Learn a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

When it comes to learn­ing a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, tech­nique is ev­ery­thing. Yes, you might be able to pick up a gui­tar and learn how to play a few of your fa­vorite songs with­out too much ef­fort, but if you’re learn­ing bad habits, you’re only do­ing your­self a dis­ser­vice in the long run.

If you can af­ford it, get lessons from a real teacher, at least when you’re just start­ing out. Many on­line lessons or apps can show you what to do, but if you’re un­sure about any­thing – your pos­ture, how to hold your in­stru­ment, how to hold your hand etc. you might end up just re­in­forc­ing bad tech­niques that will be harder to un­learn in fu­ture. An ac­tual teacher will be able to as­sess your tech­nique and cor­rect you early on.

When it comes to prac­tice, start by choos­ing a sim­ple song, or even just a por­tion of that song - any­thing from a few notes to eight mea­sures will do and prac­tice metic­u­lously with an em­pha­sis on tech­nique and ac­cu­racy. Ev­ery time you prac­tice, use your smart­phone to record your­self. By be­ing able to hear what you play, you can eas­ily as­sess where your strengths are, and where you need to im­prove. Maybe you’re hit­ting the right notes, but you’re play­ing too slow? Now you know you need to work on your speed.

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