Tips To Break Your Online Addiction: Make Music

by Randy Murray on September 29, 2011

One of the oldest and most fundamental human experiences is the making of music. Music is literally tied to the rhythm of our hearts, to the vibrations of our environments, and to the sounds of breathing, living, and moving. Listening to music is wonderful, but nothing compares to the experience of making music yourself.

Making music, physically making music, is an intensely pleasurable experience.

Not everyone knows this. Too many people today have had no experience in playing an instrument or in singing. It’s a shame, because making music is one of the best ways of breaking an online addiction.

It’s never too late to learn. Almost anyone can make music of some kind, even if it’s very simple, like banging on a drum or playing a simple tune on a piano. Music is a physical, personal act. And it takes concentration, full involvement of the senses, and a release of virtually everything else. It’s grand.

And you can do it too.

If you already can play an instrument, even if it’s been years, find a way to spend some time, perhaps just twenty minutes every day, and play.

If you do not play an instrument, I’d recommend picking out something simple. The recorder is an excellent place to start. Many school children learn the basics of music this way. It’s very easy to produce a clear, accurate tone. And with very little practice you’ll be making music that you, or a listener, will recognize. And although it’s easy to begin, recorder players can grow to produce beautiful, complex music — with practice. Here’s a terrific introduction video: How to Play the Recorder.

Pianos are also a great instrument to learn. Anyone who can press a key can play the piano. Press down a key and you’ll hear the note, perfect and clear. Start simply with any instruction method. Take lessons. Learn to coordinate your fingers. Listen to how chords are formed, how the notes interact. Discover how harmony works. I strongly recommend using a physical piano, but if you must, a simple electronic keyboard will suffice to start.

Making music, not just listening to music, is a way to connect your body and mind in a unique and deep way. I feel better when I make music and my experience tells me that most other people do as well. They just don’t realize it, because they’ve been deprived of this essential human experience.

If you are concerned about how much time you spend online every day, spending twenty minutes making music may be a way for you to not only break that addiction, but to discover hidden talents that you never knew existed.

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