Besides finding the time to practice, and keeping to a regular schedule, I find that the hardest thing about learning music as an adult is feeling like it is this separate entity, this separate hobby, that must have clear justifications to continue.
But that’s just the thing.
It’s not a separate entity. Life is never compartmentalized like that.
For example, I was amazed at how helpful it was taking Pilates and voice lessons at the same time last fall. My breath control, my posture, and my awareness of how I was moving my voice and body all improved and made sense simply because of how integrated the principles in both activities were.
Not only has it been scientifically proven that music is good for your brain in a way that makes learning other subjects easier, like math, but I believe it is a lot like sports in the general life principles you pick up on along the way.
Probably the most obvious one is that both music and physical activity are meant to be practiced daily for a shorter amount of time then you would if you were only practicing one day a week. In the latter case, the body and brain never get a chance to sync up nor gain all the rewards of purposeful endurance and daily habits.
Music also makes reminds me to look at differences….differently.
I love this quote:
Open my heart, dear God, to the beauty of differences. Amen.
In fact, if not for differences, harmony would not exist!
Think about that. Playing different notes together in the same key provide an open end for possibilities, provide a more interesting sound, whereas simply plunking out an octave may indeed sound fuller…but the sound is final, and not nearly as rich and complex as playing two different notes.
Ah, but it is easier said than done in real life then when sitting at your always-agreeable piano, because at least the notes on a piano never forget they are in the same key….
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