Tips To Learn A New Musical Instrument
Whether you are someone that is musically gifted, or if you are someone that wants to learn more about music, picking up and learning a new instrument is a great thing to do. There are a host of benefits to learning to play a musical instrument, from increasing your cognitive ability, making new friends, relieving stress, building confidence, improving your patience and so much more. It’s a fantastic way to take your mind off other things that might be going on in your life and to add something a bit different to your list of skills and hobbies. If you have already learned to play a musical instrument you might find it a little easier than others to pick something new, but this isn’t necessarily the case and don’t let it put you off. Here we have put together some top tips to learn a new musical instrument that should help you on your way to musical success.
Dedicate some time every day to playing the instrument
The best way to get better at playing a musical instrument is with practice, practice practice! You don’t have to spend hours every day dedicating your life to playing, however, you should take at least fifteen minutes to practice as this can make a huge difference to how comfortable you feel with the instrument without putting too much pressure on yourself. Find what time of day is best for you, whether it be the morning or the evening.
Do some research to find the type of instrument you want to learn to play
If you are at a total loss for what instrument to play, do your research first to find the best one for you. You can look at things such as how difficult it is to be able to pick up, the expense behind the instrument, and more. Consider the sounds of music that you like and think about if there is a particular one you would like to replicate. You could also ask other people that you know who play an instrument and see if they have any recommendations or tips that you can take on board.
Find a local tutor to give you lessons
One of the best ways to learn an instrument properly is to have a private tutor give you lessons. They can come to you, or you can go to them, as often or as little as you like, but most people tend to opt for once or twice a week. A local tutor can give you anything from private guitar lessons to piano lessons or saxophone lessons. They will be experts in teaching you everything from the basics if you have never even picked up your instrument before, to helping you progress even if you already have a basic level of skill. They will speak with you ahead of your first lesson to get a gauge of what you are after and once you have had a session with them, they will plan the rest of your lessons depending on your skill level and how you are looking to progress.
Take good care of your instrument
Another important part of learning a new musical instrument is making sure to take good care of it. Instruments are expensive and fragile and it is much better and cheaper to keep your instrument well-maintained and cared for than having to pay for a new one to get fixed. Be sure to take it for regular servicing and keep it in a safe place such as a case when it is not in use. This will all help it be properly cared for.
Persevere even when it gets tricky
Playing a musical instrument isn’t easy and it can be tempting to give up at times, particularly if you aren’t quite picking it up as fast as you would like. It’s important that you persevere through this and push past the tricky bits. The benefits of doing so will outweigh the hard part and you will be so glad that you didn’t give up! If you are finding it particularly hard, put it down for the day and just pick it up the next one. A fresh head can really help.
These are just a few things you can do that can help you to learn to play a musical instrument. As stated above, there are so many benefits to learning to play a musical instrument and there’s no time like the present to get started.
Do you play any instruments? If so, what do you find helps you to succeed? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.