Whether you are an adult learning an instrument for the first time, or a parent trying to help your child find their lifelong passion for music, there are many different factors to consider and questions to ask you, or your child, before picking out which instrument to learn. When picking out your first instrument, it’s a good idea to keep two key concepts in mind – thinking logically, and thinking about music style. Below is a more in-depth look at these two concepts and how they can help you figure out what kind of instrument you should learn.

Think Logically

I’m sure learning how to play the cello sounds like a lot of fun! But you also have to think about what sort of practice space you have at home, and if you are going to be limited to just playing your instrument during your lessons. If you have a small living space or want something portable, a violin might be a better option. Another thing to consider is time. Of course anyone will invest a large amount of time into learning how to play an instrument, but some instruments are easier to learn than others. It definitely takes less time to learn the piano than it would to learn how to play the French horn.

Instruments That Fit Your Style

Musical instruments are a very big investment of not only time, but also money, and although it may seem obvious, it’s worth considering your music style and whether or not you will even enjoy listening to the instrument. If your child dreams of being a pop star, learning how to play the acoustic guitar to accompany their singing sounds like a good plan. Or perhaps it would be safe to consider something like the harp, which is a more stationary instrument that can be played in the comfort of your home.