Everybody knows that playing an instrument can enhance the networks in your brain, making all your brain parts work together at the same time. People playing the guitar, piano, electric cellos or drums, are known to have stronger brains, are less stressed out, become more creative and have better social lives than the ones who don’t.
If your artistic side wants to get out and you want to transfer your feelings to the people around you, it would be a great idea to learn how to play an instrument.
The first thing to consider is that there are instruments that are easy to learn, like the harmonica or bongo drums, and there are the difficult ones, like the violin, the piano and some others that you are going to read about in this article.
We will tell you what to consider when starting to play an instrument and what the hardest steps you have to take while doing so are.
Vivaldi learned how to make use of the violin for his beautiful symphonies and made everybody fall in love with this instrument. But even if the sound it makes is marvelous, it’s not easy to learn how to play it. The violin is a high-pitched instrument and, in terms of dimensions, it is the tiniest of the string instruments.
People have been using the violin to make music for dancing and singing, but it is also used as a solo instrument. But why is the violin the hardest instrument to learn how to play? It is small, it has only four strings, everything seems easy, right? Well, not quite.
First of all, you have to play it with a bow. The strings are very close together and if you touch multiple strings at the same time you might get a dirty sound. That means that you have to be very careful not to change the angle of the bow without knowing exactly what you are doing.
Unlike the guitar, there are no markings on where to press the strings. You have to learn how and where to press them. Also, the price of a violin ranges from one thousand dollars to fifteen million dollars, meaning you would have to get a fair amount of money out of your pocket to be able to get a decent one.
Another aspect to take into account is the posture while playing. You have to hold a strict posture while moving your arm. This might be cool if you have to do this for twenty minutes, but if you want to become a good player you should hold the position for a few hours a day, maybe more, meaning you should keep fit so that you won’t have back and neck problems.
The French Horn
Orchestral instruments can be filled with magnificence. Just telling someone that you play one makes them look at you like you are some kind of a classic superhero. The French horn is one of them. It makes a beautiful sound and it also has stateliness. But learning how to play the French horn is not as easy as you might think. And here is why.
First of all, the French horn uses a lot of partials, more than a regular brass instrument, and some of them are not used because they are not in tune. High notes are close to each other and using the same fingering technique can be difficult. So to make different sounds you will have to learn how to move your lips and how to push the air to move between them.
Most of the French horn players say that the most difficult part is to master the mouth moving technique. What you have to know is that you can play all partials without pressing any key. Also, it is a heavy instrument and it’s not facing the front of the stage, but the back. This means that, for it to be heard, you have to use more air to make ampler sounds.
Imagine you are in a concert hall listening to Beethoven’s Fur Elise. You envy the piano player that he can impress so many people with his flawless technique. You go home and think to yourself: ‘Well, in two months I should be able to play Fur Elise the same way that piano player at the concert hall did. It’s only one song, what could go wrong?’. The right answer is ‘Everything!’.
At first, it might seem very easy to play the piano. You can even learn how to play some easy songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or The Alphabet Song. But when it comes to mastering the technique and triggering emotions in people’s hearts the task gets tougher.
Why? Because you have to use both hands at the same time and, most of the time, you have to use different rhythms with each of them. This can be challenging for beginners, as even the more experienced players still have to improve their poly-rhythm technique. A flawless technique is very hard to gain in just a few months.
Then there are the notes, the distance between them, the posture, the speed, you get tired just by enumerating them, imagine playing the piano and having to pay attention to all of the aspects at once. And, more important than that, you have o make the piano sound perfect, to make people feel the sweetness of the song you are playing.
The harp is a sublime instrument, just looking at it transports you into a fairy tale. And like most fairy tales, the sounds it makes seem enchanted. That is because harps usually have between 40 and 47 strings. Does that make you think twice before making the decision to learn how to play it? Don’t worry, with practice, you will get pretty good at it, but it won’t be easy.
The hardest thing to master when it comes to playing the harp is your finger movement. The position of your hands is also very important. Think about a 7 string instrument: not that hard to play, you could do it with just one hand. Now think about a 47-string one. Your heart just skipped a beat, am I right?
Regardless, the harp is a beautiful instrument and you can play it solo or in an orchestra, in a classical quartet or a new-age band. If you truly want it, 40 strings seem like much, but with a lot of practice, you can do it.
What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘cello’ is ‘the soul instrument’. It is a majestic instrument, it has a dramatic, still delightful sound, even though when you look at it you can get the impression that it makes heavy and boring sounds.
Many musicians learn how to play various musical instruments through their lifetime and most of whom have learned to play the cello agree upon the fact that it is one of the hardest to master. Mostly because a cello player has to move his/her fingers a long distance for reaching every note.
It is harder for them to shift the notes because the cello has a considerable size and it is very long. Its body length can go up to 755mm, making the increments of the notes at a greater distance apart than on the violin or the viola.
Its large size is something to consider when deciding to learn how to play the cello. The cello’s weight may be a problem for some people. Nevertheless, mastering the cello can be mesmerizing. It carries a lot of weight and it inspires a lot of depth. You can be an orchestra god or goddess if you play it well, so the effort is totally worth it.
Every one of us has a musician inside of them, but the feeling of wanting to share that skill with the rest of the world is not manifested by everybody. If the musician inside you wants to come out, learning how to play a difficult instrument is a great choice.
Even if it takes time, the emotion you project outside of yourself deserves to be as noble as your soul. The more complicated the instrument, the more complex the emotion, so why settle for something easy? The effort you put into it will be later rewarded with a flawless technique and an impressed audience.