I’m a complete beginner with no musical experience beyond 1/2 a semester of keyboarding in high school (20 years ago this month). I just got out of a 14 year long unhealthy relationship, and I think music would be therapeutic. I want to learn an instrument in my lifetime. That being said, I’m extremely nervous when it comes to purchasing a shamisen. I’ve heard they’re extremely difficult to play and that it takes hours of practice every day to become proficient. Now, I know people tend to exaggerate. I’m just not sure how much. I forgot how to read music, so like I said, I’m pretty much a blank slate. Would you recommend I get into shamisen, or would you steer me toward a sanshin or something considered easier? What is the first thing I should learn? Also, is there a way to silence shamisen for apartment dwellers? Thank you!