Suppose you want to learn to play an instrument. But the problem is you don’t know which one! The choices are seemingly unlimited. How do you narrow it down? You can’t play them all, in fact, to start, you probably can’t play more then one. So which one to choose? Here are a series of questions that can help you decide which one is right for you.

With so many to pick from, how do you choose?

1. What kind of music do you want to play?

This is a quick and easy way to narrow down your options. Do you want to play rock music? Then perhaps the Tuba is not the right choice. Do you want to play with an orchestra? Then maybe it is. You need to select something that you will enjoy playing. The best way to do this is to pick an instrument that is commonly used in the genre(s) of your choice. Do not let this be limiting, however. If you want to play Bohemian Rhapsody on a trumpet, then I say go for it.

2. How do you want to use your instrument?

Certain instruments are better for for certain things then others. Take portabilty as an example. If you want to be able to take your instrument to the park and play, then you should probably not select the piano as your instrument. The king of portability is the guitar. Yes there are smaller and lighter instruments, but the guitar allows, quite perhaps, the most expression of any instrument of its size.

3. Do you want to play with other people?

Another incredibly important question. If the answer to this question is yes, then you should consider picking an instrument that will go well with other instruments. Again, the guitar is an excellent choice if you want to do this. Chances are if you play guitar you will be able to find someone to play with. On the other hand, if you do want to play in, for example, a school band, then you have to choose accordingly.

4. What instruments do you like the most?

Of course, this is the most important question you could ask yourself. You should not play guitar because it is portable and good for playing with other people if you do not like the guitar. This completely defeats the point. The previous questions are only useful if you if you have several instruments you like, but aren’t sure which one to pick. Of those questions, the second most important one is the question of what type of music you want to play. But, as I said earlier, do not let that question be limiting to you. This one takes precedence.

Once you select you instrument, you are one step closer to getting good at it. Your next step is to either find a teacher or learn it on your own. May your days be filled with great fun and good music!

Do you think I left something out? Perhaps their are other ways of picking your perfect instrument. Or maybe you liked this guide and used it. I would love to hear from you. Leave me a comment below!

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