Which Instrument?

PIANO/KEYBOARD
A great place to start! Forms a good basis for learning any other instrument. No daily tuning required. Easy to understand – pitch is set out in order from lowest to highest.

GUITAR – ACOUSTIC
Requires highly developed fine motor skills and co-ordination. Classical (nylon strings) – usually best for beginners because nylon is easier on the fingers. Steel string guitars for rock and pop beginners with high pain threshold!

GUITAR – ELECTRIC
Easier for the young beginner because strings are closer to the frets and the neck is narrower. Bass guitar – easy to play especially after gaining the basics on electric/acoustic.

FLUTE
Easy to blow if the lip shape is suitable. Ability to form a single fine air column with lips is important. This can be problem if the upper lip is tear drop shaped. Easy to understand fingering.

CLARINET
Easy to blow when given guidance. More complicated fingering than flute. A popular instrument for bands and orchestras. Develops solid diaphram control.

OBOE
Difficult to blow. Uses very small reed and requires solid diaphram control.

SAXOPHONE
Easy to play instrument. Heavier than a clarinet, can be loud and overpowering – great for outgoing personalities. Reed instrument, popular in bands. Four types:- Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone. Alto is most popular for beginner.

TRUMPET
Mouth shape is important, with teeth not protruding too far. Braces can cause a problem. Great for outgoing personality with plenty of raw energy. Diaphram control and facial muscle are strengthened. Thin lips can be an advantage.

TROMBONE
Easier to play than trumpet as it has a larger mouthpiece. Well-balanced instrument held across the shoulder. Mischievous and fun to play offering a large range of sounds. Longish arms are an advantage.

EUPHONIUM/BARITONE/TUBA
Easy to play – large mouthpiece. Larger instrument, heavier than most with a deeper sound. Sits on lap to play. Versatile:- lots of beautiful lyrical lines as well as the ‘oompa’ lines of the tuba.

VIOLIN
Slow going at first. Requires highly developed fine motor skills and a good sense of pitch. At first, emphasis is on the mechanics – bowing technique and pitch production. Patience and persistence is required.

VIOLA
Lower pitch instrument with a more mellow sound. Can be more opportunities in orchestra as there are fewer players. Degree of difficulty similar to violin.

CELLO
Requires highly developed fine motor skills and good sense of pitch. Larger instrument to carry around. Stronger left hand required. Sit down to play.

DRUMS
Great stress relief for high-energy people! Natural rhythm and co-ordination are an advantage. Almost instant result.

PERCUSSION
The “jack of all trades” section! Flexibility and co-ordination is important. Best learnt in conjunction with another instrument, especially piano as xylophone, etc are based on keyboard layout.

SINGING / VOICE TRAINING
This is your instrument! There’s lots of fun to be had here. Sing solo or join a choir. Good for stress release, personal development and confidence building.

Still not sure? Try this fun CBBC quiz to help make up your mind!