How To Stay Motivated with Music [Warning: Tough Love]

So you have started music lessons for a year now, and there are times where you will rather not play. There could be other people telling you to practice for your next music lesson. Or you could just not feel motivated enough to practice, distracted by video games.

This article is for you if you are a parent or student is looking for specific strategies to stay with your instrument. You may be in ‘music lessons limbo’, and wonder ‘what’s next’.

Guitar Maintenance For Beginners

Believe it or not, no guitar is ever manufactured perfectly.

There are dents, the action is too high, it’s too hard to push the fingers on the strings…

Even the frets may be dirty from all the wear-and-tear of the store.

So here are 6 tips on how to maintain your guitar, so that it is squeaky clean and easy to play.

First Guitar Buyer FAQs

Learning guitar is a fun and exciting endeavour. But it can also be very nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t know what to buy, or how to prepare for your lesson. Here are the frequently asked questions I get asked by beginner guitarists, especially if you are buying your first guitar. 

How To Properly Warm Up The Voice For Singing

How to properly warm up the voice for singing is probably one of the most common questions I get asked as a voice teacher. In this article, Lauren Bateman discusses the purpose of warming up the voice, and suggests how to structure your vocal warm up for singing.

Practice Chord Transitions With These 3 Strum/Stop Exercises

To play chord transitions well, every guitar player must learn the shape of the chord, timing on your strumming hand and the string clarity of your fretted hand. Learn 3 guitar exercises that can help you practice chord transitions more effectively.

4 Scales For Beginner Guitarists

Learn the 4 guitar scales every beginner and intermediate player should know. A guitar lesson for lead guitar players. Featuring my brother on bass! 

How Much Should You Practice?

Practice does not make perfect, especially when learning music. 

Music isn't about perfection at all. 

Read more to find out about how much you should practice, especially as a beginner. 

Melbourne Guitar Exhibition 2017

With many instrument retail stores now opting to import guitars, perhaps this is a time to reflect on whether we, as consumers, are seeing the guitars as vehicles of musical utility, or treasures to last us a lifetime of music. 

Find out what we learned at the Melbourne Guitar Exhibition 2017.

Melbourne Guitar Show 2016 Review

Learning guitar is not a linear progression.

Find out more of what I learned at the Melbourne Guitar Show, 2016. 

 

Why We Listen To Music After A Long Day

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I’ve felt it too.

 

I have arrived home and felt flat from work.

 

On the surface, our lives are filled with overwhelm – too much to do. But the truth is: it’s not that there is too little time; rather, we are reacting to life’s demands day-in and day-out.

 

But one song can change everything.

The chime of the guitar, the soulful flight of a vocalist, or the slow pulsating beat of the bass drum.

It can move us to the deepest core of how we feel, and give us a whole new perspective of life.

 

There are many reasons why we listen to music after a long day; however, I chose 4 of the most important ones down below.

 

We listen to music after a long day, because:

  • We need to calm ourselves down. Listening to music lowers blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones, giving us a sense of peace after a long day.
  • We need to refocus. Sometimes, listening to a familiar bar of music can give us the sense of flow and momentum needed to complete tasks.
  • We want to reconnect to memories of joy, happiness and gratitude. Everyone has that one song that they connect to on a deeper level, and accessing that memory can centre ourselves on our life journey, ready to tackle the day’s challenging
  • We want to explore. Technology gives us choice, and we can journey through many genres of music as the adventurer. We can experience the same complete and utter freedom as a creative.
  • Bonus: The best solution is often ripping off the band-aid. Rather than overthinking and procrastinating, picking up that musical instrument off the shelf can help you connect to your initial love of music.

 

How does music affect you?

Because the answer to that question can reveal how you connect with yourself, as well as your life direction.

My recent listens after a long day: Magnolia by J.J Cale and Loud Places by Jamie xx.

 

I would love to hear your responses in the comments below, or visit us at www.facebook.com/leadersofrock to continue the conversation.

 

Keep on rockin’

Team Roc