Category: Other Instruments

The Benefits Of Being Proficient In Multiple Instruments

It’s all very well being a master of a particular art form, for example playing one particular musical instrument. However, how do you know what you’re missing if you stay focused on one perspective all the time? People who are able to play more than one instrument often gain many additional skills and insights, so it might be worth considering for you. Here are just a few of the benefits you might gain from doing this.

Better knowledge of music theory

Expanding your horizons when it comes to different types of instruments can give you a much deeper and more thorough understand of music as a whole, compared to just specialising in one area. You may find that you have a greater appreciation for other areas of music that you never considered much before learning another instrument.

Picking up skills faster

The more instruments you learn how to play, the easier it will be to learn even more. This is because you gradually build up a bank of transferable skills alongside those specific things you learned along the way. Musical skills can apply across the board so you might learn new things that help you play your favourite instrument every time you experiment with a different one.

Broadening your options

If you have mastered more than one instrument, then you will have more opportunities to play as part of an orchestra or a band. If necessary you may be able to fill in for other people as required, which makes you more of a valuable asset.

More career choices

By the same token, adding new instruments to your repertoire gives you additional options when it comes to a professional career in music. You could even be on your way to becoming a professional music teacher or tutor if you have a better understanding of music as a whole from playing many different instruments.

Being less reliant on others

Ultimately, you will gain flexibility from not having to rely on other people’s specific skills. If you want to have your own band, even if it’s just for music production and not for actual performances, it’s nice to work with other people but it’s even better to have a backup plan. If you can play all the instruments you need, enjoying playing in a group is just a bonus but you won’t need to get stressed if someone lets you down.

The World’s Weirdest Musical Instruments

Sometimes we might be surprised to hear a musical instrument we didn’t expect to pop up in a certain song, be it a sudden saxophone riff, uncharacteristic percussion elements or even the classic surprise guitar solo. But if any of these crazy instruments showed up in a song unexpectedly, you’d probably have a hard time identifying them – especially if you saw what they looked like. Here are some of our favourite insane instruments.

Serpent

Serpent

Somewhat traditional compared to the others on our list, but equally bizarre, is the serpent. It’s a distant cousin of both the brass and woodwind families, but since its quirky snake-like design doesn’t have the necessary features to fall under any particular category it is rarely featured in full orchestras.

Bikelophone

Bikelophone

Assembled originally as a performance piece for The Lyle and Sparkleface Band, the bikelophone incorporates half a bicycle into its complicated setup, along with a host of other more traditional musical elements, all linked and coordinated digitally to gradually build up an entire composition, all technically performed on one instrument.

Nellophone

Nellophone

This aquatic-inspired instrument takes the form of what looks like a metallic giant squid, with its operator standing in the centre. Functioning like a cross between a drum kit and a harmonica, the longest metal tube (9 metres) produces the highest pitched sound.Read more: The World’s Weirdest Musical Instruments