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Starting a New Instrument 

Picking up a new instrument can be one of the most exciting and fun things you do in life. When it comes to starting a new instrument, there are countless things to consider. But we want to make it simple for you so that you can get started right away.

STEP 1: Purchasing Your Instrument

There are many options in today’s market. You will want to pick according to your needs and price range.

If you already have an instrument, that’s great! Make sure that it is fully functioning without any major issues that may cause difficulty in the learning process. Every instrument has different set-ups and requirements. The universal rule is that you want to be able to produce a healthy sound with comfort.

Option 1 - LOCAL MUSIC SHOP. It is best to consult them directly as they have hands-on expertise and a wide range of options. You may also be able to try out their instruments, as they usually do allow.


We also recommend finding more specialized shops if available. Specialized shops are those that focus on a specific instrument or related set of instruments (Strings, Piano, Winds, Brass, Etc). If you are looking for better quality and are more serious about learning your instrument, they may be the better choice. For example, string players may be better off going to their local Luthier, or Violin Shop. Piano players may be better off going to the available Piano Stores.


Specialized shops typically will have better options, have more specialized expertise, and they usually offer a wider price range to suit your needs.

If you need help finding the right instrument, our teachers will be happy to assist! Talk to them during your lesson or trial lesson if you have any questions about your instrument.

Option 2 - PURCHASE ONLINE. Purchasing online can be a great option if you don’t have the local resources to buy in person. There are a few things to look out for:

  • Only buy from trusted sites. Trusted sites are those that have a variety of options and have a strong selling record. Try to avoid individual sellers unless you know the seller and trust them, or if you already know how to play your instrument. You can never know the true condition or playability of the instrument unless you see and try it first.

  • Select carefully when buying from a trusted site. Sometimes, sites like Amazon can have countless great options, but can also have terrible ones that end up being very dysfunctional tools. Our advice is to try to go with the options with the best ratings, and not necessarily the ones with the lowest price. You may end up regretting it and having to go through the hassle of returning it. Again, if you are wanting a better quality instrument, it is best to consult your local shops. Of course, there are certainly great functioning instruments you can get online, but it can be a bit of a gamble and you don’t get the luxury of being able to try it before you buy it.

STEP 2: Get To Know Your Instrument, Teacher, And Curriculum!


Keep an open mind, be patient, and be positive! Trust our teachers to guide you in the right direction with weekly lessons.


Practice is key in order to accomplish real, long-term goals on your instrument. We hope you will have an amazing journey making music with us at ArtistaCloud!

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