Instruments that are the easiest to pick up
Music brings happiness and joy to people of all ages. While many dream of playing an instrument, very few are willing to put in the time and effort to learn one, thinking it may be too difficult or that they may be too old to learn. However, this is not the case. No matter what age you are, it's never too late to pick up an instrument. The key is finding an instrument that is easy to learn, fits your level of commitment, and matches your personal tastes. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the easiest instruments to learn, regardless of your age or natural talent.
Many people can find the drums intimidating, but they are actually one of the easiest instruments to learn. While it might take some time to develop hand and foot coordination, the basics are relatively straightforward.
With practice, you can learn simple drumbeats for many genres, and the rhythm will come naturally as you play more. Drumming is a great way to express your creativity and make some serious noise. Anyone can learn to play the drums in no time if they put in the practice and dedication! It's important to start off with simple beats and work your way up. As you become more comfortable, you can create complex rhythms that will have your friends dancing along.
The more practice you put in, the easier it'll be to find your groove. Don't be afraid to experiment with different genres of music - you never know what kind of sound you might discover! As long as you have fun and stay focused on improving, drumming can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
The ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to pick up, especially for beginners. It's small in size and only has four strings, which make it easier to memorise chords. The strings are also gentle on the fingers, which is perfect for those who are just starting to develop calluses. This instrument is perfect for beginners who want to play along with their favourite songs or perform at social events. The ukulele has a mellow, sweet tone that is great for both strumming and fingerpicking. It's also quite lightweight, making it easy to carry around with you wherever you go. Plus, the cost of buying one is generally much lower than traditional guitars or other string instruments. For these reasons, it makes an excellent choice for anyone just starting out on their musical journey.
The keyboard or the piano is also quite easy to learn. It has a range of sounds, and you can start by playing simple songs with just one hand. You can progress to playing more complicated pieces with both hands after time of practicing. The visual component can help beginners understand the basics of music theory, and you can find a wide range of tutorials and resources online. Playing the keyboard or piano can be incredibly rewarding. Pianos are also highly valued in live musicals, as they can serve as the backbone of an orchestra, providing a rich and versatile accompaniment to singers and other instruments.
The harmonica is another great instrument for beginners as it can be cheap in price. The cost of purchasing a harmonica is relatively low compared to other instruments. It's compact, easy to carry around, and has a unique sound that can be used in many music genres.
There may be a slight learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to play songs in no time. The harmonica can be an especially fun instrument to learn. It's great for travelling, as it fits easily into your pocket, and its sound is unmistakable and evocative. Learning how to play the harmonica may require some practice but once you get the hang of it you will soon be able to play lots of songs with ease.
Finally, don't forget about your voice! Singing is another way to enjoy music, and it's something anyone can do. You don't have to be a professional singer to sing along with your favourite tunes, and singing can even be a therapeutic outlet for stress and anxiety. There's also a wide range of resources online to help you improve your vocals.
No matter what instrument you choose, playing music is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Whether it's the ukulele, the keyboard, the harmonica, the drums, or your own voice, you can find an instrument that suits your preference and that's easy to learn. All you need is a little time and dedication, and you'll be jamming with your favourite artists in no time. Remember, play through your age and enjoy the journey of music-making!
Blog post by Rosie Buckley
Hi Eliana, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into learning the piano?
I originally come from Latvia where I started to play the piano when I was 5 years old. I graduated from the Jelgava Music School in classical piano playing before I got into jazz singing which I'm studying at the moment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
What is your favourite style to play?
As I'm a singer, I most often accompany myself on the piano. But in my free time I love practising music by Debussy and Chopin.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration and why?
It is difficult to choose one musician but I'm always inspired by people who love what they do and are genuine. When you find something that moves you and you're honest - there is nothing that can stop you. :)
Where can students watch you play/sing?
I post about my upcoming gigs in London on my instagram page @elianasanda.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My teaching method is to focus on developing good technique, appropriate repertoire and a good understanding of music theory. I am very patient and caring in my approach and I always try to support my students by making the environment in the lessons friendly and open. I focus on keeping my lessons fun and most importantly - my students interested. It is crucial for me to find ways of teaching that would suit each of my students and their interests the best.
And finally, what advice would you give to people who have just started learning or want to learn the piano?
I strongly believe that everyone can play an instrument or sing regardless of their musical ability, if they have a will. Learning an instrument is hard work but it is also super fun, so just take it step by step and enjoy the wonderful process of learning music! Trust me - it can be life-changing :)
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