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Music 101 – 10 Instruments for Beginners (Part 1)

Music has been and will always be an elegant art that we human have worked endlessly in order to seek for its perfection. Being a newcomer in this huge and beautiful world of music may be a tough work, but do not let that discourage you from getting immersed. You can start with learning to play an instrument as it will provide you with some basic knowledge of music. However if you end up with an instrument which is too hard for you to play every day, you may quickly become bored of it. In this article, I will give you a list of the 10 easiest and beginner-friendly musical instruments. Notice that all of the items mentioned below do not follow any specific order; therefore you can choose to learn anything you like.

1/ Violin

The violin can be thought of as the better version of Lira da braccio and Rebec. Moreover they are believed to have been used in the first part of the century by the European. Violin are considered to be a fair deal to begin with and they perfect for 6-year-old or higher kids. From full size to the 1/16 types, violin have a lot of sizes in order to fit the age of the learner. Violin are a popular musical instrument and violinists are in demand nowadays. With that being said, if you invest enough hard work to learn to become a professional violinist, it will be easy for you to find and join a musical group or even an orchestra. I recommend you to try out the non-electric violin first as, to me, they are better than the electric ones.

2/ Cello

During the 1500s the first cello was made by Andrea Amati of Cremona. Cello are a fine musical instrument that share a similar look with the violin and they are also considered to be quite easy to begin with. They are suitable for those older than the age of 6 just like violins. Basically they are large violin that come with a thicker body. The playing method is also the same by using the bow to rub the string to create vibration and sound. Take a look at an orchestra and you can spot a violinist playing with a stand-up pose and the cellist plays while sitting and hold the cello between their legs. Cello also have various sizes to suit the user’s height and age, so you can have from a full size to a ¼ cello.

3/ Double Bass

 

Double bass, also known as bass, is kind of similar to cello but bigger. The method is also the same as mentioned above. You can also play it by plucking and striking the strings. The double bass is the biggest instrument which has the lowest range you can find in a symphony orchestra’s string instrument collection. Double bass can be played with a standing pose or a sitting pose; and they are suitable for those older than 11 years old. Double bass have many sizes such as full size, ½ and 3/4. Double bass are not hard to learn but they are not as popular as other string instruments. However you can always find at least one double bass in most of the standard ensembles (jazz bands to be specific).

4/ Flute

 

Flute can be divided into two main types known as side blown flute (for example fife, bansuri or piccolo) and end blown flute (for example ney, quena, kaval, shakuhachi or tonette). Flute are light, easy to carry around and very popular among the human culture. The very first flute made of bone of bear and other animals have been found around 50,000 years ago. They are perfect for 10 years old kids and higher. Due to their popularity, a fierce competition will await you if you choose to walk the path of a professional flutist. However don’t let that fact scare you because in the end, we can still have all the joy from playing an instrument. Flute are considered to be one of the easiest musical instruments to learn and they are ridiculously cheap regarding all the fun they have to offer.

5/ Clarinet

 

Clarinet are another musical instrument belonging to the woodwind category that is perfect for 10 years old kids and higher. The clarinet’s predecessor is the single reed chalumeau and later on during the 1690s, Jacob and his father Johann Christoph Denner invented the speaker key in order to improve the chalumeau and it has become the clarinet as we know nowadays. With time many modifications have been made and births have been given to various types of clarinets such as the octave, the alto, the soprano, the sopranino, the tenor, the bass and the baritone. Sharing the same popularity with the flute, clarinet will offer you a lot of opportunities as well as competitions if you want to go down that professional path. The clarinet learning process is easy and once you master the basics of playing it, you will be able to make a smooth transition to other musical instruments in the same woodwind category easily such as the saxophone.

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