Aside from a pair of headphones, there are a handful of important tools to consider as you embark on your singing journey. Since we get asked every day what we recommend around here, I went ahead and put together a list of the most common bigger ticket items folks are looking for. All of these links should take you straight to Amazon. Whenever possible I looked for Prime deals for ease and cost effectiveness. Full disclosure, wherever possible we monetize links so we can pick up a little commission to help keep spittin’ this content out! So without any more gilding of the lily….
A piano is the most useful tool when you are learning all things music related. There’s a reason piano is a REQUIREMENT for all college degrees in music. If you are a carpenter, you need to own a hammer. If you’re a singer, you need to own a piano. Make it happen. No excuses. There really are solutions for every budget when you start out. This list is intended for folks who don’t know what to buy as a beginner, but there are thousands of keyboards out there and over time, you will likely buy and sell a few as you continue down your musical path!
Sound cards/ Audio interfaces
Audio interfaces allow us to interface audio equipment like microphones with our computer. Most singer songwriters own a two channel interface that can accommodate a guitar or piano and a mic simultaneously. I have owned soooo many interfaces over the past decade and a half. These days I like things simple. So here are a couple of simple choices, that are affordable and workhorses that I own and use in my personal rig.
Every singer needs a mic, if only as a prop to practice mic technique. Gigging musicians need a handheld dynamic mic, for health and reliability and recording artist need a studio mic of some sort. I own stacks of mics and thru the years, you may too. But this list is great to get you started!
I’m a strong believer that folks begin singing and playing baritone uke first and then upgrade to guitar. Bari uke has four strings that are identical to the first four strings on an guitar, so EVERYTHING transfers. Ukes are wonderfully portable, easy on the hands and incredibly inviting for the beginner. Baritone uke is not the same as the toy you were given as a child or the ukuleles you see hula dancers with. Baritone ukes, are comparatively large. I feels like a small guitar and sits in a better range for singers than the traditional soprano uke. $139.