The Taaqademy Instrument Purchase Handbook...
Decided to learn how to play a musical instrument?
Yes, you're going to have to buy one. Yes, there are a lot of choices - especially in these days of e-retailing. Some purchase decisions are easy, and some can be convoluted. Here's an article that goes into some detail - about even which instrument to choose before you start your online music classes.
A quick rule of thumb:
Electronics (Keyboards, FX processors, etc) and even Drum Kits can often be purchased without having to play them first - especially so for entry-level models.
Buying Guitars, Pianos (even Digital Ones), Violins, Basses, etc., without playing them first means you take more of a chance. these instruments have to feel right in your hands, their contours and dimensions have to be comfortable, and their individual resonant qualities have to appeal to you.
That said, most e-retailers nowadays have excellent return/exchange policies, so if pressed, you could explore online purchase options for the latter as well.
Compiled below is a list of instruments that have proven to be consistent favourites at the entry level. They are well-put together, and if maintained correctly, can serve as your music partners for several years.
A Word of Warning:
Music Education Can Give You G.A.S...
G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is a common affliction among the musically inclined.
It's a clear progression - you typically start your musical journey with a minimum investment, acquiring an instrument that can 'do the job', help you through the initial stages with music lessons, and often continue to deliver the goods - till the bug really BITES.
Now you're having fun, you're discovering a whole bunch of new things, and you start wanting some new gear. Maybe it's just some new strings at first, but soon it's a new amp, or a new keyboard, some fancy cables. Pretty soon, things have moved to one more guitar, another cool effects pedal, a second keyboard (it comes in Ferrari red!) and so on, and so fifth.
This is G.A.S. It's usually incurable, but can frequently go into remission, depending on the status of your other EMIs, and how quickly family financial overseers catch on...
We aren't going to help you alleviate the symptoms, uh-huh. What we can do, however, is use some of our hand-won experience to provide some good choices - some sensible options to help you along in your quest for the perfect musical tools... Do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your G.A.S-related queries, and don't be surprised if you receive overly enthusiastic responses...