education New Year's Resolutions for Musicians: Setting new habits and practices

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New Year’s Resolutions for Musicians

January 9th, 2020

There’s no better time to set new habits than the New Years. If you didn’t manage to achieve your music goals last year, don’t fret! Here’s your chance to a fresh start, all it takes is a bit more effort into planning your days and developing new practice habits.

 

1. Schedule your practice time in your calendar

We’ve been told that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. Accumulating that many hours requires deliberate planning. Make it official by scheduling practice time into your weekly calendar, and make sure you stick to your schedule.

2. Increase your practice time

If you’ve just started learning a new instrument, we suggest starting with 30 minutes a day. However, most musicians who are deliberate with their music practice often put in 2 hours a day.

Make sure to divide your time between a proper warm-up session, practicing and playing something fun.

3. Join open mics

Performing in front of an informal crowd will boost your confidence. It also gives you an opportunity to meet other musicians who can give you tips and constructive feedback. On the other hand, listening to live music can also reignite your passion for music and may just give you the inspiration you need.

4.  Write one melody a day

One of the beauties of playing an instrument is creativity. Channel up what you feel or what you’ve experienced during the day and put it into a melody. Pull out a piece of paper, write up a tune, and if you’re proud of it, share it with your friends!

5. Try out new gears

Be on a constant lookout for the latest gears and online tools that can improve your music playing experience. Not a fan of the traditional clicking metronome? Why not experiment with a vibrating metronome like the Soundbrenner Core to see if haptic feedback is a better way of experiencing rhythm for you?

6. Listen to other repertoires

We’ve interviewed quite a few musicians and one of the top pieces of advice they give is to explore other types of music. If you want to pursue a career in music you need to be versatile and be able to recognize different sounds. This New Year, explore different genres once in a while to open up your mind to more possibilities.

7. Find a mentor or an instructor

Having a few conversations with other musicians is great, but you need someone who will constantly be there. Mentors and instructors have got years in their bag full of advice that you might not be able to hear or find anywhere else.

8. Create a website

If you want people to start taking your music seriously – creating a website would be the first step. Monetizing a hobby requires a little bit of investment, and websites are one of the most powerful tools of communication in our time.

We hope that this short guide has given you inspiration on how to achieve your music goals for 2020 and for this decade. If you have important habits that has personally helped you in your growth as a musician, feel free to shoot us a message so we can add it on to the list!  [email protected]

 

 


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The Soundbrenner Core carries all your essential music tools in one powerful watch. Access a Vibrating Metronome, Contact Chromatic Tuner, Decibel (dB) Meter and Watch all from the ease of your wrist. It will have you covered for all situations, be it practice, performance or just everyday life. Finally, a watch made for musicians.

Vibrating metronome: Feel the beat with vibrations. You can wear the Core wherever you prefer to feel the vibrations in the most precise way possible. You can also set your BPM, time signatures, subdivisions, accents and vibrations directly on the Core. Can you sync the rhythm with the band? Yes You Can! Connect up to 5+ devices via Bluetooth and play tighter together than ever before.

Chromatic contact tuner: With a simple twist, the Core transforms into a magnetic contact tuner, giving you the highest levels of accuracy even in the noisiest environments. Tune your instrument of choice* by attaching the Core either to our included tuner mount, or your instrument’s metal tuning pegs.

*tuner suitable for guitar, bass guitar (ukulele through a firmware update in Q1 2020)

dB meter & alarm: The Core’s dB Meter constantly monitors your surrounding sound levels and alerts you when you exceed potentially harmful dB thresholds.

Smartwatch: You can receive smartphone push notifications** directly on the Soundbrenner Core. You can also accept and decline calls** from your phone easily with the push of a button. Time, date, stopwatch, and timer functionalities included.

**Available in early 2020 through firmware update

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