September 22, 2023

By Luke Hamilton

Staff Writer

Learning an instrument is a difficult process. It takes hours of practice and is a skill that develops over many years in order to master a multitude of scales.

It is easy to lose motivation because becoming skilled at playing the instrument is a long process.

Musicians at California Baptist University said motivation is an important part of the process.

“You should know if you have passion to learn the instrument,” said Kyei Han Ko, history major and pianist who works as an accompanist and youth worship leader. “If you do not, the likelihood you will enjoy the process of learning will be hard and long.”

Ko said anyone can feel comfortable learning about music at any level.

“You do not have to be a music major to learn classical instruments,” Ko said. However, Ko does not hide the fact that learning a new musical instrument can be hard work.

“Expect to put a lot of time into practicing,” Ko said. “Without practice, you cannot expect to become good at learning and playing.”

The time spent practicing can be daunting for a beginner and many people let that get in the way of picking up an instrument.

While starting something new can often be frustrating and overwhelming, everyone started somewhere and with determination, learning to play an instrument has the possibility of being rewarding.

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