Music is life…live it to the fullest by learning an instrument!

Music could have been born through the imitation of natural sounds such as running water or blowing wind. Others speculate that it originated from the human imitation of birdsong that changes the timbre of the voice in the breeding season.

The first musical instruments date back to the Paleolithic and are percussion instruments (drums) and wind instruments (for instance, by blowing into the bones of animals or branches).

Musical notation includes 7 notes (DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, SI, or, in the Anglo-Saxon fingering, C, D, E, F, G, A, B) with the respective symbols. Sounds in music can be vocal, if they are produced by the human voice (singers), or instrumental, if they are produced by musical instruments. We also have vocal and instrumental sounds together.

You can easily learn to play a musical instrument by yourself, downloading learning apps and watching videos on YouTube. For example, you can try to play the guitar, which is acoustic, classical or electric. I have got a semi-acoustic guitar and I have played since I was 9.

Here are some tips to help you to learn:

1) You must take care of the instrument: you have to change the strings regularly (every 3-5 weeks if you play often; every 3-4 months if you don’t play much). Electric and acoustic guitars have got iron strings; classical guitars have got nylon strings;

2) Before putting on the new strings, you must clean the fretboard, the frets, the back and the sides of the guitar

3) You have to spend a lot of time with the instrument, that is you play without chords, then get familiar with it and once you get comfortable you can look for the keys and chords on the Internet;

4) Choose a color you like for your guitar so that it inspires you to play every day;

5) I recommend not playing the same things all the time. Move on…even if it’s difficult, it doesn’t matter. Keep practising before and/or after school and create a daily routine.

Playing an instrument is fun, helps you build your confidence and gives you a sense of achievement.

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Samuele Petrov


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