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?