The 3 Top Tips For Teaching Yourself An Instrument

Teaching yourself to play an instrument requires wholehearted dedication. While online tutorials and such can teach you to play particular songs, the following three steps will help you hone your abilities even further.

1. Make time to learn.

To learn an instrument, you have to make it a priority. Are you genuinely dedicated to learning it? Will you make time to learn and practice?

Most importantly, you have to reserve at least an hour a few days a week to learn the instrument. You’ll be surprised how quickly an hour goes by when you’re immersed in your playing.

2. Get beginner’s music books.

Many people make the mistake of trying to learn a pop song they like when they first decide to teach themselves to play an instrument. As a result, the process of learning the song is much longer, and the person will not have the skills to readily play other songs, either. So, don’t skip this step or dismiss it as an optional task.

One must go back to the basics to successfully learn an instrument, and the best way is to get beginner’s music books. Whether they’re children’s music books or adult’s music books, any beginner manual that teaches the notes (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and the sharps and flats) and the counts (quarter, half, whole, etc.) will do. Once you study up on this, you’ll slowly but surely be able to sight-read any song you want to learn.

The following video highlights particular books for beginning piano players.

3. Practice.

One of the most important components of success is practice. In your free time, you should practice everything you’ve learned, whether that be actually playing a portion of a song or reviewing new concepts.

As you consistently practice, your muscle memory will kick in. Before you know it, you’ll be as fluent a player as the musician on the recording is!

These steps may seem simple at first, but it takes the dedication and patience of a true student to put these into action. So long as you start from the basics and make time to learn and practice, you’ll definitely improve your musical skills.

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Angelina Hue enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, from instrumental movie scores to alternative indie to Korean pop music. She also likes to make short films and write fiction.

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