A New Musical Hobby

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If your looking for a new hobby, learning how to play a musical instrument can be a great start. There are so many different variations of instruments that can be learned: Brass, wood, percussion, piano, stringed and these are just to name a few. Learning how to play an instrument is extremely beneficial in multiple categories. Learning how to play an instrument will teach you patience. Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, learning how to play an instrument is the exact same concept. It takes repetition, time and a whole lot of patience to be able to learn, but it’s my personal opinion that anyone can learn how to play as long as they put their mind to it.

So where to start? Think about the types of music that you enjoy most. Rock and roll, swing, hip hop, rap, blues, country or soul. These are just a few genres that feature the presence of multiple musical instruments. figure out which style is best for you and research what kinds of instruments are featured in your favorite genre of music. Pick your favorite one. Be aware that with certain instruments you may have a larger difficulty in learning than others, for example, you could learn how to play the kazoo, or the didgeridoo. One instrument may be more difficult to learn how to play than another, but just remember to practice patience and diligence.

There are all kinds of ways to learn how to play the instrument of your choice. Private lessons from an experienced professional are, in my opinion, the best way to go. Professionals that teach are obviously skilled in the musical realm and special in certain instruments. It may cost you a pretty penny, or maybe they might be feeling generous, either way private professional lessons are always a possible option. Personally, I play a few instruments but my favorite is the acoustic guitar. Overall, I taught my self how to play. I had a few friends show me one or two things in the beginning but the majority of my learned experience came from looking up methods via the Word Wide Web. We live in a world of technology and it can even teach us things that we relied on trained professionals for in the past. I once heard a teenager taught himself how to fly a plane using simulators on YouTube, so you never know. The sky is literally the limit.

If you choose to learn how to play acoustic guitar, I recommend using my favorite tablature website to get started. Ultimate-guitar is a great place to learn tablature, which is a form of reading music specific to the stringed instrument community. Also, chord charts are a great way to learn chords.


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