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Choosing what musical instrument to learn

Musical instrument buying tips and advice

learning a musical instrument

The desire to learn how to play a musical instrument is a common one, and this may be a goal that you have had for years. Now that you have decided to act on your dream and start taking musical lessons, you need to take one important step. That step involves selecting the instrument that you want to learn how to play. There are a few important factors to consider as you make your selection. 

1. Your Budget

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing an instrument is your budget. Buying a piano, for example, generally cost far more money than buying a cello or violin in some cases. Of course, there are high-end cellos and violins, such as those used by players in a string quartet, but you can find a great selection of more affordable wind instruments that are great for beginners. While there are price variations with pianos for sale, the entry-level price is significantly higher. 

2. Your Musical Preferences

You should also consider your musical preferences. After all, it does little good to look for flutes for sale (look here: http://www.lonelyinstruments.com/Instrument/Buy-Flute) when you don’t enjoy the sound of the flute and would rather jam out to beats from drums (see here: http://www.lonelyinstruments.com/Instrument/Buy-Drums). It may be helpful to spend time listening to the sounds of different musical instruments online before you make your final decision. A discerning ear can easily tell the difference between a cello and a violin, and you may have a clear preference for one over the other. You may also visit a local music shop and test out a few instruments. You may find that one is a more natural fit for you than another.

3. Availability of Lessons

Another important consideration is the availability of lessons. Lessons for some instruments, like the piano or guitar, may be easier to find than lessons for other instruments. If you want to buy a flute, a cello or another instrument that is less popular for beginners, you may consider researching the availability of lessons in your area. Keep in mind, however, that you can find online lessons and instructional DVDs for most instruments that are ideal for self-instruction.


Finding the right instrument to learn how to play is important, and you should spend time reviewing the options carefully. Once you have made your decision about which type of instrument you want to learn how to play, you can then begin shopping for your instrument. Keep in mind that there are significant variations in factors like the quality of instrument and the price. One great idea to consider when buying your first instrument is to buy a used instrument from Lonely Instruments at http://www.lonelyinstruments.com. This is a cost-effective way to try out an instrument for several months. Once you have committed more fully to the instrument, you can consider upgrading if desired.


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