Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Double Your Pleasure: Learn Another Instrument
This little tid bit is going to be called "Double Your Pleasure" because i believe once you get comfortable with playing your instrument you should start learning a second one. It will benefit you in way too many ways. If you play guitar, learn how to play bass. Really learn how to play it. Just don't play guitar on your bass. When you actually start learning bass it will improve your guitar playing. If you are a bass player learn some drums. As a bass player you get locked into the drums anyway so you might as well learn some drum patterns to help you learn how to lock into it better. Every school that you go to for music has you learn another instrument. It makes you more "well rounded." Learning a second instrument is not something I recommend if you are a beginner. It's hard enough learning in the beginning with one, let alone two things. All the theory you learn on your primary instrument applies to every other instrument you learn. I have a ton of students who have been with me a year or more who now play multiple things. Student spotlight Alex Cooke plays guitar, bass, ukulele, harmonica and sings! It is actually easier to learn your secondinstrument than it is your first. Why? Because you already have an idea of what it takes and everything you have to do. Singing counts as another instrument too. It is harder than you think and takes the same time to get good at as anything you can use your hands to play. Lots of Augusta's local musicians are multi instrumental. Take Micheal "Dork" Dinkins who writes for this blog and plays in Artemia and L.I.E., he is a drummer, singer and keyboard player. Eric Rinker, who also writes here, plays guitar, bass and drums and is good at all of them. So is Dork! Expand your musical horizons and "Double Your Pleasure" and learn another instrument!!