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Taking up a musical instrument

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What instrument to play?

Nobody in my family has a musical inclination or even thought of taking up a musical instrument – I can bash out Mary Had a Little Lamb on the piano, and that’s about it. But I’ve noticed my son taking a keen interest in music, and the other day I heard him play his friend’s toy guitar. He was hesitantly plucking  out I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, but within a few minutes, he was belting out that famous guitar riff  like a professional. There’s no doubt about it, he’s musically inclined, which has made me think: what instrument should he play?

In the past, school music lessons meant violins and trombones, but let’s face it – they make a terrible din, especially for us poor parents, and who listens to chamber music nowadays anyway? So I’ve been doing some research about taking up a musical instrument…and the beauty of many of these is that they can be played with headphones! Joy!

Electric guitar

The ultimate rock ‘n’ roll accessory. Whether boy or girl, a mastery of the electric guitar will give your kid ultimate kudos, especially if you treat them to a course of music lessons as well. You can pick up a pint-sized electric guitar from about £40, including an amp. They come all manner of cool colours and groovy shapes – I’m almost tempted to get one for myself.  Buying your kid an axe could ignite a long-term love affair with music, which for many, has lead to fame, fortune and a headline gig at Wembley. And don’t worry about the sound of squawking strings penetrating your bones day and night: A handy jack plug means headphones can plug right in.taking up a musical instrument


A modern kid’s keyboard is bristling with technology and comes pre-programmed with hundreds of accompaniment styles and voices. Jump start their lessons with light up keys, which make learning the keyboard rewarding and fun. Modern keyboards can connect to computers via USB, and once again, have that all-important headphone jack plug. This means your kid can tinkle away on the ivories, while you chill out and watch TV.

Electric drum kit

The thought of introducing a real drum kit to the house may render you knock-kneed and weak: All those hours of practice, belted out at top volume. However, an electronic drum kit is a perfectly feasible alternative and they start from about £200. Above all instruments, the headphone jack is most essential here – plug a pair in, and your kid can bash away without cracking the walls or bringing the ceiling plaster down. Oh, and drum roll please! A quick search for electronic drum kits on Google has unveiled an incredible piece of technology: How about a miniature USB electronic fold up drum kit for just £12.99? This is about as cheap as it gets, and the review said the sound quality is totally satisfactory.

iPad apps

Don’t overlook your smartphone or iPad when it comes to making sweet music. Pretty much every instrument you can imagine has been recreated for the touchscreen format, including the usual suspects like piano and guitar, along with dozens of exotic music makers, such as ocarinas (small wooden flutes), shakers and sound effect pads.













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