5 Tips On How To Learn And Play A New Musical Instrument

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Playing a musical instrument is something that is often encouraged, since it has many benefits that are rarely spoken about. For instance, when you learn to play a particular instrument, you may find that you are actually very good at it, in which case you could use it as an income. Even if you are not thinking of learning how to play for professional purposes, you could take it up as a hobby.


Learning how to do something new is a good way to infuse some variety in your life, and it could lead you to meet interesting people and do things that you may never have done otherwise. Also, playing music can be a great source of relaxation for yourself and the people around you. If you are thinking of reaping from any of the benefits above, you would need to first choose an instrument that suits you and then learn how to play it. Some of the ways in which you can choose one include:

Basing your decision on past experience

You can choose a musical instrument to play based on what you tried to play before. For example, if you played a recorder when you were young, you could decide to try out something similar such as a flute or clarinet. When you choose to play an instrument that you had played before, you will find it much easier to learn.

Let your musical tastes influence you


Each person has a genre of music that they particularly like. You can also use this to decide on which instrument to choose to learn how to play. For instance, if you are a fan of classical music from Pachelbel, you could decide to try to learn how to play the violin, since this particular composer used this instrument a lot. One of the benefits of choosing an instrument that is related to your favorite genre of music is that it makes learning more fun since you would be doing something that is dear to you. This is one of the most common methods of choosing an instrument that most people use these days.

Try out the instruments before you set your mind on it

If the above do not work out for you, you can also try out a few instruments on your own to find out which suits you most. For instance, if you are in a school where there is a band, you could visit the music room and try to find out more about the different instruments there. After you have tried out several of them, you will get a general idea of which ones you like, and this can then be used to help you decide on which instrument to choose to learn.

Consider the reason why you want to learn how to play the instrument

When you need to learn how to play an instrument just for the sake of it, you can choose any that you want. However, if you have a more specific reason, you would need to use that reason to guide you when choosing an instrument. For instance, if you are thinking of being a wedding entertainer, the first thing you would need to find out is what kinds of music are normally played in weddings in your region.

Another common reason why people would want to learn how to play a musical instrument is to seem more attractive. In such cases, you will find that the best instruments to learn would be the piano, guitar or saxophone since these are often associated with sensuality and romance.

Once you have figured out the reason why you need to learn how to play such an instrument, you will find it very easy to choose one.

Consider your physique


In a minority of cases, your physique can also determine the kinds of instruments that you can and cannot play. For instance, if you have very short arms, learning how to play the trombone may not be the best idea, since this often needs one to extend their arms far from their body. Some people also have lips that suited to play woodwind instruments but they might be having lips that suit bass instruments.

In summary, choosing a musical instrument to learn how to play is not something that is completely arbitrary. There are many variables that you can use to determine exactly what kind of instrument would suit you. The above are just a few of the things that you can use to make such a decision; there are many more personal ones that you may have!

This post was generously provided by Levi Jesus.

Levi Jesus studied Music at Kingston University London. He is a fanatic blogger and his recent website EZMI Online Guitar Shop has a huge collection of musical instruments attracted many online enthusiasts to try out new instruments at a fair price.


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  • Musician Makers May 31, 2013, 9:04 pm

    There are also a lot of online courses and tutorials too that you can utilize!

  • Kelly April 25, 2014, 1:40 am

    If you have a passion to learn anything be it a musical instrument or any new subject, your will power is a key factor to helping you achieve your dreams. These days there are hundreds of online courses where people learn new things everyday.

  • Paul Langley April 12, 2016, 1:16 pm

    This is some really great advice for anyone looking to learn to play an instrument. I especially liked your point about allowing your personal taste in music to come into play. When I was younger I decided to learn to play the saxophone, because I thought it was really cool. I never even considered the fact that I didn’t like jazz or swing all that much, so I never really got invested. If I could go back and do it again I’d likely learn the cello, which I have always loved the sound of. Thanks so much for writing!

  • Music Tutor December 30, 2016, 4:45 am

    Awesome post. If you are learning any music instrument then the above tips may be helpful. When you study theory concepts and do a regular practice of any music instrument then you can achieve perfection in that instrument.

    • Rick June 30, 2018, 5:35 pm

      Great comment! Nicely said.

  • Joseph May 20, 2017, 1:24 pm

    When I was a kid, I never got a chance to play musical instruments. I like to play piano. After reading your blog, I got some ideas. It will help me to learn.
    Thanks for nice share

  • Zarin Tasneem May 20, 2018, 12:11 am

    Hey Levi,
    I appreciate your article but I really don’t find physique is an obstacle for learning anything. I mean you’ll always find a way around to pursue your dream, no matter your hand is short for trombone or not. But in some case its true I guess, like anyone a no hand how they are supposed to play anything. But its an extreme case!
    By the way, thank you!


  • hogankeys June 26, 2018, 1:44 am

    I appreciate you sharing this article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.