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22 May 2019, 10:30
To celebrate National Buy a Musical Instrument Day, we've compiled a failsafe guide to making sure you get the right instrument.
Play to your strengths. If your arms are short, don't play the trombone. If your back is a worry, don't play the Sousaphone. If your ears are functioning correctly, don't play the recorder (couldn't resist).
There's nothing sadder than a violin that's too big. Right, kid?
This gold-plated piano belonged to Elvis Presley. You cannot afford it.
Learning an instrument can be a noisy affair. Consider investing in a mute, a muffler, or a soundproofed bunker in a remote woodland.
That ought to do it.
This is a video of an Octobass. It is massive. Could you find room for it in your house? Could you really?
Just be aware that given the current market trends, renting is dead money. Getting your foot on the ladder is much more important. Think of resale, think of adding value: consider an extension or some major structural work to improve layout.
We can't all be as cutting-edge as this guy.
(via Awkward Family Photos)
If your new instrument doesn't immediately make you sound and feel like a complete professional, something is wrong. Tell the staff in the music shop that you're not leaving until they bring you an instrument that achieves this goal.
If you're cutting financial corners (and who can blame you), then maybe take some antibacterial hand wash along with you when you try it out.