Cure Your September Blues, Learn to Play an Instrument

Why you should learn to play an instrument NOW

September is back, with loads of stress, unread emails, dirty dishes, unpaid bills and missing documents – all leftovers of your summer procrastination.
All your free time is spent waiting in line – for scholarship certificate, for your RAMQ card, for school books, your OPUS card, your coffee, your metro, your sandwich or your doctor’s appointment – and sneezing because it’s 15°C and you can’t resolve to give up on wearing shorts.
No wonder the city seems to be the arena for a bad-mood competition.

Yes, September sucks. It sucks because you have to move your ass and put your life back on track. But now, say goodbye to the cute terrace at the corner of the street, to your flip-flops and your laziness, and start making the best of this month.

September is also the time of the year when you can make true resolutions. You just got a new agenda and in the last few weeks of vacations you managed to get full nights of sleep.
You are young, vibrant, awesome, and full of potential (yes, I’m really trying to motivate you here – if you’re not convinced, you are also beautiful, funny, brilliant and a dancing queen).

So if you don’t already play an instrument, here is my suggestion: learn. Open your agenda, plan at least 30 minutes per day to practice, and trust me in a year you’ll – literally – rock.

Of course, there are a few questions you’re probably asking yourself:

Why should you learn to play an instrument?
1. You love listening to music. Now learn how to make your own.
2. Sexyness. It’ll boost your charm by 200% (however, please avoid singing if you know you’re terrible).
3. Apparently, it also makes you smarter by boosting your memory capacity, your creativity, and more.
4. It is extremely relaxing.

Is it hard?
Well, we’re not all born like Jimmy Hendrix with a guitar in our hands. So yes, it is hard work, but rewarding. Also, it depends of the instrument.

So which instruments are best to start with?
Easiest/faster results:
1. Guitar. No need for music theory at the start and a lot of resources online. Also, it’s cheap.
2. Drums. As guitar, you can rely more on intuition than music theory. Though, investing in a drum is pretty expensive.
To avoid:
1. Violin. Not only it is hard to learn and expensive, but it is also painful. Unless you master it (will take you about 15 years), it sounds like a baby screaming.
2. Accordion. Hard to learn, expensive and honestly, obsolete.

If after all you still feel too untalented and clumsy to ever be able to produce a decent sound, remember: if this guy can do it, you can.

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