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Welcome to Creative Sounds Music Lessons blog! Here I will help every one with some tips and some struggles everyone may have as well as just general music stuff from me!

Everyone struggles to practice, I was a really great example in what not to do....

Being a hyperactive child I've learnt a lot from my days and now I want to help others.

I find that having a chill approach helped as long as I kept to my schedule and kept aiming for my goals. Stressing made me dislike practice and trying to 'perfect' everything straight away actually caused me more problems and mistakes. Having a step by step approach and patience really helped me reach my music goals.

1. Have a schedule.

Whatever your own personal goal may be if you practice daily or a couple of times a week. Having a time and day really helps keep it the same and consistent and you will see results. Always reward yourself and end practice with music you like to play, mess around and have fun! If you miss a time due to other commitments or things out of your hand try to make up for that time. However don't stress if you can't! As long as you keep to schedule missing practice once in a blue moon won't affect your progress in the long run.

2. Some days are easier than others.

Don't be too harsh on yourself if one day you don't do as well as the other day. I personally had a massive issue of 'over practice' in short periods of times. I found when I took a break from the song, a few ours or wait a day or two suddenly I played it right. Just because you can't get that part perfect now, doesn't mean your practice will go to waste. Be gentle with yourself. For me personally some days I focus better than others, on the days I can't focus as much I play things and drills that I don't need to focus as much on but still get my practice in.

3. Have a goal

Exams aren't for everyone, but having a goal is. Without a clear goal its very hard to keep motivated. Even if you don't do exams, grades are a great way to focus on your skill levels. If that's not your thing. why not have a song and a realistic time goal to learn it in. A great way to keep learning is record yourself, that creates the pressure of performing and is another great goal to have, is it good enough to show your friends and family?

4. Its okay to break up practice

Although there's a standard amount of practice you should be doing, I know personally my focus comes and goes and a short little breather helps. It might work better for you if you practice in short periods of time, play for 15 min, do something else than come back. It also helps you keep fresh and focused. But keep in mind some people do great with longer sessions, everyone is different find what works for you.

5. Have fun!

If you aren't having fun and aren't enjoying yourself what's the point? Yes practice can be boring and seem like a chore but everyone has a reason why they like to play. Always leave time for the things you like and enjoy! It might be your favorite song, sight reading, improvisation certain drills even! Keep reminding your self of the fun parts and why you play and practice otherwise it'll be difficult to progress.

I hope you enjoyed these simple tips! Don't forget I service the North-West Brisbane Region and teach, Piano, Singing and Drums. Feel free to contact me for a trail lesson at 50% off at your place today!

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I know a lot of people for straight up reject the idea of singing because someone once upon a time told them they suck and please don't sing again. They may sing in the shower but it never leaves there. I have a few people around me who I think would actually be amazing if they tried to learn properly.

Singing is so much more about technique and practice then most can ever imagine. I always think about the voice kind of like a muscle. Some people are just stronger naturally with less training some people have to work hard to get results but eventually hard work over takes natural ability and natural talent. Singing is the same, some people with out much training or practice sound great, in tune, nice tone, pleasant, loud, can sing in the car to the radio like you wouldn't believe.

However just like lifting weights and muscles, training can get you to that level and even better! Some times just like muscles they take time to develop. Most of the time they say you shouldn't lift weights till you've matured enough. Again, the voice is similar everyone's voice grows and develops at a different rate. Some parts may not show until later, this is especially true for male voices.

I used to hate my voice, started lessons on and off from when I was young. I especially disliked it when it came to my early teenage years doing competitions, I immediately saw the difference in skill and sound of girls in a similar age. Honestly I thought I sucked, I was defeated why don't I sound like everyone else at my age? My mum got me through and was super supportive. She had an amazing unique low timbre voice with amazing highs as well so much so experienced teachers really recommenced she do opera and kept pushing the idea. But being a teen back in the day and rebellious, rock and roll was the only way of course! The old tape recordings she had showed me what she could do and even with the terrible quality, and cold she had at the time it really inspired me. Her saying was always this, the voice is like a diamond in the rough. It needs to be polished over and over and eventually it will become something special. I reminded my self of this everyday, she helped support me and told me to keep going at least until my later teens as her voice also developed late.

Then one day the whole new voice just appeared, It was a new sensation I hadn't felt before and finally sounded like something that I had always wanted. Really I just learnt to belt but my voice was strong enough and had built up the right techniques to get there after years of practice. After that the real journey started.

I wanted to share this because when I tell people I honestly thought I was terrible at one point no one believes me. That even though the practice you are doing now might seem pointless and that you'll never get there, your building up your voice, learning correct techniques and strengthening those vocal chords. Eventually it will click and it'll all be worth it!

Your never too young or too old to learn how to sing. Everyone can learn and everyone has a unique voice and different vocal chords. If I gave up because I 'didn't sound like all the other girls' I wouldn't have learnt the joy of singing I have now.

If you live in the North-West Brisbane area and would like to try singing lessons feel free to message me! You'll be surprised what a few basic lessons can do :)

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