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Tips for Learning to Play a Musical Instrument

May 8th, 2013 Inspirational

It's fairly common for people to assert that they have no musical abilities, but for many this isn't true - they just haven't had the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. With some practice, you may soon be on your way to dazzling friends and family with your newfound skills.

Choosing your instrument
There are dozens of instruments to choose from, but it may be easier to choose one that is fairly commonplace across musical genres and stores. Something like guitar, piano, trumpet or other common instruments will often be available for both renting and purchase at a large number of stores. If you do decide you like your instrument and you want to own it, there may even be rent-to-own options.

Finding a teacher
Another benefit of a more traditional instrument is that it can easier to find a teacher. While it may seem odd to seek the help of a music teacher as an adult, many musicians are willing to teach anyone who wants to learn. It can be very intimidating try to learn from books and videos without any guidance, and a teacher will be able to provide corrections for technique that you may miss.

Oftentimes potential music teachers will leave flyers in locations seen by many people like coffee shops and bulletin boards. Looking online may help to find a larger pool of teachers as well. If you live near any music schools, you may be able to enlist the help of students who are very knowledgeable and who may be willing to provide lessons at a lower rate than a professional.

With music it's important to practice your instrument at least a few times a week. This will help you remember scales and forms as well as instill the proper hand motions into your muscle memory. While you should practice often, you don't necessarily have to slave away for hours at a time. Just playing your instrument in half hour sessions will be a great help.