Most people can squeak out a few songs on a guitar, ukulele, or piano. Others have gained skill in one of the many musical instruments we have to choose from. But for a select few, the desire to learn and grow musically is a process of mastery that will define them as musicians. Do you think this might be you?

There are many emotions involved in playing a musical instrument. Moments of joy and transcendence only come after much frustration and practice.

A deep love of music is required. Learning multiple instruments is an expansion of musical ability and self-expression, aside from the entertainment it offers. Exploring more instruments will widen your musical perspective and give you an opportunity to discover the different roles of these musical instruments.

It can also mean exerting yourself more and spending less time on any single device. The difficulty level of learning multiple instruments depends on the individual but find out more at once will be exciting. To handle the workload, you must know what things you should or should not do while trying to learn multiple instruments.

What you should do

·         Have a long term plan.

Your long term plan will serve as your guide in how you would like to learn your next musical instrument. Being organized will help you utilize your time efficiently and make real improvements after practicing. Will you become the master of one category of a musical instrument or will you test your skill using many types of device?

·         Find time and use it efficiently for practice sessions.

Learning one instrument already takes some of your days. Learning more will definitely need an extra time investment from you. So, you must first find a reasonable schedule for learning a new instrument without compromising your other activities especially when you have other careers than being a musician. Once you’ve found the perfect free time to practice, you can balance your time for all your daily endeavors.

·         Attend private lessons.

Attending lessons to learn how to play musical instruments is optional, but if you are enrolled in one, it gives you an excuse to practice regularly and can help you acquire the competence you need to finish before the next lesson starts. This training will help you monitor your progress and recognize major issues while developing the discipline within you.

·         Vary your practice routine.

You probably already know this, but practicing is the key to real success in learning multiple instruments. Take note that it is also advantageous for you to vary your practice routine and not be stuck with the same old one for a longer period of time. This gives you an opportunity to increase the skills with different tasks or challenges from time to time.

·         Focus on developing accuracy and consistency.

To play with skill is to create the correct sound for each note, whether you are on a string or woodwind. Your goal is to do so with consistency. This is the first quality to strive for as a master of any instrument.

·         Play with other musicians.

Being with other musicians and playing in groups while you are learning multiple instruments will be beneficial. They can be your source of encouragement, and their experiences will help you with your learning process. As a beginner, you may find useful advice from skilled musicians and gain a wider musical perspective.

·         Have fun!

Although having a good time will not improve your musical skills and techniques, it will surely make practicing and your journey of being proficient in the second or “nth” musical instrument of your choice worthwhile. Stressing out and being pessimistic the whole time may keep you out of focus. Just enjoy the moment while learning!

Things NOT to do

·         Don’t expect a miracle.

You can’t expect that you’ll be able to play an instrument entirely in just a day. Patience is needed in any musical endeavor. More so if you are going to learn multiple instruments. Learn at your own pace. Your playing will improve through time, you just have to wait and practice!

·         Don’t learn another instrument if you are not entirely committed.

Before starting to learn a new instrument, you must first weigh the consequences, know surrounding circumstances and most of all, internalize if you are fully committed to doing it even if it gets hard in the process. It will only be a waste of time, money and effort if you discontinued halfway through it.

·         Don’t skip practice sessions.

Even if things are not turning how you like it to be, don’t skip practice sessions no matter how tempting it is. You just have to accept the mistakes you did because it is part of learning and a chance to improve.

If you do miss a practice session, don’t beat yourself up about it. Use the opportunity to reinforce your desire to learn and make it to your next lesson.

·         Don’t be intimidated by the instrument.

Most of us are not prodigies. You will have to try and fail many times before your playing becomes smooth and natural.  Don’t be intimidated by the difficulty of playing the instrument at the early stage of learning. Don’t think that only special people can play it and that you’re not one of them. Practice, determination, and passion for learning the craft will help you get through it.

·         Don’t give up.

There are times wherein things get really hard to do, but you must not be disheartened because, at the end of the day, you will learn how to proficiently play your chosen instrument at the right time. No matter what happens, never give up on learning and just take a break to be recharged on your next practice day!

With the right practice, discipline, determination, time, effort, and fun, you will learn to play multiple instruments. No matter what instruments you would like to be proficient with, nothing beats incorporating passion and commitment to excellence in every learning process! 

Just take things slow, improve necessary skills each time and give your best shot. Enjoy learning multiple instruments with these guidelines and make every practice session a worthwhile activity.

This journey of musical mastery is one you can enjoy for your entire lifetime.