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Are You Ready to Buy Your Child’s First Trumpet?...

Learning a new instrument can be an exciting challenge to take on, particularly for children who have never played before. For parents, this can cause you worry as to the potential investments you’ll need to make and also the level of your child’s dedication to learning the instrument. For this reason, here is advice on renting v. buying a Bach trumpet and also on how to determine the quality of your instrument. What’s the best option: renting or buying a trumpet? This entirely depends on how long you will need the trumpet; essentially what will its purpose be? If your child is starting classes to learn how to play, your best option may be to rent the instrument. You won’t know how committed they are to practising and how long they will be interested in playing. Most rentals are student level instruments, which if the child continues to master, they will eventually move onto an intermediate trumpet. This would need to be purchased at that student level. If your child has committed themselves to the instrument and will be competing or potentially pursuing a professional career as a musician, then you should make the investment and pay for the instrument. Paying monthly for an instrument that you know they will be using for quite some time will be more expensive in the long run. It’s possible depending upon their seriousness and dedication that a child will need a professional trumpet immediately after a few months learning on the student level. How do you know you’ve bought a quality trumpet? There are a few things you should be focused on when shopping for a trumpet: intonation, handling, and overall sound. Typically, this is for intermediate and professionals levels as student trumpets are designed to help beginners learn the basics of playing the trumpet. A new intermediate or professional trumpet should not produce sharp and flat notes. Usually it should already be in tune. Also, it shouldn’t be difficult for you to project sound with your instrument. Also, the trumpet should fit well in the student’s hand, making it easy for them to play the notes. One resource you should heavily rely on in these situations is the student’s instructor. Always consult with them regarding the quality of a trumpet prior to purchase, if possible. Your instructors are paid professionals who will be able to recognise the quality of sound and intonation very...

Purchasing a digital piano could be better than you think...

Digital pianos offer a breath of fresh air when it comes to the potential you can get out of them, particularly if you are buying for someone who is just learning to play. In the past there were complaints that digital pianos, while often easier to maintain, did not sound or feel like that of a traditional acoustic piano. But with advancements in technology that is simply not true. Here are a few reasons digital pianos may be a better purchase for you than you think. You Get What You Pay For Most buyers have a maximum budget they’re able to spend on a new piano and it will largely depend on what the purpose of the piano is. If you are teaching yourself or your child, you’ll want to go for a piano that gives you the best tone and touch, not to mention you’ll want to go with a piano that gives you the most bang for your buck. In most cases, this is going to be a digital piano. A quality digital piano is going to outrank an acoustic piano in the same price range. This is because a quality acoustic piano will be significantly more expensive. Many buyers who purchase acoustic over digital, both of which were priced the same, actually end by buying either an older piano or a newer piano with poor sound quality, touch and overall tone. More Features Digital pianos offer a significant amount of features that can advance the learning process and encourage additional musical development that an acoustic piano may not readily provide. With a digital piano, you’re often able to connect to a computer and record digital compositions that you can easily play back. On an acoustic piano, this process is drastically slowed, requiring that you manually write down each note and record from an external device. There is also the addition of other instrumental sounds on digital pianos. This puts an emphasis on learners developing an ear for the sound of the other instruments, encouraging deeper understanding of music. With a traditional piano, there is no way to replicate these sounds without having the instruments playing live around you or on a recording. All in all, with today’s digital pianos on the market, there is often more that you can get from them than you think. Some are even designed to look and feel like that of an acoustic. Popular brands like Kawai pianos are also available as digital pianos. When making your purchase decision, always consider what you need from your piano for your financial investment...