1. YouTube Tuition Is Free
If you’re humming with enthusiasm but clueless as to where to start or even how to hold the instrument in question, you’d do well not to neglect one of the greatest sources of free tuition there is. Old mother YouTube will set you right, with her host of tuition videos. You’re neither constrained by geography nor by your tutor’s schedule. Just pick the teacher that suits your style: if the California-based stoner guitarist gets you ticking then so be it.
2. Instrument Hire Is Your Safest Bet
Hate to be a Doubting Thomas, but allow me to apply a healthy dose of realism to your hopes of becoming the next Yehudi Menuhin. Of all the violins bought with visions of classical stardom, more than a handful have ended up abandoned in bedrooms, strewn guiltily alongside terminated gym memberships and unread low-calorie cookbooks.
When I persuaded my parents to buy me a saxophone for my birthday in secondary school, I probably genuinely believed that I’d be swinging with a house band in Soho by the time I turned 18. Of course, it didn’t quite turn out as planned; my pathetic three months of playing did not sufficiently justify the instrument’s price tag.
The answer? Musical instrument hire. On Fat Lama, you can sidestep rental premiums and negotiate reasonable rates with musicians in your area. You need no longer settle for cheap guitars or even used guitars; guitar rental allows you to get a feel for the instrument without investing a year’s worth of savings. Music equipment hire is a popular choice for the young, whose determination to master an instrument can often fade in the first few painful hours. Cheap musical instruments just aren’t the same; peer-rental is an affordable alternative which doesn’t compromise on quality.
“More than a handful of newly-bought instruments have ended up abandoned in bedrooms, strewn guiltily alongside terminated gym memberships and unread low-calorie cookbooks.”
3. Be Disciplined
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Then again, Josh Kaufman reckons you can learn any new skill in just 20 hours. By structuring your practice well, setting goals and stepping outside of your comfort zone, there’s no reason why you couldn’t become a proficient musician in very little time. Set a reminder on your phone every day and simply make sure you play little and often – you needn’t learn a symphony in one sitting.
This kid can’t have been playing for more than a few months right? If this doesn’t inspire you, it ought to scare you into a an extra practice session or two…
4. Join A Band
There are few things more demoralising than an hour spent in isolation, unsuccessfully practicing scales, rudiments or other solo musical exercises. If you need a boost, get playing with other musicians as early as possible. Do whatever it takes: scan Twitter for local ensembles; call your ‘muso’ friends; stick a ‘Drummer Needed’ sign up in your Tesco Local…
“If you need a boost, get playing with other musicians as early as possible.”
Music is inherently social and you’ll find that from the strictest chamber orchestra rehearsals to the most casual of garage jams, playing with other musicians will spur you on to develop your playing twice as fast as a solitary practice routine. Fat Lama has you covered here too, with guitar amp hire and bass amp rental, as well as DJ equipment hire for those of you who fancy hitting up Ibiza next summer.