This is my story, my mistake, my lesson and hopefully your lesson and drive. This is how I became a multi Instrumentalist, Producer and founder of Africa’s first Musical Hub for Instrumentalists.
It’s wasn’t an easy Journey. I believe this will guide you on what not to do as an Instrumentalist. The journey isn’t easy, but with love, Passion and Consistency you can scale through the Journey of learning any musical Instrument.
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In just 5 years, I have managed to learn 6 Musical Instruments. But I still can’t call myself an Instrumentalist. This is because I still have a long way ahead of me. I started with the drums and I was only 12 when I started playing drums for my church and it wasn’t easy because I wasn’t good enough. The church encouraged me and motivated me. During special Sundays or programs, the church invited several instrumentalists to jam. I wasn’t really happy because I thought I was good enough for those special programs. I never knew watching them play was a lesson or phase I had to go through.
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I observed closely as people hailed them and thanked them for coming, while they collected their playing fee. I never liked the Idea of people collecting money from the church. As I grew older and mature in a certain way. I understood why many collected money. I can say so far, I have never collected money from any church.
So I left for the University for my Pre-Degree programs after High School. I had some educational issues, I didn’t pass my exams so I had to sit back home for 2 years. During those years, I could’t play instruments because my parents thought music was a distraction and it was painful. People had great expectations of me, even more than I had. It was as if I disappointed everyone. I stopped going to church regularly, I stopped hanging out. So many unfortunate things happened.
Finally I passed series of my exams. After my last entrance exam into the University, I bought myself a Guitar. I self thought myself the Guitar, though I had few assistance from Youtube videos and some friends. I had no personal tutor, so it was difficult to learn. Few people know what it means to learn the Guitar on you own.
I finally left for school, my church didn’t have a Pianist and I was only interested in the Guitar. I started leaning the Piano and meanwhile the only thing I knew about the Guitar was just basic chords. I couldn’t even play songs properly, so for almost 6 months I was playing the Piano. After a while, all I wanted to play was the Guitar. I learnt these two instruments online and alone in my dorm room. I also started learning how to code too, at first it was FORTRAN, because my department decided to teach us an obsolete programming language haha.
So I finally started playing at my church after 2 years and it wasn’t fun because the singers were all upcoming and all went off key most times. I didn’t let that stop me, so I started learning how to sing haha. Finally I could actually vibe with 3 instruments. The more time I spent learning the Guitar, the more I understood the Piano. I developed my own shortcuts to learning these two instruments. So I started having vibe to learning the Bass. it was too easy to understand because of the Guitar, but I had to learn new techniques like the plucking with two, three fingers. Youtube was my favorite website and still is.
I would say that I’ve been stuck in the intermediate state because I fell in love with learning things. I started learning the Ukulele online even without a physical Ukulele. The first time I actually touched the Ukulele, people were surprised that I could actually play it and it was my first time of touching the Ukulele.
All these years, I had felt terrible about not being able to finish learning one instrument or even beating the intermediary stage. I felt really horrible but I realized that your life is your life. You can do whatever it is you want to do. I would say I made lots of mistakes that made it difficult to improve my musical skills. I discovered that it was okay to make mistakes because that’s what makes us human.
There’s no way around things, you have to face everything that life brings your way. One thing you must learn is how to appreciate life and whatever you have. I can’t play instruments like a bad-ass. But all these lessons taught me about the power of music, because my life was all about the drive to learn music. I learnt how to program because I realized it was possible to learn anything in Life. I made mistakes but it shaped me to who I am today. Today I am the founder of Yalle Group, which houses YalleMedia.com, Ukulelefreak.com, Yalle Tech and Internet Money Africa. I hope my story is enough to push or motivate you to do great things. I am Irabor Osamudiamen, Thank you.