Listening to Music Promotes Learning



Consistent practice time, a good practice environment plus focus on what to practice are crucial to learning and playing a musical instrument. Listening to a variety of music is also a very important part of learning. The best musicians in the world are always listening and learning!

Even if it’s a couple of songs each day, treat the listening time as you would practice time. Make sure there are no distractions. Try using a good pair of headphones, and no watching the song video while you listen!

First, listen to the song from beginning to end. Then listen again and focus on one instrument. Try to sing the part of the instrument you are focusing on.

A simple example would be to sing the bass line from “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. If the song has a horn arrangement, be able to sing it. 

The drum groove and drum fills, the lyrics to a song…learn to sing them individually. To sing a guitar or saxophone solo, you will probably need to listen to the song quite a few times, but with practice it will get easier.

Singing parts of a song will help you understand how different instruments phrase and articulate notes. It will help you rhythmically and melodically, too.

Try to work some listening time into your practice schedule and see what happens. Have fun!

About Dave Chronister

Dave teaches drums – all levels and has been a respected and well-loved teacher at Rick’s Music World since 2008.  He’s got over 15 years of teaching experience and over 30 years as a professional musician. He’s performed for 25 years with the premier Boston band, Night Rhythm

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