MUSIC AS A HOBBY
Music takes practice, practice and when you reach your limits, you practice more. A study in the Scientific American found that by the age of 20 elite musicians had practiced an average of 10,000 hours. This study coined the phrase the “10,000 Hour Rule. Very few hobbies concentrate on this one thing – persistence. The biggest reason people follow this path is because they enjoy it.
a. Are Music Skills Inherited?
Many believe that musical ability is an inherited trait. However, the Scientific American journal cited studies that suggest that it may not be true. Those who get a leg up on musical predisposition are more related to the amount of practice that their parents did. In a study of 10,000 identical Swedish twins, the propensity to practice was 40 to 70% inheritable.
Hence those who have a propensity to jump into music, might be the result of the parent’s work ethic more than the parent’s musical skills.
b. What Instrument Should you Select
The next issue is what musical instrument should you select. That is a great question. It should be personal and directed to what brings the greatest pleasure. Economics is not the question unless you want to choose a vocation. With respect to hobby the question relates to personal enjoyment. It would be better to select a harmonica if that brings the greatest pleasure over a base guitar which often has the greatest economic demand. Another consideration is whether the instrument can play chords and notes. A guitar can play chords or notes, but not simultaneously. The piano is one instrument that can play everything. In the olden days the piano was too bulky to take camping. But, with the advance of the battery powered keyboard, that is no longer a problem.
Musical memory can last a life time. In fact, music is retained by Alzheimer’s patients even when they do not recall the day, week or where they are. Play a song for a group of unresponsive Alzheimer patients and soon they will begin tapping their feet and the exhibiting the all telling smile. A sleeping guitar player on his death bed moved his fingers when a song played in the background. A closer look showed that he was playing chords and plucking strings to the music.
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c. Playing an Instrument is not required to enjoy Music as a Hobby.
Music as a hobby does not mean you have to play an instrument. Many people collect music memorabilia. This includes record, musical instruments, microphones, postcards, placards, sheet music, jackets, etc. The black Stratocaster guitar was sold for 3.9 million in 2019. A Steinway Tadema piano sold for 1.2 million in 1997. The Beatles vinyl record of ‘Sgt Pepper’s Long Hearts Club Band” signed by all four sold for $290,000. Elvis Presley’s vinyl record of “My Happiness” sold for $300,000.