Music is a great creative outlet for many of us. It helps us to understand and feel different emotions that we may sometimes have difficulty expressing. Music helps to improve our mood. It lifts us up when we’re feeling sad. Music is a very calming force when we’re experiencing stress, anxiety or depression.
Many of us enjoy listening to our favorite artists in concert. Unfortunately, due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic, almost all live shows have been put on hold for the forseeable future. It’s a difficult situation for music lovers, musicians, music techs, venue owners, concert promoters and many others.
Music students who have grown accustomed to in-person learning have had to find new ways to learn. Here are some of the best ways that you can learn music at home:
Listen to what you love.
Even though we can’t enjoy live music right now, that doesn’t mean that we have to stop enjoying music. Keep listening to the songs and artists that you love. You might pick up a few ideas for your own original compositions. Continue to support the artist you love by buying music and merchandise. Share their music on your social media pages for others to appreciate.
Watch instructional videos
Your music tutor may already be posting online lessons during the downtime. Watch them when time allows and interact with your teacher. There are a lot of other instructional videos on YouTube, social media platforms and other outlets that you can learn from. These lessons are available for students at all experience levels, from beginners to experts.
Learn about music history
If you like a particular musician or music genre, now is the perfect time to start learning more about them. Find articles online about the particular subjects that you’re most interested in. You can learn about artists’ history and find out what motivated them to create some of their most popular songs. You might even pick up a few tips that could help you push through writer’s block or successfully master a difficult song.
Read sheet music
Another way to keep yourself busy during quarantine is by reading sheet music. This might not be the way that everyone learns how to play music, but it can be a very good way to stay focused. You can go online to find sheet music that you can download for free or for a nominal charge. Start with songs by artistst that you enjoy.
If you want to become a better musician, you have to keep practicing! Block off some time in your schedule to practice every day. Start with songs that you’re familiar with or already know how to play. After enough practice, you can work your way up toward more complicated songs. No matter what happens, keep playing. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t master a song right away. It’s going to take time. The effort will be worth it in the end.
Write your own songs.
When you’re ready, you can start writing your own songs. They don’t have to be perfect. Just write what you feel from your heart. You might want to write the lyrics first, or you may come up with the melody and then find the words to accompany it. You could also write an instrumental song or two. Feel free to make edits or adjustments along the way.
Learn how to record music
Once you’ve written a few songs that you like, you might want to consider recording them. There are plenty of programs that you can download and learn. You don’t need a fancy recording studio or high-priced engineers. You may want to record different elements separately (vocals, guitars, percussion, etc.) and then learn how to edit and mix those elements together to create your own unique compositions.
One of the best ways to assess your musical abilities is by gathering feedback from your peers. You can accomplish this by going live on your social media pages. Host a performance from the comfort of home in the presence of your family members who live with you. You could even teleconference in other fellow musicians simultaneously.
These are just some of the many ways that you can continue to learn and play music from home. Find a quiet place in your home where you can learn and study. Stay focused, and don’t forget to have fun! The creative process should be enjoyable. Keep it up, you’ll be back to attending music lessons and concerts in person in no time.