Those who are not very musical probably only think of guitars when they hear the term ‘stringed instruments’. The fact of the matter, though, is that there are several types of stringed instruments. There are violins, Kentucky mandolins, blueridge guitars, gold star banjos and even pianos are considered stringed instruments. Those who want to learn how to play these stringed instruments have a variety of choices for doing so and they are listed throughout this article.
First, the most basic option is to get a local teacher. This could be anyone from a college student to a senior citizen. It could be a neighbor or a professional at a music studio. It is recommended to get someone who has actual methods of teaching rather than someone who simply knows how to play the instrument in question. This will ensure they can teach their students in ways the students will learn in a more professional manner.
Another method that has only become popular in the last several years is to go online and sign up for online classes. These are instructional videos and text that can be found on the World Wide Web. This is useful to many who have a high comprehensive reading level and the discipline of teaching themselves. The drawback to learning online is that no one is there to ask questions to or make certain the student continues to practice.
Another option and one that has suited many just fine is to get a book and instructional DVD that allows the student to teach him or herself. Again, one must be good at comprehensive reading and well-disciplined for this method to work out. While it is a similar concept to that of learning online, it is usually more limited in the information and methods it provides along with less costly as well.
Those who are musically gifted and have a good ear can learn simply by using their ear. Many students of many different instruments have taught themselves how to play the blueridge guitar or Kentucky mandolins simply by sound. This only works for certain individuals who are gifted in this way and does not help at all with reading sheet music. Those who can play by ear, though, have little reason for learning sheet music.
What most music students try is a combination of many of the methods mentioned throughout this article. Everyone has different learning styles and needs pertaining to how they learn music. By trying out a few different methods, many students take many different aspects from each one and end up getting exactly what they need in order to know how to play their stringed instrument just how they’ll want to.