How To Teach Yourself A Musical Instrument

By Subodh / April 23, 2013

There are many reasons why one might want to learn how to play a musical instrument.  Whether you are just looking for a new hobby, think you might want to form a band and have a shot at global superstardom, or somewhere in between, it can be a great thing to do.

As exciting as learning an instrument can be, it can also be quite daunting, especially if you are completely new to music and have no idea where to start. You might also be put off because you cannot afford to pay for lessons, and are unsure about teaching yourself and how successful that is likely to be.

However, there is no need to fret, for success is within your grasp if you apply yourself fully in everything that you do. We put together this quick and friendly guide that will help you to teach yourself an instrument in a reasonably short period of time.

Make a Decision

What do you actually want to learn to play? Have you been inspired by your favourite band, or an arrangement you have seen on the television? Perhaps one of your parents or a friend plays an instrument and you think if they can do it, why can’t you.

Teach Yourself A Musical Instrument

If you are still unsure, but know that you want to do something, head to a music shop and pick up a few instruments, and see which one feels best when you hold it.

Once you have done this, you need to give yourself somewhere at home where you can go to practice on a regular basis.

Listen to What You Like

One of the most frustrating things when it comes to music is the fact that it doesn’t sound great the first time you pick an instrument up. In fact, it can sound downright awful.

However, you will start to get a feel for how to create your own inspirational sounds by spending time listening to the music that you like.

Whether you are just searching for ideas or trying to replicate an arrangement having listened to it, this approach can help hone your own playing style.

Find Resources

Teaching yourself simply means that you aren’t seeking the services of a traditional teacher. However, many resources are available for you to use. Seek out websites that feature video tutorials or hints and tips, as well as mobile apps that will give you suggestions for riffs or even listen to you playing before giving you feedback.

Just because you don’t have a teacher doesn’t mean you should use no guidance at all, you are still teaching yourself!

Do It With a Friend

Learning an instrument can be a bit like getting fit at the gym. If you try to do it yourself, you can lose motivation quickly and find something else to do. Encourage a friend to learn with you so that you can bounce ideas off each other, or if you already play an instrument, find someone who will teach you theirs while you return the favour.

Learning a new instrument can be difficult, but it is also exciting and definitely possible to do on your own. Explore the possibilities of doing so now, and enjoy all the rewards that playing an instrument can bring.