Do you have the urge to make your own music, but have never had lessons? Don’t despair, it’s never too late to learn to play a musical instrument, regardless of your age. While most professional musicians learnt to play while they were young, music experts say that you can successfully learn to play an instrument at any age. All it takes is perseverance and lots of practice.
If you decide that you want to learn to play a musical instrument, make sure to have a read of our helpful tips below:
1. Consider the type of instrument you want to play
Perhaps you have always wanted to play the piano or guitar, or perhaps you have no idea what instrument to learn, and that’s okay.
If you enjoy rock music, why not learn to play the bass, guitar or drums? If you prefer classical music, then why not learn to play the piano, flute or violin? There are so many different instruments to choose from; it is simply about finding the right one.
2. Try it out before you buy
Once you have decided on an instrument, make sure to try it out before you buy. It is important that you like the feel and sound of it, as much as you like the idea of it.
Speak to the staff in the music store and ask for some help and advice. Explain that you are thinking about learning a musical instrument and need some help picking the perfect one. If you have a budget to stick to, make sure also to mention that to the sales assistant.
3. Take some lessons
Have a look online and in the newspaper for local music teachers who can provide you with bespoke music tuition.
For lower cost lessons, look out for group lessons that are held in community centres and halls. Taking group sessions is an excellent way to cut the cost of learning to play an instrument. Plus, it will allow you to meet other like-minded people.
4. Set yourself goals
What are your goals for playing an instrument? Do you want to join a local band and perform in concerts or do you want to play music for yourself and your family?
Think about what your overall aims are, and why you are learning a musical instrument. Is it for yourself or is it so that you can perform?
Professional musicians practice for up to eight hours a day, however even half an hour of practice each day can help you to improve.
Set aside small time slots each day to use to practice in, these can either by 15-minute slots or half an hour sessions; it is up to you. Just make sure to practice playing your instrument on a regular basis.
6. Learn the theory
To become a good musician, it is important that you take the time to learn the theory as well as learning to play the instrument.
Take the time to learn the scales and rudiments of the music, and you will become a much better player.