One Simple Way To Bring Your Musical Talent To The Next Level

Watching candid videos of musical groups, you’ll most likely notice that everyone gets along quite well. This isn’t because they have the same taste in movies. No, bands are typically composed of wildly different personalities brought together by the act of playing music. When you play a song in practice or live on stage you need to actively listen, anticipate, and react to every action from your band mates. This cooperative engagement strengthens the team, and promotes a bond between them. This is the benefits that playing music with others can bring.

Private Lessons

Now, you don’t need to be in a band to reap the benefits of playing music with others. In fact, these benefits often start with in home or private music lessons. Playing music with your teacher strengthens your listening and reading skills. In home piano lessons offer a great stage for this; a familiar space can provide a positive learning environment. When the piano teacher comes to your home, you’re able to play along and identify playing styles. How are their hands positioned? When will they prepare to turn their sheet music to the next page? These visual and auditory cues allow you to adjust your practice in the moment, reacting to and adopting the expertise of your teacher.

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Come Together

Playing music with others improves your ability to empathize with those you are playing with. Researchers at the University of Cambridge stated this is because “music and rhythm allows a sense of mutual ‘honesty’ that goes beyond the more precise expression in verbal communication.” This could explain how members of a band can become so close. Empathizing with those you play music with allow you to develop natural cadence and flow in your playing, but also cause you to open up and develop a bond with those you play with. This is a major component of what makes the drummer and bassist relationship so palpable.

This empathy can allow you to learn more about your instrument, as well. Whether they’re playing the same instrument or not, witnessing and reacting to how others play can challenge you to engage with your own instrument in new and creative ways. This is a large part of how we get incredible improvisations from jazz musicians. Our understanding of an instrument is only improved as we are challenged to play that instrument in ways we haven’t before.

Have Fun

Playing music with others has one benefit that can outshine any other. Being able to enjoy your time playing an instrument with others can sustain your interest in continuing your practice. It is not uncommon for children and young adults to lose interest in an activity if there is no enjoyment associated with it. Spending time having fun playing your instrument will remind you why you wanted to start playing in the first place, and help keep you practicing.

Don’t forget to have a little fun!

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