If you’re new to the world of melodicas and you’re looking for your first one, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are so many different types of melodicas to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Knowing how to buy a melodica, like most other instruments, is about arming yourself with the right knowledge.
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Where to Start
The first thing you’ll want to do is decide what specifically you’ll be using the melodica for. Is it for learning music in general, playing for fun as a hobby, or playing with a band? For learning or playing for fun, quality will be less of an issue, but it’s not something to ignore.
For most people just starting out, the best option is to look for an entry level melodica from a well-known brand. The biggest mistake many people make is buying the cheapest melodica they can find regardless of the quality. Usually, they regret this decision as later on they’re stuck with an inferior instrument with problems. There are a few things to look into before purchasing a melodica.
Consider things like keyboard action, which is how the keys respond when you press down on them. Many cheaper melodicas will have a lighter, inconsistent feel across the keyboard. Higher quality melodicas will have a weightier, more solid feel to all the keys. It’s also fairly common for lower end melodicas to have some issues with tuning. Often, some keys are tuned to pitch while others are flat or sharp. There are some good quality budget melodicas out there, just make sure you’re buying from a well-known brand and read the reviews.
Types of Melodicas
The next thing to figure out is what kind of melodica you want. There are five basic types of melodicas to consider: Soprano, alto, tenor, bass, and the
The tenor is even lower pitched and is normally played with one hand on the keyboard and the other hand holding the melodica. The rarest type is the bass melodica, which is the lowest pitched for playing bass notes. These melodicas are the largest and usually the most expensive. Sometimes the tenor and bass melodicas are played on a table or a stand with an air tube, so the player can use two hands on the keyboard.
How Will You Use
If you’re planning on playing the melodica in a band or performing solo, then you’re going to need an intermediate level instrument at the very least. Remember that this instrument is not only going to have to sound good but also be sturdy enough to handle the rigors of the road night after night. Make sure you get a good quality carrying case for the melodica to keep it safe while transporting.
While there’s nothing wrong with looking for the best deal, make sure you choose a trusted brand with good reviews. Don’t rush into your purchase. Look around and give yourself a few days to find the right one. A good rule of thumb is to look for the best
When considering how to buy a melodica, remember the following points:
- Decide what you’ll be using the melodica for. (Learning, hobby, playing in a band.)
- Decide what type of melodica you want to play.
- Figure out your budget and look for the best
melodicayou can afford.
- Choose a well-known brand and read the reviews.
- Don’t rush into your purchase, take your time and get the melodica you want.