For as long as I can remember, music has been an important part of my life. I love listening to music and have always played an instrument. Growing up, I was in band- I played the clarinet. As I got older, I really wanted to learn the guitar and piano. For the most part, I have taught myself guitar. I have recently bought a keyboard and am slowly teaching myself to play. See below for tips on learning an instrument!
This may seem like an obvious tip, but especially for someone who has no prior music experience, lessons are extremely helpful. In today’s world, it’s easy to find lessons online so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to learn an instrument.
Watch Youtube Videos
Another way to learn besides official lessons is from Youtube videos. I find these to be very helpful, and they are free. The best part is that you can watch as many people as you need to before you find someone that has a teaching style that’s right for you.
Youtube videos are great at any level. They will teach you everything from the basics to full songs.
Don’t Get Frustrated
Any important tip, that I even still need to remind myself, is to not get frustrated. You can’t learn an instrument overnight! It takes lots of time and practice to finally feel like you know what you’re doing. You will also reach many plateau points- you just have to keep moving forward and you will continue to improve.
Be sure to practice! For example, if you are taking one lesson a week, that isn’t all you need to do to learn the instrument. You need to take what you learn in these lessons and practice throughout the week. There are definitely busy times in our lives where it’s impossible to practice a lot, but if you are able to fit in a few days a week, you will see yourself improve quickly.
Whenever I’m learning something, I like to record myself and listen back. Listening as a “third party” makes it easier to understand what you are doing well and what needs to be improved upon.
Let me know what you think of these tips in the comments, and feel free to share any tips of your own!