Learn a musical instrument locked up at home
The theater is dark, the crowd is silent, and the spotlight is on you. You, on the other hand, don’t seem to notice the thousands of eyes fixed on you. You are too absorbed in your music, in the notes that fade and intensify, in the sadness and anger of your melody. You hit the last note, making your violin cry. Five seconds of silence and the crowd bursts into applause and gives you an encore.
Who has never dreamed of giving an exceptional performance to a delighted audience? Once, if not once, in our life, we gave in to this fantasy of being a musician of genius.
Maybe that was the time you first watched an orchestra, maybe it was the time that you saw Rami Malek imitating Freddie Mercury playing the opening notes of Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano. Whatever the circumstances, you suddenly think that if you only had the time, you would get a vocal coach or take piano lessons.
Now by the turn of events not necessarily the best, you have that time. And in fact, now is the perfect time to learn the instrument of your dreams.
Learning an instrument takes concentration
In other words, whatever anxieties you have, you need to put them aside once you start your classes. Just like reading a book where you can let go of your worries and escape to another world, you can do it with music. The concentration you need to master a musical instrument also trains your brain to quickly eliminate unnecessary stimuli and focus on what is important. In the long run, it will be good for your cognitive abilities.
It doesn’t have to be expensive, but you do need – and will learn – discipline. Of course, you need to take some classes, but once you are done with the basics, you can continue to hone your skills on your own. It takes time to master everything, which is the resource you have right now. Set a daily goal for how long you would practice each day. They say to do something for 21 days in a row and it would become a habit. There is no better habit than playing music.
Music improves your mood
Prolonged confinement does a lot of harm to our brains – at least to many of us who are not used to staying indoors for that long. In addition to the pandemic, other news this year hadn’t been really good. It’s natural to be afraid of what’s going on, to worry about the future, and to be depressed because you feel helpless.
Music was used for therapy. But instead of just listening to music, you’ll create it. So not only will you be relaxed by what you hear, but you can also express your feelings through music.
Music has no age
You might think that you are too old to learn anything new. Don’t be discouraged, even though there are so many child prodigy videos out there. Music can be learned at any age. Indeed, retirees are encouraged to learn an instrument so that their brain continues to be active even if they are no longer working. It is a good exercise in coordinating your motor and cognitive skills. You read notes, musical symbols, a bit like reading sentences. At the same time, your brain directs your fingers to move according to these musical phrases.
When the world opens up again, music is good for socializing. Imagine the jam sessions you would have, the personal performances you could give as a gift. If you’re not that popular now, you can use music to improve your social skills, make new friends, maybe even explore new communities. Don’t expect to be a rock star or musical genius after your 40s. But even if you don’t become a world famous musician – well, you can still aspire to be in the future if you really dream of becoming one – the perks you get are well worth it.
During these difficult times, don’t waste the opportunities that unexpectedly presented themselves with the problems. Your movements are restricted, but you finally have the resource you have wanted for so long: time. Make all your dreams “if I had the time” before. This resource will not be plentiful for long. Eventually, we will all have to go back to the rushed daily routine. Maximize the present. Do not use it in movie marathons and other fun activities, but it will not have lasting benefit for you.