Of course you do – that’s why you’re here! If you know what instrument you want to play at our camps and are happy to stick to it – great! We’ll show how to get the most from it and grow in confidence and skill. BUT if you’re not sure what you want to play or where you see yourself in a band set-up, don’t worry. Take a look at our tips below to find out what might suit you best. We’ll find the instrument that’s right for you and you will love it!
What instrument should I play?
Don’t choose an instrument just because it’s flamboyant. Being the bassist or drummer in the band can be just as rewarding as being the front man (or woman). Your personality will play a big part in what instrument you choose, so think about these questions:
- Think back to a recent gig or concert you’ve been to. Who was it you watched the most in the band? Were you air-guitaring? Air-drumming? Singing along? Dancing?
- Imagine yourself in a movie or a Broadway play. Are you the lead actor? One of the supporting cast? In the chorus line?
- Put some headphones on and listen to some of your favorite rock tracks. What instrument is standing out for you the most? What can you picture yourself playing? Who would you most like to be?
A typical rock band set-up
There’s no set number of members in a rock band or set number of instruments. But a typical rock band is made up of:
- Electric guitar: Usually played by the lead guitarist, most songs in rock and roll are geared towards this instrument. Choose to take guitar lessons if you love to play melodies and riffs and want to shred!
- Acoustic guitar: Usually focuses on playing rhythm guitar and nailing each chord of the song, this person backs up the lead guitar. The neck of an acoustic guitar is slightly bigger than an electric, so it can be more of a challenge to play physically at first, but, if you like a love the idea of strumming and singing, acoustic guitar lessons are definitely for you.
- Bass guitar: Often seen as the “glue” of the band. A bass guitar only has four strings but is bigger than a normal guitar, so you need to be able to handle it physically. Bass guitar lessons are a good choice if you’re happy being the foundation for the band.
- Drums: The drummer is the one who keeps the rest of the band in time. The most physical job in the band! If you have an excellent sense of timing then maybe drum lessons are for you!
- Piano or keyboard: In most rock bands, the pianist’s roll is similar to the acoustic or rhythm guitar. This instrument focuses on chords and rhythm, at first. Once a musician is comfortable with that skill, we can begin to add in solos, melody lines, bass lines and even auxiliary parts like organ, strings, or synthesizers. Do you love the idea of playing beautiful music at home? Accompanying a singer in a jazz club? Shredding the organ solo to Smokin’ by Boston? Maybe you should try piano lessons!
- Singer: Most bands have at least one lead vocalist, some even have three or four background vocalists. No matter how good a band is, they are defined by their singer. If you think you can handle the pressure, and step into the spotlight, then try your hand (or vocal chords) at voice lessons.
IMPORTANT: There’s no instrument that’s suitable ONLY for boys or ONLY for girls. Nor is there one instrument that’s easier to learn than another. It comes down to whatever calls to your heart and will give you the most pleasure.