How To Develop Your Music Skills On A Budget

10th July 2017
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Playing an instrument can increase memory, improve reading comprehension abilities and math skills, as well as lift your mood, and help you relax.

But lessons can often be expensive.

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When you are tight on money but still want to learn how to play an instrument, know that it is possible to learn without paying for lessons.

All you need is some time and dedication to teaching yourself how to play a few common instruments.

1. Guitar
Making your own music can be as simple as picking up a guitar and strumming a few cords, no formal lessons required.

There are five basic shapes every beginner should learn in order to successfully play the guitar, but once these chords are learned, many songs can be played using just those.

Don’t worry if holding the guitar feels weird for a few days, it will soon feel natural.

If your fingers are hurting too much, try taking a break.

Eventually, calluses will develop on the fingers allowing you to play without pain.

 2. Trumpet
While some family members might not be the biggest fan of how loud trumpets can be, it’s another great instrument to learn on your own.

Begin by learning and practicing correct lip form when using the mouthpiece.

Lip form technique affects the trumpet’s sound. After mastering lip form, focus on learning the fingering.

3. Piano
While the piano may seem like a more complicated instrument, you can still teach yourself to play basic songs.

Most songs on the piano are composed using various scales and chords that are repeated throughout the piece.

Teaching yourself to play is easy using chord theory.

Piano is also an extremely popular instrument, so if you decide to play you’ll have access to thousands of learning materials online.

4. Singing
When you sing, you use muscles that can be strengthened with consistent use.

Singing can also strengthen the core and provide relief to neck muscles.

Start improving your singing voice through controlled breathing exercises.

If you’re nervous that you’re not singing on tune, use an app to record yourself and check pitch.

5. Harmonica
The harmonica may be one of the easiest instruments to learn on your own, as well as one of the cheapest to buy.

It is a great choice for beginners because with just a few hours of practice and proper lip form, you’ll be playing like an expert.

Harmonicas can also fit in your pocket, meaning that you can carry it with you and practice playing at any time.

Now you’re ready to develop your musical talent on a budget!


This article was written by Alyssa Gisseman who is a student at Brigham Young University. Alyssa is studying English language and editing.

She currently does copy writing and editing at Wallaroo Media.

She loves researching and sharing what she learns with others, especially when it is a topic as important as this one.


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