Learning an instrument can be a very fulfilling skill to have, and depending on the instrument, it might open you up to a number of opportunities in life. When learning an instrument there are some essential tips that are worth learning in order to be successful. Here are four essential tips for learning an instrument.
Invest In A Decent Instrument
The first thing you want to do is to make sure the instrument you’re investing in is a decent one. Like anything in life, quality is going to help significantly, and with a better instrument, you’re going to get a better sound out of it, which will help when you’re practising. This is important for any instrument, including guitars. It’s also worth considering what level of experience you’re entering at and whether you might want to get a more basic option or you want something that’s going to be more complex.
It’s up to you which one you choose, but it’s always important to invest in your passions or craft, and this rings true when you’re attempting to learn a new instrument.
Practice, Practice, Practice
When you start learning a new instrument, the key to your success is that you practice as often as possible. It’s just like any skill or new subject matter in that you’re not going to know as much about it unless you pick up that book to study or in this case, grab the instrument that’s sitting in it’s storage box or collecting dust in the corner. Many of those who do try to learn an instrument might start and then stop a week or a month down the line.
It’s important that you’re consistent with your learning and that you’re willing to commit to practicing for as long as you can. Yes sometimes you’ll have days where you don’t want to practice, and that’s normal.
Pick Songs You Love
Picking songs you love is a good way to improve your instrument learning skills. When practicing the instrument, it’s better for you to pick a song you actually like, rather than it being a generic one that’s suggested or one that’s suitable simply for the point you’re at in your learning. Music notes are very easy to source online, so make sure you pick out plenty of songs that you enjoy playing and your experience of learning an instrument will end up being much more enjoyable as a result.
Always Look To Challenge Yourself
A challenge is always something that’s going to help you build character and will certainly give you that push you need to work harder. When learning an instrument, it’s always good to try and challenge your skills so that you can better them where possible. Think about how you could level up when learning an instrument so that you are always finding ways to improve quicker and with more success.
Learning an instrument isn’t for everyone, but it can be a lifelong skill that can end up benefiting you in many ways.
Craig Smith is a professional Guitarist, Teacher, and Writer living in Sanford, Florida. Craig has taught guitar lessons, performed 200+ gigs per year for nearly 30 years, and published 4 guitar instructional books. When he’s not gigging or writing, you may find him by the pool with his wife Celeste, 4 Chihuahuas, and a drink. 🎸