We all want to be good at what we do, but having the drive and desire doesn't mean there won't be struggles along the way. Take learning to play an instrument for example; it takes patience, persistence and discipline in order to master it. Here are some pointers to keep in mind while learning your chosen instrument.
Make sure you are seated, standing or positioned correctly in relation to your musical instrument. Good posture doesn't only prevent back and neck pains, it will also help you play your instrument more efficiently with less strain.
Each musical instrument is handled differently; the techniques involved in holding a violin is different from that of a trumpet. Learning the correct playing position early on is important so that you can play your instrument properly and most importantly, to avoid injuries.
Most of the time an instrument needs a specific accessory or add-on in order to play and handle it more easily. Determine whether the size, weight or shape of the instrument is right for you. Decide whether you would need an accessory to make playing your instrument more comfortable such as a strap, cushioned stool, lighter strings, etc.
Before you start learning how to play an instrument, it's important to familiarize yourself with the different parts of the instrument, their names and particular functions.
Music teachers would often stress that the best way to stop bad playing habits is to not start having one. There are correct positioning and playing techniques you must learn and be aware of before playing your musical instrument. Ask your teacher, read books, research, familiarize yourself and practice it from the start to avoid developing bad playing techniques.
When learning a new music piece it is advisable to study it closely before you begin to play it. See if there are certain notes you are unsure of playing or symbols you are unfamiliar with. As you slowly begin to play the piece determine and adjust certain finger positions that would help you play the piece more comfortably and effectively.
Sight-reading is the ability to read a music piece without difficulty. It's much like opening a book and reading it; the act is effortless and comes naturally. Tactile-playing is the ability to play an instrument without looking at your hands. This means you have mastered your instrument so much so that you can play it even with your eyes closed.
We've heard it before "Practice makes perfect." and "Perfect practice makes perfect." Even the most eager learner might cringe when told to "practice your musical instrument everyday." There's something about the word "practice" that overwhelms us and tempts us to run out the door. To most the word practice means "drudgery" and "boring." But nowadays, music teachers utilizes new techniques of teaching music in a more motivating and enjoyable way. There are also lots of good method books and practice books available in the market today. The bottom line is, if we want to master our chosen instrument and become good players, we should aim to practice it everyday.