Join a band. If you’re in school, consider joining the orchestra or the concert band to take advantage of the lessons and the training that it has to offer. Even if your eventual goal is to become a rock drummer, the fundamentals offered in school band are quite valuable, not to mention that you have access to the school’s instrumental resources, practice spaces, and teachers. They’re usually sympathetic to your music goals, as well. Sign up!
Start your own band. If you’re trying to learn an instrument on your own, start playing with other people to learn as much as you can about playing in a group, playing with the right technique, and developing good habits. Aside from all you’ll learn, it’s also a whole lot more fun than playing scales in your bedroom. Try meeting other players at:
Play the music PASSIONATELY. Music is more than notes. No matter how boring a piece, even if it’s like a nursery rhyme or a march, learn to inject feeling into the music and play it with your heart and soul. If you’re finding this hard, imagine you’re telling a story with the music and actually say an appropriate story in your head. Really listen to the music that you’re playing and learn to give it color and character. Make it come alive.
IMPROVISE. Learning to play on the fly will make you a better all-around player. One part scales and one part creativity, playing extemporaneously means that you’re learning the “language” of music. You’re one step closer to speaking it fluently.
Start sight-reading sheet music when you get comfortable with your instrument. Rather than playing the Darth Vader theme one more time on your tuba, try learning something else and seeing if you can play it right the first time. Stick with it until you’ve got it just as much as the Imperial March.
Commit to the LONG HAUL. Learning to play an instrument takes years of practice. It won’t happen overnight. If you want to be good, commit to your instrument. Jimi Hendrix used to sleep with his guitar and some expert players are even buried with their horns, violas, and drumsticks. Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, a Hindustani classical musician, once famously said: “If you practice for some time, you may begin to please yourself. After a year, you may become a performer and please the audience. After 30 years, you may please even your guru, but you must practice for many more years before you finally become a true artist—then you may please even God.”
If you get FRUSTRATED, loosen up. Even as a more proficient musician, sometimes it’s just better to close your eyes and play.
If you really want something, go for it. So why hinder this tip?
The way music is brought to life is through play, just as learning is brought to children through play; the joy of music is in the freedom to play. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, especially in the beginning.
When buying an instrument make sure that you play it first, and that it’s of a high enough quality and easy to play. Cheaper instruments not only sound worse, but they’re harder to play and you’re not going to want force yourself through the inadequacies of the instrument. Compare your instrument to other contenders in every price range to find what you like or don’t like about each one. Then buy something simple that you find pleasant.
Cherish your early stages in music making. There is an “innocence” in every musician’s first stages that is lost as they continue learning. Some accomplished musicians spend their whole lives trying to make music this way.
Practice by playing the scale do that till you get that hang of it then work on some songs and new notes.
Determine what typesof music you like. If you are into one of the following types of music consider selecting one of the instruments next to it:
classical – violin, flute, or even cello;
r&b or soul – acoustic guitar;
rock – electric guitar, bass, or drums;
jazz – saxophone or stand up bass;
Irish or Scottish – fiddle, bagpipes, acoustic guitar (mostly as accompaniment), stand up bass;
bluegrass – fiddle, stand up bass, mountain dulcimer
a piano or guitar would probably fit in most of the categories above.
Get friends to play too. Playing an instrument is fun but is better with friends.
Many schools offer renting opportunities so you don’t have to buy an instrument right away. Also, lots of schools can assist with rentals for families with financial difficulties.
WARNINGS : Don’t play when you don’t want to play. A piano is not “worked”, it is played. There is nothing wrong with putting your instrument down to “rest” for a while. Often time away is necessary for the arrival of new ideas and the abandoning of old habits in your music.
Don’t force yourself; you can’t become good overnight. Only by continued playing are you going to improve your skills.
Ignore stereotypes. Just because you are in band or orchestra or some type of music group doesn’t automatically make you a nerd.
TAJ MUSIC TEAM