Choosing an Instrument

One of the biggest decisions your child (with your help) will need to make is "Which instrument should I learn to play?"

In our experience, this decision is often made due to circumstance, rather than informed choice. Factors such as price, parental preferences or taste and other non-musical factors often come into play. Sometimes this works out fine but often it doesn't.

Luckily, we live in the age of Youtube and with a click of your mouse, your child could be listening to and watching the world's finest intrumentalists on any instrument you can think of.

We have made it even easier for you - below is a collection of videos we have chosen. We recommend you sit down with your child and go through them one by one, choosing and listening to clips of the different instruments.

Note which instrument clips your child identifies with, likes or is otherwise enthusiastic about and you are good to go.

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Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
French Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
Drums and Percussion
Timpani
Marimba
Drum Kit
Piano

Flute

Emmanuel Pahud plays Debussy: Syrinx
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Emmanuel Pahud plays the Mozart Flute Concerto in D Major
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Oboe

Oboe: Handel transcription for Oboe
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From the Philharmonia Series

Clarinet

Mozart Clarinet Concerto
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Bassoon

J N Hummel Bassoon Concerto
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

French Horn

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From the wonderful series from the Philharmonia

Trumpet

The Trumpet
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Trombone

A medley of excerpts from the Trombone repertoire
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Bass Trombone
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Tuba

John Williams: Concerto for Orchestra
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Tuba Quartet
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Penderecki: Cappricio for Tuba Solo

Violin

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Viola

Bartok Viola Concerto
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Cello

Dvorak Cello Concerto
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Double Bass

Martinsson Concerto for Double Bass
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Drums and Percussion

Sivamani - Solo Performance at Berklee College of Music
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MacMillan: Percussion concerto no 2
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Bartok Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Timpani

PhillipGlass: timpani Concerto
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From the Philharmonia Instrument Series

Marimba

Marimba Concerto

Drum Kit

Amazing Drum Kit Solo in the Street

Piano

Barenboim plays Sonata no 1 in F minor