I played violin in the school orchestra for a number of years. But, after a while, I got asked if I wanted to play the viola instead. I like to think it’s because I was so skilled that they knew I could handle the change in clef. But, deep down I know it was because they didn’t want people to hear the horrendous racket I made.
But anyway, the viola is a dull instrument to play in an orchestra, and it wasn’t long before I packed up music altogether. My folks told me I would regret it. I laughed.
But they were right.
When you quit music as a kid, it can be hard to take it up again. You’ve got to get through college, find your way into work, and spend all of your money on stupid things. And then, one day, you’ll wake up with seven or eight kids bouncing on your lap and wonder where all the time went.
However, there’s still time to get back into music. Here are some suggestions how you can get started again.
There are hundreds of music programs out there that you can just load up on to your computer, press a few buttons and make all sorts of noises. Some of them might even sound good. From the higher end of the scale, you have software like ProTools and Ableton Live, but there is also a load of cheap, open source music programs like Audacity and Reaper. In fact, it’s never been cheaper than to start composing and making tunes in your bedroom than it is now.
Pick Up An Instrument
The one downside to all music software is that it can take a long time to master. Sure, you’ll soon be making cool-sounding four-bar loops, but beyond that it takes a lot of dedication. Picking up your old instrument will give you a much quicker return if you are looking for instant satisfaction. I had guitar lessons when I was younger, too, and, even though, my brain is forgetful these days, the muscle memory is still there. You will be surprised how quickly you can get things started again.
Get Some Lessons
If you want to take things further than just messing around with a keyboard or a set of drums, then look into getting lessons. After many years out of music, I did just that with the guys from Bespoke Music Tuition. Having a guiding hand and a dedicated plan to follow is going to get you further than attempting to recreate the Beat It riff for the six-thousandth time. Even if it’s just a few sessions to sort out your technique, I can thoroughly recommend finding a tutor wherever you live. Invest a little, and get a great deal back.
Hope this has helped give you a little spark into getting back into music again. OK, so your dreams of filling Wembley Stadium may have died, but the Dog and Duck will always be there for open mic nights. Best of luck!