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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

Is music something in life that you can’t go without? For me it definitely is! Just relaxing, listening to some contemporary music, and thinking about my day is a way that I wish that I could spend every moment of my life. Music is everywhere! In nature, while you shop, at sports events, during school, etc. Have you ever thought about contributing to the music world? But… where would you start? All you gotta do is: Choose that lucky instrument that will be best for you, bring together some scraps of money and purchase it, be excited and practice, practice practice, as well as a few other things! You can do it!  There is just about a guide for anything these days. How to pick a new puppy, how to start a blog, how to become an entrepreneur and use… How to choose an instrument. 

Choosing An Instrument:

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When choosing an instrument, consider where you live. If you live in a small one-bedroom apartment a drum set, a grand piano, and an organ probably isn’t going to be the best choice for you. Perhaps considering something smaller such as a guitar, a ukulele, or a keyboard. 

Find some sort of balance when it comes to time management. Find also what your heart desires. If you just want to learn how to play the piano just so you can perform in hospitals and the airport when you’re there, maybe rethink this? Unless you’re accident-prone, or a mass traveler, that isn’t a realistic goal.

Another tip would be exploring your options and preferences. Think about the questions: Which genre of music do you like? What kinds of sounds do you like? What is your music personality? Dramatic, slow, wild, contemporary, plain, bassy? 

Get Yourself An Instrument

Choosing an instrument can be hard. A tip is that almost every instrument at first try can feel awkward. Just like learning how to ice skate. Your shoes might feel weird (fingers) and you might get blisters (sore) but with practice, your body gets used to the change!

Think about the cost. Just like anything you buy you have questions running through your mind

How long will it last?
How much do I want to spend?
Do I NEED this? Or do I WANT this? 
Will I be happy with it in the future? 

Make sure you don’t go overboard on this decision. Just like if you were to buy your first car, you’re not going to go out and buy something worth 4 houses… Start small to save for the future! Second-hand stores, craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, garage sales and just searching the web can be a great place to start when it comes to buying an instrument. Think about the cost. Just like anything you buy you have questions running through your mind

Practice Makes Perfect:

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Practicing after a while can get tiring, but it’s important. When you’re practicing make sure you are doing it right, that way when you have it mastered, you won’t have to learn it the RIGHT way. 

Picking Those Songs

There are many great song learning books out there! If you don’t read music you can go with chords or play by ear. If you find yourself liking classical music, then when practicing, pick something in that genre. I myself have had trouble getting into the role of playing classical as a person who loves pop culture. Trying new genres can also improve your skills.

Find that artist that you love and go for the simplified version until you got the basics mastered and you can add some of the ‘oomph’ to it! Lists of songs have the same chords over and over again. For example, Dear August by P.J Harding and Noah Cyrus.

Pay attention to this verse:

Am                                C

Slowly, why’s the morning come so slowly

                     F                        C   C/B

When I got no one to hold me through the dark?

This line is special because it consists of the chords, Am, C, F, C, C/B. Then it goes onto the second part:

Am                                 C

Patient, they tell me that love is patient

                      F                C

But it never wants to wait on my drunk heart

You end up seeing that same pattern again, Am, C, F, C, C/B

Just like children’s books, when a child is just learning to read, repeated words can help them remember the sounds and the words. Music is the same way! 

Find Out A Way Of Learning:

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Finding Those Other People:

Today there are so many great sites out there that can help you learn your instruments. For example, Ultimate-guitar.com. I most definitely recommend this!, Youtube, Tik-Tok, and so many others! Finding tutors can also be helpful. Ask the people around if they have any teacher recommendations. Again, think about your costs. Music lessons can be expensive… 

Having an excuse, other than just playing at a hospital, can help you improve. Hanging out with friends and having a jam session, joining the youth group worship team, starting a sibling band, having a mini-neighborhood concert can really help you! 

So, why should you even bother to learn a new instrument? There are many benefits to music! It can help expand your brain growth, improve your language skills, and can build your memory, attention, and concentration.

“Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Sources:

How to: 7 tips to learning a new instrument. (n.d.). Gulfnews.com. https://gulfnews.com/entertainment/music/how-to-7-tips-to-learning-a-new-instrument-1.65368679

Woeppel, M. (2021, June 17). Four Tips for Picking the Perfect Musical Instrument. Music with Megan. https://www.musicwithmeg.rocks/post/four-tips-for-picking-the-perfect-musical-instrument

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