So you’ve always wanted to learn an instrument but you say to yourself “why bother now?” Well the answer to that is, why not?

Old School Piano lesson

Even if you don’t want to learn an instrument, it might be a good time to start. Taking up a new hobby that requires some true time investment is great in a therapeutic sense. You go through the learning process and as you continue you feel more confident. Learning is one way to achieve self improvement after you experience major changes in your life. You go through a process of self discovery and on the other end you feel good about even the smallest of accomplishments. Check out dealwithstress.com’s list of other hobbies people take up to relieve stress.

I myself wanted to learn guitar about a year and a half ago. Instead of worrying about how long it would take to get good I followed some online lessons and made sure to play at least a little bit every day. Within a few months I was cranking out some of my favorite songs and loving it all the way through.

If you’re ever having “one of those days” coming home and tearing up an instrument for 20-30 minutes will turn your negative energy into something a little more positive. How do you think all the great albums of our time were made? (aside from drugs)

Online tutorials are the way to go. I went to about.com and found a set of guitar lessons right away. By the end of two sessions I could play the main riff to “Looking Out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Of course a guitar is not your only option. Below is a list of other websites that will help you get started on any instrument right away. Don’t be afraid, just jump in and enjoy the ride.

Piano

Violin

Harmonica

Still not convinced? Heres a video lesson that anyone can pick up on.

-Josh Kruk

(image courtesy of Tetyanakuliush.com)

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