Tips to Becoming a Better Musician

Posted on July 6, 2014 by Scratch Track Music

Music is an ever-changing world. As technology increases, musicians have a greater access to tools, education, and resources to help them perfect their art. The internet is introducing many of these tools to budding musicians in the form of free online lessons and online shops to help them find the items they need for their instrument.

We recommend for all musicians to fully educate themselves online when choosing an instrument to learn. In this article we’ll go over learning the drums. Drums are very easy to learn the basics of. It doesn’t take long to learn the drums rudiments at all such as para-diddles, bass kicks, snare claps, high hats, cymbal rides, etc. These drumming techniques, much like chords on a piano, can be learned individually and then merged together to create a fluid rhythm or beat.

Learning Drums On The Internet

You may not have the money to invest in a drumming studio or drum kit. High-end kits can cost as much as a new car, tens of thousands of dollars. That’s why we recommend all new drummers to look online to find free or affordable education how to learn this amazing instrument.

Street Beat Online offers drum lessons and educations for beginners, for kids, and for adults. They have an assortment of online drum lessons to help you get started with the basic such as left and right hand independence.

When learning the drums it’s important not to rush into it. Keep it simple at first. Learn the basics. If you rush too fast into advanced sticking or pedal techniques you may get discouraged. Keep to one simple technique at a time. When learning drums online you’ll practice these techniques from the comfort of your own home.

To get started you may want to read about the basics of drumming. If you have any questions please ask us or our friends over at Street Beat Online.

Just Starting Out With A New Instrument? Read This!

Posted on July 4, 2014 by Scratch Track Music

If you’re just getting into a new instrument, don’t stress. It takes time and dedication to get to the advanced level. We suggest starting slow with some basic techniques you can feel confident playing. This applies to ALL instruments, which is why the fundamentals of learning a new instrument are so important.

Whether you’re playing a percussion, stringed, keyboard, or a wind instrument, you’ll want to start slow. The biggest obstacle that has detracted from the confidence of new musicians is rushing directly into imitating their favorite musician. We’ve seen this so many times; if you try to imitate the pros right away, you’ll become discouraged. What you need to realize is that the famous musicians trained most of their life to get that good! You certainly cannot play that well overnight.

However, it won’t take you ten or twenty years to get good. In fact you can display some very strong skill within just a few months if you keep at it slow and steady.

Start out playing portions of a song. Feel comfortable playing your instrument. Think of the instrument as a new limb, you have to become one with it so to speak. If you’re learning the guitar, it must feel comfortable in your hands.

You also need to get over the physical hurdles of a new instrument. Stringed instruments can be very hard on the fingers at first. Your fingers may callous and be a bit sore. This will take a couple months to get used to. Likewise, the fingers of pianists must learn to stretch to hit multiple keys at the same time. This is also something that takes awhile to get used to. Those who are learning a wind instrument such as a saxophone or trombone will have to work up their diaphragm to increase air capacity to hold notes for longer periods of time.

If you follow this advice, taking it slow, practicing atleast 30-60 minutes per day, you’ll experience success. It may take a few months for you to gain the confidence necessary, but once you do you’ll start to see where your training is taking you. No lesson can teach you this; it’s something you have to learn on your own. Lessons will try to teach you “5 steps to be a better musician overnight” but those only work if you have confidence, patience and, most of all, dedication!