Lots of adults didn’t learn how to play a musical instrument in school and when they grow up they regret it. If you’re reading this you might be one of them. Do you finally want to become the rock star you’ve always admired? Do you want to learn how to play beautiful music?

You’re lucky because there is still time to learn. It’s never too late to pick up an instrument for the very first time, but I must warn you it’s not easy. If you want to maximize your chances of succeeding you should pay close attention to the following tips.

Choose an instrument you will love

You should choose to play the right instrument because if you don’t you will give up too easily. You’re meant to enjoy yourself and if you don’t like your instrument you have already given up only you don’t know it yet. Walk into any shop and test out a few different instruments if you’re not sure which one you like the best. Once you hold them in your hands you will get a feel for one of them.

Learn the basics quickly

Once you buy an instrument you need to start learning the basics as quickly as possible otherwise you will develop bad habits. You need to start from the beginning, so don’t think you will automatically transform into your favorite rock star. If you look hard enough you will find a few videos on YouTube that will help you start your journey off on the right foot. After you know how to play simple tunes you can move onto the more complicated stuff.

Get into a routine

If you don’t get into a routine you will discover that you don’t want to learn an instrument as much as you thought you did. You will always tell yourself tomorrow is the day you will practice, but tomorrow never comes. I’m sure you’ve experienced this plenty of times in the past. You don’t need to practice every single night, but force yourself to play something at least a few times per week or you’ll be a pensioner by the time you’re making your own music.

Play with experienced musicians

You will find it difficult to become an expert if you play your instrument inside a vacuum every day. Go out and find people who are better than you. Once you start playing with them the speed you progress at will increase faster than you could ever imagine. You just need to go out and find people. Have a look on the Internet and something will come up. There are many possible ways to find people depending on the instrument you play.

Tackle your favorite songs

We’ve already looked at why you should choose an instrument you won’t get bored of and we’re about to go over the same thing again. If you don’t play your favorite songs you will still get fed up because you can’t keep playing ones you don’t like forever. Once you get the basics right you should be able to start playing your favorite songs. Just go slowly in the beginning and you can eventually increase the speed more and more each day.

Pay for lessons

Don’t think you need to do everything on your own. You don’t have to pay for lessons straight away because it’s easy to learn by following a video, but after a while you might get frustrated because you’re not progressing fast enough. Before you throw in the towel you should pay someone to teach you properly. You could get lessons right from the start, but only if you have the money to throw away.

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Today’s guest author, Jessica Stone, is a sales executive at EZY Music Instruments, a musical instruments dealer based in Australia. She is a music enthusiast and an amazing guitarist herself. She is the bass guitarist in a local acoustic band.

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