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Learn to play an instrument when you are over 40? Why it's worth it!

Learning to play an instrument when you are over 40? Why it is worth it!

Those who have not yet learned an instrument often ask themselves the question: Now I'm over 40 - is it still worth it? Yes, definitely! Because learning to play an instrument has numerous advantages at any age. Just a few decades ago it was rather unusual not to master any instrument. In the meantime, however, making music has become a rare leisure activity - also thanks to digital progress, because today's young people prefer to play Playstation or chat with friends via messenger on their smartphones instead of picking up the guitar or sitting at the piano .

According to a study, only 1.99 percent across Germany played an instrument several times a week in 2020. People aged 14 and over were interviewed. The number has leveled off at a very low level since 2016. Even if only a few people play an instrument, there is still a chance that many households will have one. So maybe the son was given a guitar for his birthday that he hasn't played for years. So this is a great way to grab these and learn the instrument - all you have to do is pull yourself up!

Learning to play a musical instrument is getting easier and easier

Thanks to the Internet and platforms like YouTube, it's becoming easy to learn a musical instrument and teach yourself to do it for free. For example, you can practice guitar whenever you have half an hour and an Internet connection. There are also numerous paid courses on the Internet that make music lessons independent of time and location. So it would actually be logical for more and more people to learn an instrument. Experts have so far disagreed about why the development is the opposite. For you, however, this means: If you are thinking of learning a (new) instrument after all or brushing up on your childhood skills, you should definitely do so - even if you are over 40!

Making music as anti-aging for the brain

Most assume that making music only has positive effects on children, whether it helps with learning difficulties or supports language development. However, this does not mean that learning to play a musical instrument does not also have positive effects on adults.

On the contrary: making music can reduce signs of aging and thus acts as a kind of natural anti-aging for the human brain. Another study found that people who regularly play a musical instrument well into old age have a better memory. Furthermore, their speech understanding is above average, even with high levels of noise, which, according to the researchers, is due to the improved neural connections in the brain that arise when playing an instrument. It doesn't really matter which one it is. In the end, you are free to choose which musical instrument suits you best.

Which instrument is best for people over 40 years of age?

There are many possibilities: guitar, piano, trumpet, drums, saxophone - there is certainly the right choice for every taste. In principle, even if you are over 40 or even over 80, you can still learn any of these instruments at any time, no question about it. So choose which one suits you best. The very process of learning something new has a positive influence on your brain, regardless of the type of instrument. Nevertheless, there are some instruments that are particularly popular with the 40-plus generations and present them:

  • Piano: In fact, in many German households there is an unused piano in the corner - which is a shame due to the size of the instrument alone. Anyone who owns a piano should rather actively strum on it - anything else would be a waste of space! If, on the other hand, you do not yet have a piano and you have to buy a new instrument, a keyboard may also be considered, which offers a significantly greater musical variation due to its effects and special functions. So who is the classic good for and who is the electronic version useful? Everyone has to decide for themselves. The fact is: The piano promotes coordination and at the same time has a stress-reducing effect. The nice thing about the piano is that it can also be played in pairs, for example together with the child.
     
  • Guitar: The guitar is the most popular musical instrument among Germans. This is simply due to the fact that numerous different styles of music can be played with the guitar, so that every individual taste is served. Depending on what you are looking for, you can choose either the classical guitar, the concert guitar or the electronic version. The effects of the electric guitar make it an extremely versatile instrument with many different design options - be it rock, pop, classical or country. With the guitar you are also mobile and you can create the right atmosphere around the campfire in the evening or one day fulfill your dream of still playing in your own band.
     
  • Accordion: In fact, the accordion is still extremely popular with many age groups. Not everyone may like its sound, but anyone who likes the accordion will find it an excellent instrument. At least as far as anti-aging is concerned, because the accordion is one of the most difficult instruments and so you have looked for a real challenge. With a lot of practice, however, you will certainly master these too!
     
  • Drums: Men in particular can really let off steam on the drums, but more and more women over 40 are fulfilling this childhood dream. That's a good thing, because with the drums not only the hands but also the feet have to be coordinated - a perfect anti-aging workout and you burn calories at the same time.
     
  • Violin: Anyone who still wants to learn the violin at the age of over 40 has chosen a real mammoth task. The violin is considered to be one of the heaviest instruments, but if you have a heart for classical music, you shouldn't be put off by it. Here, too, the following applies: the greater the challenge, the better the (sustainable) anti-aging effects. So go ahead!
     
  • Flute: However, if you want to make music with your children, you can also fall back on a real classic: the flute, be it as a recorder or transverse flute. Learning an instrument together can thus strengthen the parent-child bond - and it is also simply fun.

Conclusion: With over 40 years the (musical) world is open to you!

Don't let that put you off. Even if you are over 40, you can still learn a musical instrument without any problems. You don't need a special talent for this, but you should be patient. In contrast to your children, you will need a little longer to acquire new skills and to master the instrument inside out. But once you have mastered the challenge, you have not only done your brain a big favor, but above all you will be proud of yourself and gain self-confidence. So be it classic in music school or modern via YouTube: Fulfill your dream of playing the piano, guitar or any other instrument. If you have children, you can set a good example and make music a shared hobby for the whole family from which everyone involved benefits.