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A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Learning A Musical Instrument

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There are many things to consider when deciding whether or not to take up learning a musical instrument. If this is something that has always interested you, then keep reading for some tips! Music is a really important part of the culture and has been around for centuries. But it’s also a fun way to express yourself creatively. One thing to consider when taking up music as an instrument of learning is your natural inclination towards it. When it comes down to it, people have different skillsets with regards to music. Let’s see what are some of the things you can do to make your learning process easier.

Start With A Less Complicated Instrument

If you’re new to this whole musical instrument learning thing, then it’s recommended that you go for a less complicated guitar or a ukulele. This is because some of the more difficult ones can cause a lot of anxiety and stress. You’ll want something with a slower learning curve so that you won’t feel overwhelmed or discouraged by it! Some experts suggest you start with easy to learn ukulele songs so that you get a better sense of melody and cords. A great beginner’s instrument is also the electric guitar. It’s an instrument that can be played indoors and outdoors, and it doesn’t require a lot of space either. Electric guitars are pretty durable; we’re talking about something that will last you years or even decades! These things aren’t short-term investments by any means. Of course, if you want to go for a more complicated instrument, then you should go for it. It’s all about what you feel most comfortable with!

Listen to a Lot of Music

If you’re going to take up an instrument, then it would be best that you listen to a lot of music as well. Learning about different genres of music is important because each instrument has its place in the spectrum of sounds and melodies. For example, one type of sound can only be made by a guitar while another can only be released from a piano. The understanding musical structure will help out quite a bit when learning how to read sheet music or play chords on your guitar. You’ll get curious and want to learn more about where certain sounds come from and why they fit in certain places. Listen to the music of your favorite bands or artists. Start with their most popular songs and work your way backward. Listen to how the notes are laid out on the sheet music (if they have any). Then, give it a shot yourself! It’s recommended that you start learning open chords because they’re easy to memorize and play when starting. Practice them until you can do so comfortably before moving on to anything else.

Get Quality Instruction from Local Teachers

Just learning from YouTube videos isn’t enough when it comes down to improving in an instrument. You need proper guidance from local teachers who know what they’re doing. This will help you develop a well-rounded knowledge about music in general, not just how to play a certain instrument. Learning from online videos is a great way to supplement the knowledge you need for a particular topic, but it can’t replace what a local teacher has to offer you. To develop your skillset and knowledge about music, it would be best that you go for formal training at least once every week or two. This should help your musical journey along quite nicely! There are different types of lessons that you can learn from other than taking from YouTube videos. This includes e-lessons, private sessions, group classes, and more.

Scheduling Your Practices

It would be best if you started working on your instrument for at least an hour every day. You can even increase that to two hours or more, but consider allocating time for other hobbies and roles in life as well. Make sure that you get enough sleep each night. As a beginner, it would be wise to take shorter playing sessions with breaks in between them. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t sound good the first few times you hit a key on a piano, strum a chord on a guitar, or hit a note on a saxophone! It takes time to develop skills when learning how to play an instrument, especially one from scratch. Just give yourself some slack when it comes down to things not going the way you want them to.

Learning a musical instrument is something worth exploring. Don’t feel discouraged if you’re not good at what you do when starting! It takes time to develop skills these days, especially when it comes down to the finer things in life such as playing an instrument. Just practice and work on your strengths, and before you know it, you’ll be playing better than ever with chords that sound beautiful and smooth vocals that have a distinctive tone.

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Written by Dallas Dorrall

Dallas Dorrall is passionate about music and is living her dream managing and promoting Nashville/Muscle Shoals based Country Music Artist, Johnny Collier, currently touring the US. While traveling, she enjoys reviewing new artists, restaurants and nightclubs. Dallas is crazy about her family and friends and attributes her enthusiasm for life to a quote by Marianne Williamson (which she still reads every day) entitled “Our Deepest Fear”.

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