So you’ve got your equipment together, booked in a lesson time and are well and truly underway on your music journey. Firstly, congratulations on getting here, it’s an absolute joy for us to welcome you to the ranks of musicians, it’s a beautiful and noble pursuit and we can’t wait to hear what you come up with.
Every musician has started where you’re sitting, coming to terms with reading music, learning how to hold or play the instrument, the timing, the notes and so on. It’s a challenging but fantastic process and it’s in this time that you’ll set great foundations for your future. This article is intended to give you some “been there” tips and tricks to help you make a great start to your music lessons.
1) Set up a practice routine.
Practice is a fundamental part of learning an instrument and we recommend planning and sticking to scheduled sessions in a comfortable place each week. Set out a plan and make sure you have plenty of material to work through, practice both to improve on and enjoy what you’re doing. We recommend focussed and consistent practice much more than hours on end, though if you’re having a great time, go for it!
2) Marathon not a sprint.
Like with any skill, music takes time to do well, it’s about patience, perseverance and focus. Keeping this in mind will mean you start strong, have realistic expectations about growth and a greater understanding around the ebbs and flows of the musician’s journey. Be patient and kind to yourself and try to work through challenges and frustrations with optimism – you’ll get there!
3) Have application opportunities.
We recommend musicians try and find opportunities to take what they learning in lessons and apply these to different contexts. Whether in performances, band or group settings, jam nights, around a campfire, at school or wherever you can. The power of music really comes to the forefront when it’s put out there for people to hear and as a musician and custodian of this you’ll learn so much about yourself and really step up in your playing.
4) Join a community.
Surround yourself with like minded people, other musicians and creative types who understand the journey and can support you in yours. Working, learning and playing music with others is a beautiful thing and having the support and friendship of your peers will enrich the learning process.
Now let’s make some music!