Whatever speed programs you may have seen advertised on the Internet, there is no substitute for dedicated practice when learning an instrument.
The following tips will help improve your musical skills whatever your instrument of choice:
1. Take it one step at a time, perfect one thing before going onto the next.
2. In the beginning, learn pieces you already know well either on another instrument or from listening to them. If you are learning to read music at the same time as learning your instrument, this will help you to relate the sound you play to what is written on the page.
3. If you can afford to, go to a good teacher you get on well with, if you enjoy your lessons, you will learn far more.
4. Boring I know, but scales and studies aid the learning process. They will strengthen and increase the dexterity of your fingers, improve timing and accuracy, and train your ear. If you’re learning to sing or play a wind instrument, you should also incorporate breathing exercises into your practice.
5. Enjoy playing, play what touches your heart; be that Beethoven or the Beatles.