Punk is musical freedom.
It’s saying, doing and playing what you want.
In Webster’s terms,
‘nirvana’ means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world,
and that’s pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.
(and yes, all those instruments are mine.)
I never really got into music until I was in about 5th grade. Ever since then I have loved it. I always wanted to be in a band, and be rich and famous and have like 3 hot tubs in my house. The only problem was I couldn’t play anything.
So I decided I would try guitar first (this was when I was about 11 1/2.). I couldn’t stay focused, and I just didn’t have any motivation to practice. So I gave up on that. About a year later my dad got a full drum set for himself. I couldn’t stay focused on that either. So I gave up on instruments for about a year, until like October of 7th grade.
One day I said to myself, “I’m going to do this today.” I got my mom’s Yamaha Acoustic from our attic and kept practicing and practicing, using YouTube videos and books, and one day I realized, “I’m doing this now. I can finally do it.”
A year and a half later, I’m playing Acoustic and Electric guitar, ukulele, and keyboard.
But that’s enough about me. Here’s why YOU should learn an instrument.
1. It Teaches You Commitment and Discipline.
In order to learn an instrument, you have to WANT to do it. And in order to do it, you need to be committed. You have to KNOW that in order to get anywhere you have to practice.
2. It Improves Coordination.
In order to play strings, you have to be able to fret things and strum. For keyboard or piano, you need to be able to have your fingers doing different things. Drums, you need two hands AND your foot. Get it?
3. It Can Improve Social Life.
You can meet other people that play instruments and start a band or something, you could play at parties and have people all over you, or it can just be a conversation starter.
4. It’s Fun to Do and Addictive.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a song on the radio and gone “Ohmygawd I need to learn this”. After a while of playing, it starts to become the only thing you think of.
4.5 It improves math skills. (Controversial)
So apparently many studies have been performed and scientists say that learning an instrument makes you better at math. I disagree however, because I am not what you would call amazing at math. But maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m an alien.
5. It Gives You A Great Sense of Accomplishment.
The first song I learned on guitar was ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ by Green Day, and after I learned it, I felt awesome, despite it being like the easiest song ever. But even today, whenever I learn a new song I’m like “I am awesome.”
So there you go. Those reasons should be enough to have you jumping out of your pants to learn an instrument (I don’t know if that made sense. You know what I mean). If you don’t want to spend a fortune, here are some good but cheap ukeleles (I have a baby blue mahalo uke that only cost $20 and it works great) and guitars.
So yeah. Uh…..Have a good day! Eat your vegetables!