It's a new year, and I'd like to encourage those ABBA fans who have always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument but haven't got round to it - and I know you're out there ! 😏 - to go for it. You know this, but I'll say it anyway: the enjoyment and sense of accomplishment of being able to play music you love; hearing music afresh from the perspective of a player; playing with fellow musician-friends - and, yes, for the benefit of of listeners other than yourself when you get good enough, if you'd like to do that.
Of course the road to a certain level of competence will have its ups and downs, but the rewards are way up there! And in this tense world, to be able to sit down at a keyboard, strum a guitar or uke, beat out a rhythm on drums, or whatever else takes your fancy, is a wonderful blessing. I've found it so; and I'm so glad I took up a musical instrument. And I hope you will too.
I don't think you can teach this old dog a new trick 😥
As a matter of fact, it's a big regret of mine that I didn't learn to play the piano adequately or strum a tune on a guitar. I love music so, so much- always have- and it would have given me great pleasure to play some of ABBA's songs (and others).
I'm no expert, but I think it's possible for, let's say, a middle-aged person to reach a good standard on piano (for example), given the motivation and sufficient time (an hour a day, perhaps). Not a Chopin Etude after a year - definitely not! But most certainly pop songs, including ABBA, to an adequate level, as you say, Josef. So don't rule yourself out!
richard, I've married a piano teacher and still I'm not able to make myself sit down by the piano and learn. I can play a few songs (I've played accordion as a child for three years or so) and I enjoy playing them but the amount of time needed to learn something new and "reach a good standard" as you put it discourages me greatly… Still it is a big dream.
I know what you mean, Michal, about the sometimes frustrating difficulties, especially the time it can take to learn something new. But I can kind of accept that now as going with the territory, so to speak.
However, for me, it's more than compensated by those magical moments - even if they don't happen often enough! - when you realise that, out of nowhere, you've made a seemingly sudden leap forward in your playing. Not really, of course, because you've been laying the foundations all the while, but it feels like that, and it's a great feeling!