Music is and has always been an intrinsic part of the working person’s life. But the only thing more fun than listening and learning about it is being able to play your favourite songs on an instrument.
It doesn’t matter what instrument you play, as long as you care about it and you’re having fun learning it. Here are 5 ways learning an instrument can benefit your work life.
1. Developing patience is a valuable skill
If you’ve never taken your hand to music, just a heads up, it’s not easy. It takes patience and understanding, directed mainly at your self. Many people give up their musical pursuits after getting overly frustrated at themselves but with a little determination and grit, you’ll be able to achieve the level of proficiency you always dreamed of and develop a universal skill.
2. Like taking your fingers to the gym
This one sounds kind of silly but by frequently practicing your guitar/piano/tuba scales you will build a new level of dexterity and strength in your fingers. Spend 6 months learning an instrument and see how much quicker your average type-speed will become.
3. Injects a little fulfilment into your life
A lot of people find themselves getting into an after-work routine that doesn’t utilise the time very efficiently. By having an instrument lying around and the desire to improve you can swap a night of TV marathoning to an adventurous and wholly fulfilling creative exploration.
4. Opens doors of opportunity
The multi-talented and much-cherished American TV host, Conan O’Brien, once told a story about being a lonely, young comedy writer in LA. He said everyday he would go home alone and strum his guitar all night. 20 years later, as well as being a successful presenter, Conan has toured the US with his band and released an album on Jack White’s record label – opportunities can come at any time so be prepared.
5. Incorporate it into your lunchtime routine
There’s no reason you can’t bring your instrument to work (unless you’re learning to harp) and finding somewhere secluded to practice during your lunch hour. If you’re learning on a more heavy-duty piece of kit like drums or piano, music shops often have practice rooms which you can rent for a low-price – there’s no excuse not to practice.