Is it too late to learn to make music?

CoverYou may have been inspired to learn a musical instrument or to sing by a live act or by recordings, but there comes a time in life when you start to wonder: is it too late for me to learn? I say it’s never too late to learn, but I must acknowledge that it is too late for me to become David Russell (my classical guitar hero). Read Guitar zero by Gary Marcus for an idea of why: firstly, a lack of talent, and secondly, a lack of thousands of hours of practice.

On the other hand there is plenty of time for me to become the best classical guitar player I can be. Gary Marcus put in the time and learned to play as he recounts in his book. So don’t get put off by age or feelings of inadequacy.

But where do you start? Have a look at our website pages Have a go at learning an instrument, Music education and Music. These pages give excellent information on resources available in Christchurch. My advice: get a teacher if possible, join a society or club and be prepared for some sustained effort (Willpower is a great book to help with that!).

I’ve enjoyed my adventures in learning to play guitar. Celebrate each little step forward, don’t give up and one day it could be you up there on stage soaking up the applause!

Online language learning with Mango!

Ever wanted to learn a new language online or improve your English skills from the comfort of home?  We have your answer in Mango!  Mango provides access to six languages for those wanting to learn a language from basic right through to advanced levels and also support for those trying to improve their English skills. The languages you can learn are:

  • Mandarin;
  • Spanish;
  • French;
  • Japanese;
  • German;
  • Italian.

Mango also provides lessons for people wanting to learn English if their native language is:

  • Japanese;
  • Korean;
  • Mandarin.

Mango focuses on words and phrases that will be the most valuable in common, real-life situations. It also has a voice comparison tool which  allows users to speak into a microphone and see a visual representation of their pronunciation compared to the narrator’s. Customs and etiquette of  each culture is also included in these lessons!

You can access this electronic resource from the comfort of your own home or at our community libraries through the catalogue or at  the Source with your library card number and PIN. Play away!