Learning to play a musical instrument is a lot of fun, and mastering a new skill brings an amazing feeling of achievement that can’t be beaten. So why not ramp up the fun in your life by committing to learn how to play either one or more instruments that appeal?

Presuming you have no previous experience to shape your choices here’s a brief guide on various musical instruments which are great for new starters.

Piano

Always a great choice, this is something people of all ages can learn quite quickly, and it comes with the bonus side effect of boosting concentration, focus and memory! It’s versatile, logical and incredibly relaxing once you have learned the basics.

Keyboards

A good alternative (or addition to) learning the piano, if only because the price, size  and portability of this instrument makes owning one at home for practice is more realistic for many people. It brings the same benefits as the piano, and it’s easier to teach yourself to play keyboards than it is piano.

The Recorder

This is a worthy wind instrument for adults and children alike to start with, and another instrument that you can teach yourself if that appeals, however ,some people do find the need to coordinate breath, fingers and tongue tricky without instruction. Recorders are also one of the cheapest instruments around, so overall a good way to experiment with wind before maybe looking at something more complicated, like a flute.  

The Drums

Said to be the first ever instruments in the world, drums are excellent stress relievers and once you have got the hang of the timing and coordination needed progress is generally made very quickly.

Violin

The most popular string instrument to start with, learning the violin takes concentration and regular practice, but even beginners will soon be playing recognizable tunes. Bonus benefits come from improved posture and better upper arm strength.

Classical Acoustic Guitar

Experts recommend beginners start with an acoustic guitar as learning the basics on one makes playing electric guitars very easy. Acoustic versions are also cheaper and more suitable to home practice than electric options, which require an amp and headphones to avoid noise pollution.

The Harp

If learning to play a soothing instrument is on your bucket list the harp will be incredibly rewarding. It’s very easy to start making music on it after just a handful of lessons, and although first time players are advised to learn on a large, floor resting harp, once experienced there are more convenient lap harps to use for both playing and practicing.

Learning to play multiple instruments

Most musicians play several different instruments, sometimes from the same ‘family’, but just as likely not.

Most are at least competent on the piano, which provides a good grounding in music theory, so this is a good choice to combine with learning a second instrument at the same time, but there are no set rules – just choose what appeals and start learning (to learn the basics of common instruments, Visit Soundchime.com).