Tuesday, October 27, 2015

For avid readers of this blog, you will know that I love my music. And, if you are not a regular reader, the category ‘Music Mondays’ gives it away! Now, I don’t claim to be a musical savant, but I do know a little bit, to my credit. Being surrounded by music for much of my life, I have picked up tips and tricks along the way. So, for this how to post, I am going to pass on my knowledge when it comes to choosing a musical instrument. For all you budding rock stars out there, take note.

What Do You Prefer?

There are so many instruments to choose from that it can be difficult to make a simple decision like picking what instrument you want to play. The best piece of advice that I can give is to go with your preferred choice. Of course, some instruments, like guitars and drums, are ‘sexier’ than others. But, don’t let that put you off or influence you in any way if you want to learn the tuba or the saxophone. The last thing you want is to look back and think, ‘ I wish I had learned to play this one instead.’

The Reputation

After you decide what instrument is best, you need to visit a dealer or a supplier to get your hands on one. In all honesty, this isn’t as easy as it sounds because there is so much to consider. The most important aspect to have in mind is the reputation. Reputations, for the most part, are earned and come from impartial sources. As a result, you can trust a maker that has years of experience and a proven track record like Taylor Guitars.



The Price

Price is where it gets tricky because a lot of instruments are expensive. That means they will price you out of a purchase. If we are reasonable, what beginner is going to pay thousands for an instrument they cannot play yet? For now, you don’t know if you are going to succeed or take it seriously, so you want the most affordable option. However, you want quality too, which is where it gets tricky. Again, reputation comes into play. An instrument that is cheap needs to come highly recommended for it to be a bargain. Otherwise, you will soon see why it was so affordable!

The Comfort

Learning is hard enough, but it is even harder when you are not comfortable. When you lack comfort, you have to stretch and strain to be able to play. Playing an instrument needs to be smooth and effortless to a degree. Your fingers should caress the keys, making it that much easier to learn. Size is an important factor in comfort. If it is too big, you won’t be able to sit and reach all the notes or the pedals, depending on what you play. Also, consider the weight because you will be holding it for long periods of time. Instruments can start to make the body ache after a while.


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