The 3 Secrets To Learning Any Instrument In Record Time

…even if you don’t have a ton of time to practice

If you want to learn a new instrument or take your current instrument up a notch you’ve come to the right place. In this post, I’m going to share with you how I went from struggling to hold a drumstick to competence in only 3 months.

Before I share the secrets, here’s what not to do: buy a drum-set and start trying to play your favorite song. That’s what I did on piano in 4th grade to learn the Star Wars theme song. I still can’t play that song and still suck at piano.

Okay, so how did I do it this time around?

I broke it down to the fundamentals. Before playing music, I needed unconscious competence with my hand and foot technique.

You can’t write a novel if you’re thinking about how to hold a pencil or how to type.

To pull this off, I found an accountability partner. This is key. Think about it: if you don’t have a friend or trainer meeting you at the gym, it’s a lot easier to skip, isn’t it? It also helps if that accountability partner knows about what you’re trying to learn.

I couldn’t exactly afford it but… I know that successful people invest in themselves so I hired a teacher that is a hand technique wizard. We Skyped every week or two and he baby-stepped me into developing proper hand technique.

In 2 months, we NEVER played a song or even talked about playing a song.

Some of you might be thinking… “That sounds great Chris but I don’t have time to practice.” Yes, you do.

The final step is this: you have to use Parkinson’s law to your advantage. Parkinson’s Law says, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. This means that you need to put something permanent on the calendar that’s a bit scary. What I did was planned a production 3 months out and… didn’t hire a drummer.

So to conclude here are the things you need to do:

Become unconsciously competent on fundamentals before ever playing music.

Hire an accountability partner to keep you on track.

Use Parkinson’s law to your advantage.

Enjoy your new found competence by making better music with more ease.

If you’d like to read more about practice techniques start here:




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Hi, my name is Chris Jacobie. I'm a music producer from San Antonio, TX. I help musicians make better records ...even if they don't have much money.

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