Another music industry list from Tresbear Music
This post focuses on websites that provide information, forums, and/or interactive communities for both specific musical instruments and genres of musical instruments. The topics discussed (e.g., threads) on these musical instrument forums range from issues specific to particular instruments to general music issues, from beginner level all the way up to the highly esoteric.
On occasion, one may find well-known musicians dispensing valuable advice and wisdom to relative beginners — always interesting.
In our experience, both the Guitar Hangout and Mandolin Cafe have provided a wealth of relevant information.
A warning to the uninitiated: you can get what is known as Acquisition Syndrome related to a particular instrument from hearing and seeing pictures of wonderful instruments. There is GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome), MAS (Mandolin), BAS (Banjo) and on and on. All can result in a dramatic sudden loss of financial resources. More importantly, you can often avoid making beginner (newbie or “noob”) mistakes by learning from the experiences of the fellowship.
- Acoustic Guitar Community
- Acoustic Guitar Forum
- Banjo Hangout
- ResoHangout (Resophonic guitars such as the Dobro)
- Fiddle and Alternate Strings Forum
- Fiddle Hangout
- Flatpicker Hangout – Forums
- Mandolin Cafe
- Steel Guitar Forum
- Talk Bass (For both acoustic bass & electric bass)
- Ukulele Underground Forums
- The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum
- Woodwind Forum
Like our other lists, this list is ordered alphabetically and not by preference.