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Musical instruments are often something we quit while we were at school. After all, we thought we were cool back then. What we didn’t realise is that musical instruments, which were once the bane of our lives, would seem cool again one day. Plus, there’s great benefits to learning them. But which one should you pick up if you want to start learning now?

Guitar

The guitar is probably one of the most common musical instruments adults decide to learn. After all, who hasn’t had a fantasy about taking the stage at a rock gig at one point in their life? The great thing about learning to play the guitar is that you don’t necessarily need to learn to read music to go along with your new skill. It’s a bonus, but not necessary, which makes guitar seem more accessible to complete newbies.

Ukulele

As musical instruments go, this one is one of the most beginner-friendly. Take a guitar, subtract two strings, make it smaller, and imbue it with the ability to create mental images of Hawaii and you basically have a ukulele. It has the same benefits as a guitar in that it’s relatively easy to learn and doesn’t need the ability to read music. It’s also a lot more portable. However, you will probably find yourself talking about George Formby more than you expected.

Piano/Keyboard

We’re willing to bet that this is one of the musical instruments most commonly given up while people were still at school. It is, after all, quite big and generally requires the ability to read music. Luckily keyboards, at least, have come a long way since then. They’re now very portable in many cases. They’ll even guide you through playing a simple song using light-up keys. You could be the next Elton John before you know it.

Drums

Do you love a good rhythm? Do you hate your neighbours? The drums are the musical instruments for you. They come in various forms, from the full-on kit to individual ones like the tabla. You’ll be surprised by just how many different sounds you can get out of one piece of kit. As will your neighbours. This is not the instrument for those living very close to other people, unfortunately.

Flute

If you can make a sound by blowing across the top of an empty bottle, you already have the basics of playing the flute down. It looks like a complicated object, but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it. It’s another instrument that will need you to learn how to read music, but that doesn’t have to be an obstacle – a great teacher will be able to get you started with that too.

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So, what musical instruments do you fancy having a go at? Don’t forget to keep an eye on HowNow for a chance to take great music classes with experts all over the globe.

You know that saying “it’s never too late”? Well, if that can be applied to anything, it can be applied to learning to play a musical instrument. On the subject of sayings, people occasionally also come out with one about old dogs and new tricks. We don’t buy that at all. If you want a new to learn a new skill, we say get on with it. In fact, you’ll be doing yourself a favour. There are tons of reasons to pick up a musical instrument.

1. You’ll have a new way to express yourself

If you’re the kind of person who has a playlist for every mood, a musical instrument is like the level up from that. Instead of just listening to someone else describe your feelings, you’ll be able to do it for yourself. We’re not suggesting that you also start writing songs, but there’s a certain kind of satisfaction to be gained from coming home after a long day and telling it like it is. Even if that is just to the four walls of your bedroom.

2. You’ll learn increased co-ordination

Were you ever the kind of person who could pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time? There’s an element of that to playing a musical instrument. It’s very much a case of practice making perfect, but even if it doesn’t come naturally to you, you’ll see improvements over time. You’ll be a multitasking whizz before you know it.

3. It’s a great stress reliever

It’s extremely difficult to keep thinking about whatever’s stressing you out once you pick up a musical instrument. We don’t mean that in a philosophical, ‘at one with the guitar’ kind of way. We literally mean that playing an instrument takes up so much brain space it’s difficult to concentrate on anything else. So that case of the Mondays you’ve had all day? Gone.

4. It’s a good way to feel creative

It’s a great feeling to be able to pick up a musical instrument and make something. It’s not like painting, where you need loads of equipment. You probably won’t even need sheets of music. You can just grab your guitar, drums, ukulele, or whatever else you’re learning, and start playing. That totally counts as making something, even if the finished product isn’t something tangible.

5. Bragging rights

We could have called this ‘confidence’ instead of ‘bragging rights’. But do you know what? If you learn a musical instrument you’ve bloody well earned the right to brag in our opinion. You took a positive step towards doing something personally rewarded, and you deserve all of the halfhearted small talk and proper congratulations that come along with that.

We hope that you’re seriously thinking about learning a musical instrument. In case you couldn’t tell, we have pretty strong feelings about them. If you do decide to take the plunge and want a bit of one-to-one help, check out the classes available on HowNow and thank us later.