Ever since the movie Kubo and The Two Strings brought my attention to this amazing instrument (thanks, Kevin!!), I’ve been listening to vast amounts of shamisen music and quickly became inspired to learn to play it.
In the past, I have been interested in learning instruments, I took piano lessons for 7 years, as well as clarinet and ukulele, but I never ended up sticking with them. However, even after all these months, I still feel a deep connection to the shamisen. An instrument has never made me feel like this, and now that I noticed the feeling of intense excitement and awe hasn’t faded, I’ve been feeling compelled to actually pick up a beginners shamisen.
The problem is, even at the discounted price Bachido is able to provide, they’re still expensive. I’m a bit nervous to commit to something as big as learning a complex new instrument, especially at a $600 price. I viewed all the free course material by Kyle Abbott and it only got me more excited, but I can’t help to doubt myself.
I’m sure I’m just getting cold feet, so would any of you like to share your stories and grievances as you started out/prepared to start out playing? I believe it might boost my confidence.