What Is A Good First Instrument To Learn?


Musical instruments are a great outlet for young people and can provide them with a lifelong hobby or passion. Many times, when folks come into the SoCal Pianos stores in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations) they like to ask what is a good first instrument for a beginner. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of the possibilities.


SoCal Pianos certainly admits its bias, but we would put this at the top of any list of instruments for beginners. While many pianos are a big investment for a family, you don’t have to start big. Keyboards and digital pianos offer a realistic learning experience at far less expense. If the beginner shows promise and is excited about playing, then you can consider an upgrade. It can take some time to learn piano, but it’s also an instrument you can play for life.


This certainly belongs high on the list as well. Guitars come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit the beginner. The basic techniques are fairly easy, meaning just about anyone can learn to play simple tunes. Once the basics are mastered, the student can easily switch to other guitar style instruments such as the ukulele and bass.


This is another popular choice for beginners. One reason is the instrument is available in a variety of sizes. Some are small enough for learners as young as three years of age. It usually doesn’t take long for a beginner to learn to play enough to produce a good sound. Mastering the instrument is another matter. It will take time, hard work, and practice.

Also an Option

Other instrument choices in no particular order for a beginner:

  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet 
  • Flute
  • Drums

If you do your research, you will find each of those instruments has pluses and minuses when it comes to the learning to play process.

Just One Part of the Formula For Success

Whatever instrument you and your child end up choosing, there is another key to success: Picking the right teacher to get him or her excited about playing. SoCal Pianos can help. Our company has built a strong musical connection with many instructors across Southern California. We even have a searchable database on our website to help you find the right learn to play teacher for you. 

Ready to Help

If you are still having trouble deciding on an instrument for your beginner, SoCal Pianos is happy to help with any questions you might have. Give us a call today or make an appointment to stop by our California showrooms in Ontario and Palm Springs.