There are many benefits to learning music that can have a positive change in your life. Besides relieving stress, it also improves your health, enhances cognitive function, allows deeper appreciation for music, and motivation to learn music. The following guide includes eight tips to learning music and its benefits.
Be sure to clear distractions when learning music. Common distractions include the frequent buzzing and beeping of electronic devices that can be placed on airplane mode. This will make it a lot easier to focus while practicing your instrument.
Learn the basics. Begin learning the musical alphabet that consists of seven letters (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G). There are also five other notes between each of these that are either sharp or flat. A note that is sharped raises the pitch by a half step, while notes with a flat symbol lower the pitch a half step. After you learn the musical alphabet, familiarize yourself with the basic elements of reading sheet music to apply what you’ve learned. As you continue to advance musically, learn the differences between scale and pitch, and try to familiarize yourself with different chords and rhythm.
Music theory. After you have learned the basics, you can start learning how to identify key signatures written on sheet music, chords, scales, and notes that you hear. Try using your instrument or sing to identify notes written on a staff. This is a great way to practice and apply your knowledge of musical notes and train your ear. A great way to supplement your learning is to use websites like Toned Ear that provide musicians a way to test their knowledge of intervals, chords, and scales.
Learn an instrument. First, it is important to identify what kinds of music you like. Contact your local music store and try different instruments. This will help you determine what instrument would be a good fit. After you find your instrument, take lessons from a professional who plays that instrument. Music instructors provide the support and guidance to help you refine your skills. Make a daily practice schedule and stick to it.
Practice playing notes, scales, and chords on your instrument. As you’re mastering the basics, try them out with your instrument. Begin playing the notes themselves on your instrument so you can familiarize yourself with the notes, then move on to scales, and chords (only for harmonizing instruments, such as a piano or string instrument). This will help you learn the technique that you need to play musical pieces.
Make a daily practice schedule. Learning an instrument is not something you can do overnight. It requires time and dedication over a long period of time. If you are a beginner, start with small increments of time, gradually building to longer periods that will become routine.
Set concrete goals for yourself each week. Make sure that they are realistic and that they are not general aspirations. A music instructor can help you create weekly and monthly goals so you can measure your successes.
Patience. It is important to remain open-minded and patient when learning music. Music, similar to any skill we develop, takes time to learn and to master properly, and can take years to master.
Embrace today’s technology. There are many apps that have made it easier to learn music that include metronomes, tuners, and recordings, making learning music more convenient than it has been before. Soundcorset is one of the most complete apps, that includes a tuner, metronome, and recorder in one.
Learning music is an individual process that depends on the type of music you like and your instrument, for example. There are musical exploration courses that are designed to introduce young people to music. One of these courses, called Music Adventurer, teaches people of any age to make their own instrument and experience the joy of music-making with a professional teacher, and Australian instrument maker, Linsey Pollak! These classes are offered as an introduction to music for four weeks, once per week, online. For more information about Music Adventurer, and to sign up, click here.