Learning to play musical instruments seems to be an activity reserved for the young. A common question is “am I too old to learn?” There are legitimate age-related concerns like the stiffness of joints, shortness of breath, and memory loss. However, with the number of instruments out there, you are bound to find one that does not play to your areas of weakness (something that is considered even for young children). The answer is as long as you are still able, it is never too late.
The next question then becomes, “should I learn?” It is tricky to answer because there are so many individual factors that come into play.
How much time are you willing to devote to learning?
Patience and discipline have always been virtues that musicians have. They need to carve out time to practice, learn, and improve themselves. The amount of practice time you must do only increases the better you get. If you have the unoccupied free time, learning a musical instrument is a great challenge you can take. When you put in the time and effort, you can make great strides. However, if you find yourself busy with work and family, it may be hard to get the results you want.
How much are you willing to invest in the lessons?
Learning a musical instrument is not cheap. While you can learn by yourself, not everyone has the natural aptitude to do it. It is best to hire a teacher for the basics. After you master them, you may opt to shift to self-study with occasional meetings to polish what you learned on your own.
Besides the teacher, you also need to invest in an instrument. Dawkes Musical Instruments has brand new, second-hand, and rental options if you are still deciding what you want to learn. If you have the resources to study, then why not?
What proficiency do you want to achieve?
You can be disheartened by your lack of progress, which could lead to regrets and frustration. When you decide to learn, ask yourself about the level you want to achieve. If you are thinking about becoming a professional or performing on stage, it will be harder for you to reach that goal. If your desires are simple like learning your favourite song or performing for your family, then there should be no problem.
It is never too late to learn a new instrument, but whether you should or not, it depends on you. The best way to go about it is to acknowledge that you have the ability, with time and effort you can slowly learn how to play your pieces. There are more benefits than hindrances, learning a new instrument means you are actively using your brain which can help stave off memory loss. It can also be a creative outlet that incites joy which is essential for your mental and emotional well-being. Proper goal setting is key in finding out whether you should take the plunge.