Ukuleles

Ukulele

Welcome to your new home of all things Ukulele, famous Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro once said "If everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a much happier place" and we agree with his sentiment entirely!

Whether you're looking to start playing the electric ukulele or a tenor ukulele we've got your back as our in depth guides cover every angle you need to know about when it comes to this instrument, even if you're on a tight budget.

In fact, if you are just starting out with the Ukulele, we'd highly recommend you start here first with our full overview on all you need to know about the ukulele and it's origins. Or maybe you're more of an advanced player looking for a concert, soprano, baritone or tenor ukulele

Either way we have you covered from A to Z (including S for Strings) right down to how to tune your ukulele to make sure it's pitch perfect. By the end you should have all the information you need to decide the best ukulele brands for you - enjoy!

We also have a bunch of product reviews about specific ukulele including the Kala KA-15S Ukulele and the Diamond Head DU-150 Ukulele.

Violins

Violins

Joshua Bell once said "when you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story". And we believe this is true for a violin more than any other instrument. Our violin resources aim to provide you with all you need to know about well, violins! So that you're able to tell your story the way you want to. 

It's daunting to start to learn a new instrument, especially to learn to play one like the violin, being a beginner in anything is always the part where you learn the most, ok it can be tough sometimes, but hey, you'll likely also make the most progress to acquire your new skill.

If you're a beginner be sure to check out our guide on how to choose the right size violin for you or which brands to look out for, maybe even the best songs for you to start learning as a beginners. Or maybe you're looking to get your family started with the violin or your kids, if so take a look at our violin buying guide for children.


All the best equipment available to you as a player as been reviewed in depth by us, so whether it's stringsbooks, mics, mutes for aspiring violinistsshoulder restsbridgesrosin or carbon fiber bowsviolin cases we have you covered every step of the way. Guess what, we also have violins reviewed like knillingelectric and mendini violins.

We have also done a nice piece on Violin Tuning too.

Ps. we've also listed some of our must listen violin pieces here.

Guitars

Best Beginner Bass Guitar

I've always been a big fan of the guitar, since I was a kid I loved to strum on my dads old acoustic guitar brands, it was one of my earliest memories to be honest. But back when I was still focussed on my piano studies I didn't focus on learning the guitar in the same way.

As a result I wanted to put together a great guide to the Best beginner electric guitar so you can save time and energy and searching for yourself. I know first hand how tricky it can be to find the right instrument so I hope it helps you. It does always help if you have a looper pedal though.

And it's not just the guitar we have covered it's your guitar amps too and also a great guide on finding the right bass guitar for a beginner player or even if you're looking to pick up a classical guitar then check our in depth guide out too. We also have a wicked delay pedal guide, and an awesome distortion pedal guide.

Pianos & Keyboards

Pianos & Keyboards

"When you play, never mind who listens to you" is a great quote from Robert Schumann...

And that's exactly how we feel about playing the piano. And I guess the keyboard too! But here in this section of the site we're really focussed on helping you understand the key differences between the digital piano and the keyboard so you can make better buying decisions depending on your needs as a player.

Along with a ton of resources for beginners looking to start playing for the first time. We've assembled a number of reviews on some of the finest products out there in the market place today so you can almost 'try before you buy', including reviews on such products as the Yamaha YPG 535, Yamaha ARIUS YDP 181 or the Yamaha YDP 164 review. You name it, we've reviewed it including 88 Key Weighted Keyboards to the best keyboard amps or keyboard workstations!

But that's not all, we want to help you get the most out of your musical instruments and we've taken the time to tell you all about the best digital piano and keyboard headphones and keyboard synthesizers here too. Are you on a budget? Then take a look at our in depth post on budget keyboard pianos or our post on the best digital piano for under $1000. Looking for a keyboard that attaches to your PC - then you need a MIDI keyboard.

Drums

Drums

We just love the way Dave Grohl sums up the drums and how they are crucial for a band "I love being a drummer. Everyone thinks you’re dumb. What they don’t realise is that if it weren’t for you, their band would suck". Well said Dave. And to add to that, there really aren't many better ways to let off some steam than banging around on a new drum set.

What do you think? Throwing those drum sticks around like you mean it? Pretty good, uh! It really helps the guys next door if you know what you're doing though.

Whether you're a beginner on the drums or you've been playing for a lifetime, we've got the information and reviews you need to take your drumming passion and take it to the next level. We have detailed guides on the best best drum ma​​​​​chine to buy along with much more.

Just please make sure you don't take Animal from the muppets advice when he say: Eat drums! Eat cymbals!....and we say, don't eat snare drums!

Wind

Wind

So what exactly is a wind instrument? Did you know wind instruments are actually characterised by the fact that they produce sound by creating vibrations in the air? Most of the time wind instruments are made of a tubes, which house a volume of air which is then excited or vibrated by the person playing which causes the beautiful sounds we hear.

Generally speaking there are considered to be three distinct categories of wind instrument. The 'flute' type of instrument like a clarinet, is an instrument where air is excited or blown up against an edge making the sound. The 'reed' type of instrument, where air is excited via a single or double reed. And finally the 'trumpet' style of instrument.  You may also be interested to know that the 'flute' and 'reed' categories both belong to the woodwind family while the 'trumpet' type of instrument belongs to the brass family. 

The way sound is made by the instrument is the the key factor that dictates the family an instrument belongs to. Rather than it being the type of material an instrument is manufactured from. For example a tenor saxophone or an alto saxophone, is made from metal, but is part of the woodwind family because it uses a reed.

Banjo

Banjo

Famous comedian and musician Steve Martin once said about the Banjo: "The banjo is such a happy instrument - you can't play a sad song on the banjo - it always comes out so cheerful." And here at ScionAV.com we have to agree with that! It is one hell of a cheerful and happy inspiring instrument. That's why we enjoyed pulling together a comprehensive guide on the best banjo brands and the best beginner banjo so you can take your banjo playing to the next level.

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