What is the easiest instruments to learn?

Learning an instrument can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. With so many instruments to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is the easiest to learn. While it depends on individual preference and skill level, there are some instruments that are generally considered to be easier to learn than others.

1. Hand percussion

kashaka cas cas shaker

Since hand percussion musical instruments only need to be shaken to produce sound they are considered one of the easiest musical instruments to play well. To master a shaker or tambourine you will need to learn rhythm by counting 1,2,3,4 whilst playing. You can practise by playing on each beat as quarter notes then practise playing on the 1 and 3 as half notes then you can shake on the 1 as whole notes. This practising of rhythm daily will allow you to quickly become great at playing any hand percussion instrument. 

2. Drums

African djembe drum from Ghana

Drums are also a great option for beginners. With its four drums, the kit can be learned relatively quickly. As long as you have the right tools and a good teacher, you can be playing basic rhythms in no time.

3. Kazoo

Brass kazoo

The kazoo is an easy musical instrument to play, it is similar to a flute but relies on making a humming sound instead of blowing through it. Whilst its considered a joke instrument because of the funny sounds that it makes, it can sound great and is fun to play. 

3. Harmonica

Fender harmonica

The harmonica is one of the easiest instruments to learn. With only 10 holes and no need for tuning, it is a great starting point for beginners. As long as you know how to read music, you can start playing simple melodies with a harmonica in no time. It is also a great tool for improvisation and can produce beautiful sounds.

4. Kalimba

Magadi kalimba

A kalimba is easy to play as it relies on plucking the metal tines with your thumb, as long as the musical instrument is in tune you will be able to play any notes in any order to make up your own song melodies or you can make use of our hundreds of free kalimba tabs to learn to play your favourite songs on the kalimba. 

5. Ukulele

Wooden ukulele

The ukulele is also a great choice for beginners. It is small enough to be easily carried around and has only four strings, making it much easier to learn than the guitar. It is also a great way to learn basic chords and melodies and can be a great introduction to the guitar.

6. Guitar

Acoustic guitar

The guitar is also a fairly easy instrument to learn, with basic chords and melodies being quite easy to master. As long as you have an instrument that is tuned properly and the right tools, such as a pick and a good strap, you can be playing simple melodies within a short amount of time. Learning the guitar can also be a great way to get creative, as there are many interesting techniques and styles to explore.

7. Keyboard

Yamaha piano keyboard

The keyboard is also an easy instrument to learn. With its many buttons and keys, it can be a great way to explore different sounds and melodies. As long as you can read music, you can be playing simple songs in no time. There are many musical instruments that can be considered the easiest to learn and each one of them will vary in difficulty based on your natural talent and how often you practise. Most instruments are easy to play but are difficult to play well. Over time you will get better at any instrument you commit yourself to and if you are looking for a new instrument, then you should discover our range of musical instruments.

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