There’s no denying it – playing music is so much fun, especially if you’re playing along with other like-minded musicians.
Beginners and seasoned musicians alike can learn to collaborate with others to create a richer, more complex musical project. No only will this allow you to explore your musical creativity, but also make friends in the process.
Different Musical Groups
Before you begin playing with others, you need to consider what kind of musical group you’d like to be a part of. You may like to join a formal group, such as an orchestra or ensemble. Or, you may get more out of an informal group, such as a group of friends or a band.
Both groups have their advantages. The formal group will allow you to master set pieces of music, and offer some excellent performance opportunities. Informal groups will give you the chance to try your hand at songwriting.
Regardless of what kind of group you join, the following three tips will help you make the most out of the experience of playing with others.
1. Learn to Sight Read
Knowing how to sight read sheet music is a must if you’re looking to join an orchestra or ensemble. If you’re not confident reading sheet music, you may struggle to keep up with the rest of the group.
Reading sheet music is also advantageous in informal musical groups. While the group may not use sheet music to learn new songs, it’s a great way to record original music compositions. If you don’t write them down, you could forget them next time you get together.
Here at the Liverpool Academy of Music, we believe every musician should learn to read sheet music – even the guitarists! Check out 5 Benefits of Learning to Read Sheet Music to find out why.
2. Be Confident Improvising
In informal musical groups, or in jazz and blues ensembles, having the confidence to play around with your instrument is beneficial. Although it can be scary at first, once you get the hang of it you’ll learn to love the freedom and creativity that comes with improvisation.
Practicing improvisation can also improve your ability to write songs. Sometimes a great riff or melody can come up when you’re messing around. Share this with your musical group, and use it as the basis for your next song.
3. Ensure Your Instrument is in Tune
When you’re playing with others, it is vital that you’re playing in tune and on pitch. If your instrument is out, it will affect the sound of the whole group. This is particularly important if there is a singer involved, as an out-of-tune instrument could throw them off.
Learn an Instrument
Of course, you’ll have to learn the basics of an instrument before you can play with others. We’ve got lessons for guitar, drums, violin, piano, trumpet, saxophone and much more. Check out our lessons page to learn about the instruments we offer. If you’re decided, or want to know more, give us a call on 09 9602 9774 or fill out the form on this page.