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How to Learn to Play an Instrument (Ep. 256)

I’ve been thinking a lot about music this year.

Instruments have been a part of my life for a long time, but I’m no virtuoso. At some point, I hit a skill level that I just didn’t care enough to push through and moved on to other things.

But this year, I’ve rededicated myself to piano. In fact, I’ve probably improved more at both music theory and practice in the last three months than in the last five years.

So today, Thomas and I are sharing our experiences with musical instruments and how we’ve been learning to play them.

If you have an instrument you’ve always wanted to play, or perhaps one in a closet somewhere that you’d like to dust off, clear your schedules. This might just be the right time to rekindle your love for music.

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  • 0:03:43 – Clip: Martin playing the piano and Thomas playing the guitar
  • 0:07:27 – What instruments does Martin play
  • 0:11:17 – How we practice and learn new pieces
  • 0:17:44 – Why learn music theory
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  • 0:30:03 – What piano should you buy, or where you can use one
  • 0:35:01 – Taking lessons and how Thomas learns guitar
  • 0:43:54 – Breaking down songs and listening to them more attentively
  • 0:50:31 – Conclusion

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