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Choosing the Right Musical Instruments for Beginners and Pros

Make beautiful music by selecting the right musical instrument for your skill level and purpose. Choose from cultural guitars such as mandolins and banjos, or standards like acoustic electric guitars. If you prefer to play the keyboard, there are those that mimic pianos and some that have less key options. Drums also come in acoustic and electric versions, and each produces unique sound. It's important to answer a few questions before selecting an instrument from the vast selection of musical instruments for sale on the market.


Shopping for Guitars and Similar Stringed Instruments

When choosing musical instruments, it can be tempting to select a popular guitar or something that's visually appealing. The sound produced from different varieties, such as acoustic or bass guitars, is due in part to the materials used to create them, so being selective does matter. Examples include:

  • Electric: Electrical connections and amplifiers are necessary to produce high-quality sound
  • Classical: Nylon-stringed acoustic guitars
  • Steel: Steel-stringed acoustic guitars
  • Ukulele: Hawaiian cultural guitar; either acoustic or electric
  • Mandolin: Italian cultural guitar; acoustic or electric
  • Banjo: North American cultural guitar; acoustic or electric

With an acoustic electric guitar, you get a standard acoustic instrument, but you can also play it with a pickup system or microphone, so you can connect the guitar to an amplifier, play it through a PA system, or play it with effects pedals for guitars to create live sound. You can also play it as an acoustic instrument for softer sounding practice at home. 


Selecting the Best Keyboard

If you play piano, select a keyboard with 10-note polyphony, so you can use all 10 fingers to play and all the notes are crystal clear. Keyboards come in 49, 61, 76, and 88-key options. Skilled pianists will also be able to play a keyboard without the distraction of additional backbeats and tones that higher-end keyboards offer. If you're a beginner, selecting a basic keyboard may be more suitable for strictly learning purposes. Using a keyboard to play for large crowds may require accessories such as external speakers, as the onboard speakers may not project enough.

Learning About Drum Sets

The basic makeup of a drum kit includes floor and rack toms, as well as base and snare drums. Options for swapping out foot pedals, cymbals, stands, and seats are also available. With an electric drum set, the makeup remains the same, but you can connect amplifiers, mixers, speakers, and other electronic accessories.

Remember, practice will always be the key factor to success, but high-quality guitars and other musical equipment is a good start.