A few tips about Wind Instruments
One of the first music instruments I started learning how to play and actually took seriously was the recorder; which is a type of wind instrument that is similar to a vertical version of the flute. For me it was fairly easy to play and learn the finger positions for the notes, but as a child my hands weren’t big enough to stretch all the way down to play some of the lower register notes and because of that I had a difficult time mastering the instrument. Perhaps you aren’t looking to master playing your first wind instrument; maybe you just want to learn how to play and have fun. If so, here is a bit of advice for things that you should consider before buying your first wind instrument.
Finding the right Wind instrument
Other wind instruments include the Harmonica, Clarinet, Oboe, The Fife, the Dizi Flute, and the Ocarina to name a few. There are thousands of other variations of wind instruments but I don’t have room to name them all. If you are a beginner musician I would recommend starting with an Alto sized instrument because it is normally in the middle range in terms of sound quality and size. If the instrument is too small and you have large hands your fingers may not be able to play all the notes correctly because they will be cramped together, but smaller instruments are great for children. If the instrument is too big your hands may not be able to stretch far enough to reach all of the notes and it will make the instrument difficult to play.
You also need to consider the sound quality of the instrument. Smaller instruments normally have a tinier sound and can have a squeaky whistle like tone to them when beginner musicians start out playing. The sound of a small wind instrument squeaking out high pitched notes by a novice player will quickly get on your nerves and hurt your ears. Have a cat in the house? Then don’t expect to play with her around because she will attack you every time you play a note (I should know).
If you don’t have strong lungs that is another thing to consider as well because you will rely on your lungs to play the instrument to produce notes and get a strong clear sound. As you continue to play your lungs will eventually get stronger with time, but for people that have weak lungs or asthma they may find playing wind instruments to be a bit more challenging.
Most of the time the maintenance cost for wind instruments is fairly cheap and easy. You can keep the instrument clean by wiping both the inside and outside parts of the instrument to remove spit and moisture build up to keep your music instrument sounding clean and clear. The only thing you really need to buy to keep your instrument sounding at its best is sometimes a new Reed, but that depends on the type of music instrument you buy.
If you aren’t sure what type of wind instrument to start with, I would suggest starting out with a cheap plastic instrument first such as a plastic Recorder or an Ocarina. Buying a cheap wind instrument will help you see if it is something that you would like to continue to play without having to invest a lot of money into it, while still allowing you to learn the basic techniques of the instrument.
If you can learn to play easy songs on your cheap plastic wind instrument and you actually enjoy playing it, you can always invest more money into a higher quality wind instrument in the future.