What Instrument Should I Start Playing?

What Instrument Should I Start Playing?

When you decide to start playing a musical instrument, the first thought might be to pick up one that can provide immediate success. If you can produce a beautiful chord on a piano in only a few minutes, the rewards of that experience can build a foundation of fun.

The best instrument for you to play is the one that holds the most interest for you personally. 

Although you will see composers, band instructors, and musical professionals offering specific advice about technique, body shape, or the size of your lips, the 1st and best option is always the instrument that you think will be fun to play. 

If you are unsure about the instruments that you like, consider asking yourself these questions. 

What kind of music do I like to hear?

If you like listening to rhythmic compositions, learning how to play a percussion instrument might be your best choice. When you want classical pieces, the piano, guitar, or violin could be a better option. 

Some instruments have more versatility than others, so it is up to you to determine if you want something that lets you explore or an option that requires limitations and repetition.

What are my budget limitations?

It would be best if you did not consider going into debt to start playing an instrument. Although you can find options at various price points, you shouldn’t spend less than $300 on a new band instrument. If your goal is to make music in whatever way you can, a tin whistle lets you start playing for under $10.

How much time do I have to practice? 

If you live in an apartment building, there might not be as much time to practice an instrument as you might think. When the walls are as thin as paper, the sounds of your playing could generate enough complaints that this choice could violate your lease. Your work or school schedule also plays a role in this decision. Most instruments require at least 30 minutes of practice daily, with choices like the piano or the saxophone benefiting from an hour.

Do I have any physical limitations?

If you cannot lift heavy objects, choosing to play the tuba is probably not the best option for a new instrument to learn. When your elbow doesn’t like to extend, playing the trombone might not be the best choice. Although continued practice can improve your physical abilities, the initial limitations could hold you back from what you hope to accomplish.

Do I want to sing and play simultaneously? 

Louis Armstrong might be the most incredible musician that ever lived. Not only did he have some singing chops, but he could also play the trumpet and cornet like no one else. That combination is surprisingly rare. If you want to sing and play an instrument, it might be better to learn how to play the guitar or the ukulele to become a versatile musician.

What option do you think would define your personality? When you can picture yourself having fun playing something specific, that instrument should be the one you try first.

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