Sunday 24 June 2012

Why you should learn to play a musical instrument

You’ll likely have an instrument in mind that you’ve always wanted to play get one. It doesn’t have to be new and it certainly doesn’t need to be of professional quality, you may not even need to buy it because a friend or family member may have one lying around that you can “borrow”.

When you get your instrument resist the temptation to purchase a library of books on how to play it; limit yourself to one or two. Getting your instrument is an exercise in personal exploration, not a scholarly pursuit. Only by playing the instrument will you progress with it so make as much time as possible each day to play the instrument unguided by anything other than your own instinct.

As you play your instrument listen to the varying sounds that it makes. Learn to appreciate the space in between the notes and most of all learn to trust your own abilities. Play it loud or play it quiet, play it however you see fit. Make mistakes and don’t censor yourself.

Rhythm, harmony, silence and pitch are your primitive types as you practice. At first get comfortable with each of the primitives until you can put them together as words. As you get more confident with your words, you’ll start forming sentences and as time passes stories will start emerging from your sentences.

Now you’ve got a framework to learn new things based on your own creativity. Whatever new thing you do after learning your instrument find out it’s primitive types and play with them until you start making stories.

Rinse and repeat.