Many adults who wish to play a musical instrument become interested because they never had the opportunity as a child to do so. Luckily, adulthood allows freedom to pursue and experiment with various hobbies and interests. Learning to play an instrument may also be recommended by medical staff, friends, and family members for reasons that will be outlined below.
Human beings are living longer and are afforded the luxury of time to enjoy more hobbies and leisure time interests, especially during the pandemic.
Benefits of playing a musical instrument:
- Playing an instrument is mentally advantageous for learning, memory, and mental focus
- Music helps relieve mental stress
- Playing an instrument can help relax certain muscles
- Playing can nurture creativity and imagination
Learning to play a musical instrument can give many of us a leisure activity, the wherewithal to share our talents with others, and widen our social circle.
There are four categories of instrument from which to choose. Select from percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments.
Percussion refers to instruments that are struck with the fingers, hand, or an object, such as drumsticks, to generate a rhythm. Drums, piano, and tambourine are three examples of percussive instruments.
String instruments usually have metal strings and produce sound with fingers or a pick. The guitar and banjo are two examples of string instruments.
Brass instruments are made from brass and have a brass mouthpiece. Two examples would be the trumpet and the saxophone.
Woodwind instruments are made from metal. The mouthpiece is made from wood and is called the reed. Clarinet and flute would be included in this group.
Try to select an instrument that best represents your style of music. Is it rock, pop, jazz, classical? The instrument should fit into your lifestyle. Do you have the time to practice? Would you hire a teacher or attempt to learn to play on your own?
Space, storage, and maintenance also need to be considered. How large is the instrument and where would it fit in your home? You should probably sample different instruments before purchasing one and don’t be afraid to talk to others about their experience. Perhaps borrow an instrument from a friend or family member to try it out or rent an instrument before buying.
The rewards could be huge.