How To Get the Most Out of Your Musical Instruments

We love getting to see people’s faces light up when they finally decide on the perfect instrument and they get to take it home. It’s an exciting time, full of new possibilities. 

But getting an instrument can also be filled with a lot of uncertainty, especially when it’s your first time looking after an instrument of your own. 

To help you get the most out of your instrument, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you with practice and maintenance! 

Practice Makes Perfect 

It’s one of those phrases that can make you roll your eyes, but truly, practice is the key to getting better at anything. We can’t all be born with the inhuman talents of Jimi Hendrix, but even the greats had to practice over and over.

Putting aside a small amount of time to play music each day will help keep your skills up to date. It doesn’t always have to be a lot of time, but even a short practice session will see you greatly improving in the long term. 

Just remember to set realistic goals. Practice time should be fun and rewarding, not stressful and frustrating. 

Music Lessons

Playing an instrument is a very challenging and rewarding feat. There are so many amazing resources available online now, and more and more people are learning to play music all on their own. 

Though nothing quite beats good old fashioned music lessons. Learning with an experienced music teacher, and having access to a practice room is a great way to keep yourself focussed and motivated.

Whether you want to learn how to play the piano, guitar, or just about any other instrument, Shake It Up Music has a teacher for you. All ages and experience levels are welcome. So come and learn with us today! 

Study Music Theory 

Ugh… theory? Boring, I know. But just like with art, and colour theory, music theory can help you learn to be a better musician. 

It’s not for everyone, and some people learn better by actually practising their instrument instead. Like Igor Stravinsky, who said “I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it” 

But for some people learning about music theory is a great way to start learning how to better connect with their instrument and music. 

I’m not saying you have to start studying at a PhD level, but even just watching a 30 minute YouTube video can help you understand more about musician practices. It’s never too late to start learning. 

The Shake It Up Music store has a range of books, including ones on music theory and, to help support you or your children in their music development. 

Proper Maintenance & Protection

One of the most important and least discussed aspects of music is the maintenance of your instrument. When you are investing a lot of time and money in your instrument you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. 

Here are the top things you can do to keep your instrument well-loved; 


  • Regularly clean your instrument 
  • Keep your instrument safe in either a case or a designated place in your home
  • Take precautions when transporting your instrument 
  • Regularly check and service your instrument if needed
  • Replace broken parts quickly 

Shake It Up Music Nambour can carry out a large number of servicing and repairs on your instrument, and we also stock a range of different cleaning products and safety equipment. 

We hope these tips help you get the most out of your instrument. Don’t forget you can always come in and have a chat with the friendly team at Shake It Up Music Sunshine Coast. We’re always up for a laugh and a conversation about music.