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Musical instruments

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Me gusta cantar. - I like singing.

Canto mucho. - I sing a lot.

You use a different verb for 'to play' when you're talking about music.
Jugar means 'to play' a game whilst tocar means 'to play' an instrument or music. That's why it's important not to use the first word you see in a dictionary but to look at the meaning as well.

So toco means 'I play' an instrument.

¿Qué tocas? - What do you play?

Toco el piano. - I play the piano.

Toco el clarinete. - I play the clarinet.

Toco la trompeta. - I play the trumpet.

Toco la guitarra. - I play the guitar.

Toco el saxofón. - I play the saxophone.

Toco el violín. - I play the violin.

Again, you can see that lots of instruments look very similar in Spanish and English. Be careful with your pronunciation though – remember your Spanish eyes and ears!

These instruments aren't quite as obvious but should be quite easy to remember:

Toco la batería. - I play the drums. (Think of a drummer battering his kit!)

Toco las castañuelas. - I play the castanets (The 'clacky things' used in dancing 'sevillanas' to keep rhythm).

You can also use toco to say what type of music you play.

Toco música jazz. - I play jazz music.

Toco música reggae. - I play reggae music.

Or you could use that very useful phrase me gusta.

Me gusta la música pop. - I like pop music.

Me gusta mucho la música clásica. - I like classical music a lot.

And of course, you can say you don't like music too:

No me gusta la música folclórica. - I don't like folk music.