A musical gift is something people are born with. I had a friend like this once. His name was David Shelley. No matter what instrument you gave him, he could play it. At least that’s what it seemed like to me. David’s gift eventually took him to new heights where he was invited to join Cher on tour! Most of us only dream of ever having an opportunity like that.
Several years ago, my husband and I were given the opportunity to have two of our original songs used in a TV documentary called “Hurricane Katrina – A Test of Faith.”
We felt very blessed to share our music in this way. The DVD is not just a memento for us. It also allowed us to hear personal testimonies from people who went through this disaster, and how God worked in amazing ways to help them.
The dictionary defines someone with a gift as being: “endowed with natural talent.” But what does that mean when we apply it to music or playing the guitar?
How to know if you have a musical gift?
First of all, I want you to take notice of the word “endowed” in our definition. This describes something you have been given. It describes your natural abilities, or any particular inclinations you might have. It’s not something you have to conjure up or work hard to produce. Instead, when you follow your natural inclinations, you will tend to experience a sense of well-being and fulfillment. This is because you are enjoying what you’re doing. You are being who you were created to be.
Well, does that mean learning how to play the guitar will be easy if you are musically inclined? Not necessarily. But you probably won’t need anyone to tell you to practice, because you’ll want to practice! Your desire and inclination will motivate you to perfect the natural talent you’ve been endowed with. But…
What if you aren’t musically gifted?
Can you still learn to play the guitar if you aren’t born with a musical gift? Yes. In fact, people in this category often become excellent musicians on sheer determination. Perhaps it’s because they’re competitive and are driven by the need to succeed. If your natural abilities are in an area other than music, why not turn what you have been given into an asset for learning to play an instrument like the guitar? For example, people who are good at sports will have good hand/eye coordination skills. This is a very nice attribute to have when learning a musical instrument. Likewise, those who are gifted analytically are usually good with numbers. Music just happens to be very mathematical. So, these folks may find it easier to count time, read standard notation, understand music theory, and memorize chord shapes.
Discover your gifts:
Here are a few questions that can help shed some light on where your natural gifts and talents lie…
- What are you drawn to?
- What are your personal interests?
- How do you like to spend your time?
Write down your answers. Then take whatever steps are necessary to pursue and develop your gifts. This is the most likely way to find your own personal sense of happiness and fulfillment. You are also likely to become a blessing in the process when you share your gift with others!