Learning how to play music isn’t easy, especially for adults.
Of course, some aspiring musicians make it harder on themselves than others. Learning music is much like learning a language because it actually is a language itself. You have to put the same dedication into the art and science of music that you would into learning how to speak Spanish.
There is a physical and a mental element of music. That is why it is so hard for some people. Some focus one thing so much that they struggle in other areas. It is important to use a balanced approach to learning. There are plenty of resources out there, including music workbooks for teaching yourself how to play, that you can use to become the musician that you want to be.
As stated earlier, some people have issues learning music. They sometimes blame music itself or the instrument, but in a lot of cases, their own actions were the impetus for their failure. The following are three reasons that people don’t get where they want to be on their chosen instrument.
They don’t take lessons – There is a segment of adult learners that avoid taking private lessons at all costs. Some of these people look at it as a form of cheating. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. A good teacher can help you avoid developing bad habits in your technique. These can come back to haunt you down the road as you get into more challenging technical aspects of your instrument or music theory.
They don’t listen to music – Musicians who avoid listening to music are another huge problem. How can you improve as a musician if you aren’t regularly listening to music? That’s like trying to learn how to be a writer but never reading a book! It’s important to be an active listener so that you can develop your ear just as much as you develop your hands.
They don’t practice enough – There is a physical aspect of playing music. If you don’t play on a regular basis, you will get out of shape. Not only will that hurt their future development, it could actually make them regress.
If you want to learn how to play an instrument at least proficiently enough to enjoy it as a hobby you should avoid doing these three things. Don’t be afraid to ask an expert for help. You should also constantly work at it and develop your ear as much as your hands.