how to choose the right musical instrument for you

How To Choose The Right Musical Instrument For You

By Theo Young
In July 6, 2017
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One should ask yourself whether your chosen musical instrument and its nature are rightly suited for you. Many musicians and artists overlook this and go through stages, spending years learning different instruments and searching before deciding which one is best suited for them.

Music genres have expanded a great deal over the last century. The electrified and amplified nature of modern instruments brings a whole new aspect to the various genres of music. Effects and techniques play a big role in many genres today, for example jazz fusion, a genre of music made with a combination of styles thrown into one; Using styles such as Funk, Rock, Jazz and even grungy fuzz blues!

 

Have you ever wondered why some instruments are more greatly associated with certain genres than others? For example, a Saxophone or Trumpet might be associated with jazz, while piano and violin would fit more in the classical genre. And of course, my favourite, the guitar which is often associated with blues, rock and metal. Now, these associations or stereotypes, can be seen in advertising and even well-known artists, but where do these stereotypes come from? Is there a good reason? It doesn’t mean that one can’t, for example, be a violin player and play rock music or a saxophonist who plays classical music or rock.

 

To really understand this,  one should read up on the different instruments and gain a certain understanding of how they work and what challenges a person would face in learning to play them! Also, some instruments are in different keys,  such as harmonicas, brass and reed instruments which range from C major to B flat. As well as the fact that all of them can only play linear notes, in other words, the guitar and piano are the only two common instruments that involve both melodic and harmonic playing.

 

Now, this starts to paint a better picture. A couple of good ways to find information on different instruments is to ask a musician that actually plays that specific instrument as well as listening to different kinds of music to develop a feel and understanding of the roll certain instruments play in specific genres. As guitarists we can analyse and see that, for example, certain techniques such as bending, vibrato, pinched harmonics and tapping (both left or right hand) are techniques that define certain genres! While a sax, for example, is able to really shine using its full potential in jazz or even a classical Orchestra.

Thus it is often useful to do some research on various instruments before choosing which one will work best for your needs and tastes. Use your ears and listen to many different instruments and genres before deciding what instrument to play. Remember that playing a musical instrument requires a great deal of commitment and patience, so make sure to pick an instrument that you can see yourself enjoying in the long run.

 

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Can make a guitar sound like a violin | Can also teach basic keyboards and music history in addition to theory | Prefers playing Fender to guitar hero

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