Before going into this topic I must say that both instruments are equally great. They can play almost all genres and you will be able to reach a great music level whether you decide to start with either of those.
So, you might be wondering this because you want to start by learning one of these, so that you can learn the other one later. Or you just can’t seem to be able to choose between these two great instruments.
As a pianist and an amateur guitar player (self-taught), I have learned a lot about both instruments through the years of practicing. Even thought I personally started by learning to play the piano, I know that the guitar can offer a lot of perks to a beginner musician or music enthusiast.
Today, I am going to list all the perks and, maybe drawbacks, that these instruments have in the beginning of the process of learning. Basically, I will talk about the things that I found easy or difficult while learning each one.
Piano… My first instrument
WhenI started learning how to play the piano I was really young, maybe 8 years old. My mother knew how to play and she played for me often so I was amazed and wanted to follow her steps. My first piano lessons were a dream come true. However, I stopped after 6 years, but I still practice by myself sometimes.
Piano is soothing and I love the sound of it. Whenever I can play a song almost perfectly, I feel the joy after many hours of practicing.
Perks and Drawbacks
What can I say… Piano has many perks as an instrument for a beginner musician. I am going to list what I think is the most important ones though:
- Learning the music theory easily: When someone is learning a music instrument professionally, they probably want to know how to read notes and other symbols associated to them. This way, the read music sheets easier and don’t make mistakes. However, a big part of the music theory one needs to know is based on the piano. Many guitar players, even the mist experienced ones, had to begin piano lessons in order to understand the basics of music.
- Helps learn the notes and tones: If you have no idea about music, piano can help you learn a lot about it. That is because, the notes on the piano are aligned and you don’t need experience and practice to find them, like the guitar. What you need is right in front of you and that is super helpful when practicing.
I’ll have to list some drawbacks for starting with the piano now.
- The instrument itself: Obviously you don’t have to waste much money by buying a grand piano. You don’t need a piano to show it off, you need it for practice (except for some cases though). You will probably invest in a keyboard, which offers many other sounds and features, just in case you need those too. But, let’s be honest, buying a keyboard is much more expensive than buying a guitar that does the work for you.
- Learning songs: Of course, when learning a music instrument, practice is one of the most important things in order to get a result. But, I found it more difficult to practice on the piano than to practice on the guitar. That might be a personal opinion, but if you want to play an amazing song on the piano you need days, even weeks to perfect it. In guitar though, there are many famous riffs that you can learn, that even an amateur can master in a few days. (You can find some easy riffs I listed here)
Guitar… The instrument I taught myself
After years and years of playing the piano and being into classical music, I started listening to classic rock and pop. I was really fascinated by those famous guitarists (surely you’ve seen one) who flaunted their skills onstage, I wanted to acquire their skills too.
Some people told me that these people are talented and no-one can reach their level, but I believe that with hard work anything is possible. So, I borrowed my grandfather’s old guitar, I downloaded tutorials, I bought a music book and got down to business. Learning the guitar seemed pretty easy back then, I believe it was my passion and will to begin and learn. You all can do it, I promise you.
Perks and Drawbacks
Since guitar is probably the most popular instrument on earth, there are a lot of perks:
- You can learn from everywhere: And that is actually true. If you are self-taught like me, you might want to look on the internet for people who teach you how to play the guitar. There is a variety of tutorials and people who learn the guitar and are in the exact same position as you. This means you can find advice easier and get to know with others out there. You can talk about your struggles and I’m sure you will find someone who has been in you shoes
- Portable instrument: Whether you need to store it or take it on a trip with you, the guitar is perfect. By having a piano you can only play it at your house and you can’t hide it easily in case you need to do so.
And here are some drawbacks I thought of:
- Too much information means too much misleading if you’re not careful: Many people out there will take advantage of your love for music and try to sell you several things or services. Don’t fall for those. Don’t spend too much money on tutorials and books that you night never need. All you want is to learn, so stick to your practice and you will get the results you want. (No, you don’t need an electric guitar too!)
- You might find it difficult to learn the music theory: In case you are going professional, you can still start with the guitar, but you will have to learn the piano when the time comes to study theory. Since, the whole music theory is based on the piano, you will have no choice. But this way, you can learn two instruments at once, so it might become a perk at this point. It’s totally up to you to choose.
Or choose both if you have the time. But remember, there is no right or wrong on this one. All you need is passion and will to learn and, trust me, you will get the results that you want. I believe in you! You got it!
If you agree, disagree or simply want to add something on what I wrote above, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you first chance that I get.
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