Everyone wants to play an instrument or learn to sing because there’s something about music that just unites the human soul and makes everyone want to sing along. However, many of us keep our musical desires under wraps, mostly due to fear and insecurity as well as a few myths about music that keeps us from truly shining.
But this writer and musician is here to tell you that those myths are not true, and anyone, yes anyone… can sing and play music, and even make a living on it.
Myth 1: Talent makes a musician
The myth that is going to be the hardest to get people out of is the fact that you need to be talented to play an instrument or sing in a band. Talent is extremely helpful, but it is by no means the end all be all. If you research any great musician of both the present and the past, you will find that the most talented ones have to work hard.
There are often three steps to musical success, talent, drive, and passion. What people don’t tell you is that every single voice can be molded into a tune, and playing instruments is a skill that can be learned. The prevailing theory is that if you don’t sit down at a piano and instantly know what you are doing, or if you don’t have a voice that makes singing birds hide in shame, you won’t make it as a musician.
However, the other two steps are easy for anyone to do. If you have the drive and the passion to learn your instrument of choice or learn to sing and are willing to invest in yourself then you can reach the same heights as the talented people. Talent helps, don’t get me wrong, but it is a benefit that some people have.
It is not an indication that those who are naturally talented can do any better than the other people who are less talented.
Myth 2: There’s no audience for your work
It doesn’t matter what type of genre you are into, whether you are someone who enjoys country songs mixed with metal, or whether you like rapping ballads about romance blues, someone will listen. Music isn’t something that you can put into a box, and although there may be a genre of music that some people listen to more than others, there is no reason yours can’t be the next one.
The audience is out there for any niche of music, and even if it’s a small one, it’s still someone who wants to hear you.
Finally, a bit of advice
There are dozens of myths that people will use to discourage you from music, but all you need to be a talented musician is the passion for your chosen instrument, a way to discover an audience that will like your music, and the will to never give up.
That’s all the pros did, and it’s something you can do too.