66% of Americans have played an instrument at some point in their life. That includes 71% of younger adults.

Half of those who never did wish they had. They love the sound it makes and recognize the mental benefits it has.

One of the most intimidating parts is finding the right one. Read on for tips on selecting a musical instrument.

What Group Do You Like?

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There are five major types of instruments. They include:

  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Keyboard

Picking your favorite group will make selecting a musical instrument easier. It narrows it down from an overwhelming amount of choices to a smaller selection.

What Music Do You Want to Play and Why?

Choosing an instrument is the key that opens the door to your musical journey. Before you pick one, map out where you want that journey to go.

Think of your favorite types of music. What kinds of instruments are prominent in it?

Where do you want to play? Do you see yourself playing at local venues as a side gig? Do you want to join a band and shoot for stardom? Will you just be playing music at home for friends?

How Experienced Are You?

If this is your first time learning an instrument, try a simple guitar. A more seasoned player may be ready to take on a violin.

Experience should also help determine how high-end your instrument is. A complex electronic piano will be more difficult to learn than a traditional grand piano.

Do You Have Space or Physical Limitations?

Pianos are at the high end of the size scale. Drums are in the middle because they’re large but can be broken down for transport. Most small instruments fit in cases.

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Certain instruments require long hours of standing to play. Drums have a seat, but they’ll leave you tired after a while. Lung capacity is an important consideration for any instrument you breathe into. The guitar and piano require hand strength and hand-eye coordination.

Research the physical demands of the instrument, but don’t let them stop you. Music is a natural energizer that increases endurance by 15%

Where Will You Start Taking Music Lessons?

Check for classes before committing to an instrument. Go online or visit music schools in the area. Peruse local music shops to see if they have any flyers up for lessons or ask the staff.

If you can’t find any lessons for an instrument near you, expand your net. Check larger cities or look for teachers that work remotely. If none of those options work, you may have to consider another instrument.

What’s Your Budget?

Start comparing instrument prices at shops. Even the same instrument can vary widely based on quality and complexity. For example, a beginner banjo costs around $200-$550, an intermediate one costs $550-$1,000, and an advanced one costs over $1,000


A more expensive option is more durable. You may also be able to find a cheaper alternative. A keyboard’s less expensive than a full-size piano, and an acoustic guitar is cheaper than an electric guitar.

Renting is a perfect choice for first-time musicians. You’ll save money while trying out your instrument of choice before buying.

What Happens After Selecting a Musical Instrument?

Selecting a musical instrument can be the start of a beautiful journey. Narrow it down based on your favorite music and way to play. Think about how much size you have and what you can physically handle. Find local lessons, make a budget, and rent first if you can.

Read the rest of our content for more tips on starting a music career.