Learn A Musical Instrument For Free This Weekend

By Victoria Thomas Last edited 21 months ago
Learn A Musical Instrument For Free This Weekend
Have a go with a guitar or try out a trumpet for free this weekend. Image: Music For All

We don't mean to harp on about it, but this weekend you can learn a musical instrument for free.

Even if you've only played Frère Jacques on the recorder, don't worry. Professional musicians will be on hand to teach you the basics of playing guitar, violin, piano, drums, violin — even ukulele. And it's all for free. Why? Because this Saturday is National Learn To Play Day, from charity, Music For All.

In 2015, 12,000 taster classes were given to budding musicians, and this year's weekend-long event looks set to be even bigger.

Yamaha Music in Soho's running a two-day learn to play event with one-to-one taster classes on everything from the oboe to the clavinova (us neither).

There's also a chance to take an artist masterclass with Steve White (he's drummed for Oasis and The Who), or Rhianna's session pianist, Hannah V. Tickets for these are being snapped up, so book now.

There are plenty of other participating venues around London too — we've rounded them up so you can find your nearest.

All weekend

Rex Studio: 13 Swan Yard, N1 1SD. Phone: 07968 697 847

Yamaha Music: 152-160 Wardour Street, W1F 8YA. Phone: 0207 432 4400

Saturday 12 March

Bromley Youth Music Centre: Southborough Lane, Bromley, BR2 8AA. Phone: 020 8467 1566

Musicroom: 19 Denmark Street, WC2H 8NA. Phone: 0207 379 3384

Music Land: 422 Bromley Road, Bromley, BR1 4PL. Phone: 01708 737977

Saxwindbrass.london: 85 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PL. Phone: 0207 836 7172

Unity Centre Of South London: 2-4 Ravenstone Street, Balham, SW12 9SS. Phone: 0208 672 8095

Sunday 13 March

Sutton Music Centre: 35 St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1JB. Phone: 0208 642 2838

There are loads more venues that are just outside of London —  visit the Music For All website for a full list.

Learn to Play Day takes place in different UK venues on 12 and 13 March. Check with each provider about booking and availability.

Last Updated 10 March 2016