Music has an impact on all of us. Even if we aren’t big music lovers, if a song comes on the radio or features in a particular television advert, we feel compelled to find the off switch or change the channel.
On a personal level, music has always been a major part of my life. Today, I can talk about music for hours with people that I only met literally five minutes ago. At the same time, I am more than happy to lock myself in a room and listen to some of the greatest music ever written when I have a day with nothing planned.
My Musical Introduction
My earliest memory from my life is of music. My parents weren’t huge music lovers, but there was always something playing in the car to keep me entertained and to drown out what I thought was my helpful ‘are we there yet?’ line of questioning.
The first song I ever remember hearing was the song ‘Africa’ by Toto. It wasn’t a particularly remarkable track; even today, I like it, but there is nothing especially ‘standout’ about it, except perhaps that it has recently been introduced to a new, younger audience owing to a play on BBC Top Gear a few months ago.
Many people discover music because it is a solace from problems in their life. For me it has always been something I have enjoyed, and it stops and ends there. I often wonder whether I’d be a better musician or feel more connected to the music if I had some sort of emotional attachment to it. Don’t get me wrong,
I’m not saying I wish I had to use music to escape from warring or abusive parents, but I often marvel at those who did use music as a remedy and convey their feeling so powerfully today.
It didn’t take too long for me to start playing musical instruments. My parents didn’t make the mistake of buying a drum kit, but I did have a keyboard from the age of seven, before moving onto the guitar in my teenage years.
Me and Music Today
I have been fortunate enough for music to become my career, as I’m now a personal tutor and session guitarist for several bands around the UK. That said, I firmly believe that one of the defining features of music is that you never stop learning.
Even though people pay me to teach them how to play guitar, I still use resources such as Pro Music Tutor to further hone my craft and pick up any tricks or techniques that I might not use anymore, or might never have learned in the first place. Such is the curse of the self-trained man in any industry; that they don’t know what they don’t know.
Music is a huge part of my life, and I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to enjoy various genres and instruments, and make a living from doing so in many respects. If your ambition is to do what you love, whether that is music or something else, then I recommend you do so wholeheartedly.