What is the best musical instrument for a beginner musician?

Music is the strongest form of magic. -Marilyn Manson

Music is the strongest form of magic. -Marilyn Manson

A common question people have is, “What is the best musical instrument for beginners?” Whether for you or your child, this is a common question and if you asking, you are not alone. Because music is an important part of our culture and lives, the pressure to choose the right instrument can lead to anxiety. Instruments are often expensive, so fear of making the wrong decision may lead people to avoid starting out at all. However, music can bring life-long joy to children and families, so while the decision is an important one, it is one that is well worth the time, investment, and effort.

If you are a parent, you may fear that you will make a mistake in choosing and your child won’t want to continue in music. Early on, it is important to remember that the first instrument is an introduction to music for you or your child. The first instrument represents the beginning of what may become a lifetime of joy, whether as a hobby or pastime, or even a potential career.

A common place to start in music is with the piano. The piano is an instrument that can open up a world of music and lead to easier understanding of other instruments later on. Because learning the piano teaches the student not only how to play an instrument, but also how music works with combinations of notes, scales, chords, melodies, and harmonies. The piano makes a perfect introduction into the world of instrumental music.

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Piano lessons are available in most communities. A quick search online or conversation with local music teachers, churches, or art venues may help you find what you are looking for. If you do not own a piano, starter pianos are often available at low-cost or even free. Check online auctions or sales sites, which often have pianos listed. If you are local, HMH can help you find a piano. Just contact us here. No space for a piano? An electric keyboard takes up little space and is a good place to start practicing.

Lessons, recitals, and competitions in piano offer opportunities for the beginning musician to perform, meet new people, and expand musical abilities. Many communities offer performance venues that are enjoyable without the pressure of competition. As budding musicians grow they can start performing more often and in higher places.

Piano also gives a beginning musician the opportunity to learn to play every style of music. Piano can teach all aspects of reading music, as well. While most instruments only teach some aspects of reading music, piano teaches all. Piano performs in every major genre, so it teaches appreciation of jazz, pop, classical, and many other styles of music. Students of all ages can learn piano including those who are too young to learn horns. Once the basics of piano are mastered, learning other instruments is much simpler. Any student who has an interest in playing drums someday will need to first learn the basics of piano.

The feeling that arises when playing music is like no other. It is simply indescribable. Piano is a way to experience this feeling, allowing creativity to flow and also acts as an emotional outlet. Piano is an amazing entry into the world of music.

Man and young boy playing piano and smilingIf you have any questions, thoughts, or something to add to the conversation please leave a comment. I would love to hear your experiences with the beginning of your musical journey, including experiences with piano.  

“You are the music while the music lasts,” -T.S. Eliot. Happy playing!

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