(No. 5 in a Series) For this installment, we enlisted help from professional bass player and teacher Tim Hays, director of the music business and applied music programs at Elmhurst College. There are three basic types of bass guitars: electric, acoustic, and upright bass - also called the string bass or double bass. This article [...]
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(No. 4 in a Series) For this installment, we consulted Will Kaplan, professional keyboard player, composer, and music editor in residence at Warner Bros. Studios. Like guitars, there are plenty of variations on keyboard instruments to keep the first-time shopper dizzy. Everything you need to know about buying an acoustic piano is at the end [...]
(No. 3 in a Series) For this installment, we enlisted help from guitar instructor Mark Campayno, founder of the Studio Rock Music Performance School. Although they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles, there are three basic types of guitar: Electric, Steel String Acoustic, and Nylon String Acoustic or Classical guitar. As we discussed [...]
(No. 2 in a Series) Part 1 covered where to buy a musical instrument, and gave some general advice on what to buy. We concluded by recommending that you purchase brand-name equipment at a price that is appropriate to the level of commitment you have to the instrument. If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each [...]
Buying a musical instrument for the first time can be a daunting task. Each instrument is surrounded by its own vocabulary and mythology, and unbiased information is hard to find. This series will provide straight-forward advice for anyone looking to buy their first (or first "real") keyboard, bass, guitar, or drum set. Where should I [...]