When choosing a musical instrument to learn, there are so many different options. Below are 7 of the most popular musical instruments, along with some of the reasons why they are so popular among budding musicians.
The piano is undoubtedly the most popular musical instrument. This is partially because it’s very easy to learn (although arguably one of the most difficult instruments to master). The piano is also incredibly versatile – whether you want to play classical pieces, learn jazz or create pop songs, the piano can help you to do this. An upright piano is the best option if you want to learn the traditional way and have enough space in your home. If you don’t have much space and want to branch out into electronic music, consider buying yourself a keyboard.
Guitars have long been seen as the ‘cool’ instrument to learn. Like the piano, they’re very versatile in that you can use them to play all kinds of styles from flamenco to heavy metal. Of course, they’re much more portable than a piano, which is a big plus. An acoustic guitar is the cheapest option and tends to be the beginner’s choice. However, you can learn on an electric guitar if you’d prefer to play around with effects.
Violins are the stars of classical music, while also being integral to other genres like folk and country. Many people want to learn the violin because of its ability to convey great emotion – it’s sometimes described as being the closest musical instrument to the human voice. Like guitars, violins are also very portable.
The drums may be a noisy instrument, but they can be a lot of fun to learn. In many styles of music ranging from jazz to rock, the drums are the engine of the band – they are solely rhythmic as opposed to melodic. Playing drums can improve hand-eye coordination and even provide a workout. You’ll need a lot of space to set up a drum kit, although there are more compact kits that you can buy. On top of traditional kits, you can also buy electric kits, which have the benefit of being more neighbor-friendly.
In many rock bands, the bass guitar helps provide the rhythm along with the drums, while also strengthening the melody of the lead guitar. Essentially, they set the groove. Much of the same principles of learning a regular guitar apply to learning a bass guitar, and it’s often easy to transfer between the two. Bass guitars are almost always electric. The closest acoustic version is the double bass, which is played slightly differently.
Recorders are typically handed out to kids in elementary schools. Most people who learn the recorder go on to learn other woodwind instruments such as the clarinet and flute – the recorder makes a great beginner instrument. That said professional recorder players do exist.
Saxophones are most commonly used to play jazz, but can be used to play many other styles too including classical and ska. They remain one of the most popular woodwind instruments because of the range of emotions they can create. There are different types of saxophones that you can buy ranging from the high-pitched sopranino sax to the low-sounding bass saxophone – consider which is the best instrument for you.