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Tuesday, January 11th 2011

5:34 PM

Do You Have What it Takes to Learn to Read Music?

You probably remember those dreaded aptitude tests in school. You know,
those tests that revealed your abilities to perform certain tasks?

Well, it's time to stop dreaming, and put your desire to learn music to the test.

The desire for music is within you, but do you really have what it takes to learn to read music? Discover your own musical capabilities below.

Musical Talent or Not - Does it Matter?

You may not be able to read music right now. You most likely cannot pick up a flute, a guitar or a violin and play a beautiful melody. Even so, everyone around you is always saying how musically talented you are.

Perhaps you can memorize musical tunes on key upon hearing them, create an original song in your mind, or maybe even play an instrument or two without really knowing how to read the music. These are all indications of having natural musical talent.

But, do you have the potential to achieve music?

Even if you have none of the musical abilities above, you can still learn to read music.

Where "natural talent" doesn't exist, learned musical skills can still be used to make beautiful music. Your love and desire for learning and achieving music is what will make the difference whether you have natural talent or not.

Think of your present career. If you pursued what you loved, you were able to
achieve the skill through learning, right? If you're a typist, you learned to type.

If you're a nurse, you went to nursing school.. If you're a mechanic, you attended
a technical school to achieve this. To read music, you must learn it as well.

Question #1: Do I love music enough to learn how to read music and play a musical instrument?

Learning to Read Music for Adults

If you missed out on music lessons as a child or simply forgot what you
learned, it's not too late to develop musical skills. Adults can learn to read
music. In truth, a person who has a real desire to learn might achieve more than a child who is being pushed to learn.

Why? As an adult, you already understand the great potential of having this skill. Having a passion for music will drive you to practice often and develop your skills quickly. Only those adults and children who have a desire to continue with music will actually achieve the skill for life!

Question #2: Are you willing to learn music and be dedicated to practice at this stage of your life?

A Goal for Your Music Skills

Another determining factor for learning to read music is your reason for
learning. There should be a goal in mind while developing this skill. Whether
it's to play an instrument in church, at special gatherings or to have a career in
music, you should have a goal in mind.

With a goal, you'll be pushed to learn even when you don't feel like taking a lesson. This is similar to taking college courses.
You attend the classes because you must if you are going to have a successful
career in that field.

Question #3: Do you have a goal or reason for learning to read music?

If you answered "Yes" to all of the above, read the questions below.

Which instrument do I want to play?
If a skilled music teacher is not available, am I willing to teach myself through online training?
When my music lessons begin, can I dedicate at least 15 to 30 minutes per day to practice?

If you answered "Yes" to all these questions, you're ready to pursue music

Start developing your musical skills today to discover a life-long

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Tuesday, January 11th 2011

5:31 PM

You Can Adjust Your Sails Despite The Winds In Your Life

There are a lot of people who will try to make you believe that you can be in total control of your life. Many of these seemingly well-adjusted perfectionists seem to glide through life untouched by human tragedy in their own lives. Unfortunately their time for cruelty comes sooner or later, and when it does it hits them hard because they didn’t believe it could happen to them. The truth is we are not in control of most of our lives. For example: We can’t choose which families we are born into; we don’t choose where we will live as children; we don’t choose our own D.N.A. pattern; thus we can not change how susceptible to certain diseases we may be; and we can not control what outside negative forces we will face in our lifetime. We can not control the sex of our baby. Nor can we control their lives with many of the same factors.

Life is hard but take courage because just as we can not control many of those outside influences, we can control how we respond to them. This is what is meant in that famous saying: "We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails." The unknown author is trying to tell us that we may not be able to control what happens to us, but we sure can control the way we handle it.

I have learned this lesson first hand as I developed a disease called peripheral neuropathy about 7 years ago and my life has changed considerably. I can no longer walk without being in pain. I can not play any kind of sports, I can not play my guitar any more and I have been reduced to a man who stays home everyday unable to work any longer. My eyes are going so the reading has become real difficult. My hearing has gotten much worse; I can not hear the simple chirping of birds or the bark of a neighborhood dog. There is much I miss. But I am able to still write so that is what I do with my time.

I am encouraged by the quote mentioned here because although I may not be able to stop negative forces from affecting my life, I sure can change the affect it may have on me. I could give up and stay in bed all day, or I can contribute to life somehow.

When something bad happens to us, we have a tendency to want to give up. But many choose to make the orange juice out of the orange. I believe I have become more empowered since my disease onset. I choose to stay in control of the areas of life I can control. For example, I could get mad as all get out and be nasty to the people around me. I confess there was a period when I did not handle it well. But now I am a more patient person, and more of a listener. I have improved in a lot of ways, more than time allows mentioning here.

I create joy in my life despite my circumstances. I look for the good in others and I do not judge them as severely as I used to. All of this is a good by product of what is a nasty thing that happened to me. I want to encourage you to know that you too can adjust the sails of your life; mostly your attitude. You may not be able to control the winds of misfortune in your life but remember you can adjust your sails by adopting a new attitude. In doing so you will become empowered.

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