If you’re a musician and you study medicine at the same time, you might be interested in a wifi endoscope. In this article, we will discuss five of the easiest instruments to learn if you don’t have time to practice too much, or you don’t want the help of a teacher.
We are starting off with a stringed instrument, as the ukulele is probably the easiest of these instruments to get used to, even if you have no musical experience. Considerably easier to hold than a guitar or mandolin, the uke has soft nylon strings that won’t hurt your finger too much.
Furthermore, you won’t need to apply as much pressure on the strings to create a good sound. Ukuleles come in different sizes and if you choose a well-sized ukulele for, you will have no problems fitting your fingers on the strings. Also, thanks to the small size, your wrist won’t have to suffer as is the case with some guitars. That is because the notes are easier to reach on a ukulele.
Additionally, compared to a guitar that has 6 strings, the ukulele only has 4, so forming the chords is a lot easier. Let’s not forget that with a small size also comes improved portability. Thanks to its small size, the uke is a great choice for children as well.
Another advantage of this instrument is the fact that it is soothing to hear. You can’t really play it too loud as you would do with a guitar, and the sound is a playful one. That is why there are so many happy songs that are played on this instrument.
There are many Youtube channels that can teach you a thing or two about the instrument and you don’t need much knowledge to play a song or two. The uke is a versatile instrument that will let you play everything from The Beatles’ “Let it Be” to “Let it Go” from Frozen or “Whistle” from Flo Rida.
Speaking about 4-stringed instruments, here is another one – the bass guitar. Some of the times, those that end up playing the bass are guitarists that haven’t figured it out how to bend the strings of the guitar and prefer the relaxed feel of a bass. But that is not always the case, of course.
It is one of the most affordable instruments out there, and if you are looking to be part of the band, that is great for you, as good bassists are hard to find. And who doesn’t like the thick sound of a good bass?
When playing the bass you start playing easier things compared to the guitarist. While the guitarist will be playing a chord and he or she has to use all of his fingers for that, you merely play a string or two. Of course, once you get to know the instrument better you will adopt new techniques such as slapping the strings to get the best out of the bass.
Ultimately, it can be argued that the bass and the guitar are just as hard to play, however, the bass player has an easier start. One small difficult thing with the bass is that you need to have a decent musical ear, as you will be the one dictating the tempo along with the drummer.
There are many easy songs to play on bass and some of the most popular music pieces have simple bass lines, so if you like being funkier while you play, this is the instrument for you.
Now that we had a look at some of the easiest stringed instruments to play, we must also consider a woodwind instrument. The recorder is the one that teachers usually make use of when introducing students to the world of music, and as a result, it should be on this list.
It is a great stepping stone if you are looking to play something more complex like the clarinet or the flute. Being very portable is another advantage of this instrument, as it will allow you to take it anywhere with you and practice (although we wouldn’t recommend you do that in public places until you learn how to play it).
Some people consider it to be too simple, but when you are looking to learn it by yourself, that must be an advantage. Of course, you won’t be treating this as the instrument on which you can build a career, but it is a great one to help you learn more about music.
As with other instruments on this list, you can find instructional videos on Youtube, or you can even find some booklets that will help you learn how to play it. There is also some music written specifically for this instrument, and that is always fun to play.
Requiring little mouth-to-hand coordination, the recorder has a lot of history, and that means many pieces of music that it can play. Finding a quality one isn’t hard either, and you can get a cheap recorder nearly anywhere.
Depending on where you grew up, chances are you “played” a harmonica when you were little. And if you did that you know how easy this instrument is to use. Of course, you won’t be producing wonderful music right from the start, but it will still make some pleasant sounds even if you have no idea what you are doing.
Although sometimes considered a mere musical accessory, some musicians take it very seriously and include it into their arsenal of instruments. Furthermore, there are some music genres such as blues, country or jazz, that make great use of this instrument.
It is one of those small instruments that can touch your heart, and you know if you’ve ever listened to blues that a harmonica solo is something unique. The harmonica is a great instrument for beginners because it will be small enough to fit in your pocket and that will allow you to play it everywhere you want.
And with an instrument like this, you can really do that. People won’t be bothered that much if you practice a bit, and if you’re playing in front of someone you know, there won’t be much expectation from you anyway, because it’s not an instrument that everybody knows to play.
Most blowing instruments will require certain coordination between the mouth and fingers, but with the harmonica, you don’t use your fingers. The sole producer of music is the air you blow into it, and you alter the sounds by shaping your mouth and tongue in certain ways. Blowing harder or softer will produce music at different pitches.
That is pretty much it – no complex techniques at first and no pain. Once you get a bit better at the instrument you can even experiment and do some crazy stuff such as beatboxing while playing the instrument. The harmonica opens the gate for a wide range of music styles that you can approach.
You know when you spend some time in an airport waiting for your plane and there is a piano there, or when you do the same thing in a train station if you like music, you sometimes have the urge to go sit there and play something. Or at least press a couple of keys to produce some sounds.
This is what makes the piano such an accessible instrument for beginners – the fact that it is so intuitive to use and you feel that no matter what you do on it, the instrument will still produce beautiful music. That is not always the case, as you get to learn when you actually start playing the instrument, but it is surely something that encourages you at first.
Some of the instruments that we have previously mentioned here are good at a certain job. The harmonica, for example, is great at solos, while the bass will provide a good backing dynamics and rhythm. However, the piano can do all of that and you can start learning it starting from the rhythm part or the solo one.
At the end of the day, this instrument is played using both hands, but the right hand is the one controlling the solo-ing bit, while the left will keep the chords. It seems a bit complicated, and it is if you want to perform at a high standard. But at first, you only need to know how to press some keys. The piano will also help you learn some music theory, as each musical note is clearly cut separately into a key.