Which instrument should I learn to play?

13 Jan Learn to play a musical instrument! When adults learn to play an instrument

“Practice makes perfect” - learning a musical instrument at an advanced age sounds like a big hurdle at first. But there is no question that it also has enormous added value for the personality, the brain and the motor skills and, last but not least, for the soul. Music is the key to hidden parts of our brain, releases endorphins and the applause after a successful performance is like a good cocktail. So there are many benefits to adults learning to play an instrument.

But how do I actually get to learn a musical instrument as an adult?
For many, this happens in the upheaval phase, when the children are out of the house and the structure of everyday life is slowly changing anyway. Less parenting, less shopping, less laundry growing - self-focus returns. Why not use the time you have gained to finally fulfill your dream of a musical instrument? Or take up the long-forgotten hobby again if it was already started in earlier years. Why do you actually encourage children's musicality, but not your own?

Experiences of a mother
With Dorothea Busch from Münster, it was precisely this thought that brought her to play the saxophone, because her daughter took weekly saxophone lessons. When a stay abroad in the 10th grade was planned, the de-registration for the lessons was almost already written. Then Dorothea Busch came up with an idea: Why cancel the lessons and risk that the daughter might not go back to work after her stay. Why don't I just go there myself and keep the hour warm with it. With this in mind, she found the saxophone teacher open arms and less than 2 weeks later, Ms. Busch was standing in the music room of a school in the afternoon. Neon tubes, linoleum floors, the smell of chalk. "Somehow you feel many years younger" is how Dorothea describes the recurring feeling. The saxophone in front of your chest and then just blow. The first notes come straight away. The saxophone is a great instrument - whether for beginners or advanced players. Dorothea Busch has never played an instrument, at the beginning she could not read any notes and the fingerings were all new. In the meantime, the jazz pieces and blue scales are pretty easy to handle. Making music in a group, organized by the saxophone teacher, has also brought new friendships with it and spreads a positive feeling.

The social environment also benefits from making music
Even if it sometimes sounds a little wrong in the group or if an assignment is missed - laugh together at the mistakes and move on. "We are a colorful group between the ages of 35 and 65 and from very different professional groups". People now meet not only to make music, but also to go to concerts together or just to go out to eat. Even when Dorothea Busch had to take a longer saxophone break, she was still there at the meetings. Social contacts are particularly important as people get older. When the children are out of the house and everyday life is restructured, things can quickly become very quiet. Learning to play an instrument at the age of 50 and up is therefore doubly worthwhile. Especially in old age when you talk about the “bones starting to rust” you train your brain and motor skills with an instrument and you maintain your dexterity. An age-appropriate approach is extremely important. Just try out different instruments and then choose the instrument you want, says Hendrik Vollmer from Instrument Service.

Which instrument is right for me?
Before making a purchase decision, you should be sure that you enjoy the selected instrument and that your motor skills are able to play this instrument. Musical instruments can be rented from the Hendrik Vollmer instrument service with a short notice period of 4 weeks. An instrument exchange is also possible at any time. It was precisely with this concept that Dorothea Busch came to her saxophone, because the daughter took her instrument abroad with her. She then sought advice from Hendrik Vollmer in Rosendahl and rented her personal dream instrument. "It is not important that you learn to drive directly in a Porsche, a solid Golf is enough." It is exactly the same when learning a musical instrument. Vollmer comments on the basis of his many years of experience. With a network of musicologists, instrument makers and educators, he made a targeted selection of rental instruments. Especially at the beginning of the musical training, a simple approach and a certain "insensitivity" of the instrument is extremely important. Ms. Busch is consistently satisfied with the service provided by the instrument service and the entire team. "After a few months I wanted to try my hand at the tenor saxophone to find out if I like it better." The short-term exchange of instruments was not a problem. In fact, Ms. Busch stayed with the tenor saxophone, because the deeper sound simply blew her away. She now plays on her own instrument, which she also acquired through the instrument service. Hendrik Vollmer also notices that in recent years more and more senior citizens have asked him. “I think that musical training can enrich everyday life, especially in old age”. However, all tenants and musicians have one thing in common - you will not get any further without regular training, because "practice makes perfect".

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