The prospect of picking up a musical instrument can be rather daunting and intimidating. However, if you brave through the storm and learn to play an instrument, your efforts will reap benefits; the music instrument will serve you well for life!
However, before you begin your journey, you must first pick your instrument. Without beating about the bush any further, here are four tips to selecting a musical instrument to learn.
Tip 1: How much time can you invest in learning the instrument?
Although all instruments require a heavy investment of time and practice to perfect, there are instruments that can be rightly considered easier to learn than others. For instance, if you don’t have plenty of time to spare, it’s probably best not to consider learning to play the Kora. Instead, it would be better for you to stick to a simple rhythm guitar!
Or, if you are busy and are regularly swamped with work and responsibilities, you should perhaps opt to practice a simple rhythm instrument like the djembe.
In addition to knowing how much time you can invest in learning the instrument, you must also factor in how much you are willing to spend on the instrument. A tin whistle can cost as less as twelve dollars while guitars can amount to thousands of dollars.
Tip 2: Consider your physical limitations
If you have great difficulty lifting heavy stuff, it is not in your best interest to play a Double bass. Similarly, if you are a chain-smoker and don’t boast of great lung capacity, choosing to play the saxophone may not be the best decision!
Of course, with firm determination and an indomitable will to succeed, doing anything or playing any instrument, in this case, can be possible. However, if you wish to play an instrument that is physically difficult for you, you should also be ready to face a bit of adversity.
Tip 3: Will it be easy for you to find instructors?
It shouldn’t be too difficult locating a cello instructor in your area. However, the search for a capable instructor can become rather difficult if you wish to learn a rare instrument such as the Cajun-style diatonic accordion.
However, that is not to say that you won’ find an instructor; it’s just that you will have to look harder or even travel further to attend in-person lessons. You can also take lessons via applications such as Skype. However, there’s always a chance that the lesson method may not work for you.
Tip 4: Do you wish to sing as well?
If you plan to play and sing at the same time, you should consider picking up one of the two famous instrument, piano or guitar. Of course, it is possible to sing while playing other instruments as well.
But, none of those instruments can compare to the aforementioned instruments when we talk about providing a fullness and range of sound that can accentuate and accompany a human voice well.
There’s a reason why most of the professional singers choose pianos and guitars to accompany their voices.