Most of us are skeptical about the idea of self-tutoring ourselves, perhaps because we know that we aren’t shining examples of diligence and perseverance. Given a chance, we would rather invest our faith and money in a professional tutor, someone who has received formal education in music and is hence, qualified to extend that learning to someone else.
However, we at the NSPA, after having met several talented artists who have learnt instruments by themselves, believe that self-teaching yourself a musical instrument is actually a wonderful thing to do. We aren’t dissing the idea of professional training in any way, but for those who haven’t the resources or time to make it to scheduled classes, we think self-tutoring is the best way to go. It is economical, enjoyable and extends a host of other benefits to the learner. Here are some key one’s you’re sure to derive from this exercise:
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- Set your own learning pace:
Unlike in a class, where you have to wait for the instructor to show you the next step, when you’re own, you get to decide how quickly or slowly you wish to move forward. So if you master a chord quickly, you can move to learning a new one. At the same time, if you feel unsatisfied with your learning, you can always spend more rehearsing that formation until you feel like you’ve mastered it completely.
- Save some dough
Let’s face it, professional coaching can be expensive, in fact, some classes have fee structures that are pointlessly exorbitant. When you self-train yourself, you can decide how much of your money you wish to invest in books, DVDs or online courses. Another great option is to learn from YouTube videos. The benefit of these online, people-contributed videos is that they are free, and they also deliver intensive training and guidance.
- Saves time:
This is something people staying in far-flung suburbs will love. When you self-tutor yourself, you can decide where you wish to learn your instrument. Whether in the comfort of your home or at a friend’s place or in a secluded spot under some trees, you get to decide where you wish to practice your instrument. This zeros down your travelling time and allows you to spend that extra time rehearsing.
- Is more enjoyable:
Our many years of schooling have taught us that not all professors are fun. Some instructors can be very rigid in their teaching methods while some might be too laidback for our liking. When you act as your own teacher, you’re sure to have a more enjoyable and relaxed time for you’ll be the best judge of your capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. So, you surely won’t have to worry about a very strict or pushy instructor here!
- Boosts your confidence:
Doesn’t it feel great when you accomplish something on your own? Without the proverbial mentor and hand-holder, you get a chance to tell people that you’ve mastered an instrument on your own merit. Your hard work and dedication alone has helped you get this far! This feeling alone is enough to give your confidence a big boost and motivate you to continue on your journey of discovery and learning.
Well, now that we’ve opened your eyes to the merits of self-tutoring, we hope you’ll be inspired to take up an instrument and learn how to play it. Don’t hide behind lethargy or buy into baseless myths of self-tutoring being a herculean task. With a healthy dose of patience, perseverance and focus, you’ll surely be able to play your favourite instrument like a pro!