National day to buy a musical instrument: guitars, keyboards, harmonicas, drums, ukuleles to start (22/05/22)
May 22 is National Musical Instrument Buyer’s Day. If you’re not already a musician, start your first experience with an instrument like the harmonica, ukulele or bongos.
Or go big with a keyboard or guitar.
Whatever you choose, researchers say you will experience cognitive and emotional benefits. In fact, a extensive collection of research shows that learning to play music can improve memory, spatial reasoning and reading skills. Playing can also relieve stress. And who doesn’t love that.
HARMONICA: Some of the best known harmonica professionals include Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. You don’t need to play “Blowing in the Wind” to get started. Try “Mary had a Little Lamb” on the 10 hole Urban Harmonica ($12.88). Other beginner instruments include:
Experienced harmonica players may want a more refined instrument or a collection of harmonicas in different keys:
Ukulele: Often associated with Hawaiian music, the word “ukulele” loosely translates to “jumping chip.” It can refer to the movement of a player’s fingers. Many instruments are available with straps, cases and more. Prices start at a comfortable level for beginner instruments.
BONGO: Stop tapping your pen rhythmically on your desk and grab a pair of bongos. These small open-bottomed drums come from the Afro-Cuban tradition and are struck with two hands. They are perfect for children and adults. And they’re more fun than a pen.
GUITAR: Depending on who you ask, the guitar may be the most popular musical instrument. (Some claim it’s the piano). Anyway, the guitar is relatively easy to learn and adapts to many styles of music.
PIANO/KEYBOARD: Learning the piano is an excellent introduction to music theory and facilitates the transition to other instruments. Numeric keypads are a more flexible option for the same lessons.