Learning anything can feel satisfying when we master the art. One of the easiest skills to learn is to play a musical instrument. Playing music helps us to regulate our emotions and to reduce stress. It also allows us to play our favourite music for ourselves and even at gatherings with friends. Most importantly, music helps us alleviate freedom and the social distancing we have had to endure in the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are thinking of learning a new musical instrument, you may wonder which one to pick up. We share 5 best musical instruments to learn for beginners.
If you are worried about starting with anything you feel is complicated, you can always start small. The harmonica is small enough to carry in your pocket and it is also a versatile and beginner friendly musical instrument. This little instrument has been featured in various genres of music from folk, blues, jazz, country to even rock music. It’s so portable you can play it at any time in your free time. It’s also very affordable and you can buy a few different ones to widen your range of keys.
To progress a little more with a larger musical instrument, you might want to try the recorder. The recorder is one of the easiest woodwind instruments to learn. You can easily learn a tune by placing your fingers on the appropriate positions. All you need is a simple fingering chart to learn how to play the recorder on your own. Once you get used to blowing and playing the recorder through breath control, you can easily step up to more complex mouthpieces like the clarinet or the flute.
Woodwind instruments include the flute, the saxophones, flutes, clarinets and oboes. These instruments are usually taught in schools especially in school bands. Like brass instruments, you need to have the right-hand technique and decent cardiovascular conditioning to be good at playing these instruments.
Most musicians who learn these woodwinds in schools usually drop these instruments when they no longer have an outlet to perform or to practice. While the saxophone and clarinet can be used in rock and jazz music, the oboe and flute are hardly used outside of classical music and orchestral performance.
Most orchestral musical instruments require years of training and discipline in order to master them. If you intend to pick up let’s say a flute, you need to have perseverance and organised in your learning.
The ukulele has in recent years won many fans for its ease of play and its small friendly size. This portable instrument is a great choice for beginners who want to play and to sing along to their favourite songs. The ukulele is like a mini guitar with four nylon strings. Compared to guitars, it’s easier to master and to play. Guitars come with nickel or steel strings and it can be painful to press on these strings as a beginner. You can master several chords easily within a short period of time with the ukulele. Moreover, the uke, in short form, produces pleasant sound for the ears.
5. Acoustic/Classical Guitar
The guitar is one of the most played instruments in the world. It’s also an ideal instrument for learners aged 6 years old and above. Non-electric guitars are easier to master and ideal for those who are just beginning to play. They come in a wide variety of sizes and meet the unique needs of every learner. Guitars complement other instruments and also sounds great when played solo without other musical accompaniment.