Music makes the world go round, or was it money? Either way, if you feel you need a new hobby, something fun and entertaining, you could do worse than trying out a musical instrument. There is no age limit on learning to play; there are no time restrictions. You can choose to get professional lessons, learn with a friend, or just teach yourself at whatever pace you fancy. When it comes to choosing an instrument, well, you are literally spoilt for choice. Let’s take a look at the types available and see what tickles your fancy.
Most modern bands will use electrical instruments; they are more versatile and offer more of a variation in style and substance. The obvious choice is the electric guitar. Everyone dreams of being a guitar hero; you probably played the computer game a few times. However, you should bear in mind the fact that it will take some time before you can take to the stage and dazzle the audience with your fancy finger work. The electric guitar can be used for most genres of music: rock, jazz, blues and country. You may prefer the guitar’s smooth and lick cousin, the electric bass; it only has four strings but is invaluable for helping the band keep a rhythm.
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The next choice of instrument does not need electric mumbo jumbo to make a lasting impression – the drums! It’s a popular choice, but not with the other house guests. It can take some time to master. However, when you become proficient at the drums, your services will be in demand, by all and sundry.
Perhaps Soul and Jazz is more to your liking than rock music? If so, you should consider something along the lines of a saxophone, or perhaps a trumpet or trombone. The saxophone can easily be integrated into blues, soul and rock music as well; it is nothing if not versatile.
There are a host of instruments that do not require electricity; they are known as acoustic instruments, and there are dozens to choose from. The beauty of something like an acoustic guitar is the sheer portability of the system. You do not need expensive and bulky amplifiers, leads and other gimmicks; what you see is what you get! Other members of the acoustic family are: the banjo, accordion, mandolin, the fiddle and too many to mention here.
So you have chosen your weapon or instrument of choice, good for you! Sadly, however, you cannot get a decent note out of the beastly thing. Your friends and family are already avoiding you; the house is always empty within five minutes of you playing, how come? Well, it’s probably something to do with the din you are creating, have some mercy on their hearing. For example, a violin in the hands of a novice player will sound like a cat being tortured. There is a solution; it’s called ‘music lessons.’ The good news is that music teachers are fairly pleasant people and will soon be able to get you back on track – have fun, and don’t upset the neighbors too much!