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...

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...
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!

Top 8 Music Tips By Musicians For Musicians

Top 8 Music Tips By Musicians For Musicians

Are you looking for your music career to thrive?

How about a way to get more out of creating and playing music?

Then this article is for you.

We’ve collected TONS of feedback from various musicians and have come up with this list of the top 8 music tips by musicians…for musicians. We believe in the power of community, in all growing together by sharing these tips. So sit back, relax, and grab a notepad, because this article is chalk full of useful tips and tricks you don’t want to miss.

1) Be True To Yourself

We’re putting this one first on the list for a reason. Your instrument should be an extension of you. The way it looks, feels, and sounds are all reflective of you as an individual. We can’t tell you how many people told us they picked up an instrument they weren’t happy with before switching to one that resonated with them. You know yourself best. Always listen and be true to yourself first.

2) Be Adaptable With Your Style

Now that you’re happy with your instrument and are being true to yourself, experiment with different styles. You must have a base style to get back to in order for this to work. But once you’re comfortable with one, branch out to learn jazz, classical, even heavy metal! Being adaptable and learning different styles of music will give you insight into how other pieces are played, allowing you to pick up some important tips and tricks for your style.

3) It’s Ok To Be Confused And Pause

This one is huge! While you’re learning new styles, new songs, or even a different scale, just relax and breathe. Getting stuck mastering a certain part or getting frustrated and needing a break is totally fine. Remember, if it was easy, everyone would be a rockstar! Just be patient, breathe, take a pause if necessary before coming back to it.

4) Finish And Move On

Let’s say you do get stuck on a certain piece and no matter how hard you try, you can’t finish it. Then MOVE ON! So many famous songs you know and love today started way longer or weren’t believed to be finished by the artist. Sometimes you have to just stop, say you’re done with a certain thing, and move on so it doesn’t keep dragging you down.

5) Share Your Work With Friends And Colleagues

Once you’ve reached a finishing point, it’s time to share the magic! Invite your friends over or send the piece you were working on electronically. Feedback is an important and necessary step in a musician’s process. You’ll receive valuable insight into what they loved, didn’t love, and what should be improved upon.

6) Work With Others And You’ll Both Grow

When you share your friends, some of them may love your style of music and want to collaborate on a piece with you. Accept their offer! Making music with a friend or colleague will greatly increase your music expertise since you’ll get to see another person’s style and see how well their instrument compliments yours. Plus, making music with friends is fun!

7) Get Over Writer’s Block

This one is a little trickier which is why we saved it as one of the last ones. Getting over writer’s block is tough and affects everyone, no matter if they’re an artist or not. From what we’ve found, an easy way to get over writer’s block is by writing down your goals with the song. Do you want the song to portray love? Family? To make a statement? Once your goals are written down, take a break and do something else. When you come back to your goals later, you’ll have much better luck with coming up with more things to write or say that fit your message.

8) Jump In Head First

Last but certainly not least…jump in head first! You now have all these valuable tips and tricks. But what are you going to do with this information? Are you going to switch over to Netflix or take another nap? No! The only way to promote real change and get better at becoming a musician is by jumping right in and getting started. We’re ready. Are you?