Beginner Instruments Explained!

Where to start for Guitar, Drums, Bass, Piano and Keyboards!

It’s tough to navigate the instrument market when you are new to music. Here are some pointers and brands we recommend to get you on your way!

Acoustic Guitar

Nylon String 

  • Easier on the fingertips
  • Also known as Classical or Spanish Guitar
  • Cost:
    • ¾ Size – Epiphone & Yamaha ( $150-200 ) 
    • Full Size – Epiphone, Yamaha ( $200-300 )

Steel String

  • Tougher on the fingers
  • More “Rock” sounding
  • Cost:
    • ¾ Size – Beaver Creek ~$225
    • Full Size:
    • Epiphone, Yamaha, Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Fender ($200-500)

Electric Guitar

  • It’s a myth that you need to start on Acoustic, starting on electric is exactly the same.
  • Easier on the fingers (strings are thinner)
  • LOUDER than Acoustic!
  • Cost:
    • ¾ Size – Squier & Ibanez ( $200-300 ) 
    • Full Size – Epiphone, Squier, Ibanez, Yamaha, Schecter( $200-400)
    • Combo Pack (Guitar, Amp, Strap, Cable, picks, etc) 
      • Epiphone $275
  • Squier $300-400

Bass

  • ¾ Size: 
    • Easier to play for younger students.
    • Cost: Epihone & Squier ($200-400)
  • Full Size: 
    • Cost: Squier, Yamaha, Ibanez ( $200-400)
  • Combo Pack (Bass,, Amp, Strap, Cable, picks, etc) 
  • Squier & Epiphone ($400-500)

Ukulele

  • Mahalo, Kala, Beaver Creek ($50-100)

Portable Keyboard

  • 61 Key – Casio, Yamaha, Roland ($150-400)
  • 76 Key – Casio, Yamaha, Roland ($100-500)

Digital Piano (88 keys)

  • Alesis, Korg, Yamaha, Casio, Roland ($400-800)

Acoustic Drums

  • LOUD but Fun!
  • Options to lower volume (silent skins, low volume cymbals, drum mutes)
    • Junior Sizes: 
      • Easier to play for younger students.
      • Cost: Ludwig, Pearl ($300-500)
  • Standard Sizes: 
    • Cost: Ludwig, Pearl, Yamaha, Tama ($500-1000)

Electronic Drums

  • A fraction of the volume!
  • Smaller frame than Acoustic Drums.
  • Cost: Alessis, Roland, Yamaha ($750-1500)