As the most popular musical instruments available today, people often ask “What is harder to learn, guitar or piano?” Well, this post is designed to reflect the main difficulty levels of both instruments. A proper understanding of how these instruments are played will give you the right answer to the question.
What you should know about the piano
The piano is generally referred to as a musical instrument with keyboard. This is one instrument that comes handy with a wide range of musical theory. With the piano, anyone can be able to play chords effectively without having to erroneously mute another key. This is mainly due to its simple layout that requires the use of fingers to hit a set of keys that are seemingly far from each other.
Playing the piano involves lots of muscle stretching which calls for an easy hand movement. This is why it is generally believed that learning the piano opens the way to easily learn other instruments (including the guitar) as you learn to use the hands independently.
What you should know about the guitar
The guitar is a stringed instrument that requires the pressing down of strings to create sounds. Hand placement and finger positioning matter much when playing the guitar. As a matter of fact, players must avoid creating muddied sounds by ensuring not to lean into or brush against other strings. Also, you must avoid getting sounds thrown by ensuring that your finger is not well placed on the fret – not too high and not too low.
What makes one instrument a better choice?
Again the question – “What is harder to learn, guitar or piano?” can be quite tricky as both instruments are different in all aspects. However, due to the way the keys are arranged on the keyboard. It is much easier to perform hand movements to reach difficult chords on the piano than on the guitar. This is because playing the guitar involves more tricky and finicky techniques than the keyboard.
But when it comes to creating stunts, such as slides and vibrato, and hitting chords, the guitar features more easy techniques than the keyboard. In a bid to effectively build up callouses on the finger, players need to endure soreness while playing which happens to be more tensed on the keyboard than on the guitar.
But when it comes to accessibility, it is easier to handle a guitar than a piano (regardless of how portable it may be) because guitars are meant to be carried while playing. Nevertheless, much care is required to handle the guitar which includes regular cleaning, re-tuning, strings replacement, etc. Anyone learning to play the guitar must be able to take good care of its components which can be very fragile.
As for sound, there is no clear winner as to which instrument does better. Both instruments are greatly versatile when it comes to making sounds and are fun to play. However, it is more comfortable to play the piano than the keyboard.
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