Choosing the Right Musical Instrument for You

Even for those who enjoy music and want to learn to play, it's easy to become intimidated by all the choices you have. At The Piano Place, we offer lessons in guitar, piano, drums, ukulele, and violin.

So, how do you know which instrument is the right instrument for you?

The first step to learning a new instrument is to, well, pick one – right? Luckily, you don't have to be an expert in anything just your tastes to determine which is the right instrument to start learning. Here are some tips to help steer you in the right direction.

Think About the Kinds of Music You Like

If you want to throw yourself into learning a new instrument, then you first need to think about the type of music you enjoy listening to. Do you like acoustic music? Rock music? Classical? Understanding your musical tastes can help ensure that the instrument you ultimately choose is one that you're passionate about – mostly because you'll be able to play the music you love to listen to with it.

Remember that some instruments are going to be more versatile than others. Guitar, for example, can be for those that love folk music, country music, or rock music alike. Once you get the fingering down, then you can specialize in whatever genre of music you want and dabble in some that you may not even realize that your life! That's the beauty of music –it opens up new worlds.

When & How Do You See Yourself Playing?

Do you want to learn an instrument because you want to jam with your friends? Well, a more social instrument may be just what you're looking for. But if you aren't as social, then a solo instrument such as a piano may be the ticket.

What Is Your Musical Instrument Budget?

Instruments are available in a variety of price ranges for every budget, but some are far more affordable than others. A ukulele, for example, is a fraction of the price of a full-sized guitar and the lessons you learn on the ukulele can easily translate to the guitar if you want to give it a try later. It's a great instrument for those who may not be willing to commit to buying a high-quality guitar at first.

Think about your budget and what it means for your musical aspirations. You may be surprised what instruments are, and aren't, in your price range.

Where & When Will You Practice?

If you live in an apartment building, then your neighbors may not appreciate your practice sessions on the drum kit – especially early in the morning or late at night. But if you live in the country with no neighbors for miles, then drums may be a great choice! You have to consider the limitations of where you live when choosing an instrument and work with the space you have.

At The Piano Place, we want everyone to learn to love the instrument they choose. We provide music lessons with a difference. Contact us today to enroll or to learn more about our programs.

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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