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If you are thinking of learning how to play a musical instrument, one of the issues that you may need to deal with is which one you should learn how to play. Most of the time, people who are thinking of learning how to play a musical instrument will already have an instrument in mind that they want to learn, which makes it easy for them to find the lessons they need.


However, if you are undecided about which instrument to choose, it may be a good idea to choose one of the popular ones that are played today. The good thing about doing this is that since they are popular, it will be very easy for you to get lessons for them, and in many cases such lessons will be much cheaper than the ones you may need for more rare instruments. In addition to that, if you are thinking of using your skill to get a job such as by joining a band, you will find it easier when you choose to play an instrument that is very popular.

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The popularity of different instruments varies from geographical area to area, but there are a few instruments that you can be sure will be very popular all around the world. Some of these include:

The piano

This particular instrument is normally associated with a lot of class and romance. In many cases, it is one of the most popular instruments for students to learn in any music school. The good thing about piano is that if you are good with your fingers (such as if you find it easy to do touch-typing), it can be very easy to learn. This particular instrument can also be a lot of fun to learn as well.

The guitar

The guitar is also one of the most popular instruments that people want to play today. The reason for this is that it can be very melodic, and in some instances it can also be easy to learn especially if you are the artistic kind. There are many schools that offer guitar lessons, so finding a place to take such lessons is not likely to be a problem for you.


When people are thinking of musical instruments, most of them don’t think about drums since they seem to be so rudimentary. However, the fact of the matter is that there is a lot of skill that goes into playing drums, and one needs to make sure that they learn how to do it properly for them to be proficient at playing such instruments.

The flute

If you are the more sensual type, you can also try playing the flute as well. The fact that this instrument produces a very delicate sound makes it the ideal kind of instrument when you need to create gentle music that is soothing to the soul. Learning how to play the flute is something that most people will find very easy to do as long as they practice a lot.

The ukulele

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It can be said that this instrument has been gaining a lot of recognition in the past few years. If you don’t believe me, just check out Youtube which features just as many videos on playing the ukulele as the videos featuring guitars in them. Strangely enough, ukuleles seem to be gathering fast popularity in the Asia region in just 2012 alone. The ukulele is a very interesting instrument, and can be quite a lot of fun to play. There are many music schools that offer ukulele lessons, which means that it’s probably going to be easy to find one that suits you. The only thing you may have a problem with is buying an actual ukulele, especially when you live in an area where it is rare to find. In such cases, you can always buy one online.

The saxophone

Another instrument that is normally associated with romance and passion is the saxophone. This is the ideal instrument for those who may be interested in learning how to play an instrument that they can make jazz music with, or which has a distinctive sound.

The clarinet

Similar to the flute, the clarinet is yet another popular woodwind instrument for those looking to learn how to play a new musical instrument. It is also very easy to play, and there are many schools that can offer lessons to people who are looking to learn how to play it. However, some might argue that certain individuals will play this instrument better if they have the right physique (mouth) to handle this instrument better.

The trombone

The trombone is also a very popular instrument especially among brass bands. The only issue that one may need to think about when they want to play this instrument is to make sure that they are of the right physical stature to handle it, since having short hands may make it difficult to master this brass instrument well.

The French horn

Though not as common as the instruments above, the French horn is also played by many people around the world, simply because it is a significant instrument to have in orchestras and brass bands.

The violin

In terms of popularity to the elites, one can say that the violin is only second to the piano as a favorite instrument. However, some people might find it too expensive to own one and honestly, this same mentioned group often opt for the guitars or ukuleles because these are more “mainstream” and cheaper to own and easier to master.

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The writer, Claudia Humphrey is a trained pianist. She really loves music and is a regular performer in the concert circuits. She likes to purchase all her musical instruments from Musician’s Universe, an online musical instrument store.

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  1. Let's pretend someone asked me what I thought the top music instruments to play were… hee hee:

    1. Drums
    2. Guitar
    3. Piano

    Of course, just my opinion. All musical instruments are great.

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