How To Become A Talented MusicianPosted by Mike Schuck
Being a musician is not easy, especially if you want to be famous. There are many ways to play an instrument, there’s no limit to what kind of music you can make using technology, and it seems like every artist has their own style!
However, being able to read music and practice consistently is one of the most important things for musicians to have in their toolbox.
Most people who start playing music drop out because they cannot afford lessons or do not feel that this lesson is worth its cost. This is totally normal! It takes a lot of effort to learn how to play an instrument, and it can be expensive depending on where you live and what level you desire to reach.
Fortunately, we have some great tips here for you to try out! These will help you become more knowledgeable about music theory, reading music, and practicing. Whether you are just starting out as a beginner player or you are struggling to advance your skills, check out these tips today.
In no way is this article telling you to start practicing music every day, or even weekly! If you want to become a great musician, practice consistently every week if not every day!
Practicing once per week is better than nothing, but practicing anything less than daily will keep you as a musical amateurish- oomlaang!
We can’t emphasize this enough: it will take hard work and dedication to achieve your goal of becoming a professional musician. Don’t expect to be paid for what you do, nor should you aim to have your voice heard by others unless you are working very hard at it.
Your talent will get you through the early stages, but it will not carry you forever. You will need to invest time in learning how to play well, and investing money in resources to do so.
Just because someone else may pay you for playing does not mean that they would actually listen to you and appreciate your skills.
Find a good teacher
As we have discussed, being a musician is more than just learning how to play an instrument. It is about educating yourself in music theory, song writing, recording technology, etc. And no matter what kind of artist you want to be, there are always new things to learn!
But before you dive into any formal education, you must find a good instructor who can help you hone your skills as a musician. You will need someone with at least a bachelor’s degree in music or performance, and they should have their teaching certification (or make a compelling argument that they do not).
They must know the material well and teach it effectively, and they should be able to create an environment where students feel comfortable practicing and asking questions. They should also be friendly and supportive, and look out for students’ needs. All this may even inspire some practice among them!
There are many ways to find such a person, including word-of-mouth, looking through local music organizations, and checking websites and forums related to musicians.
While learning how to play an instrument is mostly reading material, it’s not enough just to read music. You have to actually apply what you learn by listening to music and playing pieces of music yourself.
There are many ways to listen to music so that you can pick up some tips and tricks from professionals and get inspiration for your own style. Some of these include:
Tuning into radio stations or streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play
Surfing YouTube channels dedicated to musicians
Reading music theory books and blogs
Practicing with headphones (or even earbuds) is the most efficient way to hone your skills. This is because practicing with no distractions helps you focus only on the songs, not if you need to take a break or change instruments.
Learn how to take criticism
As we mentioned before, being a talented musician can sometimes be tricky and stressful. If you need some help or guidance from someone else, there are many ways to get it. You could join a music studio that has teaching assistants for lessons or groups. Or, you could hire a mentor or tutor who will teach you under your supervision.
Whether you’re seeking private tutoring or coaching through an organization, most people in the music industry have free time they can offer to those looking to learn more about music. The hard part is deciding whether you want to invest your money in these services or not!
If you do decide to try one of them, make sure they’re open about what kind of results they expect. Some may feel motivated only when paid full-time, while others may lose motivation after paying their dues. Yours should be able to give you honest feedback and assurances about success if they don’t see it happening quickly.
Being a musician is not easy, it takes time and effort to become successful. You will need to invest in your music consistently throughout your life if you want to make it as a professional artist.
As we know, talent is something that you are born with, but being able to play an instrument well can be learned through practice.
Practice makes perfect!
It’s hard to hold off on practicing when you have wanted something for such a long time, but thinking of it this way can help mitigate that desire. If you think about it as investing in yourself, then it makes sense.
You would never spend money on something that doesn’t pay back very much, so why should you put away valuable resources because you want to see some results soon? Investing in yourself is always worth it. It may take longer than expected to get what you want, but in the end you will feel more accomplished and happy.
Connect with other musicians
As we already mentioned, being a musician is not just about having a good voice or picking out songs well, it is also about connecting with music. If you are trying to learn how to play an instrument, then who you connect with will vary depending on what instrument you want to learn!
For example, someone who wants to learn guitar should be in very close proximity of many guitars. They could even join a group that meets up once a week to practice together.
People who enjoy music and can teach themselves new pieces of music usually love sharing their knowledge so they can connect with others who share this passion.
By learning from others, you will hone your skills as a musician and pick up new tips and tricks too!
Many universities offer courses and seminars for beginners on different instruments. This would be a great way to meet like-minded people while getting some extra lessons too.
Join a band
As we mentioned before, being a musician is not just about having a ton of skills, it’s also about creating your own style, exploring new genres, and working with different musicians and people.
So why don’t more people become professionals? It seems like everyone has access to technology that can help them learn how to play an instrument and/or record music, anyone can pick up a guitar now and then, and there are plenty of resources online for beginners to explore.
It may be because many people get discouraged when they can’t seem to make any progress in their craft or feel that no one else is quite like them — which is totally normal!
But if you’re really passionate about making music and want to take it seriously, then joining a group or starting your own will definitely boost your self-confidence and inspire you to keep practicing.
There’s always someone somewhere who knows more than you do so by serving as a student for other artists, you’ll constantly be learning something new.
Try recording your own music
Reciting, singing or playing an instrument is great way to become more familiar with how music sounds and what styles of music are rooted in this process.
Many musicians start out as song writers before exploring other areas of music production such as guitar, bass, piano or drums. Becoming able to play an instrument is a valuable skill for anyone wanting to develop their musical talent.
Playing an instrument can also be a springboard into teaching someone else how to play, which is another way to advance your skills.
There are many ways to learn how to play an instrument. You do not need to attend expensive lessons or courses that require special certification to get started. There are plenty of free resources available online and you can even find lots of YouTube videos that may help you hone your craft.
Some basic instruments include the violin, flute, trumpet, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and baritone horn. More advanced ones include the recorder (similar to the trombone), guiro (percussion tool similar to a djembe) and anything made from wood including the ukelele and the guitar.
If you’re already have some experience on one of these then why not pick up the rest of the pack? The best way to begin is by laying down your thoughts and ideas onto paper or computer first.
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