Hi everyone, what a great collection of experience this is. So glad to have found this place!
I’m in the market for my first shamisen. I grew up dancing to nagauta, but I love all the genres, from minyo to tsugaru styles. I’m pretty musical but I mostly play piano with a bit of ukulele thrown in. I think my shamisen obsession will stick, because it’s a part of my childhood, and I’m a sucker for beautiful instruments, but I’m lost as to what I should buy. I have big hands and I like a big sound, and I’m willing to spend extra if it means I don’t have to upgrade later. I could make this a painless decision and order the beginner instrument but it’s a nagauta. I know @Kyle_Abbott says it doesn’t matter, but any thoughts about the other options, such as The Raven or the Karin Minyo set? Is it weird if I learn nagauta on a tsugaru? Will a minyo or nagauta instrument be very light and delicate in my big hands? Again, I’m super fond of a big, rich sound.
Thanks so much, I appreciate any opinions! Really eager to just place an order and get started, especially if there’s a wait!
Cheers, Maya in NH