I recently decided it would be a good idea to learn to play guitar. While it's never to late to learn a new skill, it a well known fact that you learn new skills more easily when you're younger. At 22 I wouldn't consider myself old, but my window for learning is getting smaller as each day passes.
There are amy scientific reason for learning to play an instrument, but honestly, who wants to sit and read random facts and figures for the next few minutes. Instead, I'd like to focus on some let us say non-scientific reasons for learning an instrument.
Playing An Instrument Is Fun
Okay, okay I already know what you thinking, "Playing an instrument isn't fun, it hard!" Well, you're right. It is hard. Starting a new thing is always hard. Think about something you enjoy. Are you really good at it? Now, think about the first time you tried it. Was it difficult? Most likely it was. The point here is that just because something is difficult, doesn't mean it can't be fun as well. Once you learn the basics, and you're able to make some music, you'll start to have a great time with your instrument. You may start a band, or distribute your music online. It's a great way to meet some new people, and feel a real sense of community.
You'll Feel Less Stressed
Everyone has stress in their lives. This stress takes on different forms depending on the person, and the things around them. A great way to manage stress is picking up your instrument. You'll often find that pounding out a new song on your guitar, or tackling a difficult piece on the piano will make you feel a tot better. Listen to your favorite music can be very relaxing, and playing some of your favorite music will be all the more effective. If nothing else, you'll be so distracted with playing your instrument you'll completely forget about being stressed.
Your Brain Will Grow To Epic Proportions
Well that statement may be a little dramatic, but learning an instrument will make you smarter. Learning an instrument exercises various parts of your brain helping your memory and concentration. This is especially useful for those boring days in class or at work. I know I sure could use some extra concentration! Learning an instrument will also help you become more disciplined. Even if you aren't great at you instrument, the ability to keep working at it will prove helpful in other areas.
##You'll Become An Overall Awesome Person
I'm sure you've figured that out by now, but just in case you haven't here you go. Playing an instrument makes you awesome. Musicians gain confidence, they have creative skills and discipline, and they participate in a vast an immersive community.