Music is food for the soul. Through the ages, it has been used to express emotions that words on there cannot do sufficient justice. When you are on a long drive, getting bored on a subway, strenuously working out, jogging, or having dinner with friends, music brightens up everyday life.
Even when you are sad to the core and want to cry your heart out, playing your favorite song does make things a little better.
Similarly, playing a musical instrument is infinitely rewarding. It allows you to express yourself and manage stress, enables you to express your buried emotions, boosts creativity, and teaches you discipline and coordination. Whether you are young or old, there is no age limit to learn to play an instrument.
Whether you’re a complete newbie or revisiting an instrument after a lifetime of different pursuits, thanks to the internet, it has become really easy to learn an instrument at your own pace and in your own time.
There is an infinite range of musical instruments that you can learn to play online, however, some of them lend themselves more readily to self-teaching. Here in this post, we list some of the best instruments to get started with learning online.
Bass guitar is typically one of the best ways to get started ‘musically’ for newbies. It happens to be a fundamental musical instrument that is easily available and affordable. Kids who adore famous pop singers and rock stars and want to follow the same path can begin their melodic journey with an electric bass guitar. The instrument is quite similar to its counterpart, the acoustic guitar. The only difference is the number of strings, instead of six strings in a usual guitar, a bass guitar starts with four strings. It becomes much easier for a beginner to start with. However, it requires just as much practice. Nowadays, bass guitarists are quite in demand, particularly in live concerts. Moreover, you may not be aware of it but is one of the foundational musical tools that gives a song its depth. The instrument produces bass sounds and rhythms and is ideal for younger players who are just starting to get the hang of it. Songs are easy to find and even if you can’t read the relevant music notations, online tutorials will help you out.
Small, dainty, and portable, the Ukulele is the perfect instrument to get started with. It is like a mini-guitar that features four nylon strings that are easier to press and play as compared to steel or nickel strings, and its small size makes it ideal for young musicians. You can learn to play a few chords in a short period of time, and even familiarize yourself with a handful of songs. Do you know the best part? It is very soothing to the ears.
Unlike guitars and drums that may end up giving you a throbbing headache if played too loudly, you can practice playing the pleasant-sounding ukulele all day long without disturbing the peace of the entire neighborhood.
The harmonica is usually overlooked by beginners simply as a musical accessory to play around with. You will be surprised to know that professional musicians take this pocket-sized instrument quite seriously. And why not? It creates a soulful melody that touches your heart. It is widely used in various musical genres including blues, folk music, classical music, jazz, country, and rock and roll.
For beginners, the harmonica is one of the best instruments to get started with. It is small enough to fit in your pocket and it is easy to learn and play. To play it, you have to adjust your lips and tongue to the correct position and blow air into it. By altering your mouth’s position and embouchure, it is possible to play at different pitches.
The recorder is one of the simplest woodwind instruments often being introduced before one with a more complex mouthpiece like a flute or clarinet. It is inexpensive, pocket-size, easy to use, and doesn’t require extreme coordination of mouth and hand.
While it is often overlooked as being a ‘too simple’ instrument and with its reputation for being a beginner instrument almost universally in schools, the recorder actually does have some pretty amazing music written specifically for it.
It is an instrument with an exceptionally long history, therefore unsurprisingly lends itself well to the range of baroque music written for it.
If you have been reading my blogs, you must be familiar with my long-lost love – the piano. Sadly, I wasn’t able to pursue it, but you can! Some of you might have even been forced to take weekly piano lessons and perform recitals in front of the whole family during the holiday season. In the end, you just wanted to run away and hide and were more than glad when the lessons were finished for once and all.
While the violin is typically associated with classical music, whether solo, small chamber groups, or larger orchestras, it is also typically considered a complex instrument that requires manual dexterity, excellent intonation, good hearing, and skilled coordination. Getting to ‘good’ on a violin typically takes years of lessons and practice building up both skills and abilities with a serious but understanding and encouraging teacher.
Drums have to be one of the most exciting musical instruments to play. Drums are the core rhythmic instruments from which all other instruments derive their tempo. However, like all instruments, it’s easy to get into bad habits when you’re starting out, especially if you’re learning on your own. To be able to take time every now and then to reflect on your technique is important.