Assuming you’ve already picked the type of instrument that feels comfortable to you, and fits the way you want to play, this article will help you avoid some of the common mistakes people make when buying their first instrument. When first picking an instrument, it’s important to go with a popular and trusted name brand, as they tend to have cheaper but still relatively good instruments. A later article will go into more detail about the various brands. It’s also important to make sure you look at the type of instrument, as when you start off you want to try and buy ones that are designed for your skill level.
You want to make sure that you know the differences between buying new and used instruments, as most music shops will have high quality used instruments. When you’re shopping it never hurts to ask lots about anything that might be on your mind regarding the instruments. Most sales people will be knowledgeable and able to help clear things up for you. While it may be easier buying musical instruments online, it’s almost always a better idea to go in person and try out the instrument you’re thinking about buying. It’s an important investment, and you want to make sure that it doesn’t have qualities that bother you. It also allows you to ask specific questions about the instrument while you’re using it. If you’re buying a used instrument, it is important to play test it before purchasing – most sellers will offer you this option, and we highly advise that you accept. When asking questions about your instrument, it’s also a good idea to make sure that the person assisting you is knowledgeable about the instrument you are purchasing. There’s nothing worse than having questions answered incorrectly by someone who doesn’t know the ins and outs of the trade.
After you’ve had practice and have committed to playing a specific instrument, that’s when it’s time to start looking to upgrade to a more advanced version of your tool. When upgrading, you can start going off from name brand and try to find higher quality instruments that will last you a longer time. For some instruments, such as flutes and saxophones, upgrading to a model that lets you produce a larger variety of sounds is important, and should be done when you have the necessary skills.
Written by Amadeus Nunaley