Learn to Play an Instrument on a Modest Budget

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Some students go through rigorous training. Some students attend private lessons daily, and for hours. Some students are gifted. Some students have access to thicker pocketbooks, and some students dedicate their lives to their instrument. However, “picking up” an instrument in your adult life does not have to be this rigorous; in fact, most of the time, it can’t. The idea of playing an instrument neither has to intimidate nor seem too esoteric. In my opinion, there are a few simple, though thoroughly immersing stages, on picking up a new instrument. These are my thoughts, as I’ve experienced them both first and second hand. Always adapt these steps to your comfort an


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3 Responses to Learn to Play an Instrument on a Modest Budget

  1. Michael Rosen says:

    Excellent article. I like the part about how many people probably have the basic tools they need to start becoming a musician right in their own home. Ultimately, I believe that musicians need to play with other musicians in order to really get into music. I have to believe that even a piano player gets lonely playing all be himself all the time. Duets are hard to jump right into since often the rhythm will fall appart in the early stages of music developement. Instead, join a community band or orchestra. Often these ensembles are filled with a large range of ages and skill levels and the atmosphere is usually far from cut throat. Many community bands don’t even require an audition. Some even go by the “just show up” motto.

    An effective private teacher can also make a world of a difference in your music making. If you happen to be in the Manhatten area, I give lessons on flute, saxophone, clarinet, voice, and piano. I also give lessons on composition and song writing. Feel free to email or call 2484971699

  2. Meg says:

    If you’re serious about playing an instrument and can afford it, I highly recommend getting a professional quality instrument to begin with (though it’s fine if it’s used but in good condition). I’ve learned from experience that beginner instruments will only get you so far because they are just not made as well. Beginner instruments are harder to play, harder to get a good tone out of, and harder to play in tune (in general, of course). Plus, the resale value is crap. I can’t hardly give away one of my beginner saxes that my mom paid almost a grand for.

    While professional instruments aren’t cheap, neither are beginner instruments. So, it’s better to buy the good one to begin with instead of buying both with the space of a couple years. If you do buy a beginner instrument, don’t buy new. They’re such a rip off. Pawn shops are great places to find instruments – but bring a friend who plays and can test the instrument out (with a tuner, especially). I’ve had wonderful luck.

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