If you are not quite sure which instrument is right for you, start by trying an instrument that is reasonably easy to get started with – such as the guitar.
It’s never too late to learn, and with the right help, you’ll make quick progress with the least amount of time – even 10 minutes a day can produce great results!
Playing songs on the guitar can be learned in a relatively short time – with just a few chords it’s possible to play hundreds of songs in every style imaginable.
Adults are often self conscious
Adults usually find it more difficult to learn an instrument than children, not because they haven’t got the ability, but often because they are more self conscious about sounding like a beginner and making mistakes.
On the other hand, children don’t have these negative thoughts in their minds as they are constantly learning new things and told how great they sound – if you are an adult beginner … don’t be put off!
One of the best instruments to learn, especially for children, is the piano. It is hard to break! and notes are a lot easier to play, at least to begin with, than a violin or trumpet.
Two of the biggest drawbacks of the piano are its size and cost, so if these are an issue, the suggestions below may be more suitable.
Some of the advantages of learning the guitar are:
- Inexpensive to buy a beginner’s model
- Easy to learn a few chords
- Just about every style of music can be played on the guitar
- Very portable – very popular!
The acoustic guitar is also a good place to begin if you hope to go on to learn the electric guitar – as many people do!
If you hope to one-day join a rock band or play in a group:
The Bass Guitar is probably the easiest instrument to learn in the rock category.
Although the cost of a bass guitar and amplifier will set you back a little or a lot – depending on the quality, a good set-up will last for years and be good value for money.
Sometimes it is better to invest a little more (if possible of course) and get a set-up that will be usable on a more professional level, rather than have to upgrade and lose money in a part exchange deal.
Check out this “slap bass” video and lots more here!
For singing and playing in various styles of music:
The Acoustic Guitar is a great choice.
Reasonably inexpensive, the guitar (acoustic is great for vocal/guitar) has got to be number one. Just a few chords and you’ll be able to play hundreds of songs. You’ll probably want to avoid ”home on the range”!
When buying a guitar for a child, it is worth remembering that nylon string guitars (classical) are easier on the fingers. Also, size is another consideration and I would recommend that children from seven years and above buy a 3/4 size.
If you would like to play lots of tunes and sound like a full orchestra:
It is also great for composing your own music and you can produce backing tracks for vocals on the computer.
“I would like to play in an orchestra (eventually) and I like all sorts of music including classical.”
However, it is very demanding as a solo instrument and requires many years of practice to achieve a good standard. Surprisingly though, the violin is great for country, folk and jazz music too!
“I’d love to learn to play the piano but it is probably too late for me at my age … maybe?”
Rachmaninov’s piano concerto may be a little too ambitious for some, but the piano’s huge repertoire has something for everyone at any standard and any age.
An option for those who don’t have the space for a large piano is an electronic piano with a weighted action. They feel the same to play as an acoustic piano.
If you don’t want a conventional Drum kit, you can buy a practice or electronic drum kit that is almost silent. You hear the sounds through headphones or you could play through an amplifier with a band. These kits are also a lot easier to transport too!
Well … if it was good enough for George Harrison!
So what are you waiting for … choose an instrument and begin the exciting journey into the world of the musician!
The best way to start is with a chanter which is the part that you blow into. After you have learnt where the notes are and can play some tunes, it’s time to get the air pumping … you’ll need a lot of puff and probably music lessons too!
Great for New Year’s Eve and other special occasions.
Not too expensive to buy and easy to transport the mandolin is a lot of fun. It can be as easy or as difficult to play as you wish. If your fingers are like thick sausages you may find it more difficult to learn!