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I’ve been considering poking around with a second instrument either a guitar or drum pad. Piano is where I’d still put most time and effort as it’s my favorite but is there any benefit in dabbling in a second instrument?

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How about a Kalimba (Thumb Piano) ?


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I’ve been considering poking around with a second instrument either a guitar or drum pad. Piano is where I’d still put most time and effort as it’s my favorite but is there any benefit in dabbling in a second instrument?


I only play the piano now, but as a school child, I studied many different ones and felt like they each offered something that made me a better pianist. My only question, that really only you can answer, is timing: have you didn’t enough time exploring your new genre and teacher? Consider waiting a few months, maybe. ...


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I would have thought that drumming if done correctly would improve your timing.

However, obviously some pianists have a hard time taking up the guitar as is the case here

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Surprisingly easy, barely an inconvenience.

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Hey Sebs - I am supposed to be a multi instrument player.

Some instruments do help with sight reading etc and can also assist with motivation.

Guitar - played for 40 years love them to bits - helps with understanding structures both hands involved and choice of focus on treble or Rhythm (like been said about drums)
Such a wide variety of disciplines to cover

Flute & Alto Sax - played for 20 years + both cover more or less the same range - single note (obviously) does help with reading etc. Just great for expression etc.

I would say just for the push to discover, never leave the instrument you are focused on - but by all means play play play anything and to listen listen listen.

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Hi Sebs, I’m learning 4 instruments right now, piano, sax, violin and classical guitar, in that priority. I absolutely think it’s a great idea to learn other instruments.

How much time you have to practice is definitely a consideration. Money is also another consideration, especially if you’re going to get a teacher for your second instrument.

I think there are benefits in learning another instrument. Of course, it depends on what the other instrument is but if it’s drums, you’re really going to improve your rhythm! Although drums is a very tough one due to noise concerns, if you eventually get serious with it and want to buy a full drum set.

With guitar, you might run into the issue with nails on the right hand. Do you grow them or not? If you grow them they’ll interfere with piano technique. If you don’t, your guitar technique might suffer.

Also, some instruments really help with improving your ear, such as string instruments and wind instruments due to them always needing to be in tune, and you need to consciously strive to keep them in tune.

Just throwing out some practical considerations but in the end I’d say go for it!

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Originally Posted by trooplewis
How about a Kalimba (Thumb Piano) ?
Where did you even find this little humdinger? That actually looks very tricky to play.

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Originally Posted by Sebs
I’ve been considering poking around with a second instrument either a guitar or drum pad. Piano is where I’d still put most time and effort as it’s my favorite but is there any benefit in dabbling in a second instrument?


I only play the piano now, but as a school child, I studied many different ones and felt like they each offered something that made me a better pianist. My only question, that really only you can answer, is timing: have you didn’t enough time exploring your new genre and teacher? Consider waiting a few months, maybe. ...
Yes, there's always plenty to work on with the lessons and homework and there always will be. I don't think it'll ever be "I dont have enough to do with piano" as we could play 10 hours a day and still have more to do with piano laugh This is just strictly for fun and not going to sidetrack my piano or lessons whatsoever.

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Hey Sebs - I am supposed to be a multi instrument player.

Some instruments do help with sight reading etc and can also assist with motivation.

Guitar - played for 40 years love them to bits - helps with understanding structures both hands involved and choice of focus on treble or Rhythm (like been said about drums)
Such a wide variety of disciplines to cover

Flute & Alto Sax - played for 20 years + both cover more or less the same range - single note (obviously) does help with reading etc. Just great for expression etc.

I would say just for the push to discover, never leave the instrument you are focused on - but by all means play play play anything and to listen listen listen.

Oh boy - do we just love music smile
Agree. Absolutely no intention of leaving piano ever! This is more like I did all my piano work today and want to poke around at a random time with a new toy. And yes I know I could always put that time to the piano but that's not how we all work sometimes good to venture out I think as long as it doesn't take away from the piano progress.

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Sebs understood matey - in that case little money involved just have a ball I say he he smile


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