10 Ways How To Practice Music and Improve at a Quicker Rate

Practice makes perfect. You’ve heard that saying so many times by now it has probably lost its meaning! Like anything in life, if you want to get good at an instrument, it takes practice and time. But what is the best way to practice music? We’ve compiled a list of 10...
Accelerate Your Music Career in 5 Easy Steps

Accelerate Your Music Career in 5 Easy Steps

Are you tired of putting off your music career?

Are you ready to take the next step towards becoming a better musician and accomplishing your musical goals and dreams?

If you are, then this article is for you.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 most helpful tips in accelerating your music career, putting you on the path towards long-term success.

1) GET ORGANIZED

The very first step in accelerating your music career is getting organized. If your goal is to make this into a full-time job with a full-time income, then you need to start treating it like one.

Create a music space in your house/apartment where all you do is work on your music. That way, you’ll be in the proper mindset every time you enter your music space.

Keep a detailed calendar to write down any appointments (and always show up early) regardless of if you’re meeting with someone who wants to make music with you or if this person could be your future manager.

Start a spreadsheet to keep track of your expenses. Yes, snacks and travel time count as expenses!

And of course, always meet your deadlines.

2) SET GOALS

Setting goals is extremely important in advancing your music career. Whether you’re just starting out and have the goal to master a new scale in an hour or if you want to land 2 live shows this week at new venues, setting goals (realistic ones), is extremely helpful.

Plus, setting small goals and then achieving them, releases positive correlation endorphins, making you want to continue setting and succeeding in your goals even more.

3) SHOW UP IN PERSON

Now you’ve gotten organized and you’ve set goals, what’s next?

You need to start showing up to places in person, putting yourself out there! Maybe this means going to a local bar with live music and talking with the musicians after their set. Even if this doesn’t turn into you joining their band or landing a gig at that venue, having more connections in the music industry will certainly help you go a long way.

Side note on this one: Don’t be afraid to ask the person who runs the bar if you can perform one night. Say you’ll even do it for free the first time so they have nothing to lose! No’s will happen every now and then. But that’s part of life. You accept it, practice more, and try again.

4) HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE

There are SO MANY social media outlets and websites out there now to help support musicians online. You don’t need to be on all of them. But you should choose one or two and stick to it. Have a place where fans can donate to you, listen to your music, and know where/when you’re playing.

Don’t use this as a substitute for having your own website, though. You should definitely build up your brand and have a main website which you manage and customize directly. However, having those one or two extra platforms gives you added credibility and helps people find your music from different sources.

5) MAKE A TEAM

Once you’ve followed the other 4 steps, you’re ready to make a team of like-minded individuals.

Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration!

Post in online chat rooms, go to meetups at local bars and find a team that’s going to help you be the best that you can be.

Your team could just be you and a manager. But it could also be a mentor, music teacher, drum player, bassist, agent, label, PR company, etc. Making a team is an essential step in helping you advance your music career. Plus, it’s more fun with other people involved anyways!

How To Become a Better Musician in 10 Easy Steps

How To Become a Better Musician in 10 Easy Steps

Being a musician is AMAZING.

It’s also hard work, though.

If you only pick up your instrument once every few days, you’ll have a hard time being as good as your friend who practices daily.

But you know what? There are ways to get better over time. And from our expert sources, we’ve compiled a list for you of helpful tips and tricks.

So whether you’re a rising star or someone just picking up their first instrument, here are our top 10 tips on becoming the best musician you can be.

1) ‘EXERCISE’ DAILY

First, make sure to exercise daily. Yes, your physical health is important, but we’re talking about warm-ups with your instrument and daily practicing! Professional musicians almost always warm-up with a scale or routine set before a big show.

And practice makes perfect. Engrain those scales and songs in your head by practicing every day and setting a schedule for yourself. Once all your scales are down, you can make the exercises even more exciting, customizing it to fit your playstyle!

2) SET GOALS

Setting realistic goals is an important part of being a musician. If you’re just picking up a new instrument, your goal can be learning a new scale today or even learning a new song by the end of the week. If you’re more advanced, try a more difficult goal like adding a new part to your solo routine.

Goal setting with anything in life is a great way to feel more accomplished and have something to work towards without feeling overwhelmed in the process.

3) BE PATIENT

This one is huge! It takes a long time to get good at something, even longer to master it. Just remember: It’s ok to make mistakes and it’s ok to take a break when you get frustrated. We all hit walls and stopping points at times. So just be patient, play what you feel in your heart, and don’t give up hope.

4) FIND A TEACHER

Once you’ve decided you really want to start taking your instrument seriously, it’s time for you to get a teacher. Having someone to play to and perfect your style with is extremely helpful. Your music teacher will also be able to give you helpful tips and tricks on how he or she mastered the instrument.

And for those of you strapped for cash, YouTube has a ton of musicians offering free courses, walkthroughs, and demos!

5) KNOW YOUR INSTRUMENT

Understanding techniques and scales is one thing, but what happens when your instrument has a broken piece? When it sounds off? Make sure to take time to know and understand your instrument inside and out. Know the parts that make up your instrument and even how often you should be cleaning your instrument.

Knowing your instrument also helps you play certain songs better by knowing the best key to play them in or the best part of your instrument to play that specific song on.


