The Top 5 Easiest Musical Instruments to Learn for Beginners

If you are interested in learning to play music but don’t already have a particular musical instrument in mind, then a good place to start would be choosing an easy musical instrument.

Starting out with an easy musical instrument means that you can start seeing results and progress faster, thus fuelling your motivation to continue learning.

So whether you’re looking to express yourself creatively or simply want to try learning a new skill, below is our list of the top 5 easiest musical instruments to learn for beginners.

Please note that although we consider the voice an instrument, we have omitted it from this list as it's difficulty can vary significantly from person to person. 

1. Recorder

It’s no wonder why the recorder is usually the first instrument that children will will learn to play. It is a simple wind instrument that is often introduced to beginners, particularly in school music programs. Its straightforward design and fingerings make it accessible to people of all ages, especially young children.

The recorder is an excellent instrument for developing basic musical skills such as breath control, finger coordination, and ear training. While not as sophisticated as other instruments, the recorder provides a solid foundation for children to explore the world of music.

2. Ukulele

The ukulele is often hailed as one of the easiest instruments to learn, and for good reason. With only four strings and a compact size, the ukulele is perfect for beginners of all ages.

The ukulele’s strings are also softer than other stringed instruments, making it easier on the hands, and it’s relatively simple chord shapes make it easy to pick up basic songs in no time.

Additionally, the ukulele is an incredibly versatile instrument, suitable for playing a wide range of musical genres from pop and folk to Hawaiian and even classical music. Its cheerful sound and portability make it an excellent choice for beginners looking to dive into the world of music.

3. Piano / Keyboard

The piano is another excellent option for beginners. While it might take you a long time to master the piano, you can learn the basics relatively quickly.

One of the advantages of the piano is its visual layout, which makes it easier to understand musical concepts such as melody, harmony, and rhythm. In fact, the piano it is laid out so well that it is frequently used to teach music theory.

Additionally, the keyboard’s ability to produce a wide range of sounds and its compatibility with modern technology make it an attractive option for beginners seeking versatility and creativity in their musical pursuits.

4. Drums / Percussion

While your typical drum kit requires full-body coordination, other hand percussion instruments such as the djembe, tambourine, and bongos, are ideal for beginners who are drawn to rhythm and want to explore the world of percussion.

Unlike many other instruments, percussion instruments do not require extensive knowledge of music theory or complex techniques to get started. Beginners can experiment with different rhythms and sounds, allowing for creative expression and improvisation.

Additionally, percussion instruments are often used in group settings, making them a fun and social activity to enjoy with others.

5. Guitar

The guitar is a popular choice among beginners due to its widespread popularity and versatility. While learning to play the guitar may require some initial finger dexterity and coordination, many beginners find that they can start strumming basic chords and playing simple songs relatively quickly.

The guitar functions well as both a melodic and rhythmic instrument. Beginners can start with learning simple one-note melodies on a single string, or go straight to learning some easy open chords.

Much like the ukulele, the guitar’s compact size and portability make it convenient for beginners to practice anywhere. As a bonus tip, we recommend starting on a guitar with softer nylon strings, such as a classical or flamenco style guitar, which will be much easier on the fingers than a steel-string guitar.

Conclusion

Embarking on a musical journey can be a rewarding experience, and choosing the right instrument can make all the difference, especially for beginners. While mastering any musical instrument takes time, patience, and dedication, starting with one of the easiest instruments to learn can provide a smooth and enjoyable introduction to the world of music.

Whether you’re strumming chords on a ukulele, tickling the ivories on a piano, or tapping out rhythms on a djembe, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process of learning and creating music. So, pick up an instrument, let your creativity soar, and embark on your musical adventure today!

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Phil Barrow

Phil Barrow

Phil is a guitarist and Director of Resound School of Music, a music school specializing in at-home music lessons. Phil's passion is helping others to discover their lifelong love of music, and he writes about a variety of topics aimed at helping you to become a better musician.

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