We can all be better musicians. It doesn’t matter if we’ve been musically active for a few months or decades when it comes to finding areas that need improvement in our musical lives. Making real progress toward big goals like learning an instrument or working on a new album can be difficult if you’re musically inexperienced or stuck years into your music career and losing speed. By doing one of these four things, you can become a better musician now and get closer to your goals in the future:
Set a weekly schedule for music creation
Let’s start with some common sense advice that many musicians don’t think of doing. If you consider yourself a serious musician, you can not “work when you feel like it”. The hard work that takes place in a professional group or just learning to play an instrument for the first time must occur week after week for years. Just plan your week and schedule time to work on specific musical tasks, such as rehearsing a group, practicing your instrument, or writing songs. This schedule should give you plenty of time to work on the music and adjust to the non-musical things in your life. This will set you on the path to becoming a more confident and complete musician in the long run.
Take Music Courses Online
Musicians of all ages, interests, and experience levels can benefit from online music classes. Whether you are a complete beginner developing your skills or a seasoned touring professional, working with an instructor can challenge your musicality and make you think in a different mindset. Online courses give musicians the opportunity to hone their skills virtually anywhere, anytime. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. To make the most of music lessons, plan ahead by defining exactly what you want to learn and what your goals are. Pursuing online music classes can help you become a better musician in the future. However, you will not progress without exercising regularly and challenging yourself in your own time.
Start learning music theory
It’s something you can do right now to greatly improve your musicality and musical understanding. Music theory is not only reserved for orchestral musicians and high-flying composers. It is an essential instrument that musicians of all interests and levels of knowledge can and must use to their advantage. Understanding music theory will give you an accurate view of how exactly elements such as keys, intervals, chords, scales, melodies, and rhythms work. Yes, it takes work to master music theory, but probably not as much as you might think. The sooner you start, the sooner you can use it to write music, play with other musicians, and understand what happens to the music you listen to.
Create goals per week, month and year
Goals, goals, goals. It’s something that’s talked about a lot on this blog, and for good reason. If you have a desire to become “a better musician,” you need to dig deeper to ask yourself why and how. Want to play live? Earn a living with your music ? Are you good enough on your instrument to join a band? Each of these goals is completely different. These goals need to be broken down into even smaller goals in order to be achieved. By creating super specific musical goals per week, month and year, you create a detailed plan to follow. This exercise will give structure, direction and purpose to your musical practice.
The actions you take today to become a better musician will not be immediate. Nevertheless, they will push you in the direction you need to go. We all know that we need to work to improve musically. However, a theme that runs through these tips is to take action to improve in a small, coherent and specific way. Things like practicing every day at a certain time and mastering a concept of music theory every month may seem boring, but they will have monumental effects on your life as a musician over time.