I’m kind of new here, was already following this site and forum for months, maybe years, but this is my first post here because if everything works I will be buying my first shamisen in the next days.
I am currently selling one of my electric guitars to invest money on Japanese sounds, I mean sounds because I am partly investing on VST instruments for my computer.
But part of this money should go for a shamisen and as a newbie to this instrument I would like to ask you experts some questions.
The most important one is what instrument can you recommend around 600 Euro/Dollar for someone who is new to the shamisen but has 30 years experience playing the guitar. I mean, I don’t know almost anything about shamisen but my experience as a musician has taught me how important is a basic level of quality to enjoy playing an instrument.
I’m pretty sure that I want a tsugaru shamisen as I’m a big guy and I want to play rhythmically, so if the movie Nitaboh doesn’t lie, I should definitely go for a tsugaru shamisen.
My favorite shamisen band currently is Kikinomi and I also love the music of Wagakki Band, and I think they all use tsugaru shamisen too.
Do you have any suggestion? Is the beginner shamisen here a good option for me? And if it is, what is the difference between the one with the natural skin and the one with the synthetic skin? Is the durability any different? the sound?
Cheers and thanks in advance,