Musically (in)capable

Ever since I was a kid, I loved music. I would sing, try every instrument I could get my hands on, and took so much joy in hearing and playing melodies of popular songs. I had this desire to be great at music, which really isn’t in the cards for me as a person.

I can carry a tune, but my voice isn’t anything special. I can read music and I can memorize violin strings, but putting it all together was too much for me throughout my three years playing the instrument. I can pick up piano chords and notes and play by ear, but I’ll never play a symphony. In fourth and fifth grade, I rocked recorder karate to become a grand master, but it’s the recorder, so that’s not saying much. I’m mediocre at it all, so I’m at the impasse of being both musically capable and musically incapable.

For a really long time, I thought I was a really good singer and would sing a lot, which landed me in rather embarrassing situations. But looking back on it, I was doing something that brought out joy in myself, so while it may have been so obnoxious and unbearable for others, I was having a great time.

All the hours I’ve spent sitting at the piano for my whole family to hear has probably driven my family insane, but I love completing a song, even if it takes me six weeks. The guitar used to be the same, but now I’ve officially given up on that because my chubby fingers that are not proportional to my small hands cannot sit on the strings correctly. If you have any tips on that one, please let me know. I’ve had the guitar since 6th grade and I feel guilty that I can’t play it.

All this being said, I find great humor in my musical (in)abilities because I’m not a great musician and it’s more than likely that I never will be, but there are moments where things just click. Like today, in my pursuit to perfect my ability to play ‘The Office’ theme song, I randomly played five notes and accidentally figured out the famous Jurassic Park theme. I don’t know how that happens but it did and it’s almost annoying.

Off to learn the harmonica. I think my family may leave me behind in Texas when we go to move out because they are fed up with my exploration for musical greatness.


3 thoughts on “Musically (in)capable

  1. andrea garrity says:

    Why don’t you try the kazoo. I remember when we went skiing with other couples the van had kazoos and about drove us crazy! You should’ve heard them… not!

    ANDREA S. GARRITY, ASID, RID GARRITY DESIGN GROUP – Sent from mobile device – tel:281-733-0153



  2. Elizabeth Roberts Ross says:

    I think the fact that you spend so much time with music makes you a pretty impressive musician! I don’t think I’d have the patience to chip away at a song for weeks at a time. It sounds like you’ve got a pretty good ear if you’re picking out melodies by memory, too. So long as it makes you happy, I say go for it!

    P.S. I’ve been trying to play the ukulele for three years now and I still can’t make my fingers fit several chords, and it’s smaller than a guitar. I 100% feel your pain on that.


  3. Anonymous says:

    This was funny to read about! My dad is musically talented and I too have always wanted to be able to play the piano like him or the guitar, but I just don’t have the same innate ability to play or hear music the way he does. But at least we can be grateful that we were introduced to such great music!


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