Plato once said “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything”. This is quite true. With out music our lives would be dull, and our imagination would be shallow. Music is quite an interesting phenomena, it is almost as old as human civilization and yet we still don’t fully understand why its here or how it came about. The ancient geeks believed that music was so powerful that it had the effect to persuade, and move people in a way words could not. This still rings true today. Have you ever noticed why marketing companies always have music playing in commercials or ads? It’s because the music persuades people to buy their product. Due to this ultimate expression that music provides I believe that this is why everyone, no matter what age, should learn to play a musical instrument. My journey with music has been nothing but rewarding, and I’m sure many others would find the same.
When I was 9 years old my mother talked me into taking piano lessons. I didn’t really want to at the time, I always wanted to play drums, mostly because my older brother was a guitar player and I would always want to play with him. However, I stuck with it for 3 years. After 3 years of lessons I could not take it anymore I wanted to rock. At age 13 I finally begged my parents for a drum set and began to take up the drums and never looked back( I’m 22 today and finishing up my degree in music). I started taking lessons once a week, from a local drum instructor. He taught me how to hold the sticks, and play along to some of my favorite tunes, but mostly all of my stick technique( speed, endurance, rebound acceptance, rudiments) were all entirely self taught. A year later I began to take lessons at the music conservatory in my town, and studied there all through out high school, until I went to college. During my years studying at the conservatory I noticed that music was very therapeutic. I found my practicing to be relaxing, and yet I felt I was determined to become better. In music there is no short cuts, in order to be good you must put the time in, you must practice. The main thing I learned from studying drumming is that it gives you a incredible work ethic. It also gives you great confidence to. There is nothing like playing a show in front of people, and have them cheer after you finished a song. It is by far one of the coolest feelings in the world.
If you ever though about picking up an instrument then you should consider doing it. The emotional expression, and freedom you gain from playing music does wonders for your self esteem and over all well being. As your grow as a musician your mind begins to open. You become open to new ideas and are more accepting to things. If you would like to pick up an instrument, choose one that you have interest in. Also when first starting out play material that you want to play. There is nothing worse than playing boring exercises all day if you cant play anything yet. Also, I would recommend taking lessons, although there are a lot of instructional videos on the internet now a days, nothing beats a real teacher.