The Top 5 Easiest Musical Instruments to Learn for Beginners

Embarking on a musical journey can be both exciting and intimidating, especially for those who have never picked up an instrument before. However, learning to play a new musical instrument doesn’t have to feel like such a daunting task.

If you don’t already have a particular musical instrument in mind, then a good place to start would be choosing an easy instrument with a low barrier to entry. We believe in the power of small victories on your path towards a greater goal, and starting with a musical instrument that is easier 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 do consider the voice an instrument, we have excluded it from this list as it’s level of difficulty can be considered somewhat subjective from person to person.

The Easiest Musical Instruments - Recorder

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 it may not offer the same level of complexity as other instruments, the recorder provides a solid foundation for beginners to build upon as they explore the world of music.

The Easiest Musical Instruments - Ukulele

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 classical music. Its cheerful sound and portability make it an excellent choice for beginners looking to dive into the world of music without feeling overwhelmed.

The Easiest Musical Instruments - Piano

3. Piano / Keyboard

The piano or keyboard is another excellent option for beginners. While mastering the piano may take a long time and require a lot of dedication, the basics can be learned relatively quickly.

One of the advantages of learning 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, even for players of other instruments.

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.

The Easiest Musical Instruments - Percussion

4. Drums / Percussion

While your typical drum kit requires a bit more full-body coordination, other 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 for beginners to enjoy with others.

The Easiest Musical Instruments - Guitar

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.

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.


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!

Is learning to play a musical instrument on your bucket list? If so, then we would love to help you! We provide personalized at-home music lessons with local music teachers who will tailor your lessons to your specific goals and interests.

Contact us today to request your free in-home consultation!

Phil Barrow

Phil Barrow

Phil discovered his passion for music in his early teens when he began learning to play the guitar. He 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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