11 things they didn’t tell you about learning a musical instrument

June 11, 2020, 11:34 | Updated: June 11, 2020, 11:44

11 things they didn’t tell you about learning a musical instrument.


Take an instrument? Awesome! But beware, it’s not as simple as you might think…

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 🤷‍♀️

  1. You will not be able to play perfectly immediately

    Better to start with the basics. One step after another…

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  2. Everyone will expect you to play perfectly immediately

    No matter how much you protest, everyone you know will assume that it’s only because you started learning an instrument that you’ll be a prodigy from the start. In everyone’s eyes, you are the Von Trapp children.

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    … or make a party piece on demand, like this:

  3. No matter how young you start, there’s always someone more prodigious than you.

    You really think you’re making progress, mastering scales and arpeggios, maybe even a few small Level 1 pieces under your belt… and then you see something like this:

  4. There are many rules to learn

    Just because Jimmy Page uses a violin bow on a guitar doesn’t mean you can too. And don’t think you can get away with it shirtless on stage, either. See also: Nigel Kennedy’s concert outfit.

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  5. Your practice will seem terrible at first

    Everyone wants to sound amazing from the moment they pick up a new instrument, but don’t get too excited. Practice is difficult. It takes a lot of effort and dedication. Most of the time, especially in the beginning, it sounds bad. This forces Britney Spears to do this:

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  6. Learn the guitar? Maybe the violin? Strings in general?

    Your fingers will never be able to feel anything again. Except the pain.

    sore fingers

    Sore fingers.

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  7. Oh, did you take the paper clip?

    What a chance to show your friends how versatile the trombone is! It’s not just about comic noises and Jonny Briggs melody, is it? Bad. All people want from you is this sound:

  8. Learning an Instrument Can Change Your Appearance

    Is that a love bite on your neck? No, you have started to learn the violin.

  9. You will suddenly find yourself with extra baggage

    Any dreams of biking home or taking the scenic route on foot will be dashed the moment you strap this double bass or double bass to your back. Oh, and if you’re of school age, you might want to think about preparing witty answers to the question, “What is THAT?”

  10. Eventually you’ll join some set, and that’s where the fun really begins

    “Do you want to come for a drink tonight?
    “Can’t. Repeat.”

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  11. It’s easy to give up

    But really, you shouldn’t. Harness your grip. Keep going up and down those ladders and doing those exercises. Like anything, practice makes perfect, and the joy you give others with your game will ultimately make the whole effort worthwhile.

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