Call it what you want: a “Lifetime To-Do List”, the “Things I’ll Get Around To Someday List” or, simply, your “Bucket List”. It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone has one, and odds are pretty good that learning to play an instrument is on it.
How can we be so certain? Well, a Gallup Poll revealed that 85 percent of Americans who don’t play a musical instrument wish that they did, and 67 percent are still interested in learning, so we’re pretty confident that we’re right.
How many times have you said, “I’ll look into lessons tomorrow” or “I’ll get started right after <insert feat of greatness (that’s probably also on your bucket list too) here>”. You may even have gone out and bought yourself a guitar or announced “I’m doing it!” at your New Year’s Eve party. Good for you… just not good enough. Look, that guitar you bought isn’t going to play itself, so let’s discuss the top four reasons you should just buckle down and start playing now.
Reason #1: You’re Not Getting Any Younger. None of us are. As glib as this sounds, it’s really one of the best reasons we can think of. Putting things off just gives you less time to enjoy them and music, for most of us, tips the enjoyment scales.
Besides, you’re never too old to aspire to new things… how about today you aspire to playing guitar?
Reason #2: It’s Good For You. It’s a fact that playing music reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, music is one of the top 10 stress relievers, along with sleep and laughter, which we’re pretty fond of too. We can get into the really scientific reasons this all works, but the gist is this: Music provides a mental distraction, reduces muscle tension and decreases stress hormones… all of this adds up to you feeling more relaxed when you pick up your guitar and get to playing.
As if stress relief isn’t enough, music also keeps your mind sharp, enhances your coordination, and can increase the capacity of your memory. All of this, of course, contributes to a better and more enjoyable quality of life, which we all know, is priceless!
Reason #3: All the Cool Kids are Doing It. Okay, maybe not all of the cool kids, but a lot of them are. How do we know? Well, they’re hanging out on our forums and inspiring us every day.
People are focusing more and more on the things that make them happy, and we’re seeing it all throughout our JamPlay community. The number of people starting their lessons “later in life” are climbing and they are, without knowing it, motivating the rest of us to take the plunge and strike one more thing off our list.
Reason #4: It’s Easier Than Ever To Get Started. A lot of us use the “I’m too busy” excuse when it comes to really picking up the guitar and learning. The fact is that the days of having to load up your instrument and head to your music teacher’s studio are over. While there are a lot of benefits to traditional music lessons, there are also some great reasons to jump on your computer and take advantage of the awesome online music lessons that are now available. More and more people are choosing online lessons because of their affordability and convenience. No matter how busy you are, you’re be able to learn on your terms at your own pace. Kind of takes away most of the excuses you can come up with, doesn’t it?
Feeling inspired yet? No matter whether you choose to teach yourself or to take lessons, the point here is that it’s time to get started. Pick up that guitar and start enjoying the process of learning. You have nothing to lose except one less item on your bucket list!