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Many people who have a passion for music wish they could play an instrument but fear it will be too difficult to start as an adult. However, it may not be as intimidating as you think. If you take the time to choose an instrument that suits your tastes and lifestyle, and if you are committed to developing this new skill, you can rock out with the best of them! Here are some questions you should ask yourself to help you choose the right instrument. 1

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What is your taste in music?

Your taste in music will help you narrow down your instrument options. For example, if you love folk music, you may enjoy learning how to play a fiddle or harmonica. If you like heavy metal, you will probably be interested in the drums and the bass guitar. Alternatively, if you enjoy attending gigs and music festivals, you might be well suited to the acoustic guitar. It will also help to think about how you are going to use your new skill. Do you see yourself joining a band? If so, the guitar or drums would be the best choice. Alternatively, if playing music is to become a relaxing, personal hobby, a piano at home might suit you. 2

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How much are you prepared to spend?  

When learning a new instrument, in most cases, you will incur some initial costs. This will include the price of the instrument itself and for its accessories, such as a plectrum for a guitar or a metronome for a piano. Instruments vary dramatically in cost, so this will have a bearing on your options. If you plan to invest in a valuable instrument like a grand piano, make sure you purchase from a reputable store like Markson Pianos. You will also need sheet music although you may be able to acquire this for free online. And should also think about whether you will pay for professional lessons or teach yourself how to play. You could use online tutorials and videos if you are working with a small budget.

How much space do you have?

Large instruments like drums and pianos take up space. If you intend on purchasing a large instrument, it is good idea to ensure you have room for it. If you are limited in this respect, a smaller, more portable instrument may be more suitable. 3

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How much time can you dedicate?

Learning an instrument requires a lot of time and commitment. To become an accomplished player of your instrument, you will need to practice, practice and practice some more. If you are a busy person but you are very keen to make music, choosing a musical instrument that is easy to learn would be best. These are just some of the questions you should consider when choosing the right musical instrument for you. If you require more information, why not seek some online or at your local music shop? While you are there, test run a few instruments to see which feels right for you.  

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