Do you still have a fuzzy head and a fridge full of junk food? Or are you starting (like me) to look forward, clean out you fridge (I sob as I throw out the collections of chocolate) and think about what this year could hold for you?
If your New Years Resolution is to learn an instrument, then you’re not alone. Empirical research suggests that learning an instrument is arguably one of the most resolved but rarely-followed-through-on New Years resolutions made. So.. here’s a few tips to make it easier to contemplate…
1. Practice Time
Genuinely plan where in your day you’d find 20 minutes 4-5 times a week to start your practice. Planning will make achieving practice time just that little bit more feasible. And when you practice you progress and that, in itself, is motivating!
2. Instruments To Start With
The piano might not be your first instrument, if you’re just starting out. While it’s lovely to imagine your fingers tickling across the (synthetically produced) ivories, a piano can be a big investment and this can allow you to put yourself off. Maybe singing, or guitar? And the guitar doesn’t need to be top notch… 🙂 A beginners guitar will be just fine. But if it’s piano your soul craves, then don’t let us hold you back!
3. Making The First Step
Ring or email and make some enquiries to make the first step.How qualified are the teachers/what are the costs/what style and genre’s do they teach/what performance opportunities are there and what quality are the performance opportunities/do you offer formal exam preparation and if so, do all students need to follow that same program/are the lessons tailored to each student or part of a general learning program… these are just a selection of questions you can ask. Don’t feel like you can’t- remember they’re your hard earned dollars so you have every right to ask all the questions you wish!
4. Turn Up With Ideas and Repertoire You Like
Make sure you turn up with ideas about songs/artists you like and your motivation for learning. Don’t let the precious minutes in those first lessons be spent with the teacher trying to get to know your musical motivations, or worse still, just giving you theirs!
5. Compliment Yourself
Remember, learning something new is hard and scary- especially for adults. Make sure you really compliment yourself on being courageous and taking the first step. And stick at it… new commitments are hard, but try and give it at least three months. And don’t be afraid to swap teachers if you feel that yours isn’t really speaking your language!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!