Are you a strummer or a drummer? There’s an instrument for everyone in our musical instrument rundown.
Let’s face it, at one time or another, most of us have fantasised about taking centre stage - guitar in hand - and causing some kind of structural damage to a venue. Possibly around the roof region, dare I say even raising it slightly? Alright, maybe that’s just me, but regardless of your feelings on musical renovations, an instrument can be enriching for players of any age and level.
Whether you see yourself exploring the range of a keyboard, jamming on a guitar or getting hands on with your drum kit, we’ve got you covered. And if you’re looking at encouraging the budding musicians in your midst, our range of entry level choices and learning aids are the perfect fast track to their potential.
It’s almost impossible to start here with anything other than the world’s most popular choice of musical instrument: the guitar. Iconic, versatile and relatively easy to learn the basics of, it’s a natural choice.
Yamaha has a solid reputation for their guitars, often matching eye-catching looks with impressive sound. I’ve played a Yamaha Pacifica for a few years now (this one if you’re interested!) and it’s been a great go-to. Although a beginner may want to consider a full kit like this with amp and accessories to get them started.
While the electric guitar is easier to play than the acoustic (definitely easier on the fingers), it’s hard to beat the richness of sound to be had from a traditional choice. The Yamaha F370 acoustic guitar mixes beautiful spruce and nato wood elements for a great campfire companion. Best of all, you can leave the amp at home with an acoustic, making them ideal on the road.
Of course a guitar is nothing without a steady drumbeat to back it up. Traditional drum kits are notorious for being loud and bulky, but a new breed of electronic kits have cut down on size and are perfect for quiet practice. A great starting point on the road to rhythm is the ION Discover Drums kit. Light, portable and geared for learners, it also has built-in exercises to help develop your skills. More experienced players might want to consider its big brother the ION Pro Session Electronic Drum Kit for its wider selection of sounds and custom setup options.
When it comes to sheer range and power of tone though, it’s difficult to top the piano and its portable cousin - the keyboard. At home anywhere from rock and jazz to classical, it can be one of the most rewarding - and challenging - instruments to master. A versatile keyboard is not only a complete instrument by itself: it can also be a helpful introduction to handling full digital and acoustic pianos.
Yamaha’s NP-31 Piaggero keyboard doesn’t skimp on features with its full 76 key setup and range of instrument voices. It also lets you blend two channels to practice accompaniment. Essential for advanced playing.
While a keyboard has the edge in portability, it’s difficult to rival the range of a full piano. This is where the Yamaha Arius YDP-161 digital piano comes in. Its slimline, upright design saves on space without compromising on the advantages of an acoustic full size. Each key has even been weighted for realism; while 128 simultaneous tones and a damper peddle give you the power to explore any style of play.
For a more in-depth look at the instruments mentioned here, head on over to our Musical Instruments & DJ Kit section to view our full range.