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Old 01-18-2017, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wanting to learn an instrument.

Hello, so I am really liking to learn an instrument and thought I'd try to ask people whom probably play instruments themselves their opinions.

I can already play the Drums, but I'd like to be able to play an instrument where I can basically write a song (like a Piano or Guitar). Now, I've tried both Guitar and Piano, and also Ukulele, and I find they're all pretty hard. I definitely realize music takes dedication, but I am kind of at a busy time in my life and obviously if something out there is easier for me I'd like to go with that. If nothing is easier than those things I may probably try to learn another time when I can put more effort into it.

However, my Dad has told me that Keyboard is easier than all of those things..I don't know if he is right or not though, is it true? I kind of distrust him, because I get the feeling he just wants me to be a musician to begin with, as he is himself a very talented musician.

Anyways, I have also heard of thing called a Pianica, so it seems there are some Piano-like options that might not be so hard as Piano, but I'd just like to know from anyone with experience, what your recommendations may be. Thank you.
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Old 01-18-2017, 07:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's very easy to pick up the basics of the piano (enough to play the chords and sing along, as you would with a guitar). It is, however, one of the hardest instruments to master. That's probably where your dad is coming from.

"Keyboard" IS piano, and there really aren't any "piano-like options" that are easier.
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I feel as though the piano is the easiest to start off with because it is the basis for a lot of written pieces. For the piece that I am writing I was going to write it for the piano and then transpose it. I personally play the flute and many other instruments, so I just decided to start by writing the melody of the piece for the flute so that I would be able to hear what I am writing out.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like what Pet Sounds said - piano can be quite easy to begin with, but hard as hell to truly excel on it and to play some difficult pieces. I find guitar much easier (at least to certain point). If you can sing and stay in tune, you basically need only few chords on guitar to write a song.

However, depends a lot on your musical taste as well. If prefer sound of a piano, just go for it!
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