An expository essay on how to become a successful musician.

Essay by electrostasisHigh School, 12th gradeA+, December 2002

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Becoming a successful Musician

By Electrostasis

The work of a musician is not as easy as everyone says it is. It is difficult, time-consuming and not always fun and games. You must want to learn, be dedicated to music, and not give up easily. Still interested? You cannot simply learn to play an instrument from reading an essay, but I'll try to ease you into the jist of it.

To start off, you need to choose your instrument. Choose wisely, for once you learn an instrument you are dedicated to it, unless you have an excess of time and money. If you like a higher pitched sound, you may enjoy an instrument such as a flute, but if a deeper sound is what you like than a baritone or trombone is right up your alley. The rest of the instruments include clarinets, trumpets, drums, or guitars. The possibilities are endless, but you must decide on one.

When choosing your instrument, there are many different methods of choice. If you are considering a concert instrument such as a French horn or an oboe, I would recommend going to your public library and checking-out a classical music CD. Listen to it, and if a particular sound catches your attention, then you may have found your instrument. Another possibility is going to a live performance of a symphony and listen to music there. You may even be able to talk to the player of your favorite instrument and ask him or her about the instrument. Musicians can be a wonderful source of information on instruments. If you are more into rock and popular music, then just turn on your radio and listen. There aren't many instruments in a rock band. Most consist basically of guitars, basses and drums. Your choice should...