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Picking Up a Second Musical Instrument

Picking Up a Second Musical Instrument

by Phil Barrow June 26, 2017
Two guitars, a saxophone and a violin.

Picking up a second musical instrument is easier than you think. And there are so many benefits of knowing how to play several musical instruments. Yet some people get discouraged with the learning process and never quite start. If you’re one of those people, read on, as we help explain all the benefits of taking up another instrument and how you can start learning today.

Easier than the first

The first instrument is always the hardest to learn. But the initial hurdles such as learning basic music theory and notes are already embedded. This makes learning the second one a whole lot easier – especially if you pick up a similar instrument from the same family, as the transition will be a natural one.

Multiple styles

Having a second musical instrument will allow you to play based on your mood and preferred style. Some days you may feel like making loud sounds by banging on the drums, and other days you may prefer playing classical and relaxing music through melodic strumming. With two different instruments available, you can choose whatever suits your fancy that day.

More options for writing

You will also have more options for writing songs and composing. As with the more instruments you have, the more options there are for creating the sounds you would like to incorporate into the song.

More work

If you’re a musician by trade, then having a second musical instrument can help you get more work. If you know more than one instrument you’re more attractive to bands and can also pick up more gigs if people need someone to step in and play.

Improve skills

Each instrument in a family is related to the other as they use the same materials, have the same look and produce sounds in similar ways.  The main families are string, woodwind, brass, and percussion family instruments. There are plenty of different instruments available for you to learn. Plus, by picking up a new instrument from another family, you can learn a completely new skill set and way of playing then when you learned your first instrument.  And as many instruments are similar, this can also help you easily learn more than one in the same family very quickly.

With anything new there is always a learning curve, and it takes some work to master the skill. But having a second instrument can open so many more doors for you. If have been contemplating picking up a new instrument, don’t wait any longer, we guarantee that it will be worth all the time and effort you put in.

Looking to learn a second musical instrument? Start on the right track with Vancouver music lessons in the comfort of your own home. Request your free in-home consultation today!

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Phil Barrow

Phil discovered his passion for music in his early teens when he began learning to play the guitar. He later attended the VCC School of Music where he studied jazz and contemporary guitar performance. Phil joined Resound as a guitar teacher in 2013 and has been the school’s Director since 2014.

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