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Tips to learn two instruments at once

Learning to play an instrument can be deeply rewarding, but it requires discipline and dedication. It shouldn’t be surprising then that learning to play two instruments at once takes even greater commitment. However, it’s not impossible. There are famous examples of musicians who play multiple instruments, such as Prince, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder. But how do you go from your first instrument to your second, third, or even fourth instrument? It starts with a strong background in music theory and the persistence to keep learning. Here we break down how to learn two instruments at once without getting your piano wires and violin strings crossed.

Putting in the work

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In order to learn two instruments at once, you need to understand the basics of music theory and note reading, and have an established practice routine. This will give you a strong foundation to build upon when you pick up a second instrument.

It’s also important to ensure you have enough time to practice each instrument with breaks in between. This helps you retain information more easily and prevents burnout. Remember, learning two instruments doesn’t mean you’re cutting your practice time for each in half. Instead, create a schedule to practice both instruments regularly with time to relax in between.

If you practice daily, you could work on one instrument in the morning and the other later in the day. If you practice weekly, you can dedicate specific weekdays to each instrument. However your schedule works, it’s crucial to ensure you’re getting meaningful practice time with both instruments.

Getting the results

Being proficient in more than one instrument takes time and dedication, but the result is worth it. Becoming a multi-instrumentalist can bring new life to your musical journey, allowing you to move between or combine different sounds and find new ways to express yourself. But of course, you have to start by finding the right instrument.

Whether you’re interested in piano, guitar, violin, or another stringed instrument, Johnson String Instruments can help. We have a wide selection of instruments and accessories to start or continue your musical journey. Additionally, our blog has a variety of advice for all musicians, from beginners to professionals. For more information on different instruments, musical techniques, or how violin and piano duets come together, visit our site today.

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