Fun and Easy Instruments to Learn to Play

Published: 16th August 2011
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While it will be hard to learn any instrument if you're not interested in learning, all of the ones listed here take less work to learn the basics for and are fun to play. If you're looking to start getting into music any of these would be a good way to start learning things like keeping time, how to play notes, and give you a lot of enjoyment.

The ocarina has become popular in recent years because of the video game Legends of Zelda. This instrument has more to offer than just nostalgia over a video game. You'll often find these at craft markets handmade. They are a small circular instrument with a various number of holes depending on the size and shape of the one you're playing. This is one of the instruments you blow into and move your fingers over holes to play.

Most percussion instruments are a great choice here, including the drums, bongo drums, or the tambourine. The drums are bigger, bongo drums are two connected barrels (one bigger than the other) that you hold between your lets while you play, and the tambourine is a shallow hand held drum that you bang.

The ukulele has become very popular in recent years. This instrument is very similar to a guitar, except that it's much smaller and only has four strings. Learning to play the ukulele at first is mostly just getting used to holding the strings down, and then you need to get used to strumming, and then learn the chords. You can play a lot of songs with this instrument and have a great time doing it.

The banjo, while a much less popular option, also has only a few strings. This and the kazoo are one of few American invented instruments. It's mostly popular in folk and country music. Like the ukulele it only has four strings, but sounds very different from the uke.

The recorder or kazoo are fun simple instruments that many people learn how to play in elementary school. They are small instruments that you blow into and learn fairly quickly. Many people get tired of them quickly because you can't play many songs on them alone and have fun, but they become a lot more fun when you play them with other people.

A harmonica is similar to a recorder or kazoo in that you blow into it, but whereas with the above two instruments you hold them vertically, a harmonic is played horizontally and you move the instrument from side to side while blowing into it to play.

Become a uke player yourself and learn how to play ukulele. It's pretty easy to get started! You can pick up the pace by learning songs you already know to get yourself motivated and learning to play the ukulele.

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