Monday, April 20, 2015

Tips to Become a Professional Musician

Many people love music and want to make a living playing it. However, the do not know how to go about doing this. Music is something that enriches the lives of billions of people around the planet. While the styles of music enjoyed by different cultures tends to vary greatly, the impact that music has on people is something that is truly universal. The path to a career in music is different for many people. There is not one single way to become a success. However, there are some things you can do to increase your odds of having a career in this very rewarding profession. Here are some tips to become a professional musician like Boyd Tinsley.

1. Start early

Needless to say, you will not be able to master a musical instrument overnight. It will take an enormous amount of time and practice on your part. Boyd did not simply pick up his instrument and have the ability to play it good. It takes dedication, drive and focus to be the best. The earlier in life that you start playing an instrument, the better off you will be. Therefore, if you are still in school, it would be a good idea to join the school band. Even if the instruments provided are not what you are interested in playing, you will learn music theory which will be invaluable in years to come. You should also try to learn how to read music. While it is true that many great musicians like Jimi Hendrix did not know how to read music, knowing how to do this will only make it easier for you to find work in a wide variety of musical settings.

2. Practice

Practice makes perfect, as the old saying goes. You will need to be willing to devote a significant amount of your life to learning your chosen instrument. In many cases, having a social life will be very difficult. It will be hard for you to go out several nights a week with your friends and still find the necessary time to practice your instrument. Therefore, you will need to decide how important practicing really is to you.

3. Buy a good instrument

If you have made the decision to pursue a career in music, save your money and buy a good instrument. After all, this is your livelihood. If you show up for auditions with a beat up instrument, it will look very bad.

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