Music is the universal language. So if you’re looking for a new hobby during the pandemic, here’s three reasons why music should be your first shot.
There’s something special about hearing music played well. It can instantly transport us into another place, such as a place of tranquillity if we listen to something classical, or a distant moment from the time we have lived if we listen to something that we remember from our youth. Music can evoke a lot of feelings inside of us, and for some, that can include the yearning to pick up an instrument and play something.
So, what about you? Have you ever had the desire to sit at a piano with a copy of Beethoven’s Fur Elise sheet music? Or have you ever wanted to rock the night away with an electric guitar? If so, consider making music your next hobby. There are reasons why you should, including the fact that you should always try to fulfill your creative impulses.
#1: Making music can be good for your health
Playing music requires focus, which is helpful when you have a lot of stresses weighing you down. For those minutes or hours where you sit practicing your instrument, you will quickly forget the things that were bothering you. We have already discussed how a violin has mental benefits, and the same applies to any number of instruments. And as well as distracting yourself from your troublesome thoughts, you might also elevate your mood because of the music you play. A soulful piece can calm and relax you, and a more rousing piece can elevate your mood and make your heart dance (not literally). Of course, you could also beat the anger and frustration out of your system by beating down on some drums, so consider that option if you have the space to do so.
#2: You can improve your social life when making music
Making music doesn’t have to be a solo hobby. If you join any kind of music class, you will meet like-minded people like you. You could also join an orchestra or a band when you have the skills needed, so you could meet people that way too. Of course, creating a social life for yourself doesn’t have to hinge around making music – there are lots of ways to meet new people – but it’s a handy bonus, especially when it means you will meet people who share your creative passions.
#3: You can turn your hobby into a money-maker
Here’s the thing. It would be wrong to get into music purely to make money, as you do need the heart and passion to play. There are all kinds of ways to make money in this world, so don’t let the dollar signs in your eyes be your motivation. But it’s nice to know that you can turn this creative pastime into a money-maker, as there are all kinds of opportunities open to you. You could make money playing gigs or by teaching others. If you found the opportunity, you could align yourself with a music producer. You could also monetize your music online. These are just a few examples, but you will probably be able to think of more.
There are all kinds of reasons why you should consider making music as your next hobby. So if you have ever wanted to pursue this creative pursuit, let our suggestions be an incentive to you, especially if playing music appeals to you.