So you're finally seriously considering understanding how to learn a musical instrument! Congratulations! Maybe you've an old piano that you want to start playing or perhaps you like the sound of the guitar. To be able to play and share music is a beautiful thing to be able to do plus it is simply fun! Here are 5 tips to put you on your way to learning how to play a musical instrument. Well, technically it is just 5 tips, but there are tips within tips!
1. Have some fun!
Learning to play an instrument is an excellent experience as well as, often, difficult. Don't be scared! It's fun! It is certainly cool when you learn to play the your first song or perhaps you figure out how to play something all on your own. Don't worry about starting an instrument for the first time! Have patience - learning to play a guitar or sing needs time. And, just think, you've (mostly likely) been playing or at least hearing music all your life. Why not give it a try? You don't have to have perfect pitch (then a person can hear a pitch and will tell you the name of the pitch) as a way to pick an instrument or sing (I certainly lack it, but I know individuals who do - it appears to have it has its benefits and drawbacks; relative pitch is obviously valuable though). And don't worry about learning how to read music. I've a degree in music and have taught piano and bass and I think that learning how to read music is very valuable but not necessarily for all. Do what works for you! Don't let not knowing the way to read music prevent you from giving music an attempt!
2. How to Choose a Guitar
There's a chance you've thought about playing music, along with know what instrument to learn. Instrument choice might have some factors that you could want to consider but you should, obviously, pick something that you like or see as relevant. Maybe there's an instrument that you've always wanted to learn to play. You may just want something to take along on camping trips. Or, on top of that is if there is a type of music that you dig some much you want to participate! Whatever the case, here several thoughts to consider prior to you making your investment: And while we're on what's comfortable for you, the size of the instrument, the body size, the weight with the instrument and so on are points to consider.
Some instruments could possibly be bigger, heavier, smaller or even more fragile than it may seem. Again a trip to the local music store to get a closer look will do you good. - Are you wanting a portable instrument that may be easily transported? Can you mind if it requires electricity and/or batteries? What's a room like? Can it accommodate the instrument that you pick - for example, in all probability it wouldn't go over well if you live in an apartment building and decide that you want to play drums.
Of course I don't want to leave out my technology friends! I understand a lot of you just want to learn how to make a music track and record your beats. Others of you may want to get more in to the sound design side of things. I suggest doing your research. My prices are usually pretty tight so, many of the time, I begin with less expensive software and work my way up. I find it helps my focus and learning curve to find out the basics first before diving into every one of the bells and whistles the more sophisticated software has.
Hardware. When the time comes to buy hardware, I spend the amount of money if necessary. I prefer well make instruments that feel at ease in my hands.
3. The amount of money should you spend on a fresh instrument?
Check at instrument retailers online to secure a feel for the price of the instrument that you might want. If this is your first time playing an instrument, you may not want to invest big with your first instrument for various reasons - many times a different that you like better, you can decide that you don't like that instrument - you get the idea. On the other hand, you probably shouldn't get something that's so cheap and poorly crafted that it falls apart. In any case, you do not need to spend a lot of money on your first instrument. Avoid a real investment before you know you're going to be playing the instrument. If you have any friends who are musicians, give them a shout and get what their system is on price. Check out a number of your local independent instrument stores and start a conversation with some one there. If you are at the shop, hold or play a few of the instruments, if you can.
This will likely help to give you a sense of what's comfortable for you. If you have any friends who will be musicians, see if you can obtain one of them to tag along (you usually won't have to twist any arms to secure a musician to go to a music store!). Even if you're instrument is not their instrument, they may think of questions to ask that you can not think of or useful in other ways. It's not an awful to get a report picking folks at the local music shop if you really get into playing. It is possible to find some really great stuff on Craig's List if you decide to get a used instrument route. If you're able to, take a friend together with you so you have another set of eyes to look at the instrument that you might buy.
4. Obtain a teacher
Even if you just anticipate noodling around, it wouldn't hurt to look at a least a couple of lessons - you can likely find them to be very useful. Again, places like Craigslist supply kinds of postings of music instructors. Should you ask, you may probably get a break on lessons in case you pay for several in advance. You can also start out with software that show you to learn to sing or play piano/keyboards, bass, drums and guitar most commonly, but you can also find this type of software for violin, cello, sax, etc. you'll just have to dig a little deeper to locate it. These generally is a good introduction to the instrument and at roughly $20 - $60 per course it is not so bad (with regards to the instrument and the instructor, lessons range from $30 - $125 per lesson, more or less) plus you have the reference material. In spite of this, nothing ever replaces an actual live teacher.
5. Lastly, there is certainly one piece of equipment that you'll want to get regardless of the instrument you select: a metronome. It'll be annoying and drive you crazy at first, but it is a must-have. You could have seen or heard one - often a little box that makes a clicking or beeping sound. A metronome will allow you to develop got time - keeping.