Are you an aspiring Beethoven or Mozart? Do you yearn for the dulcet tones of the ukulele? Or perhaps you just want to learn three chords and be able to play pretty much any rock song? Whatever your musical aspirations, learning an instrument requires time, dedication and commitment. It can also be a lot of fun, and open the doorway to incredible new skills and opportunities. To help you on your journey, The Insurance Emporium have put together the top tips for learning a musical instrument to help you kick-start your practice!
Choose your weapon!
The first and most obvious element to learning an instrument is to pick one. Some are easier than others to learn, with stringed instruments typically having a reputation for being trickier. Consider how much time you will have to dedicate to learning and practicing, as well your prior musical knowledge, to help you decide.
Slow and steady
First things first; learning to play an instrument is not easy. Tempting as it may be you are not going to pick up a guitar and immediately blast out a note-perfect rendition of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Regular and consistent practice is essential in order to progress; it will be well worth it in the long run.
The theory of everything
It may seem dry, dull and likely to get in the way of the fun stuff, but equipping yourself with a good knowledge of music theory may actually make you a better player. By having a sound knowledge of the ‘language’ of music, you will be in a better position to read and interpret the notes and pieces you encounter.
Practice makes perfect!
It may be a cliché, but it is also accurate: you will only improve if you practice, practice, practice. Even just twenty minutes to half an hour a day will keep your brain active and alert, allowing you to put your new skills into practice and make progress. Too long between sessions will result in having to constantly revisit familiar ground, which is not only unproductive, but frustrating for the learner.
Find an expert
Though it is possible to teach yourself an instrument, it always helps to have a professional on hand who can answer questions, give advice, and prevent any bad habits from forming or developing. This may also give you a sense of accountability; you will be required to practice outside of lessons and be able to show progress. This can help if you are worried you will put off practice!
Learning a musical instrument can open the doorway to a vast array of new skills and fun. Here at The Insurance Emporium we want to make sure you can focus on enjoying your new instrument without worrying. Why not check out our Music Insurance for some more peace of mind? You could even bag a 25% Introductory Discount* as an added bonus!
*25% Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
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