Mastering an instrument can feel like such an achievement. It takes a lot of practice and dedication, but once you become proficient it all becomes so worthwhile. You can use it to perform in front of people, but they’re also great to relax, unwind, and get away from the world. A passion for music can add extra drive and excitement in your life.
If you travel regularly, you might ask yourself what’s the best way to keep improving your musical skills. In this article, we’re going to discuss various different ways you can do just that!
1. Work on your timing and rhythm :
One of the biggest things that separate beginner and experienced musicians is timing. Unless you’ve worked extensively on your timing, it’s probably not as good as you think. A large percentage of drummers even feel inferior about timekeeping, and that’s they’re main job!
How do you work on your timing? Play to a metronome by starting slow and work your way up. You can download a metronome app for your phone or buy a small dedicated one. Tap along to the beats in time, you can just use your hands and knees. Even better, get a drum practice pad and start learning to drum in time. The benefits translate to almost any other instrument.
2. Use Phone Apps to Improve Your Music Theory :
Practice is key when it comes to musical instruments, however, we often skip important aspects of music theory. Even if you don’t want to go in-depth into the world of theory, it’s still great to know the basics and be able to recognize differences in relative pitch.
There are a bunch of great music theory apps that play different sounds and help you learn theory by doing. That’s a lot more exciting than trying to learn music notation from a book!
3. Get a Compact Instrument :
Compact instruments can be very portable and fun to use. Some great examples of compact instruments or adjusted travel versions of instruments are: travel guitar, harmonica, tin whistle, violin, ukulele, flute, and much more.
Learning the basics of other musical instruments can be very rewarding. Once you start learning a new instrument, your musical expression may improve quite a lot.
We are all bound by the design of our musical instruments even without realizing it. For example, Guitar players naturally gravitate to songs in the key of G simply because it’s a very easy chord to play. Piano players very easily play in the keys of C and A minor by just playing all the white keys.
4. Get a Roll-Up Piano Keyboard :
You can’t expect to lug a grand piano while you’re traveling, but you can take a roll-up piano with you just about anywhere. They’re quiet and often have headphone inputs. So you could even play these in a crowded place without disturbing anyone.
On a similar topic, roll-up drum sets have become quite popular in the last few years. Are roll-up instruments as good as the real thing? Of course not, but they’re fun and they allow you to play on the move and quietly.
5. Start making music on your computer :
You’ll never realize how easy it is to start making music on your computer. The computer your reading this from is probably already powerful enough.
Garage Band for Mac or Ableton Live 10 Lite for Mac/Windows are great examples of free software that are both very powerful. Follow a few tutorials and get started quickly.
If you’re interested in modern forms of music then this can become very interesting and rewarding.
That is just 5 ways of practicing music on the move. All you need to do is start thinking outside the box and you can quickly become an even more well-rounded musician.