Getting Started On The Guitar: 3 Simple Tips

Here are 3 simple tips that will guide you in your learning to play the guitar without putting up any barriers.

Playing In Tune: The Tuner, Your Best Friend

With practice, the ear is forged and recognizes notes better and better. Nevertheless, even professional guitarists use a tuner to validate the accuracy of instruments before playing. Good to know: new strings that have just been installed on a guitar tend to go out of tune regularly at first. After a few hours of play, they should keep a certain constant. Other factors can influence the tuning of the guitar: the playing, therefore, but also the heat which relaxes the strings, or the use of vibrato in electric guitar. Before each workout, keep the reflex of checking each note with your tuner.

Demonstrate Regularity In Guitar Practice

Twenty times on the job, you will hand in your work. Patience and length of time are more than strength or rage. Yes, the proverbs of the French language serve as a little lesson to whoever wants to hear them, because learning only requires one thing: regularity. Using an absurd line of reasoning, imagine that every day you play the LA chord three times on the guitar. At first, it would take a while for you to find the notes, place your fingers, press correctly, and sound the strings. After a few months, this gesture would become completely natural; it would be acquired. Of course, you’ll need more than a single chord to perform songs, but the idea is there. Regularity equals success.

Having Fun, The Key To Success On The Guitar

If you have chosen to play an instrument, it is certainly for pleasure and not for coercion. As with any passion, this notion prevails in learning. There will, of course, always be laborious parts, boring exercises, infuriating difficulties when you fail to perform a piece, moments of discouragement when you feel like you are no longer moving forward.

Why is the notion of pleasure so important in learning? First, because it is a source of motivation, and as seen above, motivation remains essential when you undertake a long-term challenge. Then, the brain, which feels pleasure, releases endorphins, facilitating memorization, and confidence. In short, the more fun you have, the better you learn the lesson, and the more confident you are in your abilities and can exploit them.

Tips For Learning Music Theory

The number of works in music theory is colossal, whatever the style (classical, jazz, and others). It is, therefore, important to work efficiently to play a little of everything and to be able to adapt quickly.

Here are some tips that will be covered over the next few weeks.

Why Learn Music Theory?

Music theory? We all heard about it one day, whether at school, among friends, at work, in music lessons … It has become a word banned for several years, replaced by “musical training.” It is to believe that the word solfège had a bad reputation. Certainly, the content of Musical Training is much broader than the music theory. And yet, the word Solfège is still very present in discussions, forums, school programs, and others. He hasn’t quite disappeared.

Here are some untruths: to say that music theory is useless is wrong? To say that we can make music without knowing music theory? If this is true, then you risk being limited, the worse you risk taking bad habits (wrong rhythms, bad reading of notes …). Moreover, if part of music theory consists of knowing how to read notes, developing a sense of rhythm … then all musicians do music theory without knowing it. More seriously, do not put your back on music theory, do a little but well, in any case, I will try to convince you that it is certainly a little personal investment but well done; it will save you time by the following.

Work Well In Music

Despite the promises of all kinds, learning music is still not easy … You will need time, patience, perseverance, and maybe a little luck (such as finding the ( good) teacher who suits you best). I will therefore give you some advice to work on your musical learning in an effective way. Even though online methods, internet videos, and virtual teachers have flourished on our computer and smartphone screens these past few years, the “chair and bone” teacher remains the best way to learn music and supervise yourself. Online methods can be complementary, but not sufficient. Beware of these online methods as well; some are good and some less. A teacher will give you a methodology, adapt, and advise you.

Before You Play, Watch!

Before even starting to play, you must know how to analyze, learn about, and read the score you want to play. A reading and a few questions to ask yourself are undoubtedly necessary before you start headlong. The answers provided will allow you to play better, to progress more quickly. So you have to take a little time before you start working. For example, you must be able to know the key of the song, identify the alterations, have a good vision of the staff and its measures (the repeats, the possible modulations, possible changes of keys), the tempo, the rhythm, and more generally, identify all the musical symbols that appear on the staff.

3 Tips For Traveling With Your Musical Instrument

Traveling with your musical instrument is not something to be taken lightly. You must take into account certain constraints imposed by the airlines and make arrangements so that your precious guitar or your violin can travel in the best conditions. So here are some tips for traveling peacefully with your musical instrument.

Notify the insurance when leaving on a trip with musical instruments before leaving for a foreign country; it is essential to inform your insurer in order to secure your instrument and your activities. No one is safe from losing their instrument, being stolen or even broken … you will be sure that your insurance will play its role fully in the event of a claim, and you will also benefit from a lot of advice.

Avoid Putting Your Musical Instrument In The Hold When Traveling By Plane

With most airlines, instruments over 115 cm in length must travel in the hold. If your instrument is smaller like a violin, for example, it can be transported directly to the cabin.

However, it is better to do what is necessary with the airline to prevent your musical instrument from traveling in the hold at all costs for fear of it being damaged. You can have it travel on the plane with you, provided you buy an additional seat as accompanied baggage.

It is better to contact the sales department of the airline company as soon as possible to know its conditions and to avoid any unpleasant surprises on the outward and return journey.

Protect your musical instrument well

To transport your musical instrument and avoid any breakage during the trip, it is better to protect it. Prefer to place your instrument in a case or a hard case for more protection. Also, remember to have easy access to a copy of the original invoice for the purchase or rental of the musical instrument. This document will prove, in the event of customs control, that it is not a stolen musical instrument.

Also, pay attention to the humidity! Depending on the country and the season, humidity could affect your musical instrument, especially if it is made of wood. In summer, confronting an instrument with heat combined with high humidity for a few consecutive weeks is the ideal recipe for causing damage to your instruments. In winter, it is the other way around. Lack of humidity causes stress to the instrument, and this can lead to peeling or even cracking. When wood loses moisture: it contracts. When wood takes moisture: it expands. The humidity level must, therefore, be kept between 40 and 60%. If the rate drops below 40%, you can opt for a humidifier inside the case. The use of a hygrometer, which measures the relative humidity in the air, is also recommended.

Be Able To Prove The Value Of Your Musical Instrument

Before leaving on a trip with your musical instrument, make sure you have a certificate of value for your musical instrument that is less than 3 years old. If this is not the case, it is in your best interest to call a luthier to obtain this certificate of value or a certificate of authenticity. The latter, which lists photographs and all the descriptive elements (quality, origin, attribution, period, nature of the materials, state of conservation…) of the musical instrument, is a real identity card of the instrument.

In the event of theft (still on the rise), the certificate of authenticity will be useful for the police. Its rapid dissemination to luthiers, restaurateurs, specialist dealers, and auction houses can also help find the stolen musical instrument more quickly.