I saw the little motivational quote you see pictured and said, “Wow, that is so true”.
It’s very true for a lot of individuals in life, especially the older we get. As we age, we become more influenced by the people surrounding us or we get caught up in the other priorities that take up our time. We often times get caught up in the fact that society tells us we get “washed up” as we age, but that is far from the truth.
A large number of the students I teach are over the age of 50. Actually, I would say throughout my teaching career, at least 50% of my students were over the age of 40.
These are the commons concerns or thoughts shared by these students:
1. I think I’m too old to start
2. I wish I had done this 20 years ago
3. I’m not confident playing/singing in front of someone else
4. I’m afraid I’ll embarrass myself
5. What if I’m not good enough to do this
6. My last teacher said this wasn’t for me
This is ALWAYS followed by a but…
…But, I really love [music, guitar, singing, etc].
I’ll Do It Later Becomes Never
At first you say, I’m going to do this next week. A week becomes a month, a month becomes a year and as soon as you know it, a decade has gone by and you are no closer to where you wanted to be in life. This goes for anything in life, not just learning music.
Most people never reach their dreams of their full potential because they never officially made a commitment to do so. If you have read my article on setting goals, you know that an important part of being successful is that you need to set goals that have measurable results and a deadline. Without a deadline, we have nothing to hold us accountable.
That’s part of taking music lessons. We promise to hold you accountable for the results you want to achieve.
If you are not ready to make a commitment to music lessons quite yet because life is hectic or the kids just aren’t old enough yet, make a commitment to say, “I’m going to learn to play an instrument or sing by [insert month and year].” Give yourself a date and commit to it no matter what.
Don’t allow “later” to become “never”. Make the commitment today to reach your full potential in life. You may be surprised by the results.
If you have read any of my other articles, you will know that I am a big supporter of hard work and commitment. If you would like help with creating more time in your life, check out my article on “15 minutes To Success – Creating More Time In Your Life“
The following article was adapted from "Top 10 Barriers to Success with Guitar" written by Chad Crawford owner of the Palmetto Music Institute. Chad is an amazing guitar teacher that I have gotten to know personally who teaches in Greenville in South Carolina #1 -...
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“Jayleanna now enjoys singing in front of large crowds which before she started taking lessons she never did. She has definitely come out of her shell thanks to singing lessons.
My daughter Jayleanna, age 8, has been studying vocal lessons since January of 2014 so only 3 months. I invested money in her taking lessons because I thought I was being biased when I would say she has a great voice but then others started telling me the same. Jayleanna now enjoys singing in front of large crowds which before she started taking lessons she never did. She has definitely come out of her shell thanks to singing lessons.
LB Music School is the first place Jayleanna has taken lessons and I have emailed Lauren prior to just let her know we are so happy. Her teacher shows she cares for Jayleanna. I hear the conversation they have on the recorded CD that she gives me each lesson. She will ask about school and what she planning to do, her siblings ect. which of course as a mom makes me feel good that she not only cares about the music lesson she really wants to know my daughter .
I would for sure say that my investment is worth it. Who is worth more to invest in if not your child? I have already put the word out that LB Music School by far is a great place for children to attend for lessons. Jayleanna auditioned for the Disney channel and out of 100 children was asked to come back for a call back. She then auditioned again and only 4 children were called back and Jayleanna was one of them. She sang 2 songs for the producers and we are very excited as her family to see where this takes her. As I know one day she will be on TV. We will owe it to all her supporters including everyone at LB Music. We couldn’t be happier with everyone at LB Music School.”Jayleanna's Mom
“If you want to improve, you’re going to improve faster if you take lessons.
I’ve been playing guitar for over 20 years but I really haven’t improved much, so I decided to get some professional help…it’s been a great experience for me. If you want to improve, you’re going to improve faster if you take lessons. You can always go on the web and look things up and learn things, but your rate of improvement is going to improve if you have somebody watching you and guiding you through what you’re doing. It’s a really good investment if you are looking to step up your game and become a better player.”Todd
“I can now play songs from start to finish. I understand the different parts of a song and I am able to read music to help me understand certain parts of playing. I am able to ask questions where I could not without lessons.
I have been a music lover for many years. I retired 5 years ago and bought a drum set as I have always wanted to learn how to play the drums. I self taught myself for about 2 years before I was encouraged to start taking lessons. I finally decided to take lessons because I needed the professional to get me to the next level.
I can now play songs from start to finish. I understand the different parts of a song and I am able to read music to help me understand certain parts of playing. I am able to ask questions where I could not without lessons. Mostly when I play music on the drums I am able to perfect what I am playing to the point of playing correctly.
This is my first time taking lessons at a music school. I started with half hour every other week and have made the investment of one hour every week because I learned so much but found a half hour was not enough time in one sitting for me. I was eager to learn more because my instructor is very patient. He understands how to get the most out of me each week by pushing my skill level but doesn’t make it so difficult that I cannot handle it. He sends me home with work to practice every week to increase my talent. I enjoy practicing the work at home. I spend some portion of every day practicing which is enjoyment to me.
