Whenever I watch families play a musical instrument together, I can’t help but feel envious. It has been on my bucket list to learn the guitar with my mother and father and two younger sisters in all honesty. I can say that we are technically a musically inclined family since my parents met in a choral competition. However, none of us have tried using instruments in the past.
The opportunity knocked on our door only during the lockdown. A day before it was announced, my sisters and I decided to fly back home to Minnesota to isolate at our folks’ farm. We had no neighbors nearby; every food supply we would ever need could come from the property. So, we figured it was the best place to stay while the coronavirus was causing problems here and there.
The first few days back on the farm was quite exciting. We planted some seeds and harvested fruits and vegetables. In the mornings, we would help Dad clean the barn and then return to the house to help Mom prepare lunch. My sisters and I always passed out after dinner because our bodies were still getting used to the physical labor that we had all forgotten after living in the city for years.
Once we got over the initial shock, though, and we managed to stay up past 7 P.M., the nights became boring. Although my parents had a TV, no one honestly wanted to hear about the pandemic repeatedly. Thus, I suggested that we should perhaps learn how to play guitar as a family.
To my utter delight, everyone agreed, even Mom and Dad. When I bought the guitars in a local store, the owner said yes to giving us online lessons, and that’s what we have been doing three nights a week for a couple of months now.
These are the benefits that we have gathered from this musical experience.
It Is Fun To Learn Something With The Entire Family
As a filial daughter, I am used to being the student and my parents being the teachers most of the time. They are older than me, so they naturally have more wisdom to share than I do. I have zero complaints about it, considering their teachings have rarely put me in a tight spot.
Despite that, I realized during our shared guitar lessons that it is fun to learn something with my folks at the same thing. We all started from the base up, and everyone became a student. If one of us didn’t get a chord, we would compare notes and teach each other. It was inarguably like being with friends but better.
You Find Another Activity To Bond Over With
Since we are a close-knit unit, my family and I tend to like similar activities. When someone cooks, every member has a role in the kitchen, be it chopping, organizing, stirring, or even throwing out the trash. If someone is doing yard work, everyone else does the same. Our parents have this cheesy belief that “the family that can do everything together will always stay together.”
Learning the guitar is another activity that can boost our familial bond. We are a music-loving bunch, after all. Being able to produce music with anything other than our voice boxes is a welcome change. I can already foresee Dad looking up new songs to play with us whenever he gets the chance. It is something we may never grow tired of.
It Somehow Makes You Smarter Collectively
The most challenging part of learning the guitar is using one hand to hold a few strings while the other strums them. I used to think that music gets produced when you do the latter in a single way, but I understood that several patterns could make it happen. Slowly but surely, our skills improved, and our hands could already do two different things at once.
It allowed me to realize that learning a musical instrument can make you smarter. After all, both sides of your brain need to work at the same time. You must be logical and creative to guarantee that your fingers are touching the proper strings and producing the correct sounds. It sharpened our memory and hand-eye coordination, for sure.
Life has never been more colorful for our family. Almost every night, we allocate an hour or two to learn how to play the guitar. The tunes coming out of our respective musical instruments are not always flawless since we are all beginners, but we are progressing at once. Our current goal is to play Canon Rock by Jerry C., which has the right amount of complexity to challenge our brand-new musical talents. I am uncertain about how long it will take us to learn it, but I am positive that it will happen in no time as we enjoy the process.