If you have always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument, them why not give it a go? Even if you left school long ago, it is not too late to pick up an instrument and it could give you endless hours of entertainment.
Finding a good instructor for face to face tuition can be tricky if you are a busy working adult but it is possible to learn a lot without face to face tuition. Indeed, there are !any benefits to learning how to play an instrument by using online classes.
Let’s say for example, you want to learn to play the piano online. There are a lot of sites that offer structured courses which will take you through the basic chords and finger placements and give you goals to work towards. These courses are cheap, or even free and are broken up into short videos that you can load up whenever you feel like it. This means that you can dip in and out whenever you have a few minutes. For someone who struggles go find the time for a full class this is the perfect way to stay motivated.
One thing that a lot of people fear is the lack of feedback when learning online. This is something that has improved a lot in recent years. Now, you can connect your instrument to the computer and record yourself playing. Some software based learning tools will tell you if you are playing correctly or if the pitch, tone or tempo are wrong. This may not be a total substitute for face to face tuition but it certainly helps a lot and will keep you on track.
In the ideal world you would use both face to face and independent resources. Online resources can teach you theory and can help a lot with keeping you focused when it comes to your practice. Even if you have a dedicated tutor, having access to more resources will help you to plan your practice sessions and keep things interesting. A beginner cannot just pick up an instrument and play their favorite song right away. They need to have some smaller milestone goals along the way. That is exactly what they can get from online courses.
Some courses have their own communities attached to them. These are great for helping people to stay motivated and also offer an online support network of peers. If someone is struggling with a scale or concept, they can ask for help.