Learning a musical instrument can be challenging. If you’ve recently picked up an instrument but are having trouble getting to grips with it, don’t give up. The solution could be to alter your learning methods. Here are just a few ways to overcome that obstacle in your learning.
1. Seek Professional Lessons
If you’ve been self-teaching yourself, it could be beneficial to try a few lessons. This needn’t have to be on a permanent basis – it could simply be to master the basics or to iron out a few bad habits you’ve been making. A few guitar lessons may be able to train you scales and technical fretting techniques to help play those more fiddly parts. You may learn a fingering shortcut when learning that piano part that’s been flummoxing you. There are different types of lessons such as group lessons, one-on-one lessons and even virtual lessons. Choose the one that’s right for you.
2. Try Self-Teaching
Contrastingly, if you’ve been doing lessons up until now and they haven’t been motivating you, it could be worth trying a bit of self-teaching. Some people may find lessons too structured and technically focused. Self-teaching may allow you to learn the pieces you want to learn at your own pace. There are lots of sources out there for self-taught musicians such as Youtube videos, books, advice forums and free tab/sheet music sites.
3. Trade in Your Instrument
No, this isn’t a suggestion to give up and try a new musical instrument entirely. In some cases, it may be a case of swapping out for something better suited to your needs. Left-handers may prefer to learn on a left hand guitar and could be struggling with a conventional one. You may have picked out an instrument with steel strings, when nylon might be better for strengthening your fingertips first. Essentially you may have to mod your instrument a little.
4. Learn to Play Music You’re Passionate About
If you’re learning music that you’re not passionate about, you could be finding it harder to keep motivated. Why not try learning something more to your taste? This could be the fault of a teacher, in which case you should recommend to them songs that you want to learn. Alternatively, if you’re aiming for grades and bound by set pieces, you could learn a few songs that you want to learn yourself on the side to help spur you on.
5. Be Patient
It’s possible, especially if you’re self-teaching yourself, that you could be racing ahead and learning songs above your level. Alternatively, you may be too eager to learn a song, not giving yourself a chance to master each section. Taking things slowly can be the hardest part of learning an instrument – especially as a beginner when all you want to do is learn the cool stuff. There are many guides on helping you to slow down your playing in order to learn faster that could be worth reading. Such a strategy could help become motivated again.