How to Buy a Musical instrument
With Guy partying it up in Las Vegas this week, I've decided to go rogue. This week's Yasar and Guy show is all Yasar and no Guy. Instead of writing about electronics, I'm going to take a week off and writing about something different: musical instruments.
About now, many of you are probably thinking I've lost it. What could I
possibly know about musical instruments? Truth be told, not much on
how to play. I've taken guitar and keyboard lessons for about a year
each in my entire life. However, I do know a thing or two about buying
instruments. That's because I'm pretty good at buying them. Not so
much for playing them. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most
out of musical investment.
If you're a beginner and have no idea
how to play an instrument, chances are you also have no idea how to buy
one. The first thing you should do is take a few lessons. This will
help you get a feel for whether or not you want to play the instrument.
It'll also let you get a feel for how the instrument is supposed to
feel. The longer you put off the purchase, the better decision you can
If you want to buy something used, check Craiglist and any
online music shops. One thing you'll definitely want to keep in mind is
that you're going to be improving rather rapidly. It doesn't make
sense to buy a $1,000 guitar when you're barely learning chords, but you
also don't want something that you'll "outgrow" within a year of so. If you decide
to go to either extreme, I'd recommend going with the cheap one. That
way if you do upgrade to better guitar soon, you can at least have a
practice guitar, too. Be wary of buying something used online. If you
don't get a chance to play around with it, you could end up getting
something that you end up hating and won't be able to return it.
important thing is to not worry about the brand you buy. For example,
is one of the biggest names in the guitar world. They have
different ranges for the same guitars. If you want a Stratocaster,
they've got several different versions. I was able to buy one for about
$300 which played better then my friend's $750 version. The only
difference between the two is that mine was made in Mexico and his was
made in the United States. Both guitars are made the same way, but the
quality of Mexican ones aren't as consistent, so they sell them for less
than half the price. Ask around and see if you can find any other
things like this to help you with your purchase.
That's about all
of the advice that I have for this week. Guy and I will be back next
week with more tech blogs if he doesn't blow a fuse at my going rogue.
Put $100 on black for me, Guy. If you want to know how Guy reacts to my
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