When it comes to life skills, art is an amazing one. Many people will claim that art doesn’t help you do practical things, but that is not at all true. It teaches you a huge amount of discipline, as well as allowing you to think creatively. Not only that, but sometimes there’s a simple benefit in enjoying the beauty of creation.
To that end, one of the most beautiful artistic skills is being able to play a musical instrument. To narrow it down further, one of the most beautiful instruments out there is the cello. The rich, deep sounds of the cello are the tonal equivalent of a warm bath. They’re comforting and relaxing, allowing you to sit back and soak them up without fear of anything suddenly jolting you in a vexing manner.
Listening to the cello is wonderful, but even more wonderful is learning to play the cello. It’s not the easiest skill to learn, of course. It takes a great deal of time, and a great deal of discipline. You start off learning the very basics, of how to place your fingers and how to move the bow across the string. This gives you the benefit of not only learning fine dexterity, but also ambidexterity. You learn how to work both hands, each doing different things.
You also learn to recognize musical notes, which is useful for being able to discern the difference between sounds. That can come in handy when you have to pay attention to other things, as well. As you become better and better at playing the cello, you’ll also become better and better at being able to pay attention to things that normally would leave your mind wandering. The benefit to focus and attention is amazing, and only gets better the longer you play.
Ultimately, artistic skills are far more useful than many people would like to imagine. They benefit the mind in ways that many technical skills don’t. Even if they didn’t, however, the mere act of creating something beautiful can be an amazing thing in and of itself. You don’t always need a practical outcome of the creation, in many cases the creation is the entire purpose. And what could be more beautiful than one of the most gorgeous sounding string instruments out there? The answer is that there’s simply not much else that could be more beautiful.