saxophones, clarinets and harmonica etc (also known as woodwinds) use vibrations to produce music when you blow over the reeds.
Drums, xylophones, sitar, bagpipes are also popular instruments played by musicians. One of the first important steps towards mastering an instrument is learning how to hold and tune the instrument. Continuous practice, an instinctive feel for rhythm and an excellent guide are other factors that determine your skill as a musician.
Hobbylancer and You
At Hobbylancer, find schools/teachers in your locality, enrol for classes and connect with other musicians. Acquire second hand instruments, sell your own and learn useful tips from experts. Apply for jobs (as a musician) in restaurants, pubs and lounges or join bands. Hire musicians for the local karaoke, advertise jobs and find bands to perform at the local party. Spread the love for music right here with us at Hobbylancer.