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Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give Someone Choosing An Instrument?

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If someone asked you for advice when choosing their first musical instrument, what advice would you give them?

Each weekend we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance.

How important is it to choose the right instrument when starting to learn music? Is it OK just to pick up the first instrument that comes along, or should some thought go into the decision?

How did you decide on your first instrument? Was it the right choice? Can others learn from your experience?

What advice would you give a friend if they asked you for advice choosing an instrument? What clarifying questions would you ask them? Are there any general principles that could lead someone to the right choice?

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