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Finding a hobby is extremely important, especially if you have far too much time on your hands. Unfortunately, deciding what to do isn’t exactly easy. You may be unsure about how to use your interests. However, if you have an interest in music, you could be in luck. Music is involved in a good amount of hobbies, all of which can appeal to different people. So, if you’re looking to develop a new skill and have some fun, here are four hobbies for music lovers to try.

1. Playing an Instrument

The first option for any music lover to try is playing an instrument. Not only does this let you actually create music, but it also gives you an easy performance vehicle. If this option sounds compelling, you’ll want to start by choosing an instrument. If you’re completely lost, try watching filmed instrumental performances. You may hear or see an option that strikes your fancy. For instance, the alto sax notes might stand out. It’s also helpful to do some research on the skill sets needed for each one. For instance, anyone with low lung capacity is unlikely to have success with a trumpet. Once you choose an instrument, you’ll need to find a teacher. Learning on your own could create bad habits.

2. Singing

Singing is a great option to try, especially if you find yourself doing it already. Similar to playing an instrument, excelling in singing requires a good vocal coach. Once you’ve found this coach, there’ll be a few things you’ll focus on. One of the most important ones is your vocal type. If you’re comfortable in your head voice and able to hit high notes, then you’re probably a soprano. If you have an extremely low and deep voice, you may be a bass. This classification will help you determine what songs to pick, as well as what parts to choose if you’re ever in a chorus. Next, you’ll want to learn some terminology. Singing is more than reaching for a note and hoping you’ll find it. You need to know how, for instance, to do a riff if need be. While this does take a lot of studying, it will definitely help you in the long run.

3. Dancing

If you love moving your body to music, then dancing could be a great hobby for you. In order to get the best training possible, you’ll want to find a good local studio. Oftentimes, studios will have old videos on a website to check out. You’ll also need to research the studio’s activities. If a studio caters to young people, it will probably focus on competitions. You may find such competitions highly enjoyable and exciting. On the other hand, dance competitions use up a lot of money and time. Unfortunately, most studios that attend competitions lack fulfilling non-competitive options. Once you find a studio, you’ll need to decide which classes to take. No matter what, be sure to take ballet. This dance form is the foundation of all Western forms of dance, so you’ll need it in order to excel elsewhere.

4. Composing

Finally, you may get the biggest connection to music through composing. If the word sounds intimidating, don’t worry too much. Not all composing involves using sheet music and full orchestras. Instead, you could create a piece at home with a bit of editing. Look for free-use sounds on the internet. If you feel you’re missing something, you can always record yourself at home. Next, edit multiple sounds together to create a piece of music. Keep in mind that the rhythms don’t need to be from instruments. You could create a compelling piece through the use of car horns or slamming doors.

If you’re a lover of music, you’re almost sure to enjoy at least one of these activities. Try each one out and see what clicks.

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