How to Learn to Play a World Music Instrument

While in the past most people wishing to learn a musical instrument tended to lean towards the traditional piano or guitar, now the choices are much more wide.

Difficulty Level: hard      Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:
  1. Pick what World Music instrument you wish to learn. Some instruments include the didgeridoo, tin whistle, sitar, and percussion instruments like the doumbek and darbuka.
  2. Buy or borrow the instrument -- if you are using someone else's, it is important you will have ready access to it to practise on a regular basis.
  3. Tin whistles and even some ethnic percussion instruments are readily available at stores that sell music instruments. If you can afford one, go for it!
  4. If you want to purchase a particular instrument but are having trouble finding one, ask at the music store -- maybe they can special order one or know whhere to direct you.
  5. Find a competant teacher who will teach you step by step how to play.
  6. Buy a self-instruction manual if you want to try and teach yourself how to play. You can get these wherever you bought your instrument.
  7. Be sure to practise regularly between sessions with your teacher.
  1. The time listed above is per session -- don't expect to master an instrument overnight. Practise!
  2. Good music teachers don't come cheaply, but in the long run the skills are worth it. Trying to teach yourself can be frustrating and requires a lot of self-discipline.