5 instruments that are good for beginners

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To play decent music, you have to pick a learning process that isn’t too intimidating. A lot of people who are otherwise intelligent and are able to take in new information and master it, and put it into practice become frustrated when it comes to playing new musical instruments.

It’s easy to see why. They usually know how to pick things apart and make sense of things. They usually know their way around. But when it comes to something that they have to put in their hands to produce sounds, they hit a wall.

A lot of this has little to do with intelligence. Instead, it’s all about emotional intimidation. To put it more bluntly, they simply didn’t give themselves permission to learn.

You have to understand that if you want to learn anything in the least amount of time possible, you have to have a strategy. You can’t get all excited about doing something new because you’ve seen your friends and family do it. In many cases, you’re excited because they are so good at what they’re doing that they make it look easy.

But in reality, they put in all this time, effort, and energy to master whatever instrument it is that they’re playing. They went through rough spots. They just didn’t see that. They went through days where they were frustrated, and they felt that they were not making much progress. You don’t see any of that, so you just automatically think that if they can do it and it’s that easy, what’s stopping you?

So you jump in with both feet and guess what happens. That’s right. You hit one wall after another, and you give up if you’re not careful. It just seems so frustrating. The reality is you got into all of this without a strategy.

The truth is to play a decent musical instrument, you have to pick a learning process that isn’t too intimidating. This is what makes this whole process tricky because different people have different tolerance levels when it comes to intimidation.

Some people don’t have to experience much difficulty for them to give up. They get frustrated easily. It takes a very long process for other people to want to give up. If you’re stuck somewhere in the middle, you have to pay close attention to how you decide to pick a musical instrument to learn.

This way, you are more likely not to think of practice as a chore. Your choice of instrument is crucial because not all instruments are equally easy to play. Some are so complicated that it could take years to make decent music with that instrument.

With that said, here are five instruments that are good for beginners. When you start out with these instruments, they make your whole musical journey so much easier. In fact, you may end up mastering one instrument and then moving on to a related instrument.

Piano

The great thing about a piano is that it is so logical. The keys are laid out in a certain sequence. Once you understand the sequence and the sound each key makes, you will be able to make good music. Put simply, the piano is very easy to learn because you can get results quickly.

You can easily find out the right combination of keys that will lead to a certain sound. On the flip side, you can also quickly find out what not to do. You can learn by ear, almost based on the order and logic of the piano keys.

Once you have developed an ear for the different notes, it’s very easy to read and follow the notes. You start out with simple arrangements, then you speed up and slow down. You can even play around and improvise. Once you’ve mastered that, then you move on to more complicated pieces.

This progression is smooth, logical, and orderly. This makes the piano such an easy instrument to play. It can act as a gateway to other more complicated musical instruments.

Flute

The flute is a fairly easy instrument to play because you can control the amount of air you blow into the instrument. You’re just paying attention to your breathing and your fingers. By starting off with very simple pieces, you quickly establish the connection between the movement of your fingers and how much air you’re blowing into the instrument.

Once you make this link and start playing around with it in terms of intensity and volume, the flute becomes easier and easier to play. Once you start producing great melodies, you can’t help but be motivated to learn even more complicated arrangements.

Ukulele 

Some people view this instrument as a stripped-down guitar. It definitely looks like a compact version of a typical guitar. What’s great about the ukulele is that it has a light-hearted sound that isn’t too serious and there are many easy songs on the ukulele.

If you pluck the wrong string, people aren’t going to automatically sit up and pay attention and look at you like you did something wrong. In many cases, since the ukulele has such a light-hearted and even funny sound, don’t be surprised if people smile at you.

It’s this approachability that makes the ukulele such a great choice as a beginner stringed instrument. On top of that, it is so compact yet familiar that you can play the ukulele pretty much everywhere.

If you don’t feel like playing in your bedroom, you can pluck and strum your ukulele in your living room. If that’s not happening, you can practice in a park. Don’t be surprised if people walk by and smile at you because they appreciate the good music you’re making.

This combination of portability and approachability makes the ukulele a very popular musical instrument for beginners.

Banjos

If you ultimately want to play the guitar, one of the best ways to master it is to learn the ropes of playing the banjo first. It’s a great idea because you nail down the basics of chords. Banjos are fairly easy to figure out, and their sound is less complicated than that of a guitar.

But don’t let the simplicity fool you. The banjo may be simple, but it is more than capable of producing rich and varied sounds. It’s no wonder the incredible banjo players from all over the world are also great guitarists.

The banjo may seem a little bit too folksy to a lot of people, but you’d be surprised as to the wide range of musical genres banjo music actually figures in. Did you know that there are classical music pieces with the banjo in them? You’d be surprised.

Drums

If you have an impeccable sense of timing or you just like moving around when listening to music, drums may be right up your alley. Playing the drums really boils down to getting connected to your personal sense of timing. It’s all about the beat.

If you have enough space in your home and forgiving neighbors, as far as sound levels go, drums make a great choice for beginners. You can go quite a long way with a typical drum kit.

Still, if you want to become a professional drummer, keep in mind that playing the drums may seem simple at first. But if you want to take it to a professional level, you have to put in the time. A lot of professional drummers make drumming look so easy. But there’s really nothing easy about professional-level play.

While you can make quite a bit of progress going from newbie to intermediate, it takes a lot of practice and sacrifices to take it to a whole other level.

The final word on beginner musical instruments

Make no mistake about it. If you want to master a musical instrument, you have to think strategically. At the very least, you need to pick a musical instrument that will not leave you frustrated. Not only do you risk not mastering that instrument, but you may get so turned off about playing music that you never pick up another instrument again.

That’s how crucial your initial choice of musical instruments can be. Choose wisely by following the tips above.