Do I Need To Have an Instrument at Home?
Absolutely! Learning to play an instrument without one to practice on can be frustrating. Daily practice is an indispensable element for playing an instrument well. Without the ability to put in regular at-home practice, your progress will be greatly limited.
How Much Do I Need to Spend on a Beginner Instrument?
Well, it varies depending upon the instrument. A decent beginner guitar can be purchased for as little as $150.00 or so. Just make sure you have a reputable company to stand behind it. New guitars WILL need service during the first two years! Necks change, frets need a touch-up, bridges and nuts may need adjustment. This can cost as much as $65.00 per service. When you purchase from Showtime Music, we include this service at the time of the purchase.
When it comes to a piano or keyboard, we suggest a weighted keyboard, if possible within your budget. When training for the piano, both the mind and the muscles must be developed. Playing a non-weighted keyboard is like weight-training without the weights. It trains the mind in what to do, but the muscles never develop to accomplish the task.
Perhaps the easiest way to put it is this: You wouldn't want your child to try to learn to drive in a car with bad brakes, sloppy steering, or a transmission that won't shift. Likewise, a quality instrument will make the experience not only more enjoyable, but also more successful. Purchasing a poor-quality instrument is sometimes the best way to ensure failure. Our experienced staff at Showtime Music can assist you in making the best choice for a beginning instrument.