Now that most of the world is on lockdown due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, people find themselves stuck indoors either all of the time, or most of the day – if you have a pet dog, then at least you get the chance to take them out for a brisk walk around the block. Living in lockdown can be, to put it mildly, quite stressful and downright boring at times, and it becomes easier than ever before to become lazy and fall prey to monotony and melancholy.
Add that to the fact that you’re forced to work from home, and it’s no surprise that you might feel reluctant to do anything productive in your free time. But that doesn’t mean that you should become a couch potato, in fact, there are some truly wonderful things that can fill out your day – like music. Let’s take a look at the best music-related activities that will engage and inspire you during lockdown.
Learn to play an instrument
Assuming that you already have your favorite music genres and that you’re not afraid to explore new music and artists, perhaps now’s the time to try becoming somewhat of a musician yourself, and learn to play an instrument. There are so many choices out there to suit your preferences and style, and some instruments will present more of a challenge than others.
If you want to pick something that is convenient and relatively easy to pick up without much foreknowledge, the acoustic guitar might be the best choice. You can start learning chords and scales easily over the internet, and you can even book an online class to get started on the right foot. After a couple of lessons, you’ll probably be singing along to the sound of your own guitar.
Start learning new songs
Once you have decided on the instrument and have had a couple of introductory sessions with an online coach (or if you’ve just followed a YouTube video), now’s the time to start challenging yourself with more difficult songs and arrangements. This is where the real fun begins and it’s definitely one of the best things you can do in your free time, as you can start making covers of your favorite musicians and their masterpieces, and even give the songs your unique touch. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as covering a song using your unique style of playing and singing, and after a while, it becomes quite addictive as well.
Make an amazing music video
Another super engaging pastime activity (that can even evolve into a career online) is to start making your own music videos. You’ve probably seen many musicians making their own home-made music videos during quarantine, so why shouldn’t you upload your own music video as well?
You can choose to film yourself, but you can also make it cooler and more professional by using music visualizers that will give your videos that amazing aesthetic appeal that the online audience loves to see. Choose an online library that has numerous different visual themes to fit your style and genre, and upload your first professional music video to YouTube – for fun, or to kick-start a whole new career, the choice is yours.
Organize a virtual jam session
Do you have any musician friends? Sure you do, everyone knows that one friend who sounds like Amy Lee without even trying, or a drummer who plays in six different bands, so why not get together on Skype and organize a jam session? You can even live-stream the whole thing on social media to engage your online audience and your followers, and just spend quality time with people in the online realm. You can make it a regular thing, and thus keep yourself accountable and consistent.
Try composing your own piece
Once you’ve accumulated some experience with your instrument(s), you can start dabbling in composition. No matter if you’re a born composer or not, there’s no denying that composing is quite challenging and wildly rewarding, so all the more reason to try to create your very first song. This is one of the best ways to spark your creativity and fill up your entire day with something that is truly engaging and energizing, however, be sure to follow the rules and laws of music theory in order to avoid getting stuck in the process.
Being stuck indoors can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to fight the monotony. Turn to music and its charms, and you will have filled your free time with a fun and rewarding activity.