This year for in-depth, I have decided to finally attempt to learn a musical instrument, despite my laughable musical skill. I hope to reach a point where I can confidently play it, and at the time of writing this post, I can play twinkle, twinkle little star! But I can tell it will be a very steep upwards climb, that I am nevertheless willing to take.
I have a few main reasons why I want to try learning guitar. First of all, I want to create a new pastime for myself, when I don’t have anything else to do. Usually I would go read, play video games, or talk to friends, but I really want a new hobby that wouldn’t require me to stay in front of my laptop many hours per day, to help my brain development and just create some self-control. Music can also be a wonderful tool to destress when I am being swamped by a task, or multiple tasks. Instead of procrastinating until I’m out of time, I can give my mind a quick break, play some relaxing songs, then hop back onto the computer to continue my work. Music can have very strong effects on my mental state and mood and being able to play it would allow me to directly control my stress levels and could be a very valuable tool in the future. I would also love to learn music as a social activity, where I could meet with other players, and make new friends. The music community is very large, and there would be no shortage of people to meet and interact with. Finally, I really want to create some kind of musical talent within myself, as I feel horrible that my passion for music has absolutely no outlets. I want to be able to express myself through music, and because I don’t have a good singing voice, and my piano skills are just as bad, I’m hoping guitar will allow a new outlet.
For my mentor, I am sending emails to the Port Moody Arts Centre, and multiple musical studios around the community to try and get in touch with a mentor. My only worry is that if I am getting a mentor from a studio that gives payed lessons, they may only accept mentorship IF they get payed If that’s the case, then I will have to find an alternate source of a mentor, such as a parent or friend of a family within talons.
To end off my years in TALONS, I’m determined to achieve my goal, to learn the guitar. Last year was my warm up, but this year is the home stretch, it will be one of my last chances to explore an area of interest within talons, and possibly even my life, as my schedule will only get busier as I get older. I will accomplish this goal. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” Winston Churchill claims. I will prove him right, despite my massive lack of skill in music, I am determined to make my final in-depth work.