Which Musical Instrument is Recommended for Beginners?
*Will the instrument I choose be affordable?
*Which instruments are easy to learn and which are difficult to learn?
*Will it be a quiet instrument or a noisy one?
*If I don’t choose a popular instrument will I be able to find a teacher easily?
*Is the musical instrument of my choice popular or is it an instrument that not many people play?
*How much will a lesson cost?
*I want to choose a musical instrument that I can play in a band. What instruments should I choose?
*I want to play a certain type of music. Which musical instruments are suitable for different styles?
In the following article I will be answering all of the above.
Here is a list of musical instruments to choose from listed in popularity, with the number 1 being the most popular:
12) French Horn
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Will the instrument I choose be affordable?
If you want to buy a musical instrument but don’t wont to spend too much money I would choose either a guitar, keyboard, violin, clarinet or trumpet. These instruments are the
cheapest to buy when starting out.
Which musical instruments are easy to learn and which are difficult to learn?
The easiest musical instruments to learn from the list above are: Guitars, Drums and Recorders.
The guitar should be easy to pick a few chords and you can almost start strumming and playing a simple tune from your first lesson. It is best advised to learn the classical guitar first as it has nylon strings and will be easier on the fingers than a steel strung electric or acoustic guitar.
Drums are fairly easy to learn as well. The important thing is to feel the rhythm, once you have this, everything else should be easy to pick up.
The recorder is probably the easiest of all musical instruments to learn. Most children at school take up this instrument before progressing on to the clarinet, flute or saxophone which is much more difficult to learn.
The most difficult musical instruments to learn from the list above are: Oboe, French horn, Trumpet and Piano.
The Oboe is probably the most difficult musical instrument to learn. It is very difficult to even produce a sound at first, let alone a musical note. This instrument can take many years to master
The French Horn
The French horn also takes quite a while to get the hang of. The sound is produced not only by blowing, but by creating an embouchure and buzzing the lips to control the air stream, which in turn creates the correct pitch to produce the note. Then the correct valves that correspond to the right pitch have to be learnt. The hand is also used to help the quality of sound by placing in the bell. Wow! Perhaps this is not a great instrument for beginners!
The trumpet is considered difficult to learn initially because of the techniques needed (similar to the French horn but without using the hand in the bell). The difficult thing about the trumpet is trying to make a nice sound which can take a few years to perfect.
Although it is easy to make a sound on a piano, just by pressing any note you sound like a professional, the piano is very difficult when you need to play more than one note at a time. All the above instruments require you to play just one note at a time but with the piano sometimes you need to use every finger and thumb at the same time!
You also need to learn two different clefs, and to learn to read this at the same time is not easy at first.