6) MAKE SURE YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT KEY

Knowing which key you’re in is essential to mastering songs, playing with others, and even when improvising. Remember to practice your daily scales and to continue learning more scales since each one focuses on a specific key. The more scales you know, the better you’ll be able to know when you’re in the right key and when you’re not.

7) HAVE A JAM SESSION

Now that you know your instrument inside and out, you practice daily and know what key you’re in, it’s the perfect time to organize a jam session with some friends! One of the most fun parts of being a musician is playing with others and hearing multiple different instruments coming together to produce a harmonic sound.

If you don’t have any friends that are musicians, set up an ad on craigslist, post in meetup, or even hit up some local bars and talk to the musicians after their sets. Playing music with others is a great way to receive constructive feedback and grow as a musician.

8) USE ONLINE RESOURCES

There are so many online resources available that some are saying this is the easiest time to learn new music and master songs than ever before. You can look up tabs for almost any song you can think of, find a video on how to best play that song, and even put other instruments in as background music while you’re recording.

9) STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

If you want to grow as a musician, and even as a person, it’s important to step out of your comfort zone once in a while.

Whether this means playing a song that is way different than your preferred style or even just playing live with others, stepping out of your comfort zone is a great way to progress.

10) HAVE FUN!

And lastly, have fun! Being a musician can get frustrating at times but it’s also important to remember what got you into playing music in the first place. You never want practicing or rehearsing to become a chore. So take breaks when needed, listen to others for inspiration, and have a blast playing your favorite instrument and rocking out to your favorite songs.

10 Ways How To Practice Music and Improve at a Quicker Rate

10 Ways How To Practice Music and Improve at a Quicker Rate

Practice makes perfect.

You’ve heard that saying so many times by now it has probably lost its meaning! Like anything in life, if you want to get good at an instrument, it takes practice and time.

But what is the best way to practice music?

We’ve compiled a list of 10 helpful tips on how to get more out of your practice sessions. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

1) MAKE A MUSIC ROOM

First on our list is putting together the perfect practice room. You should devote a section of your room or even an entire room, strictly for practicing.

Make sure to put anything in there that would help you better focus and minimize distractions. For example, a computer for looking up tabs and recording yourself, a speaker, paper, pens, and of course, water.

2) GET IN THE MOOD FOR MUSIC

Try not to force this part! You won’t always be in the mood to practice. But sometimes it’s easy to to get yourself in practice mood, even if you’re not feeling super motivated.

Listen to some of your favorite songs, hold your instrument, and remember what first got you into playing music. Usually, some of these small but effective tips can snap someone right into the proper mood for playing some music.

3) PRACTICE/WARM UP

Next, make sure to practice scales and warm up before jumping right into a difficult piece. Scales are your bread and butter when it comes to warming up. Once you’ve warmed up with some scales, try playing a song you know like the back of your hand. After a quick warm-up, you’ll be ready to go and your mind and body will be fully in music mode.

4) KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO AND WHAT YOU CAN’T

If you’re a beginner, don’t try learning a difficult song just because it’s your favorite. Start small and work your way up to difficult pieces. Even more advanced musicians struggle with this point and try to jump up on stage without fully playing through a song enough times. Learning and playing music is no rush, so start slow and find out what you can do and what you can’t.

5) SET GOALS

Once you’ve found your baseline, start setting goals and items to work towards. Whether that means learning a new scale in an hour or mastering a song in a week, set goals which challenge you while at the same time being realistic as to whether or not you can hit that goal.

Goal setting is extremely important to achieving more during your music practices.

6) SOLVE PROBLEMS

You may occasionally run into problems along the way while you practice more and more. Maybe you’re stuck on a certain point in a song. Problem solve, and figure out the best solution to this problem you’re having. Maybe the solution is looking up someone playing the song on YouTube or even hiring a music teacher.

7) TAKE NOTES

Always always always take notes. Bring a pencil and paper into your practice sessions so you can write down where you get stuck, what you need to work on, and even helpful little tips that you come across and don’t want to forget.

8) LEARN ABOUT YOUR INSTRUMENT

Being a great musician means you know about more than just the song you’re playing. You should know what to do if your instrument breaks, how often you clean your instrument, even what to do if your instrument goes out of tune. Sometimes you’ll find that playing a song in a slightly different way on your instrument will make a big difference.

9) RECORD YOURSELF

Be sure to record yourself when you practice! You’ll not only be able to hear which parts you need to improve on but also you’ll be able to see which parts give you the most tension or when you have an awkward stance. Almost all professional musicians record themselves and take notes while playing back the recording. This simple action can greatly improve your practice sessions.

10) TREAT YO’ SELF

The iconic catchphrase, Treat Yo’ Self, from Parks and Rec holds true to getting more out of your practicing as well. Once you’ve had a great jam session, reward yourself! Giving yourself a reward releases common association endorphins and makes practicing more enjoyable since your mind knows you’re getting a reward at the end.

And lastly, remember to take a break if you hit a wall or you don’t feel in the music mood on a certain day. We all get frustrated at times and hit a stopping point. It’s better to take a break and come back to it tomorrow as opposed to disliking practice in the process. You never want practicing to be a chore. But instead, something you enjoy doing!