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    Learning a Musical Instrument

    ArticleWednesday 16 July 2014
    A beginners guide to learning a Musical Instrument...

    Starting out

    If you’re visiting MusicalAds to look for your very first musical instrument, then credit to you. Recent research shows that 35% of Brits would like to learn music or play an instrument, but few actually do anything about it. So in making an effort to purchase one, you’ve gone further than most people do!

    When you first start learning music, you’ll probably find that there can be a lot of information to take in for a beginner. This may impact on the amount of time you spend practicing and how much enjoyment you get out of playing, but as you soon start figuring things out you’ll be pleased you stuck at it.

    If you can, try to purchase a tuition DVD or book to help you along your way. If you find either of these methods too hard to follow or confusing, think about investing in lessons from a local music tutor.

    Stick at it!

    As well as the excitement that lies ahead of emulating your musical heroes, you’ll probably go through a period of frustration where you start to doubt yourself. Maybe you’ll start to think that learning music or playing your new instrument will be too hard for you after all. Maybe you’ll struggle to find as much time as you’d like to play or practice. Don’t worry, most of these feelings are normal when starting out, but stick with it because the sense of achievement when you learn to play your favorite song is well worth it!

    If you do manage to get yourself some music lessons, ask your teacher to develop a practice schedule for you. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away when learning to play an instrument, but try to take your time as much as possible and things should start to happen more naturally. Remember, learning music will force you to use parts of your brain you’re not used to and developing hand eye coordination can be a little tricky if it’s not something you’re usually used to doing.

    Learning Guitar

    If you’re learning a guitar for the very first time, be it electric, acoustic or bass, you’ll probably experience a few physical difficulties for a short while. Remember, standing up (or even sitting down) with an instrument strapped to your body will feel a little strange at first and you may even get a sore neck or back if your instrument is particular heavy.

    To add to this, you’ll probably suffer quite a bit with sore fingers for a while as guitar strings can be quite unforgiving, especially if your not using a pick. Try to limit your practicing time for the first month or two if you can, or at least until your fingers get used to the strings. A little discomfort is perfectly normal at first, but if your fingers really start to hurt it may be your body’s way of telling you to take a break.


    Learning Drums

    For those of you learning drums for the first time, you’ll be faced with a completely separate set of challenges. Firstly, you may be surprised to find that your sense of timing doesn’t come as naturally as you’d have hoped. You’ll probably spend a fair bit of your practice time aimlessly banging your sticks together in a frustrated fashion. Once you’ve got over this, you’ll soon discover that the physical demands placed on a drummer can be just as much if not more than any guitarist or bass player will ever experience.

    Besides being rather tired and worn out after a long practice session, you’ll quickly discover that bad posture will lead you to back and neck pain in no time. It’s something often overlooked by inexperienced drummers, but developing a good posture and technique now, will save you from many muscles strains and injuries in the future.

    Pace Yourself

    Whilst a certain amount of discomfort can be expected from learning any new instrument, it’s best not to over do it when starting out as you may cause yourself injury, putting yourself out of action for several weeks in some cases. However, don’t let this talk of sore fingers and bad backs put you off your instrument completely, as your body will soon adjust and you’ll be enjoying lengthy and regular practice sessions in no time.

    The main thing to remember is to be patient. It’s going to take time for you to achieve your goals, and you’re unlikely to achieve this within the first few weeks. But stick at it, because learning music can be lots of fun, and the rewards will be clear when the time comes to start a band your very first band.

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