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Playing, singing and listening to music are all a natural part of life. Music is about communication, self-expression and having fun! Whenever you hear a song you recognize, you probably naturally move your body, or tap your feet, or begin singing along with it even before you are consciously aware that you are doing so.
If you’ve never played a musical instrument before, it can be confusing to know where to start. There are so many different instruments, styles of music and specific techniques associated with each playing style. Some are easy, some are difficult and some are in-between. Luckily, it is possible to find YouTube performances of every style of music on every kind of instrument. This makes it a lot easier to find out what kind of music you are drawn to and to make an informed decision about what type of instrument to learn and/or buy.
Many people are unsure whether they have the ability to play a musical instrument, yet everyone has musical potential. Most musicians are inspired to learn to play their particular instrument by hearing a great musician or an inspiring song. Something inside us makes us say, “what is that sound? I wanna play that! Once you’ve experienced this, you are already on the way to becoming a musician. Try thinking about your favorite music to start with – what do you like about it and why? Is it the amazing vocals, the funky bass groove, the beat of the drums or that amazing guitar solo? If you understand what instrument or style is drawing you to music, then you can follow that passion and make it happen.
If you are still unsure what instrument to play, have a look in a music store that sells instruments and talk to the staff. The will give you some great ideas and tips, and let you get a feel for the actual instrument. Try picking it up (or sitting at it), and playing a few random notes. How does it feel? Are you excited to learn and to play it more? Or does it feel awkward and not produce the kinds of sounds that appeal to you?
Depending on the length of your arms, hands and fingers, you may be suited to a larger or smaller instrument. For example, a child with shorter arms and fingers will find it difficult to play Bass, or a “Jumbo” acoustic guitar because of the finger stretches required. In this situation, a ukulele or a “three quarter” size acoustic guitar would be more suitable. We’ve all heard the cliches; people with long fingers find it easier to play piano, drummers require stamina, singers have confidence and naturally good voices, etc. Yet if you have the motivation and determination to play a particular instrument, you can almost always find a way to make it work for you.
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