11 things they haven’t told you about learning a musical instrument



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

11 things they haven’t told you about learning a musical instrument.


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

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 🤷‍♀️

  1. You will not be able to play perfectly immediately

    It’s best to start with the basics. One step after another …

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  2. Everyone will expect you to play flawlessly immediately

    No matter how hard you protest, everyone you know will assume that just because you’ve started learning an instrument, you’ll be a wonder from the start. To everyone, you are the Von Trapp children.

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

  3. No matter how early you start, there is always someone more amazing than you

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

  4. There are a lot of rules to learn

    Just because Jimmy Page uses a violin bow on a guitar doesn’t mean you can. And don’t think you can get away with your 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 amazing sound the moment they pick up a new instrument, but don’t get too excited. The practice is difficult. It takes a lot of effort and dedication. Most of the time, especially at first, 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 paperclip?

    What a chance to show your friends how versatile the trombone is! It’s not just about comedy noises and the Jonny Briggs theme song, is it? Wrong. 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 cycling home or taking the scenic route on foot will be shattered as soon as you strap that double bassoon 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 this?” “

  10. Eventually you’ll join any ensemble, and that’s where the fun really starts.

    “Do you want to come have a drink tonight?” “
    “I can’t. Rehearsal.”

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  11. It’s easy to give up

    But really, you shouldn’t. Harness your grip. Keep going up and down these ladders and doing these exercises. Like everything, practice makes perfect, and the joy you give others with your playing will ultimately make the whole effort completely worth it.


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