Quiz: Which musical instrument should you learn?

Illustration of a girl playing piano
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Now that we’ve pretty much hit the middle of summer, you might find yourself bored or swamped with your summer routine. Oftentimes, all you need is a creative outlet to rejuvenate or de-stress. Why not add some culture to your life by learning an instrument? You don’t have to be a master, but teaching yourself to play a musical instrument might be just what you need to get out of your midsummer slump. Take this quiz to find out which instrument is about to turn your summer around!

  1. How many instruments do you already play?
    1. None
    2. 1-2
    3. 3-7
    4. 8+ instruments
  2. What is your favorite musical genre?
    1. Pop
    2. R&B
    3. Classical
    4. EDM
  3. If you were in a theatrical production, who would you be?
    1. The main star
    2. Tree #2
    3. The director or playwright
    4. A crew member
  4. How extroverted are you?
    1. 100% introverted
    2. Somewhere in the middle
    3. Definitely an extrovert
    4. Really depends on the setting
  5. What is a nonmusical hobby you have?
    1. Dance
    2. Photography
    3. Cooking
    4. Netflix is my hobby
  6. What’s your favorite activity?
    1. Exploring the bustling streets of a big city
    2. Enjoying a latte at a jazz cafe
    3. Attending a fancy event at the concert hall
    4. Having a picnic at the park
  7. What’s your favorite color?
    1. Red
    2. Yellow
    3. Purple
    4. White
    1. Piano: The piano is a flexible, versatile instrument that suits many genres and levels of difficulty. Whether you start by learning chords or various melodies, the piano is a great instrument that will go a long way in your musical journey once you learn it!
    2. Drums: There is a certain charm about the drums — while it is often a supporting instrument to more melodic instruments or vocals, it can completely make or break a song. You will always be in charge of setting the tone and tempo, and with a lot of arm and foot movement involved, you can get a little exercise in each time you play!
    3. Viola: The viola looks like a violin yet carries a rich, deep timbre. It’s a beautiful instrument that is essential to any string quartet. If you like supporting others while upholding your own unique identity, the viola is perfect for you!
    4. Bass guitar: The bass is an instrument that adds fullness and richness to a song in any genre, completing and enhancing it to the next level. Once you learn the bass guitar, you can easily play the double bass if you want to play in a classical or jazz setting, as the two share many of the same skills!

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