So you want to learn to play a musical instrument? In addition to a great teacher, you’ll likely also want to find a community that shares your enthusiasm for learning. In this post, we recommend a few places to start your search for resources and insightful conversations to help you learn music online.
BLOGSNo matter what instrument you play and regardless of your skill level, there’s a blog out there for you. In addition to being valuable sources of information, blogs can also point you in the direction of additional resources, technology, techniques and tips. Here are a few we dig:
The Musicians Way - Veteran musician Gerald Klickstein shares his thoughts on Music practice and performance, creativity, collaboration and life as a musician.
About Piano - About.com offers a wealth of information for piano players. From the history of the instrument to instrument care and playing styles, there’s much to learn on this site.
Violinist - With more than 25,000 registered members, Violinist.com is one of the biggest online communities of violin players and enthusiasts. Ask questions or just read up!
Banjo History - Everything you’d ever want to know about banjo lives here.
What does Google+ offer to help you learn a musical instrument? More than you think! There are a number of active (and approachable) communities with insightful conversations around individual musical instruments. Check these out:
Guitar - If you’ve got guitar questions, this is a great place to get them answered. Advice is shared quickly and readily in this community.
Ukulele - An enthusiastic group of ukulele lovers. Join the discussion and share your opinions, thoughts and influences.
Barbershop Singers - 'Singing' is a catch-all term. Your tastes are probably more specific than that. Look for the group or online community that suits your interests. There's even a Google+ group for barbershop singers!
Drums & Drummers - If you’re a drummer or aspiring to be one, you’ll like what you find here. Join the discussion and share some photos. If you’ve got questions, ask away.
Harmonica - This community is especially great for inspiration. Talk with other harmonica enthusiasts and share your favorite riffs...and learn a thing or two while you're at it.
If you fancy yourself an ultra-savvy internet user, you’re probably already on Reddit. If you’re not, check it out. Its a bit intimidating at first but there is a lot of great information sharing going on within the various music communities (called subreddits). Click here for a full list of music-related subreddits.
The ZOEN's recommendations for beginners:
r/LearnMusic - Find information and swap tips related to a shared interest of learning to play a musical instrument.
r/Saxophonics - More saxophone enthusiasm than you can shake a stick at!
r/MusicMakers - Those interested in composition and songwriting take note. This subreddit is a great place to share and get feedback on your music.
r/Guitar - This community really knows guitar. Got questions about a particular model or need suggestions of the best guitar gear to buy? Ask away.
r/Bass - Talk amps, strings, technique and songs on this subreddit. Lots of great information from more than 15,000 bass players and learners!
So there you have it - plenty of resources to expand your musical world. Go on, find your tribe.
Is there a blog or group we missed? Let us know in the comments below!