Some say that it’s much easier for kids to learn how to play an instrument. Sure, their brain in a sponge and they can do it faster, but if you’re not one of those folks who had to spend every afternoon after school practicing your violin, dreading the practice, this is your chance. Think of the advantages that you have at this age, you manage your own time, you’re more focused and you know the kind of music you like the most. Here are a few tips on choosing the right instrument.
That’s my song!
By now you know what kind of music you like the most and you weren’t lured into any specific kind of instrument just because it was somebody else’s dream. Though earning to play an instrument is a beautiful thing any time, it seems much better to relate it to something that you really like. If you like classical music, a ukulele might not be the way to go. Many instruments are more versatile than others.
Sorry to crush your dreams, but, you need to think of your surroundings. Do you have a good space to practice? Do you live with roomates? Do you live in an apartment building? Do you live in the middle of a prarie? Answering that question will make you decide between a tambourine or bagpipes.
Another thing to consider is the physical limitations you may have. Think about lung capacity; about being able to lift heavy instruments (such as a bass); a tricky elbow would torture you to play the trombone; neck pains will be awful with a violin.
Among the wide variety of instruments available, there are price ranges within as well. You can find a guitar for as little as $50 and you can also buy it for thousands of dollars. Some instruments that are more rare are maybe harder to find because they may not be imported to your local music store, but you can always have it shipped.
Also, depending on the instrument, it’ll be easier or more difficult to find a proper instructor. You can find someone to teach you how to play the guitar around the corner, but playing the didgeridoo? That’s a whole other thing! Distance and difficulty to find a teacher will make it more expensive.
Putting in the time
You are an adult, you manage your own time. But you also work and have other activities that consume your time. An instrument takes a lot of practice but it will depend on how good a player you intend to become. Excellent? Adecuate? Just have fun? If you don’t really have a lot of time to put into learning how to play that much, consider rhythm instruments, they might require a bit less from you.
Singing in the rain
If you want to play and sing all at once, you should consider the classical instruments such as guitar and piano. Both instruments give you a fullness and larger range of sound that will go well with human voice.