Hi, I’m new to the forum!
Our younger (12yo) son wants to learn to play an instrument. His older brother (15yo) has been taking piano lessons for a few years … but the 12yo doesn’t seem drawn to it. At one time, he seemed interested in the guitar. More recently, he said he wanted to learn the banjo. This week, he’s talking about the mandolin. I have ZERO musical experience. (My wife learned to play the piano when she was young, but she doesn’t play it now.) I think he can be happy taking any of those paths, but if he’s likely to progress quicker and/or have fewer frustrations with one of these instruments, we’d like to encourage him in that direction.
Also, I’ve read some posts here that trying to get by with a “cheap” instrument can lead to a lot of frustration. Again, I have no musical experience, but the concept makes sense. So, perhaps a consideration is the availability of reasonable-quality beginner’s instruments in one category but not the others?
Any suggestions? Thoughts?