Playing notes on an instrument is not enough to become a musician. You have to learn to pick up the right instrument suitable for you and start to create your music. For being a musician is more than just a mere hobby, a learned skill, or a random talent you have. You must learn to build the necessary skills to be the kind of musician you want to be and make the kind of music you really desire to create, with precision and practice.
1. Choosing an Instrument That Interests You
When you are choosing an instrument, it should be suitable and interests you. It should fit a category like classical music, art music, punk, or jazz. You begin learning to play a piano, guitar, or violin since these instruments have good teachers making it easier to find lessons and learn the basics.
Some musicians are self-taught and use YouTube videos, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) books, and trial and error. Others generally dedicate a lot of their time and invest in a scholarship to learn their instrument. They even write their own songs and play them.
2. Developing as a Player
The big difference between becoming a musician and playing an instrument is regular and serious practice. You try to always practice every day for at least 20-40 minutes. Once you maintain the good practice habits, you will develop with a mix of techniques and skills.
If you want, you can hire a music teacher to help in correcting your techniques because it is essential that you are teachable. You should listen closely to criticisms and follow directions to improve your skills in developing as a player. If you cannot afford the formal teacher-student lessons, you can do evening jam sessions on your porch with some musicians who are better than you to play with.
3. Taking the Next Step
In taking the next step, you have to keep on checking your ego time to time. Playing with others is a good way to learn new and specific tricks you need to be a musician. You are required to perform in front of an audience, whether it’s your close and forgiving friends or your parents.
You don’t have to wait around to get the attention of other musicians. You can go out and start your own group. You can hang around the local music shops and go to open-mics, where there are full of friendly hobbyists. You can also create a contact list of other local musicians.
To become a musician may take a long time before you’ll be able to rip the fruits of your labor. You must continue in skill building and be getting any type of recognition you’ll gain. You’re talent and being a hard worker are not enough to escape from struggles. However, if you are more dedicated, then you’ll have the bigger chance to allow yourself for success.