Choosing an instrument - where to start?

(6 Posts)
scrappydappydoo Fri 08-Mar-13 19:55:32

We've just had a letter home saying that next year dd(7) can do lessons with the county music service. We have a choice between flute, trumpet, keyboard, violin, clarinet or drums.
I know dd would love to learn an instrument but I haven't a clue where to start with choosing the right one. We have to commit to the lessons for 1 year so I want to make the right choice. Help!!

Let her listen to some music - see which she likes best.

RaspberryLemonPavlova Fri 08-Mar-13 21:47:39

Don't they give them the chance to try out the instruments in school? Because what you/she think she might like to play may not necessarily be the right instrument for her.

scrappydappydoo Fri 08-Mar-13 22:11:28

Well this is what I'm thinking - how can she decide what is 'right' rather than what she just 'fancies'? I want to be able to say lets look at all the instruments and decide together but I don't know how to guide her.
As far as I'm aware they've only played around with some bongo type drums and keyboards.

I wouldn't go for flute at 7.
Clarinet, being in B flat, makes it more difficult to play along with others' music.
If I had to choose 'blind' I would go for keyboard or violin - most flexible instruments.

luanmahi Fri 08-Mar-13 22:43:16

They did the same when I was at school and the peripatetic teachers came round and let you have a go. I remember trying out for a brass instrument and couldn't get the hang of it at all. Same with the clarinet. I would imagine the instrumental teachers will have a fair idea if she is suited once she has a go. She might change her mind after a year and want to pick something else. It's never too late to change with any musical instrument.

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