So, one of the goals in your life is to become a musician. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, like everything else in life, it is not as easy as it may seem. Following are a few examples of what you may want to consider before you even pick up an instrument.
- Choose an instrument. Again, it sounds simple; but, in reality it’s not. You may want to begin with a piano, guitar or violin. It a matter of availability here. There are more teachers or instructors for these instruments than you think.
- Of the above list, a piano maybe the cheapest way to start. An upright or baby grand piano is usually quiet expensive, but an electric keyboard is fairly cheap. It doesn’t have be tuned and it is portable.
- If the piano is not your cup of tea, so to speak, look at other instruments in the classical section like woodwind, brass or percussion. Again, they are fairly inexpensive, since there is usually a good selection in second hand stores or pawn shops. They are also portable and do not take up a lot of room.
- Practice, practice, practice! Even if you have a natural talent, you need to hone your skills. Like the old one liner of, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”, the answer is practice!
Treat it like an exercise. Work it into your routine. Do warm ups. Practice every day until it becomes second nature.
- Listen to everything in the music world. Country. Classical. See it as a learning experience. You never know. Taking bits and pieces of different kinds of music and turning it into a new form or technique could be your ticket to professional status.
- Write your own music. Taking your skills to the next level is the mark of a professional. Not only write your own songs, but preform them as well. This will help you refine your technique and also gives a sense of pride and accomplishment.
- Consider joining a band. This topic depends on so many factors, it’s a decision not to be made lightly. Do you have time in your life for rehearsals, show dates and public appearances? Does your lifestyle leave enough time for this in addition to your other obligations and responsibilities? Here again, it depends on each person and their ambitions in life.
- Record your music. There are many diverse levels in this category. You can purchase inexpensive recording equipment to be used in your home, or you can rent a studio for an hour or two fairly reasonably in some areas. The important thing is that, when you’re ready, you can play your music for others. Start a band page on Youtube or Facebook.
We have discussed different ways you can become a musician. Some involve investing some money, while all demand an investment of time and dedication. It could be an investment well worth it if your dreams become reality.