Learning to play an instrument is a great achievement, and the process is incredibly rewarding. However, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to know which instrument to learn, and with so many instruments to choose from it can be a difficult decision.

Here are 5 things to take into consideration to help you decide which instrument you should learn to play….


  1. Budget – Most instruments can be purchased in various price ranges, but some are more expensive than others. For example, the triangle can be purchased for a far cheaper price than a piano. You also need to take into consideration the long term investment of the instrument, including the instrument itself, instrument maintenance, and lessons and any examinations that your child may want to take in the future.

  2. Type of music that you like – A musical instrument is a big investment so you want to make sure the style of music that you’d play fits the bill – some instruments are more versatile than others. It may also be useful to decide whether you want an instrument that you will play on your own or with others in a band.

  3. How much time do you want to put in? It requires time to learn an instrument if you want to become skilled, so be wary of how much spare time you have to learn the instrument of your choice.

  4. Interest of the Instrument – Prominently, you should have an interest in the instrument that they are going to learn. It is essential to be enthusiastic in learning an instrument, as otherwise you may not have the motivation to keep learning.

  5. Size of instrument – If you are helping your child to choose which instrument to play, it is important to take into consideration the size of the instrument in comparison to the age of your child. This is because a younger child may not be able to hold a guitar or trumpet easily, and may be better suited to a smaller instrument

Of course, one of the easiest ways to pick an instrument is to go to the shop and have a go at playing different ones. Come to Shades Music in Moseley, Birmingham today to get advice and help on which instrument you should choose to learn.