How To Choose a First Musical Instrument

You may be envious if you see someone or even a child play a musical instrument. At some point you may have been thinking that you too should learn to play at least one instrument. You enjoy listening to music, you attend concerts, watch your favorite bands perform on screen and imagine yourself being one of the band members, playing maybe an electric or bass guitar, electronic keyboard or a set of drums.

Making a choice can be overwhelming. Here are tips to aid you in making the right choice.

Research. Do a lot of research. Read on the characteristics of different musical instruments. There are several books that you can borrow from your school or public library. You can search the web for additional information and listen to sound bytes of each instrument. There are also available tutorials, tips and tricks that you can refer to for a wiser choice.

Listen. As much as possible, listen to how each instrument family sounds - strings, wind, percussion - and see which one you like. Again, you can search the Internet for websites where you will be able to listen/download sound bytes and samplers that you can listen to more intently later. Record shops will allow you to listen to several recordings for free before you make a purchase. Avail of this service to familiarize yourself on how each instrument sound and learn to identify them individually.

Experience it. Go to your neighborhood music store and ask if you can try out some of the instruments. You may be able to play the guitar and other string instruments, an electronic keyboard, a piano and drums. If will be harder to sample the wind instruments because the shop surely will not allow you to blow on these instruments’ mouthpiece if you just want to try them out. An alternative will be if you have friends who will allow you to test their instruments first.

Personality matching. Choose an instrument that will match your personality. If you are quiet and shy, a violin, a flute or a piano will fit you better. If you are an active one who loves to be in the forefront, then guitars and drums will be wise choices.

Match with your physical attributes. If you have short, stubby fingers you may not be able to play some piano chords. If you are comfortable holding heavy instruments for long periods, a bass may fit you better if you are trying out for the school band. Long, nimble fingers are suited for piano and guitar playing.

Budget considerations. Buying an instrument is an investment. Maintaining it in good working condition is a major consideration. You have to replace strings constantly, or tune up piano keys periodically. Repair and maintenance should be included in your budget. And then of course, you have to pay for training to be able to play the instrument that you have chosen.

Choose the right musical instrument that you can see yourself enjoy playing for a long time. You should be comfortable with it too. So take the time to learn everything you can about each instrument before making your final choice.


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