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How to Buy a Keyboard

(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 [...]

By | November 17th, 2010|Piano, Tech|

How to Buy a Guitar

(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 [...]

By | November 14th, 2010|Guitar|

How to Buy a Drum Kit

(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 [...]

By | November 8th, 2010|Drums|

How to Buy a Musical Instrument

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 [...]

By | November 7th, 2010|Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano|