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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Learning an Instrument: Choosing What to Play | Music - Times Square Chronicles

With so many instruments out there to explore, how do you decide what to play?,  as Times Square Chronicles reports. 

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When we’re younger, it’s easy to join a school class like band or orchestra and pick up whatever sounds interesting. As adults, there’s a lot more to keep in mind before you go instrument shopping. Luckily, you know more about yourself now. You know your music taste and what interests you. That’s why it’s the best time to pick up a new instrument and start playing.

With so many online resources, it’s easier than ever to learn how to play anything from the bagpipes to the fiddle. Don’t just choose what’s the most popular when you might be destined for something else. Are you ready to choose a musical instrument that’s right for you? Let’s get started.

Asking the Right Questions
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Sometimes we’re immediately drawn to an instrument. These instruments call to us, and we’re just going along for the ride. Other times, things aren’t so straightforward. Even if you feel you’re being called to a certain instrument, it’s worth taking the time to consider if that’s really right for your situation.

We all have budgets, space, and time restraints that might keep us back from choosing our first choice. The good news is there’s no such thing as a bad instrument! Here are some questions to get your mind moving.

What is your favorite genre of music?

Of course, the first question is what you like to listen to. If you don’t enjoy listening to classical music, you probably don’t want to pick up the mandolin or the violin. Choosing something that feels right to you starts with knowing your favorite genre. You’ll be spending a lot of time listening to yourself play so you might as well enjoy what you’re listening to...

Can you read music?
Depending on what you choose, you’ll need to learn how to read music. That’s no problem if you know how already, but it can take some time if you aren’t already competent in music reading.

Source: Times Square Chronicles