As a musician, I'd ask what kind of music do you want to play, and with whom? What's your
motivation? Do you have a passion for one particular form of music?
Talent is the gift of relentless desire.
Unusual instruments are cool and all that---I've been there---but music is a long journey, and you need a strong inner drive, plus a venue for sharing it. What can you see yourself practicing happily for years on end without pissing off your girlfriend, family, or neighbours?
I don't mean to sound off-putting, just realistic. It's the greatest journey, and it's worked for me on multiple instruments. But I did migrate from something unusual through mainstream folk instruments and finally to the fiddle. You're a musician when you just can't keep your hands off an instrument. It's a kind of lust.
Hey good post. I've played guitar for 4 years and sing quite well (i enjoy singing more than playing to be honest). I enjoy covering all sorts of music but primarily songs from the indie scene. Recently started writing and have played some open mics/performances but really just want something to jam with with friends. No true aspirations to mix music into my career.
I received a $300 gift certificate to Long and Mcquade for Christmas and since I just recently bought a new guitar I was thinking of putting it towards an instrument that's kind of interesting and uncommon.
Any suggestions? Right now i'm leaning towards a Mandolin or Djembe. Any other ideas?
I am really loving the ukelele. The tunings are substantially different but the arrangement of the strings is quite intuitive. It goes anywhere and isn't that expensive. Try it!
If you are up for a real challenge, how about the accordion. It is a great sounding old-timey instrument with real texture in a pop/folk/rock/country context.