I’ll be in Tokyo in 2 weeks, and in that time I’ll be looking at some instruments. However, I’ll most likely buy my new instrument here in Nagoya. I’ve had enough of the used, low end instruments I’ve been using, and I would finally like to try something “real”. I’m debating between the Fender JB62 J-Bass, featured in K-On, and respectably fashionable or comfortable and the Hofner Beatle Bass. I’ll probably be spending just under $800 Canadian for a well, made in Japan guitar, rather than a made in Mexico one. However, if I go to the U.S., could I find a better model for a better price? There are several stores in Nagoya I’ve checked out. I’ve leveled up a lot by practicing new things on my Bass, thanks to the help of other musicians. I can slide, jump, play at the correct tempo, and also play with other instruments in the background. It’s definitely an improvement and I hope to make another big leap with a better instrument.
Heres a link to some guitar shops in Nagoya:
1. It’s a creative outlet for you even if you’re not fluent in Japanese
2. It connects you to other people of all nationalities regardless of language
3. It encourages you to make time in your schedule, when your schedule can otherwise seem unmanageable
4. If you’re learning from a Japanese speaker, it’s a way to pick up some Japanese
5. It’s a world into which you can retreat if you’re feeling overwhelmed
6. It’s a skill you can take home with you
7. It’s a way to engage in the Japanese culture without being swamped by it
8. Music lessons of all kinds are available anywhere, you just have to ask and look
9. Japanese people love music and you’ll make heaps of great friends
10. Learning an instrument is a great idea in any country – it’s a workout for your brain, it fosters a sense of well-being, it adds to your self-esteem, it gives you skills in tenacity easy to transfer to other areas of your life, and it provides a good role model in all of these areas for your kids.
Here are some music shops in Nagoya and places you can start to explore the options:
Ishibashi Gakki (Gakki = Musical Instrument)
9F Skyle Building
at Sakae Intersection in Sakae
Sakae Station on the Meijo Line
Can arrange for lessons in: guitar, bass, drums, vocal, sax, flute, trumpet, clarinet, violin, cello, ukelele, piano etc.
5F Parco East Building
(under Tower Records)
Yaba-cho Station on the Meijo Line
Can arrange for lessons in: guitar, bass, drums, vocal, sax, flute, violin, piano etc.
English website with map
Bardon Musical Instruments
2F Asunal (Mall at Kanayama)
Kanayama Station on Meijo, JR, Meitetsu Line
Can arrange for lessons in: flute, clarinet, oboe, fargot, sax, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, horn, tuba, vocal etc.
Near Ikeshita, Chikusa and Kurumamichi Stations
Can arrange for lessons in: flute, clarinet, oboe, sax, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba etc.
Also has used instruments
For exclusively used instruments:
In the Osu Kannon Mall
Osu Kannon or Kamimaezu Station