They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but that does not mean that you can’t pick up a new hobby and learn a new instrument as an adult. In fact, one of the most beautiful components of music is that it is universal. It is embraced by all genders, races, countries, dialects, and ages. Age is but a number, and numbers do not affect the mind’s ability to continue to learn and grow. Today is the youngest you will ever be again, so now is as good a time as any to pick up an instrument and get practicing.
Set a Practice Schedule
As an adult balancing a career, family, and other commitments, life often gets away from us. Learning to play a new instrument will take time, something many of us do not have a lot to spare. In order to be fully dedicated to your new hobby, be sure to set aside a pre-determined amount of time to practice. These practice times should be regularly scheduled during a time where distractions are not present.
It would even be wise to have a flexible back-up plan for practicing if something comes up.
Technology is all around and it is a great resource to use for any hobby. There is most likely a smartphone app out there that aids in learning any number of instruments. Online private lessons are also a popular outlet to practice with a professional without leaving the comfort of your own home. Alternatively, if you have the time and financial means to, consider a teacher. Private and group teachers are extremely patient when it comes to teaching newcomers how to read and play music. They also offer wisdom and advice from years of experience.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you will not become a professional pianist in one either. Be realistic with your goals, and don’t let setbacks discourage you because they will likely happen. Professional experience has likely taught you the value of making mistakes and overcoming obstacles. The same reigns true for learning a new musical instrument. Patience in the face of adversity will lead you to success. Celebrate small victories along the way and allow yourself to be impressed with your progress.
The mental health and cognitive benefits associated with learning a musical instrument are numerous. It is never too late to start something new.