4 Instruments to Learn During Rock Music Lessons

Taking lessons can help you become the best musician you can be. But if you haven't played in a band and you are a beginner musician, you may be wondering which instrument you should learn to play. Here are four instruments to consider and some of the aspects that may make them more or less suited to you.

1. Drums

Even though the drummer often sits in the back, rock music sometimes allows for drum solos. Drumming can be a very exciting role in a rock band. The drums may be right for you if you have a great sense of rhythm and are a kinesthetic learner, love moving to the beat, and can handle a lot of moving parts (a drum set typically contains quite a few instruments). If you feel you fit these criteria, consider taking rock music lessons on the drums.

2. Guitar

A guitar is typically the front and center instrument in a rock band since it's generally what the lead singer will play. This means that where rock music is concerned, the guitar is going to be a very popular instrument, so you'll have a lot of competition. Fortunately, taking lessons with this instrument will give you an edge over solely self-taught players. If you love being the center of attention, thrive on competition, and have a great voice and enough coordination to play an instrument and sing at the same time, you may choose the guitar.

3. Bass guitar

While a bass guitar may look like a typical guitar to the untrained eye, if you put them side by side you'll note that the bass is somewhat larger. This in turn allows its strings to create a lower pitch. While bass playing technique can be similar to guitar playing technique, there are also some differences (such as a different number of strings), so it can take a while to get used to if you normally play the guitar. Because bass is typically played by supporting band members rather than the lead singer, it may not require flashy technique as often and can focus on chords and rhythms. If that interests you, you may consider specializing in this instrument.

4. Voice

While your voice isn't an instrument that you can buy or choose, it's still a musical instrument and most humans do have one. Taking voice lessons can help prepare you to be a lead singer or a backup singer in a band. In fact, you may want to take music lessons for singing as well as whichever other instrument you've chosen. This will give you more flexibility, as you'll be able to perform multiple roles in a rock band.

Depending on your personality and skill set, you may want to choose one instrument over another. If you're still not sure which instrument to focus on in your rock lessons, your teacher may be able to help you decide.