Playing an instrument has been found to improve memory, spatial reasoning, literacy, speed of processing, ability to plan, and other cognitive functions. However,...
So, you’ve decided to learn a new instrument - congratulations! As we’ve discussed in past blogs, learning an instrument in retirement brings many benefits, both mentally, physically, and emotionally. However, as everyone knows, you cannot simply pick up a new instrument and enjoy playing beautiful and complex songs. There is a long and sometimes challenging learning process to endure. To help make this easier, we have compiled a list of online and mobile resources you can use to help learn your new instrument, right from the comfort of your own home!
One of the most popular websites to learn instruments is YouTube. Not surprisingly, there is a massive selection of videos teaching how to do everything from tune or care for your instrument, play basic chords, play advanced songs, and everything in between.
Another advantage of learning on YouTube is that the videos are free, and there is no commitment.
You can also bounce between channels and instructors until you find one that you like the best. Some platforms may have a single instructor or fewer options for each course.
Perhaps, like many, you find it easier to have a live instructor. A Youtube video does not understand your level of experience or respond to questions. Another option that might work better for your learning style is Lessonface. Lessonface is a platform that connects learners with instructors for all types of instruments and skill levels. Find an instructor that fits your need and learn/practice over video calls with 1-on-1 guidance! Prices vary for instructors, but you can find free lessons as well.
Learn more and explore for yourself at https://www.lessonface.com/
If you are interested in learning guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, or singing, Yousician might be another excellent resource for you. This website includes tailored lessons, a vast library of songs, exercises and lessons, and even games/competitions to keep your learning fun and engaging. Yousician has both free and premium options for your learning.
Learn more at: https://yousician.com/
In addition to the lessons and tutorials, there are many other helpful aids to get you off the ground with your new instrument learning. Depending on what you are trying to learn or improve, here are a few great tools and resources:
- Music Tutor (Sight-reading) app
This mobile app helps you improve your sight-reading abilities for sheet music. Increase your speed and accuracy with this highly rated free app.
Learn more and download: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/music-tutor-free-sight-reading/id514363426
This website boasts over 400,000 sheet music arrangements. Whatever your music style, this is a great website to check your favorite song or discover new tunes to play. Print the sheet music or access via your computer or smart device.
Explore for yourself at https://www.musicnotes.com/
- Note Perfect
Note Perfect turns learning into a game. Improve note reading, challenge yourself, and even compete against others with this mobile app.
Learn more at http://noteperfectapp.com/
- Perfect Ear
Perfect Ear is another great tool to help train your musical hearing. This app has many exercises, challenges, and training tools to help you sight read, learn chords, sounds, and more. Regardless of your skill level, this app is designed to help you improve.
Learn more: https://www.perfectear.app/
As you can see, there are many options online to help you get to the next level with your instrument-learning. Whether you have never picked up your new instrument, or you are trying to advance your playing, you can achieve your goal right from your favorite chair (often for free!). We hope some of these resources will be helpful to you, and we look forward to hearing about your experiences!
Learn more about the benefits of learning a new instrument in our recent blog, 10 Reasons You Should Learn an Instrument in Your Retirement.