Yes I would definitely recommend this school. I see how far I have come with my drums over the past two years and I also enjoy Lauren the owner as well as the other staff and students I have been friendly with since I have been a student there. Most of all Michael is highly recommended, he is such a musical genius an he enjoys what he does and I see that every time I am there for my lesson.
“Last year I became interested in learning to play the guitar. So, I borrowed my father’s acoustic guitar from the 60s and decided to teach myself. The idea sounded good; however, I was not disciplined enough to do it on my own. I came across LB Music School in Medford during an online search and checked it out. Now THAT was a great idea.
My teacher is a very skillful musician and teacher and has been very patient and encouraging with me and her other music students. She progresses her students well and gives constructive advice in a delicate way. She is very open to feedback to ensure student satisfaction. She provides educational experiences, as well as open mics where students (regardless of level) can perform in front of other students. Thirteen months later, and with my new guitar, I still enjoy learning the guitar at LB Music School. I would highly recommend it to anyone of any age and musical talent level.”Lauryn
“Prior to taking lessons I knew two songs (poorly) that a friend of mine had showed me. I had no real concept of what I was doing except how to bang on the strings. Now, I have actually been asked by my friends to play!
I have been taking instruction for almost a year and a half now. I decided that if I was really interested in learning guitar I should take a few lessons. After the first lesson, I was hooked!
Prior to taking lessons I knew two songs (poorly) that a friend of mine had showed me. I had no real concept of what I was doing except how to bang on the strings. Now, I have actually been asked by my friends to play! It’s great to break out at parties and be able to play songs that everyone knows and wants to sing along with.
Several months ago I was transferred for my job and had to move to DC. I spent a month going to see three different teachers with zero success. I called LB Music School up and now me and my teacher meet via Skype each week. Her ability to teach and make the lessons fun is amazing and I am very excited that even with our distance she was able to keep instructing me.
Was my investment in lessons worth the time and money? YES!!!! Let me say that again, YES! Signing up for lessons has been a wonderful experience. My instructor takes the time to explain everything, is always prepared, and seems to have somehow tailored her teaching style just for me. My bet is that everyone feels she does that for them.”Bennett
“After 6 short months I am now playing blues chords and having a ball
About 6 months ago, I decided to finally take up learning to play guitar, which has always been a dream of mine for a number of years. I have always loved all styles of music, but in particular the Blues. After 6 short months I am now playing blues chords and having a ball. My instructor has been great! He has the right combination of skills, technique and the patience to help someone like myself who is taking up this challenge later in life to learn to play guitar. I am so glad that I made this decision and would recommend the LB Music School to anyone.”Brian
“I learned more in my first lesson than I learned in the year that I tried to teach myself! I have been taking a weekly lesson ever since and can’t believe how far I’ve come!
I have been taking guitar lessons at LB Music School for over a year now. When I first got my guitar, I tried for about a year to teach myself – using DVDs, online lessons, and computer tutorials – and after a year, I could still only play about 2 chords. A friend referred me to LB Music School. I learned more in my first lesson than I learned in the year that I tried to teach myself! I have been taking a weekly lesson ever since and can’t believe how far I’ve come! I am much more motivated to practice knowing that I have a scheduled lesson to prepare for, versus when I was trying to learn on my own. I take lessons with Lauren and she is great. She’s very patient and does a good job of teaching songs/techniques at a variety of skill levels. LB Music School also offers extras, like open mic nights for students and opportunities to play with an actual band. I would recommend LB Music School for anyone who is interested in learning how to play guitar (even if you’ve never picked one up!) or who wants to hone their skills.”Sari
“I am reliving my youth when I practice guitar and I feel successful at it now. I would highly recommend LB Music School.
My daughter began taking both singing and guitar lesson two years ago from LB Music School and is making incredible progress. Soon after my daughter, then 10, began lessons, I decided to “go for it” and try lessons myself. I looked for another teacher not wanting to “cloud the line” between my daughter’s goal to be a professional and mine to just have fun with it. The other teacher was competent, but I felt I was lacking something in my strumming on the guitar. After a couple of years, I saw how well my daughter was playing in proportion to me. I decided to ask LB Music School to teach me to play guitar.
After a few lessons, I was thrilled at how specific the lessons are and how competent I felt and still feel when I follow the thorough, yet easy steps to learning a song. I’ve learned different strumming patterns, proper hand placement and so much more. Though I may no be Keith Richards or Jimi Hendrix, I am reliving my youth when I practice guitar and I feel successful at it now. I would highly recommend LB Music School. They add the fun element to learning by holding mini showcases and jams with students a few times each year. My daughter loves getting to try out her ‘talents.”Sal