What are the advantages of learning a musical instrument as an adult?
We all have regrets in life. And one of the most common, innocent, regrets many people have is the regret that they didn’t start learning an instrument young in life. Yes, it is true that the earlier you begin mastering an instrument the better. However, this thinking can also be paralyzing to folks who desire to begin learning an instrument later in life but feel like it’s too late to start. In fact, some use it as a convenient excuse. The truth is, though, that learning an instrument can be accomplished at any stage in life. Remember, the purpose of learning an instrument shouldn’t be to become the best musician in the world. The purpose of learning an instrument should be so that instrument can bless your life. The music can be super simple and you can still experience a tremendous reward.
Now, while there are definitely some obvious advantages to learning a musical instrument as a youngster, have you ever paused to consider the not-so-obvious advantages of learning a musical instrument as a grown-up?
(1) You can afford a better musical instrument
(2) Nobody is forcing you to practice
(3) You’re learning because you truly want to
(4) You have more self-discipline for practice (at least, you should)
(5) You don’t have to “grow” into an instrument. You can purchase the adult-size right off the bat.
Remember, sometimes the most important audience for your music will be . . . you. You don’t need to perform the national anthem at Carnegie Hall, Melaleuca Field, or the Super Dome, in front of millions of people. The moments when you’re practicing by yourself and nobody else is around are the moments where music will have the most transformative impact in your life.
So, if you’re considering the idea of learning a new instrument but feel like you’re a little too old, please take the plunge! YOLO!