Learn A New Instrument In 2017
Jan. 26, 2017 at midnight
2017 has just arrived, which usually means one thing: it's time to compile a brand new list of New Year’s resolutions! Learning a new instrument should be on top of every music lover’s list, but unfortunately, a lot of people lose steam far too quickly and forget about it midway through January.
Don’t be one of those people. This year, make sure to actually stick to learning a new musical instrument all the way to December with the following tips and suggestions:
1. Buy your instrument.
Sure, you can just borrow a guitar from a friend or just play the piano at your cousin’s house, but you’re most likely to stick to your goal when you make a big investment. After all, it would be a shame to just leave your violin untouched on your shelf after spending so much money on it. Plus, it is easier to practice anytime if you have your instrument within arm’s reach all the time.
2. Hire a tutor.
Want a bit of a shortcut? Taking lessons with a good teacher will help you achieve your new year’s resolution much faster and more efficiently. You can save a lot of time when there is someone who points out your mistakes and provides feedback on your progress. If you don’t have the money to hire a music teacher, you can trade lessons with a friend who knows about the instrument you’re learning in exchange for lessons on your primary instrument. It’s a win-win situation for both of you.
3. Read up music books.
Don’t ever think that music books are just for college students wanting to get a music degree. You can also benefit from them, as it will help you learn how to read basic notes and get a general idea of how your new instrument works. Actually playing your instrument is still the most important thing, but it doesn’t hurt to have a little theoretical background about it.
4. Learn with other people.
Aside from things being more fun when you’re in a group, it also fosters a supportive learning environment. Once you already know the basics of your new instruments, you can try forming a band with learners of other instruments and set a weekly jamming session. It’ll be a total blast, plus it’ll help everyone improve on the instruments they’re working on.
5. Focus on one new tune at a time.
If you‘re already proficient in playing other musical instruments, it can be frustrating to start from scratch all over again. But here’s the thing: As a beginner on a new instrument, you’re not expected to be great at it overnight. It takes a lot of rounds of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” before you can move on to the next, more complicated tune. Don’t force yourself to learn a new song in just a couple of days’ time. This way, you won’t develop bad playing habits or worse, performance injuries that might limit your ability to develop your skills on your new instrument.
Remember, you have the whole year to learn a new instrument. The key here is to have clear-cut steps to achieve your goals rather than vague ones. Who knows, you just might be able to learn more than one instrument by the end of this year! Mundt Music of Longview, LLC, your local full service music store, offers friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you with all of your music needs. Come visit us today at 2312 Judson Rd. right here in Longview or give us a call at 903-758-8872. We offer a great selection of guitars, amps and keyboards sure to be loved by any and all musicians.