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13 things they don’t tell you about learning a new instrument


You might think that learning a new instrument would be an easy job; they make it look easy on the TV, right? Wrong.

It’s probably more difficult that you think. But that’s not to say it’s totally impossible. Before you venture into the unknown, we’ve provided you with a few things you should probably know before picking up your brand new, shiny instrument.

1) Choosing an instrument is the easy part: There’s so many to choose from, you can’t really go wrong.

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2) Take care of your new instrument: They’re expensive to buy and just as expensive to fix. Be kind to your instrument.

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3) Instruments can be expensive: Picking one might be easy but paying for it might not be. Have a long think before you decide because it’ll become your best friend for a long time.

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4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help: No question is too silly. Ask away.

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5) YouTube tutorials are life-savers: There’s loads of videos on YouTube, from beginner to advanced; there’s tutorials for all levels. And best of all, it’s all free!

6) Nobody started off perfect: You’re not alone. Even the most advanced performer started off at the bottom. You’ll get better, keep going.

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7) You’re going to have to get used to the extra baggage: Bigger instruments are going to be a real challenge to carry around. You’ll have to bear the extra weight (and maybe look a little bit silly).

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8) Tuning is important: It’s not always your fault. If something doesn’t sound right, try tuning your instrument, it might fix the problem.

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9) Reading music is a lost skill: You’ll be surprised by the amount of pop stars who can’t read music. If you’re thinking about becoming a musician, this will help you greatly.

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10) Start learning at school: Lessons at school will definitely help you in the long run.

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11) Consider starting your own band: If there aren’t any bands nearby, find out if any of your friends would like to start a band. Who knows; you might become the next One Direction.

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12) Practice, practice, practice: You won’t get any better if you don’t practice. Squeeze it in wherever possible.

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13) Have fun with it: The most important aspect of learning an instrument is to enjoy it. The more you enjoy it, the easier it will be.

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Don’t forget to let us know how you’re getting on with your new instrument @maximumpop

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