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July 7, 2012 1:43 PM Subscribe
I want to learn to play an instrument. What's the best way to go about this?
posted by Sara C. to media & arts (14 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
One of my biggest life regrets is not playing a musical instrument. It occurs to me that A) it's silly to have life regrets at the age of 31, and B) there is no reason I can't turn this regret into an accomplishment. But what's the best way to pick up this skill?
I took piano lessons for a few years as a child. It didn't really stick, but I definitely still remember the basics. I could probably sit down at a piano and breeze through a kids' piano basics book in a long weekend if I put my mind to it. I do not currently have access to a piano.
I have tried to play the acoustic guitar a few times over the years, but the chords never stuck and I never was successfully able to play a song. This seems stupid to me, since, seriously, any teenage burnout can put together three chords and start a band. I don't own a guitar, but I have friends who'd probably lend me one.
The apartment I'll be living in between now and October came with a banjo! I've watched a few youtube videos on clawhammer technique, and I feel like I could get it down pat with more practice. Especially if I paid for a lesson or two. I enjoy bluegrass music, but honestly I have no great passion for learning the banjo in particular. It's just... here.
Ever since I was tiny I've wanted to learn the violin, though I understand that has a very long learning curve.
I'm curious about other instruments which might be easy and/or extremely fun to learn, like maybe the ukelele (is that whole ukelele thing over yet?).
I am somewhat rhythm-challenged. I am an OK singer. I don't think I have perfect pitch or anything, but I'm not tone deaf, either.
I mostly like rock, folk, and roots-oriented music.
I would be willing to spend a little bit of money to buy a simple instrument, or to take a few lessons. But not, like, a ton of money. I will be moving across the country in a few months, so I'm not too interested in buying anything large or expensive. I will be leaving this banjo behind when I go.
I have read other AskMes about learning to play music as an adult, but most of those people seem to already know what instrument they'll be learning.