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Why taking up an instrument has struck a chord for so many

 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:28 am    Post subject: Why taking up an instrument has struck a chord for so many Reply with quote

Why taking up an instrument has struck a chord for so many



Growing up in foster homes, Jaz Ampaw-Farr says learning a musical instrument seemed out of reach for someone from her background.

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"I grew up in real poverty, working class, and mixed race; music lessons were never a thing," she says. "Every person I saw playing an instrument was white and mostly male."

However, when the coronavirus lockdown happened, Ms Ampaw-Farr wanted to change that tune.

"I thought, it's happening, it's time to reframe that story and seize the opportunity," says the 50-year-old. "I had no events or work to do. In that moment I saw an unique opportunity to focus on me."

So Ms Ampaw-Farr, a motivational speaker and boss of UK support coach firm, Human First, downloaded a piano-learning app, and bought a keyboard.

She then started to try to pick up songs from artists such as John Lennon, Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi.

"I started playing songs I knew, and other people would say that sounds nice. It made me feel good."

She says she would typically practice for at least 10 minutes a day. "Sometimes it was longer, sometimes I'd miss a day. But it's amazing how quickly you can progress."

As the pandemic gave many of us a lot more spare time at home, Ms Ampaw-Farr is far from alone in taking-up a hobby since March 2020, a number of studies have shown.

One report by research firm Mintel found that 71% of UK adults were spending more time on a hobby, while one in five had taken up a new one, and 27% had rediscovered a former passion.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:40 am    Post subject: Re: Why taking up an instrument has struck a chord for so ma Reply with quote

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