Switching Farmington Instruments: Timing and Reasons for Switching

There are a few major points that may come during your music learning experience, and one of these for some people is a desire to change instruments at some point. Reasons for doing so can vary widely, from those who don't feel a given instrument is ideal for them to those who love their current instrument and just want to expand their horizons a bit -- and many others. 

At The Piano Place, we're happy to help with a wide range of music classes, ranging from piano and guitar lessons to voice lessons, drum lessons and numerous other options -- and we'll assist any student, child or adult, who is considering switching to a new instrument. What are some of the themes anyone who's thinking about going this route should be considering as they do so? This two-part blog series will go over several.

Time Spent on Current Instrument

First and foremost, we recommend considering how long you've been playing your current instrument. It can be difficult, after all, to make a substantial change to something you've put years and years into mastering. If you're a relative beginner who's only been playing for a few months or even weeks, on the other hand, it may well be easier and simpler to simply start from scratch.

For some kids and younger people, however, the opposite approach may make more sense. If a child shows a lot of aptitude for music early on, they may be able to learn multiple instruments relatively easily -- and if they're only devoting a few hours per week to music at this stage in their lives, it may not be as big of a deal to switch gears somewhat.

Reason for Switching

Whether we're talking about your own instrument or your child's, it's also important to consider the reason for wanting to make a change. As we touched on above, some individuals or parents may feel that their child is simply struggling too much with a given instrument and would be better off trying something else. In other cases, the desire may come from a place of excitement and exploration -- wanting to try new things.

This is perhaps the single most important factor to consider when making a decision like this. If you or your child are feeling simply discouraged or frustrated, it may be time for a change. If, on the other hand, everyone is having fun and enjoying the process but just wants to add some variety, that's another story entirely -- and even though both of these instances may lead to an instrument switch, the reasoning behind them is what's important to consider here.

For more on the theme of switching instruments, or to learn about any of our music lessons in Farmington and surrounding areas, speak to the team at The Piano Place today.

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- Billy Joel
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