I’m about to take to take the plunge and buy my first shamisen. In addition to splashing out a biggish chunk of cash on the instrument itself, I’m trying to figure out what I will need to spend long-term on learning to play the thing! In addition to Bachido (I definitely will buy some lessons here), I was wondering a few things:
- What might I expect to pay for some private (or semi-private, or group) lessons? Is there such thing as a “going rate”?
- Does anyone know of any place to take lessons in LA? Again, I’m open to all settings (private, semi-private, or group)?
- Do I even really need to worry about private lessons right now? Can I learn enough online to get a decent start and worry about formal lessons later?