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What Musical Instrument To Learn First, Guitar or Piano?

They are two of the most popular instruments in the world. They are both stringed musical instruments and they've been around for centuries. Now of course with the advancement of technology both of these instruments are now available in electronic form. But nevertheless the musical outputs are still mostly identical. 

So you want to learn one of the two, either the Guitar or the Piano. Problem is, you can't decide which to choose among the two. Both of these instruments have their pros that apply to various situations. In this article, we try and explore these factors to help you choose between the two.

Learning the Guitar

The guitar is a versatile instrument. It is one of the easiest musical instruments to learn. A guitar student can get from having absolutely no knowledge of the instrument to strumming several popular songs in only a couple of months. Also, the guitar is one of the easiest instruments to learn by ear. A lot of popular guitarists including Jimmy Hendrix and Slash learned by ear, and if you're as determined as they are, so can you. But if you've decided to take lessons, the music theory you learn along with the instrument can prove much more valuable in the long run.

Guitars are perhaps the most popular musical instruments in the world. They are the soul of a lot of musical genres including rock & roll, heavy metal and country music. But even if you're not looking to take to the stage any time soon, they can simply add a great dimension to your campfire experience. That is one of the biggest pros of owning a guitar versus a piano. They are very easy to carry around. 

As a beginner, you won't need to dig into your pockets for a Les Paul straight away. But make sure you read a lot of reviews before buying your first guitar. Your first guitar is like your first love. It will forever determine who you'll become (as a guitarist).  

Learning the Piano

Pianos are widely considered as the classier musical instruments versus Guitars. The reason? While guitar driven music have only become popular in the 20th century, Piano driven music have been around for a lot longer. Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Bach and Liszt are only a few among many that mastered the piano in 19th and 18th centuries, and gave the world some of the greatest symphonies and musical pieces of all time. So it's pretty clear where the Piano gets its appeal. 

Pianos are as relevant in the 21st century as they were in the 18th. Also they are not constricted to the classical music genre as some a most popular rock bands in the planet including the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Dream Theater have some of the most talented pianist of modern times. 

Pianos have a bit stricter learning curve versus guitars and it is wise to get lessons instead of trying it out on your own. And while a grand piano may be impossible to move around with as much ease as a guitar, digital pianos are much easier. Also they are capable of producing thousands of different sounds and musical effects versus a guitar. And besides you don't want to be spending thousands of dollars on a grand piano as a beginner anyway (unless you get one for a very good deal, or you already own one). A good digital piano (also known as a keyboard) will do for now.