Congratulations on your decision to learn how to play an instrument! Be it your very first time or trying something new after years of another instrument, learning how to play a new instrument is an exciting time to take a step back and learn a new skill.
Here are five beginner’s tips for learning a new instrument:
Make The Leap
Beginning to learn a new instrument can be intimidating. If there is a new instrument that you have had your eye on, take the leap and start learning how to play it. Before you even pick up an instrument, there are lots of tutorials and lessons out there that you can watch to get an idea of how the instrument is played.
If you have played another instrument in the past, you can apply those skills to the new instrument. In fact, playing an instrument that is similar to another one you play will help you learn faster.
Taking lessons is essential for beginners learning a new instrument. A proficient teacher will have lesson plans, be positive about teaching, and embrace practical engagement. They will also help instill good habits and prevent you having to relearn everything down the line.
If you work better with others, find a good group to take lessons and practice with.
Start Slow & Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
Whether you are a beginner to playing an instrument in general, or simply starting a new instrument after mastering another, take it slow in the beginning. Pushing yourself to progress faster and push yourself beyond your limits will foster poor habits like bad posture.
If you have questions about your new instrument, reach out to a veteran player or instructor you trust to get their opinion and help.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Like all new skills, you will most likely not get the hang of a new instrument right off the bat. That’s normal! Professional players weren’t born with the skill to play their instrument of choice. Rather, they remained committed to practicing, improving, and accepting the guidance and constructive criticism of others.
Set aside an hour or so each day to go over your scales and practice simple songs like “Mary Had A Little Lamb” before progressing to more difficult concepts.
Set Reasonable Goals
Set reasonable goals for yourself when learning a new instrument. For example, set the goal to practice for at least an hour every evening or learn a song by the end of the month. If you do not reach a goal in time, it’s okay! Take a deep breath a keep going.