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7 Tips If You Are Serious About Learning an Instrument

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Have you ever wanted to learn to play an instrument? Even if you already make beautiful music on your piano, guitar, or other instrument, it could be time to try something new. When you are serious about taking on this challenge, consider some tips to help you out.

1. Buy, Don't Rent

The first thing to do is to buy an instrument, instead of renting or leasing. Some music shops and online vendors may offer used instruments, which can be an affordable way to get started. Not sure what you want to play? Experiment with a few different instruments, like piano or guitar, before committing to buying your own instrument.

2. Get a Teacher

Even though you may find online tutorials or videos to help you learn, take a class or lessons when you begin to play your instrument. Hands-on instruction is likely to make it easier to adapt to playing. Lessons will also provide a sense of accountability, which may motivate you to practice more.

3. Claim a Space

Dedicate a space in your home for practicing your instrument; even if you live in a small apartment, try to carve out a small space where you can leave your materials, music, and instruments in between playing. Make sure that others in the home know that it is your music studio, and keep your space off-limits to prevent any damage to your instruments.

4. Set Your Schedule

You should block off times to ensure you don't get too busy to play your instrument. Create a tactile schedule that you hang on the fridge or in your cubicle that outlines exactly when you will practice. Seeing it written down can help you prioritize your music. Make your instrument a priority and try to get in a little bit of play time every day to keep you interested and inspired.

5. Be Vigilant and Courteous

Speaking of practice, you really must be vigilant about practice time when you are first learning to play, but also be courteous. Think of others that live close and where and when you practice in shared living spaces, especially in apartments. Disturbing the peace by playing at all hours or on the other side of a shared wall can cause problems. Talk to neighbors to ask when the best times are to play your music.

6. Don't Do It Alone

Grab a buddy to learn or play an instrument with you; this can help keep you on track and inspired. Check local music shops for jams and get-togethers for area musicians. Playing music with others is is great for practice! Plus, it is always reassuring to have a cohort when you are learning a new skill, so don't go it alone.

7. Integrate Music in Your Life

Begin to integrate more music in your life. For example, start observing and attending concerts and events that expose you to other musicians. This can be helpful when you are learning, especially when they play the same instrument as you. Download piano concertos and guitar solos to hear how the instruments sound and to try and identify familiar notes or chords.

Learning to play a new instrument is an excellent hobby at any age. In fact, studies show that seniors who learn to play any instrument over age 65 reap both physical and mental health benefits. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn something new and to enjoy the therapeutic effects that music can have.

Ready to get serious and learn how to play a new instrument? Check with Rhapsody Piano and Guitar for new and used instruments to get you started in this endeavor. To stay on-track, use these tips to hone your skills and improve your playing while you enjoy the sense of accomplishment and pure joy that comes from making music.
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