As a beginner, you’re likely confused about many things. This can include things such as how to choose a synthesizer, which are the best synthesizers, and where can I read some reviews. Every year, more and more people are introduced to synthesizers and venture out to become musicians, whether it be professionally or recreationally. It really is a great trend as music is one of the many spectacular ways in which people can express themselves while also gaining many benefits along the way. So, as a beginner there are many things you should know and take into account before picking up your first synthesizer.
Do practice as often as you can and make each session meaningful. Anyone can pick up a guitar and pull on some strings, but not many people actually become successful with it. If you want to one day become great at producing music with a synthesizer, you’ll have to practice (and do it the right way).
Don’t misuse or act carelessly with your synthesizer keyboard. Starting something new is always exciting at first and enthusiasm will only help your cause, but acting carelessly with your synthesizer will only hurt you in the long run. These instruments are very delicate and expensive, which is not a great combination. Treat your synthesizer with care.
Do make the right decision from the very beginning. If you are someone who has never even touched a synthesizer before, dropping your mortgage payment on a Korg Krome might not be the best idea. It is difficult to do so, but you should try your best to find the synthesizer which suits your needs the greatest.
Don’t forget to balance your life. It may seem unnecessary to say so, but too many beginners become so enthusiastic about what they are doing that they completely forget to tend to other areas of their life. You can spend as much time playing your synth as you want, but don’t forget about your children.
Is learning to play a synthesizer hard?
Learning to play a synthesizer is not hard at all. However, learning to become great at producing with a synthesizer is a whole different discussion (and yes, it is hard). Hundreds and maybe even thousands of people worldwide dedicate their lives to become great and producing music with synthesizers only to come up short. Anyone can learn the basics, but not everyone can become great.
You may find that at times, the learning process with synthesizer keyboards can get frustrating – things don’t always go as planned and you may encounter a roadblock or two along the way. The core basics of producing with synths are quite simple and easy to catch on to, however many of the deeper fundamentals and principles in producing certain sounds can get quite complex and difficult to work with. It will likely be in these moments where you may feel uncertain and even feel like giving up; you should know that these feelings are normal and that everyone had these emotions at one point. Facing roadblocks is not a reason to quit. Seth Godin underlines this in his book “The Dip” – after the initial excitement wears down in any activity people go through a dip where they may feel uncertain, however if you persist you will reach unimaginable heights.
Being a beginner is anything is a total roller coaster. There are ups and downs, moments you wish never began and feelings you eventually understand and appreciate when the whole fiasco is over. Synthesizers are not for everyone, but if you persist and practice with an optimistic outlook, you might just become great.