Where Do I start? Start here!
OK, so this is it. You’re finally going to ‘live the dream’ and start to learn to play an instrument. But where do you start? Well, you’ve come to the right place to start off with as, within a couple of minutes, using this 10 point plan, you’ll know exactly how to go about fulfilling your dream!
If you’re a grown up person (you know, like being a kid but with a mortgage, less hair and a higher BMI) and haven’t done so already, make sure you get on to the ‘It’s Not Too Late Discussion’ page on the LMG site. Getting your head in the right place to know that you are just as able to learn an instrument now, as an adult, is really important
Familiarise yourself with everything else that’s going on, here at Learn Music. Guide
It will help to get your head in the ‘learning music’ zone and thus in a better position to be able to tackle step 3.
Pick your instrument. Whatever you do, don’t pick an instrument that you think will be easier to learn. Why? Because 99% of the battle which is learning music is conquering your own will. If you’re starting the journey with an instrument that you’re not all that fussed about you will not stick with learning to play it. Pick the instrument that you really want to play!
Work out how much practice you can dedicate to learning your instrument on a weekly or, even better, daily basis. 15 minutes a day is always going to be better than cramming in 2 hours on a Saturday morning. Regular and often is the key. Try and maintain rhythm and discipline to your learning schedule.
Read the reviews on LMG and don’t necessarily go for the tool that has the highest user rating. What are LMG staff and the different users saying about that particular tool? Do you have a problem with staying motivated? Choose a tool that has the highest ‘Keeping Motivated’ rating. Try and pick a tool that fits as closely to your learning style as you can get
Once you’ve chosen your tool, develop a plan of study (so, perhaps, learn 1 module per month) and STICK WITH IT!!! The most common mistake that those learning anything online make is flip-flopping between one tool to another. This will result in zero progress that you can be sure! Spend as much time as you can on step five to ensure that you end up with the right tool. You should be looking to spend a minimum of six months using the same tool – often much longer.
When you get going, set yourself goals. So, it might be ‘play a Christmas carol in Church next Christmas time’ or, ‘play at my friend’s wedding next summer’. Whatever your goals are, make them big and make them awesome! These goals will power you through the periods where you don’t feel like you’re making much progress
Don’t skip music theory, you’ll be building your music ‘house’ on solid ground. Yes we know that you want to start knocking out the classics, like yesterday, however learning musical theory is so important, to the music learning process. It’s difficult to understate just how important it is. Without the theoretical underpin, the journey to playing an instrument is like taking a road trip without the map. If you’re determined enough, you’ll get there in the end. However, get hooked up with a decent map and you’ll get there quicker and will be a lot less stressed along the way! When you start learning the theory behind music, you’ll quickly discover that it is a billion times easier than you once thought. Music is a totally logical language which though, initially, seems daunting, you’ll quickly get to grips with it. A good music learning tool will feature theory as part of the course, or you can find specific music theory learning tools here, at Learn Music. Guide
Come and visit Learn Music Guides ‘Learning News’ and ‘Be Inspired’ sections often as these will keep you ‘plugged in’ with others in the same situation as you and will help in maintaining your motivation