Finding Your Instrument

Dustin Yonts and Tomas Cera

   Deciding which instrument you want to play as a musician can be quite difficult. Often, we choose an instrument but later decide it wasn't right for us. Many factors must be taken into account before you decide to become a master of any instrument. Here are a few things to consider when making an educated decision about committing to an instrument:

  • Consider the type of music you will play.
    • While some instruments can easily be used in every style of music, others can be more restrictive. Be honest with yourself about the sounds you crave. If you want to thrive as a musician of any kind, you must have a passion that fuels the process. Think about the sounds that would represent you well. 
  • Take into account the physical requirements.
    • Each musical instrument is associated with different tasks. Think about the ways you want to use your body. Drummers, for example, play with all four limbs (while guitar players need only their arms). If you want to be a happy musician, you must be satisfied with the experience of using the techniques required to play your instrument. 
  • Determine your niche.
    • In order to be successful, you must be in the right place and the right time. The right place for you must be at least partially your choice, because otherwise you won't have the passion to make great things happen. Figure out what is missing from the market that you could create. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Try a few instruments.
    • It would be frustrating to discover after a year of playing drums that you always wanted to be a funky saxophone player. It only takes a few extra minutes to prevent such a colossal waste of time and energy. Put your doubts to rest with some experimentation.
  • Find an artist you would like to emulate.
    • Some of the greatest musicians of all time were inspired by someone else before they chose their path. You can greatly benefit from imitating a famous person, because you can learn their techniques and absorb some of their knowledge. With this insight, you can get good ideas about the kind of style you want to develop moving forward.

Music Scenes