Happy New Year from J.G.G.!
Have you made your new years resolutions yet? If not, don't worry, we thought of some for you!
Our instructors have worked together to create some New Years Resolution that apply to all musicians of all levels! Take a look, we're sure you can find a goal that will work for you, and be sure to mention it to your teacher in your next lesson!
We will talk about specific goals for different instruments, but we don't want to over-look a very important goal that applies to every musician!
Practice every day! We know you hear it every week from your instructors, but it doesn't hurt to mention again. If you're tired of hearing it from us, maybe you will find it more inspiring to hear it from some more well known musicians. Check out these quotes!
"if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.” Eddie Van Halen
If you struggle with practicing your instrument consistently, maybe playing every day is the new years resolution for you!
Even if you only strum one chord, play one scale, do one warm up, or play one beat... don't go to bed until you have given your instrument some attention. Some days you may have more time than others, but every day you can find at least a few minutes!
Now we have some more specific practicing goals for you! Let's start off with our drummers. There are lots of goals you can set for yourself this year to help you develop your skills. Here are just a few!
Drum Resolution #1:
Follow our "Musicians Minute" series on our YouTube channel, and learn all the "Lick of the Week" lessons for Drums! Every few weeks we post a new video where one of our drum teachers will teach you a new beat! If you follow through with this goal, by the end of the year you will have learned at least 10 new beats!
Here is the link to the first video to get you started!
Study a different style of beat each month!
With all the different genres of music we listen to, there are endless amounts of drumbeats to learn! We have a suggestion of 12 different styles of drum beats for you to master this year! Talk about this with your instructor, this is a great goal for an intermediate drummer!
Drum Resolution #3:
Improve your soloing skills. Something that can really make you stand out as a drummer is being able to improvise with rhythms and create some really exciting drum solos. An audience loves with when they are entertained just by the creative smashing of sticks on a drum! Work with your drum teacher on some improvising exercises to help you feel more confident as a solo drummer!
Check out this drum solo by Neil Peart!
Up next, let's see what kinds of goals our guitarist can work towards!
Guitar Resolution #1:
Learn every major and minor chord in open position. When you're first learning the guitar it's really fun to get comfortable with some of the simple chords so you can strum along to your favorite songs. You may learn easier versions of the more complex chords when you first start guitar lessons as well. It's a great goal to start playing the full chords (even if you have to use 3, or maybe 4 fingers at once!) You will be able to expand your repertoire if you really feel comfortable playing all the chords. This is a great goal for beginner to intermediate guitar students!
Guitar Resolution #2:
Lose the capo! Once you are confident with playing chords in open position, it's easy to get stuck there. Often we use the capo to play chords higher up on the neck of the guitar. Well, it's time to get rid of your capo and learn your barre chords! The capo is a great tool to have, even professionals use them, but a great way to force yourself to start learning the barre chord shapes is to limit your use of it. Next time you're learning a song that has some barre chords in it, instead of changing the key and grabbing your capo, try challenging yourself and learning some new chords!
Guitar Resolution #3:
Soloing! Whether you have soloed before, or never attempted... this resolution is for you! Developing your skills in improvising and soloing can only further your success as a guitarist. Work with your instructor and start learning your pentatonic scales, as this is the first step to soloing... but there's no end to the possibilities once you get started! Learning to play with rhythms, add special techniques such as bending, and tapping and even learning to use different pedals with an electric guitar are just some of the possibilities out there. Learning the skills and getting comfortable with your creative side while improvising is all you need!
Need some inspiration? here's a video of 10 of the greatest solos of all time!
Singers! What goals can you set for yourself this year? Here are some of our suggestions.