Top Music Tips for Beginners And Pros!
Whether you have played an instrument for many years or you are just starting, we know that anyone can improve their musicianship regardless of their skill level.
To take that next step towards starting to play an instrument, working to hone your skills, or playing professionally, here are some excellent tips to begin your musical journey:
After 25 years of teaching music, I have heard all of the resistance from my students, young and old. “I don't have time”, “I am just too old”, “I am not musical”, “I can’t sing”, “I never played an instrument as a child”.
For every reason I have heard not to play, I have a student in my school that has overcome that particular challenge. Starting is all it takes.
Find a Teacher
Taking lessons is the most effective way to become a good musician, no matter what your skill level. A professional teacher is a great way to start. They will immediately help you to feel “at home” with the instrument. Having weekly lessons will help you to start good habits.
Professional musicians have concrete techniques that help hone and improve their skills. Set a daily time to warm up with these. As I always tell students, “Don’t walk by your instrument without playing it! Even if it is for 5 minutes. Pick it up. Play it!”
Realistic goals help you feel a sense of achievement as your skills begin to develop. Whether it is learning a scale or memorizing a song you are singing, small goals are just as exciting.
Recently we had an adult recital (with wine and cheese) at the studio. It was heartwarming to see so many adults achieve their goals!! Watching their smiles and enjoying the cheers from other students as they accomplished playing or singing their song was truly a delight!
When you have mastered your song, record it! It is indeed a joy to see a young musician in the recording studio. After our engineer plays an accomplished song or album for an artist, you can see the contentment not just in their eyes, but in their whole body.
Be Patient & Keep it Fun
Make sure to remember to be patient. It will take time to learn. Keep it fun and remember that music is for your enjoyment.
As a final note, I often tell my clients, “You will never have a soccer team at a nursing home, but you will always find a piano.” I have been saying that for years because music is timeless and healing for both the young and the old.