Have you ever thought about taking up a musical instrument? Here's the perfect guide for you.

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Choosing a musical instrument

Many people would like to learn how to play a musical instrument, but they are put off by one big problem: what to play? Here are a few questions to help you decide.

What kind of music do you like?

Many instruments are versatile, but some are more suited to certain types of music. Although there is some classical repertoire for the saxophone, for example, people associate it more with jazz, and it is not a permanent feature of many orchestras. Some instruments may lend themselves better than others to the music you like, so consider this before you start.

Do you want to play with other people?

Think about your long-term future as a musician. If you want to play with other people, what sort of instrument would be most practical? The initial attraction of playing a dazzling solo instrument like trumpet, violin, flute or lead guitar might fade when you realise how many other people are competing with you to get the main part with the same instrument! If you want to play rock music, there will always be a demand for bass players or drummers, and if you fancy being part of an orchestra, the bassoon is a great bet to make sure you are always needed.

Where are you going to practise?

Many people live in flats and practising the drums, for example, will drive your neighbours crazy. Think about where and when you are going to practise, as well as the patience of the people you live with or near. Electric versions of instruments like the piano, drums, guitar and even violin give you the option of playing into the night using headphones, while your housemates sleep in peace. Alternatively, you may need to consider going to a school or a community centre to practise.

How much money can you spend?

This is quite a big factor. A lot of instruments can be purchased in different price ranges, for example, guitars. But this doesn’t alter the fact that many, such as the piano, are always pretty expensive. If you can’t afford your chosen instrument, will you be able to borrow someone else’s or hire one?

Are there any physical limitations?

If you’re small and don’t like lifting heavy objects, you won’t want to carry around a double bass. Apart from that, use your common sense, and don’t let your perceived physical shortcomings put you off. Who says small skinny people can’t play the tuba? It’s true that some wind instruments require a lot of lung power but with the right coaching, everyone can develop the right technique.

Still not sure?

Talk to people you know who already play instruments. They might even let you try theirs. It’s also a good idea to find an experienced music teacher, preferably one who plays a few different instruments, who can give you some advice and push you in the right direction.

 

If you find an instrument you love and that suits your needs, you’ll find the time spent choosing was well worth it. Good luck with making your choice!

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Which instrument would you like to learn?

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Dasharik159 26 August, 2017 - 13:21

I like three instruments: violin, piano and guitar, but I choose guitar. Some time later I understood that it is too hard for me, because I have never worked with music instruments, so I bought ukulele!!! It is a small guitar with for strings and ,of course, It is much easier to learn play it at home in your own, using videos from youtube.
I advice this instrument, I have choosen ukulele soprano, it is the smallest model of ukulele.
It sound perfectly and don`t loudly, so you can play at home and don't worry about neigbours.

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Ken 27 August, 2017 - 12:55

Sounds good! Hula〜hula!
I'd like to choose a lute. But sadly enough, peaple say that it is better suited for a person who is sensitive and has nimble fingers.
( ・᷄ꃪ・᷅)˞ᵋᵌ

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QueenPinkBluebel 19 July, 2017 - 20:38

I would really like to play the guitare or the piano because I love the melodies that both of the instruments make.

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rosyclouds 18 March, 2017 - 09:05

I would like to learn how to play the accordion! I always imagine giving a performance in front of my classmates. And in many movies, the accordion music adds lustre to the plot. To achieve my dream, I'd first practise playing the piano more!

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Rami34 19 May, 2016 - 01:33

Sometimes I play piano but I'm not a master playing piano and I would like to know how to play it well because almost every song I hear can be played on piano.

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PingoLaEmpanada 18 May, 2016 - 01:52

I love play the musical instruments
i cant play guitar, Bass, Drums, Hand pan Drum
A but my favorite instrument is the guitar or the drum
i love the rock, but i like all genere musical

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Ken 2 March, 2016 - 05:56

My younger bro plys drums.
He was a member of a chior.
I play the piano.
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lookat147 3 February, 2016 - 05:54

Sounds good giang!
Me either! Do you know her song "style"?
What do you think about the 'style'…..? ☆

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linhnguyen 3 January, 2017 - 10:43

Hi andygaribay _ i already have a guitar lesson by my friend, at the first time, it really difficult for me and my finger turn red with feeling so hurt....

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yigit58 3 January, 2016 - 09:51

I'm playing baglama and guitar. I really want to learn piano. In my elementary school, my music teacher was playing the piano like a monster!

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Macaque 14 November, 2015 - 19:45

I'm trying to learn to play the acoustic guitar right now. I find guitar music very beautiful, even though I'm a fan of rock music. Actually, I'm learning "Do I wanna know?" from Actic Monkeys.

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sona 7 November, 2015 - 14:56

I would like to play guitar,because I think it is a great instrument,and you can make with it many sensitive musics,which I love so much. I am also a fan of Ed Sheeran.

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Elsa007 10 November, 2015 - 06:19

Hi sona and giang!
I like that song, too! Everything has changed. Can you sing it, Giang? ♪
Elsa☆

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gianggiang 13 November, 2015 - 02:22

Hi Elsa, I can sing it very well. ( I am curious why my English speaking is not good whereas I can sing English songs ( ballad and country music) excellently. : D
What about you ?

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Elsa007 14 November, 2015 - 10:42

Fantastic, giang!
Then why don't you play Ed's part?…or…... Taylo's??
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now ♬
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now ♬
Ha ha ha ha ♪♪ :D

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gianggiang 15 November, 2015 - 09:44

" All I know is we said "hello"
And your eyes look like coming " my mind :P
"All I know is simple name"
Everything never changes. :D

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gianggiang 8 November, 2015 - 03:41

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift -a perfect cooperation.
(Guitar and guitar)- Multiply - Everything has change!

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Tony2003 8 October, 2015 - 01:06

I would like to play piano and organ because it is easy to play and carrying. One day I would like to be like the second Mozart just because he is the best piano player

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