Playing a musical instrument is something that many people want to give a try at some point thanks to the positive effects music can have on us. But with literally countless different instruments in the world it can be hard to choose which one is right for you.
With so many options, making the choice is difficult! Here’s a few things to consider when deciding which musical instrument is right for you.
How to choose an instrument
Try out several instruments before committing to one.
Play around on a piano, drums, a trombone and a guitar to get a feel for a few different options to see if you like the way it feels in your hands. If it’s not fun to play around on, you’ll likely tire of it pretty quickly.
Check out a music store to see the options.
Most stores are happy to share their instruments with you and will let you try them out. See if there’s anything that sticks out to you.
Spend some time reading about the instruments you’re interested in.
Learning about how they make sound, the cleaning they’ll need and about the cost of buying or renting each instrument might play into your decision.
Consider your budget.
Some instruments are cheaper than others, so while you might not be able to foot the bill for a whole drum kit, buying a flute might be more within your budget.
Look at your practice space.
If you live in a thin-walled apartment, drums maybe shouldn’t be at the top of your list. But if you have a garage or basement to practice in, you will have more options.
Find a teacher.
Finding someone to teach drums or piano might be relatively easy, while getting a ukulele teacher might be a bit more difficult. There’s no point in buying an instrument if you won’t be able to find a teacher! Sure, you can learn online but having a teacher right beside you to teach you as you go is pretty invaluable!
How much time do you want to dedicate to practice?
Learning an instrument requires a significant time investment regardless of which one you choose, but some require less time than others to become an adequate player. Learning to play the piano or drums is going to require less time than learning something like an accordion.
What sort of music do you like?
It’s imperative that you like the style of music that you’re playing, so this is an important question to ask yourself! When you can narrow down your preferred music style you can often see a few good ideas of instruments to start with.
There is an instrument out there for you!
Playing an instrument requires quite a bit of time and effort, so it’s worthwhile to spend some time deciding which instrument you’d like to play before committing to one. Of course, you can change instruments down the road, but it’s a good idea to pick one you’ll stick with for awhile.
With such a huge variety of instruments available to choose from, it might take some time to find but there’s definitely one out there for you!