In America, it’s becoming more prominent for people to want to learn how to play an instrument. In fact, a survey revealed that over half of households surveyed had at least one person who played a musical instrument, and you are more likely to play an instrument if someone in your home does. But does Dua Lipa, daughter of rockstar and musician Dukagjin Lipa play the guitar?
It has not been confirmed whether Dua Lipa can play the guitar or not. What’s known is that in a bid to rebel against her parents, Dua learned to play the cello instead of a more traditional instrument like the guitar or piano.
Speaking on the matter of musical instruments, in an interview, Lipa said:
“I once played cello. My parents wanted me to learn piano and guitar. But I took one of the biggest instruments. […] When I took my cello to school, it hit the top of my head all the time and down the back of my knees. I was the smallest in the class and had the biggest instrument.”
A Musical Household: Lipa’s Upbringing
Lipa was born to Kosovan-Albanian parents, Dukagjin Lipa and Anesa Lipa, and she was raised in a musical household. Her father played in the Kosovan band Oda while Lipa was growing up, and has been credited as the inspiration for Lipa’s musical career by Lipa herself.
In an interview, Dua revealed that she has always had an interest in music, she began producing covers of her favorite songs on YouTube at age 14. Her upbringing only heightened this passion, she said:
“My father [Dukagjin Lipa] is a musician from Kosovo, so I’ve always grown up around music at home. Whether that’s my dad’s own songs or Sting, David Bowie, Stereophonics.”
How Many People Play Musical Instruments?
It has been revealed that a promising 69% of children in the UK have played musical instruments compared with 74% of adults. Research shows that in households where at least one person plays an instrument, up to two other household members are likely to play instruments too. It looks like Lipa defies this figure because although she has played an instrument, she does not exclusively know how to play a musical instrument fluently.
A study has shown that the older a person gets, the less interest they will show in learning an instrument. The best time to learn an instrument is when you’re a child, it seems. Interestingly, girls are likely to show a stronger interest in musical instruments compared to boys.
The Benefits of Playing An Instrument
As with most things in life, there are many benefits that come hand in hand with playing an instrument. Michael Matthews has provided a list of reasons why playing musical instruments is beneficial. Amongst some of those listed are improved memory, enhanced coordination, improved mathematical abilities, and heightened concentration. You can access the article here.
It might just be the right time for you to learn a musical instrument and fill your spare time practicing musical melodies on a guitar or the piano, perhaps.
Is It Ever Too Late To Learn a Musical Instrument?
No! It is never too late to learn a musical instrument. It takes a lot of patience, resilience, and concentration, but if you stick at it, you’ll surely be a musical wizard in no time. You’ve just got to have the right attitude to learning to play instruments and remember: you will not pick everything up overnight.
At first, your practicing might sound awful, and you might think you will never get there, but if you are resilient and don’t give in to the temptation of giving up, you’ll get there in the end. People might expect you to be really great at it instantly, and if you’re not, that’s okay!
Good luck with your musical adventures!