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Beginning players and seasoned musicians alike will find a wide selection of musical instruments, microphones, DJ hardware and more at Walmart.com to suit their budget and applications.
For parents who are interested in getting their kids started on a musical instrument at an early age in order to foster creativity and expand their interests, there's a variety of beginner's packages, which often include a smaller-sized instrument for him and her to play comfortably. Guitar packages are a popular choice and often include an acoustic guitar, carrying case, instruction software and relevant accessories to start playing quickly without breaking the bank. If you're considering going electric, you'll need a guitar amplifier. Young, aspiring drummers have a variety of kid-sized sets to choose from, but if you're concerned about the noise, there's also a set of digital drums or drum pads that can be played with headphones.
Most students beginning their musical education start with the recorder, an inexpensive plastic instrument that teaches the basics of melody and fingering. The students can then branch out into brass instruments (trumpet, saxophone, trombone), string instruments (guitar, violin, cello), woodwinds (flute, clarinet), percussion and more. The majority of these instruments is available in both kid-sized and full-sized variants. For those looking for a more unique sound, there are also exotic instruments like ukuleles, banjos, accordions and concertinas that are suitable for world music, folk music and other styles.
Keyboard players will find a large selection of models to suit their budget, skill level and space. For beginners, there are several keyboard bundles that include everything you need to get started, including a stand, AC adapter and headphones for quiet, nonintrusive playing. If you're learning fingering fundamentals, you won't need a keyboard that's larger than 54 keys, but if you're learning more difficult classical pieces or need a wider range, you'll need a 76- or 88-key piano. Many of these larger pianos are suitable for stage performance, and higher-end models can emulate the hammer action of acoustic pianos, so you can transition easily between digital and full-sized pianos. And whereas acoustic pianos are limited to one sound, digital pianos often have a sound bank that includes popular sounds like synthesizers and strings.
If you're a singer or a DJ, you'll find an assortment of microphones, speakers, turntables and amps to complete your setup. Those looking to get into the world of podcasts or livestreaming should consider a USB desktop microphone that installs easily without requiring extra hardware like an audio interface or a mixer, while fans of karaoke will appreciate all-in-one karaoke systems to spice up the next party. Many modern karaoke systems have Bluetooth and USB technology to easily interface with your phone, tablet and other devices, so you won't be limited to a pre-installed playlist.
Of course, not everyone has the money or the time for weekly lessons with teachers, so there's a variety of musical instruction books and DVDs that can teach anything from guitar chords to violin technique to Bach preludes to music theory.