Children may have an easier time learning a musical instrument, but all adults need to spark competence in an instrument is an interest in an instrument they enjoy hearing others play. Think of one of your favorite pieces of music and use the beauty, rhythm, and emotion invoked by one of your favorite songs, and use it as a motivator. You might never become the next Beethoven, but that’s not the point. The point is to learn something new and creative.
Youngsters enrolled in band are required to practice 30 to 60 minutes every day, while adults have jobs to maintain and families to provide for. Even so, if force yourself to practice your instrument for at least one hour, you will improve. Reserve time on the weekends if you must.
Finally, take your time. Adults are goal-oriented and tend to leap over steps in a process in order to achieve a result faster. Invest in a beginner’s music book for your instrument of choice and follow every lesson to the letter. Eventually, those lessons will become ingrained and form a solid foundation you’ll need later on.
About the Author
Anthony Freddura serves MultiPlan, Inc., as a contract senior business systems analyst. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar for worship services and retreats hosted by Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Anthony Freddura, a senior systems business analyst for the Massachusetts health care cost-management company MultiPlan, Inc., not only leads multiple strategic initiatives but is instrumental in the development of those initiatives’ documentation, a critical but often overlooked aspect of digital business solutions. A graduate of Massachusetts’ Stonehill College, he has worked for such firms as Brown Brothers Harriman, Fidelity Investments, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Genentech, and Iron Mountain. Anthony Freddura enjoys a broad range of interests outside the office and enthusiastically participates in the music ministry of the Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Although little is known about the music at the time of Christ, evidence suggests it was simple, presented as a single melody, sometimes accompanied by a drum. After Jesus’ time and the development of Christianity into a power in Europe, most music was developed for the church and was meant to complement Jesus’ message and the church’s teachings.
Musical expression developed over time and became more sophisticated, while retaining its melodic simplicity. A good example of this is the famous chants of the Gregorian monks. Another major development, which came about in the mid-1100s, was polyphony, or the simultaneous playing of two separate melodies. This style of music can be traced to a single composer, a Frenchman named Leonin, who worked for the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
While modern congregations might consider polyphony staid or quaint, it aroused a great deal of controversy in its time. Many objected, insisting that the new approach placed more importance on the music than on the underlying Christian message. Polyphony was too flashy, they said, and the controversy continued for hundreds of years. In his blog, Anthony Freddura points out an interesting parallel between Leonin’s invention and the more recent adoption by Christian congregations of rock music. This experimentation with rock music as a way of appealing to younger congregants met with controversy and outright hostility from some, but gained general acceptance in far less than the hundreds of years it took for the controversy surrounding polyphony to diminish.