Finding the time and motivation to practice is the biggest hurdle for most musicians. Some students don't practice because they believe they don't have the time or it won't make them a better player.
I wanted to write this to show that anyone can find the time, and make their practicing effective.
Besides learning how to play a string instrument, the second hardest obstacle for a beginner is learning how to tune it. I've heard parents tell me that their child couldn't practice for a lesson because the instrument wasn't in tune, or they tried to tune it and broke a string. In this post, I'll give step by steps solutions aimed to help the beginning musician tune their instrument at home in between lessons or classes.
One common problem I see as a teacher is when a child has chosen an instrument that doesn't suit them. These students typically get frustrated quickly and quit after a few months. When a child chooses the wrong instrument, it can be a negative experience for them and they may have fears about trying a different instrument in the future.
This is my first post in a series concerning instrument care, so I decided to start with string instruments. A lot of times classrooms can be too hectic to go over all of these in details and its good for parents to know how the instruments should be cared for so they don't end up with large repair bills.
I wanted to dedicate this blog post to explaining the benefits that private music lessons can give your child. Many parents are frightened by the cost of lessons as well as the cost of buying/renting and maintaining an instrument. There are also those who don't believe their child will have a chance of becoming a professional musician, so therefore believe they are wasting their time and money by bringing them for music lessons. Even if your child doesn't pursue a music career there are lifelong benefits to learning music.
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