The Best Instruments For Entry-Level Musicians


The Best Instruments For Entry-Level Musicians

If you want to try learning a new instrument, it can be a lengthy process to find one that’s well suited to your current skill level and budget. As a beginner, you should prioritize finding something that’s good quality and something that lets you take your skills to the next level. When you’re more advanced and confident in your skills, you can consider upgrading your instrument to a pricier model. Here's a rundown of factors you should consider depending on your instrument of choice:

An electric guitar

If you’re looking for an instrument that has that “cool” factor, an electric guitar is a great choice. It’s portable, sleek, and relatively low-priced. To start living your rock star fantasies, you can often buy an electric guitar kit bundle with everything you need at a budget price. However, if you see yourself getting serious about your instrument, costs can start adding up pretty quickly. Keep in mind that you’ll also need to invest in an amplifier, among other things. Don’t forget that comfort should be a priority along with looks and color when it comes to picking your guitar. Some introductory options include the Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe and the Epiphone Les Paul-100 Electric Guitar for great tones and top-notch quality. 

A digital piano

Unlike a classical piano, a digital piano is a lot more portable and takes up much less space in your home. Waqar Hassan explains how they’re compatible with headphones if background noise or privacy is a concern. They’re a great way to express your emotions and creativity, and often come with different sound options to add a twist to your musical creations. Adorama’s feature on gifts for music lovers highlights how the Yamaha P-45 is great for beginners, because it’s relatively affordable but maintains the traditional piano acoustic in a stylish and slim interior. When selecting a starting piano, test it out beforehand to ensure that you like the feel of the keys. They should feel relatively weighted as opposed to light and plasticky. 

A drum set

If you have the space and the passion for it, a drum set is a great way to let your emotions run wild. According to an article by Apurva Rani on popular instruments for beginners, drumming entails timing and coordination and enables you to live in the present moment. While it can be a challenge to catch your rhythm at first, constant practice can help you find the right beat. Gammon’s drum sets are good for beginners and provide decent sound quality, but their cymbals are on the lower end and should be replaced. On the other hand, the Pearl Roadshow is more expensive, but it’s stage-ready and has higher quality cymbals. Alternatively, the Alesis Nitro is a cool electronic drum set if you’re looking for something different.

A violin

If you’re just starting out, a violin is an ambitious choice for beginners. At first, it might sound a bit squeaky if you approach it from the wrong angle, but in time you’ll be able to create smooth melodies. Because violins tend to be quite expensive, consider starting out with a beginner violin for students. “Outfits” include a bow, rosin, and a case, but not all violins include a case, so it's best to double check. The Cremona SV-175 Violin Outfit is a great option for beginners because it features a quality bow and a sturdy case. Generally, it’s the quality of wood that determines a violin’s price as well as the quality of its finish. You’ll also need to replace the strings every 6-12 months, and keep your violin in a relatively humid environment to avoid damage to the wood. 


Before picking a new instrument, it pays to do lots of research and invest in quality lessons and tutorials to get the most out of your new purchase. With time and dedication, your skills will improve and you’ll be on your way to becoming a fantastic musician.

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