Learning to play an instrument is a difficult process at the best of times. If you truly want to be as good as you can possibly be, you have to devote hours a day to practice. You have to learn how to deal with all the details and nuances of different pieces of sheet music. You also have to memorize the scales and learn how to judge by ear what scale is being played. All of these things can be incredibly difficult, and if you’re not absolutely determined to learn, you can find yourself giving up way before you actually become good at playing.
But learning how to play an instrument is only half the process of being able to play an instrument. One might argue that learning how to play is the most important part, but that’s not necessarily the case! The other part of learning to play an instrument is learning how to play in front of an audience!
Many people never really consider the fact that they might have to play an instrument in front of an audience, but the simple truth is that if you never play in front of people, then it’s almost as if you put in all that time, effort, and practice for nothing. Once you finally learn how to play an instrument well, you deserve to have people hear you and learn how well you’ve learned to play.
But how do you get around to playing in front of an audience? That’s a deep question that’s really two questions in one. The first question is “how can you get yourself to play in front of an audience”. This is always a difficult time, when you might find yourself embarrassed at the attention. You might wonder if you’re actually good enough to be playing for an actual audience, and whether or not they want to hear it at all.
The real truth is that you simply need to get it into your head that you’ve been working incredibly hard on sounding the best you can. If you’ve been practicing and putting in the effort, then of course you’re ready to play in front of an audience. There’s no reason to get down on yourself and question your own skills and abilities. You know better than anyone if you’re actually good enough to be heard. If you think you’re ready, then you should decide that you’re ready and not let anything or anyone stop you.
Then there’s the question of how to get people to actually listen to you. Whether it’s at a bar or on stage in front of hundreds of people. There’s the easiest way, which is to simply invite your friends and family to listen to you as you play for them. Most friends and family are quite supportive, and will gladly listen to you as you perform for them. After all, they know how hard you’ve been working in order to sound the best you can. Since they know how hard you’ve been working, they will always be happy to lend a kind ear and hear the fruits of your labor.
If you’re wanting to join a band, there are a number of different ways to go about it. Many bands will often need various instrumentalists, and you can find these bands in various local advertisement pages. You can also check the market boards of various cafes and music outlets, and see what you can find.
If you’ve been practicing for a long time, and you finally think you’re ready to play in front of an audience, then don’t let anything stop you. Simply summon your courage and make sure you’re going at it with all you’ve got!