Welcome back to Amazing Mobile Music Instruction. Today we will discuss the motivation of learning an instrument as an adult. Whether it be picking an instrument back up after years of not playing, or beginning an instrument for the first time as an adult, the learning can be difficult but not impossible.
At Amazing Mobile Music Instruction we have students of all ages and all levels. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced players. When anyone starts or continues music lessons with us, we are happy to be a part of it.
Is it Too Late?
It is never too late to pick up an instrument. I think everyone can play music. I teach older beginners all the time. If you are interested, you can be good at anything you put your mind to. If you practice and enjoy doing it, there will be positive results. Setting realistic expectations can be helpful, of course. Learning 1 song at a time, getting to know the treble and bass clefs, learning music theory, rhythm and counting, fun improvisation, and simple notation can get you started with music. The physical mechanics of playing your chosen instrument are important to learn. You’ve already waited. Start now, it’s awesome.
Revisiting an Old Friend
There are many cases where students played an instrument at a younger age and decide later in life they want to pick the instrument back up. Taking lessons to refresh and sharpen your skills is a great idea. Doing this can help strengthen your memory and previous knowledge, help fix any bad habits you may have picked up along the way and teach you new good habits that will increase your skill level. You can go in a completely new direction like Sarah’s father did or start where you left off.
A lot of times we hear “I wish I had learned an instrument when I was young or I wished I would have stuck with my music lessons” Luckily, it is never too late to start. Though scheduling can be more difficult as we get older, we can typically find at least ten minutes in a day to work on a new skill.
As we age, some of the synapses in our brains, not being used, begin to die. Don’t panic, you can make new ones! This is why learning a new skill as an adult can be slightly more difficult. Not impossible. A great way to motivate this growth?… you guessed it, playing/studying music!
Advantages of starting later
When you begin learning music later in life, you may find that you get to a better understanding of it’s theory and structure more quickly than you thought possible. Since you are choosing to learn and play, it’ll automatically be less of a chore for you. You already know that working hard for something you want offers great rewards. You are aware that most excuses are just reasons to not try. If we never start, then we have already failed. That goes for any endeavor.
The Idea makes Me Anxious
Starting something new or taking on any challenge can create anxiety. Choosing to learn music can automatically create unnecessary anxiety in some. There are a great many personal reasons for this. Assuming issues will arise before you start can zap your motivation for trying. Do your best to look at it like it’s an outlet that reduces anxiety and promotes joy in your life.
Beginning or continuing to learn anything takes work. You can enjoy that work. You may have to learn that, as well. With practice comes progress, and in time you will see results. If you learn something today that you didn’t know yesterday, you are already successful. Allow yourself to enjoy the journey. It’s not as helpful to focus on the possible shortcomings you may or may not have. Judge your results after you start and do your best, not before.
Slow and Steady
With some consistent work and practice you can learn or relearn a musical instrument!
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Ben is an amazing music instructor. I am a music producer and I have taken piano lessons from him for over 5 years. Highly recommended as he is very patient and easy to work with.
"I think it was a great first lesson for my 8 year old. He has been taking private lessons for the past one year but none of the instructors taught him the right technique to hold the pick, hold the guitar and placement of right and left hand. The instructor (Benjamin) seemed knowledgeable and had the right approach to teach a child. Definitely plan to continue taking these lessons and definitely recommend to anyone who is interested."
"Ben is an amazing piano teacher. He is energetic, outgoing and very patient. My daughter has really enjoyed her lessons over the last few months. He has kept my daughter excited about learning by his upbeat personality, but has also made sure she focused on the essentials of piano playing. Ben is very knowledgeable and as a parent, it is very comforting to deal with such a professional."
"With Ben's encouraging, patient and enthusiastic style of teaching I now know that I can learn to play guitar. As an older student I wasn't sure if I should endeavor such a challenge. Before I realized, I was learning, playing and understanding music."
"My son has only had his first lesson so far but the instructor was very good with him. He was so interested after the lesson that he continued to practice for another 20 min after the lesson. He is now very excited to learn more. Thank you!"
"Ben is a good guitar teacher. I have learned many things from him. He lets you take your time when you are trying to learn something and he will never rush you. I would suggest having Ben as your guitar teacher."
"I had my first lesson and am very excited and inspired by Benjamins enthusiasm and teaching style. He makes it a lot of fun! I am hoping his style will inspirer my daughter to take lessons."
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"Ben is very patient and knowledgeable. My son was very happy about learning to play a song after his 1st lesson. He is eager to practice and seems to really enjoy it."
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"Ben has been teaching guitar to my son for the past few months and I must say that, it has been great so far. Ben teaches various techniques which I see no other previous guitar instructor has stressed upon earlier and they are must for guitarist in order to develop good habits from the start. He makes sure in every class that my son is playing the guitar with correct form and technique. He's good with kids and makes sure they are comfortable and understanding the instructions. I always tell my son to learn as much as possible from Ben, he's a good teacher and willing to share his knowledge. Recently started piano classes as well for my daughter and so far going great. She's liking them. Definitely recommend if any one wants to learn music from Ben. At least give him a try."
"I had been meaning to get piano lessons for my oldest for a while and when I found Ben's ad on Yelp I sent him a message. He responded quickly and was able to fit us in at a time which worked perfectly for the both of us. He is very patient with my daughter and she has shown so much improvement over such a short amount of time. I can't believe how quickly she is picking things up and enjoying playing. She constantly makes up new songs throughout the day, adding to them and seems genuinely interested in continuing. He even likes to help her create new music to keep her interested. A much better experience than I had when I was younger. I am so glad we found Ben."