This is my first instructable so let me know about any errors and such. Sorry if there is bad grammar through out the entire thing, i am not very good with grammar it seems.
Step 1: HAVE a SOUL!
Step 2: Establish an Instrument to Learn On
Step 3: LISTEN TO THE MUSIC!!!!
create an account and type in bands or songs that involve this type of music.
Live music by these bands is going to be more beneficial, because when live bands tend to improvise and extend songs.
Personally, i find bluegrass music a great thing to listen to, becuase it often consists of large amounts of improv through out the entire band.
I mean really listen to the music, sure you can sit there and listen to it while you are surfing the web, but you aren't really paying attention to it. Turn on the music lay back on your bed and just listen to the harmonies and such. Listening to peoples music is one of the best ways you can learn to play music.
Step 4: Learn Your Notes by Ear
Here is my way:
Take your instrument of choice. It is crucial that your instrument is IN TUNE or this will just screw everything up for you.
And Pick a really simple song in which you can sing the instrumental part of.
Example: the intro to purple haze, its simple and easy to memorize.
Now learn to sing the instrumental part of this song perfectly singing it in the same octave each time.
Okay once you have done that done we move on to another part and come back to this later.
Next pick an octave to play and sing each note along with the octave as you play it, You should be able to hear when they are the same note. When i sing along with it i make sure to sing the name of the note, that way my brain recognizes this note as that name. So Keep trying until it sounds right, this work a lot easier if you have a tuner in which you can see if you are hitting the right note or not. THIS IS NOT ABOUT BEING A GOOD SINGER JUST MATCH THE NOTES. Do this repetitively until you get it down. I recommend doing this with a few octaves.
Next, remember that song we were talking about earlier, well play that part of the song on your instrument singing along with it in Harmony.
This will not happen over night!!!!! This takes lots of practice just as playing the instrument itself so don't give up, it takes longer with some people then others. Do this a few times for a warm up maybe each time you pick your instrument up, because if you do this non-stop many people become frustrated and give up.
i recommend downloading one of the ear trainers and testing your self a few times to make sure you are doing it right. But do not rely on this to get you by.
Step 5: Learn What They Did
Step 6: Play Along With the Music or Backing Tracks
Step 7: LEARN LEARN LEARN!!!! PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!!!
this is a great site for learning theory and reading music i suggest using it greatly.
I personally read through the entire thing once, went back over it all playing along with my guitar, then went back over it all with my keyboard.
And Keep Practicing!!!
ALSO REMEMBER GOOD MUSIC COMES WITH TIME DON'T GIVE UP!
Step 8: Recommended Listening
The Grateful Dead
Dave Matthews Band
Jimi Hendrix (band of gypsys era stuff is best)
Tea Leaf Green
Bob Dylan (1975 era for this type of music)
Then of course all the Solo careers of people who were in the bands above:
and all the rest
i'll add more if i can think of more