Many adults who never learned a musical instrument as a child end up having piano lessons or guitar tuition at some point in their life.
A few will be lucky enough to uncover a spectacular talent they never knew they had, and within months will be performing for friends at beach parties, or serenading a loved one on a lazy Sunday morning.
But let's face it, for most it's a frustrating journey that ends horribly with a smashed up guitar, its remnants scattered across the living room floor.
There comes a time in the life of most adults when they realise they're not natural musicians; that to achieve a level of competence on the guitar, piano or trumpet will require many more hours of practice than they are able to give.
So perhaps an ideal compromise would be to nurture your love of melody by taking up a musical pursuit that doesn't place too much demand on finger dexterity and coordination skills.