Many of us would love to learn how to play a musical instrument but sometimes it’s difficult figuring out where to start. You can’t just pick and play. You have to plan and figure out what you’re going to play, and how you’re going to learn how to start playing it.
Selection – Picking Your Instrument:
The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of instrument you want to play. This is important because music goes deep down into the soul and when you decide to play an instrument, it’s best to pick one that you identify with the most. It could be a piano, guitar, saxophone, violin, or any other. This instrument will help say something about you as a novice musician. And most importantly, you have to have a passion and the motivation to play this instrument, otherwise why bother at all?
Once you choose this instrument, make sure you stick to it. Playing an instrument is not easy and sometimes you may get board with it. There’s nothing wrong with doing the whole trial and error thing; going through different instruments until deciding on the right one. The important thing is being sure that’s what you want and sticking to it.
Many people don’t realize this, but your voice is also an instrument. If singing is your passion, that’s your instrument right there, or you can combine singing with an instrument like piano or guitar.
Like with anything, learning the history of this instrument is also very important. Knowing how it was created, how it was used, any famous people who performed using it is good knowledge to have. I wouldn’t say it was required, but it’s good the know everything you can about your craft and that includes its history.
Getting lessons can be a bit difficult because that includes finding a good teacher and being able to afford it. Once you have the finances settled, I would recommend doing research on the best teachers that are closest to you. If you can, ask a music teacher that you know in your school, and see if they wouldn’t mind giving you any lessons as an extra-curricular activity. Of course, they would have to know how to play this instrument. But that’s a given.
This isn’t much of an option for anyone who’s serious but sometimes using videos such as that on Youtube is another option. Youtube is loaded with “how-to” videos and it shouldn’t be hard to find some tutorials on how to play a certain instrument. So far, from what I’ve seen, they have plenty of videos if you would like to play the piano or guitar. This is good for anyone who is hard on money and don’t have much of a choice. But you never know, it can help you until you’re able to get a teacher, or find a website that will give you online lessons.
Practice. Practice. Practice. I can’t stress that enough. If you want to get really good, practicing is the only way to go. You may get discouraged, but if you keep at it, you’ll get better and better in no time at all. All it takes is staying dedicated and keeping that passion alive. You know what they say, practice makes perfect.