How to Learn to Play a World Music Instrument
While in the past most people wishing to learn a musical instrument tended to lean towards the traditional piano or guitar, now the choices are much more wide.
- Pick what World Music instrument you wish to learn. Some instruments include the didgeridoo, tin whistle, sitar, and percussion instruments like the doumbek and darbuka.
- Buy or borrow the instrument -- if you are using someone else's, it is important you will have ready access to it to practise on a regular basis.
- Tin whistles and even some ethnic percussion instruments are readily available at stores that sell music instruments. If you can afford one, go for it!
- If you want to purchase a particular instrument but are having trouble finding one, ask at the music store -- maybe they can special order one or know whhere to direct you.
- Find a competant teacher who will teach you step by step how to play.
- Buy a self-instruction manual if you want to try and teach yourself how to play. You can get these wherever you bought your instrument.
- Be sure to practise regularly between sessions with your teacher.
- The time listed above is per session -- don't expect to master an instrument overnight. Practise!
- Good music teachers don't come cheaply, but in the long run the skills are worth it. Trying to teach yourself can be frustrating and requires a lot of self-discipline.