4 Fun and Affordable Instruments To Try

Playing an instrument is such a fun and rewarding experience, but sometimes it can come with a hefty price tag. We don’t want that to discourage you, because here at Shake It Up Music, we have a range of fun and affordable musical instruments to learn on. 


Whether you’re a beginner looking to try something different, or an expert looking to diversify their skills, there’s something for you.  

1 - The Kalimba 

The kalimba, sometimes known as a thumb piano, is the modern version of the African mbira. It is a peculiar percussion instrument that consists of a wooden board and metal tines. 


It is one of the easiest instruments to play, with tons of simple tutorials online. And even better, you don’t really need to have any musical talent to start playing around with it. It has a whimsical and enchanting sound, and a passionate community of players to help support you. 


It's a good instrument for beginners, but it’s also a rewarding instrument for more advanced musicians. You can create harmonic and rhythmic effects, and the songs can range from simple to more elaborate. 


If you’re looking for a fun and affordable new instrument to start off with, check out our range of kalimbas today! 

Harmonica 

Harmonica

The harmonica is an instrument that is easy to learn, but hard to master. It packs a lot of fun into such a small casing, making it a great choice if you want to learn to play a new instrument, but you’re not ready to invest a lot of money. 


It’s most commonly used in blues, folk, classical and jazz, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used when making other genres of music. 


It’s also just a great way to express yourself and experiment with playing music. Test out all the weird combinations of sounds you can make, or teach yourself how to play a song. 


If you’re keen to try it out, hurry over to our site and see what we have on offer. 



Bongos 

While a drum kit might set you back a bit of cash, the bongos are a fun way to get you started on the drums. 


If you’ve heard the distinctive sound of this Afro-cuban instrument, you’ll see why people love to dance to them, and why they’re so popular in Cuban and Latin music. 

They’re a great instrument to start teaching yourself or your kids to play the drums, helping you to learn the basics of percussion instruments, and rhythm. 


So, if you want to start banging on those bongos, we have a great selection at our Nambour store. 


Ukulele

The Ukulele

The Ukulele is an instrument with a fascinating history. Originally from Europe, it became a staple in Hawaii in 1879, changing the way it has been seen for years to come. It’s also become a popular instrument with the folk and indie crowd, due to its accessibility and charming sound.  But don’t let that trick you, this little string instrument has a lot more to offer and can be used in lots of different genres of music too. 


The nylon strings are softer and gentler on your fingertips, and can be easier to learn than the guitar. It also has a strong and supportive community of people around the world, with lots of tutorials online, and passionate players eager to share their skills. 

At Shake It Up we have a large range of ukuleles for you to choose from, with lots of different colours, and styles. 


If one of these instruments has caught your interest, feel free to come chat to us in store, where we can recommend even more instruments to suit you!