My life is pretty simple – work, sleep, sports (mostly watching), food, video games, and MacRumors. I’ve decided to add some variety to my life. I created a list of things I’d like to try and learning a musical instrument is near the top of my list. My musical background is limited. About 20 years ago I took piano lessens for a few months. At the time I spent all my time playing sports so I didn’t put in the correct effort to properly learn the piano. The piano seemed overwhelming with all the keys and possible notes and chords. I guess that is because I didn’t put in the effort. Anyway, I'm completely starting over as I do not remember anything I learned about the piano. I have one friend telling me an acoustic bass guitar a great place to start and he’s willing to lend me one to get started. Another guy told me to try the drums. My sister says to get a cheap keyboard and learn the piano. I have no idea where to start. I’m very confused. Here are some of my requirements and concerns: Cost – Being that I have little experience in this realm, I don’t want to spend a lot of money. If I enjoy it, I’ll upgrade in the near future. That being said, I do not want cheap equipment hindering my ability to learn and enjoy and instrument. $500 is probably my limit., but I’d prefer to spend much less. Lessons - I’d like to start learning on the Internet or by video. I know this is probably not the best way to start but it is how I want to do it. If I enjoy it, I’ll think about paying for personal lesions later. Simple – It doesn’t need to be easy. I’m willing to put in the work. Since I’m going to rely on the Internet for learning I’d prefer something simple. I'm not sure what "simple" means in terms of instruments though. Reading music – I currently cannot read music. I know I’m going to have to learn. I don’t know if this is a factor or not. Size – I’d prefer something portable. It doesn’t have to fit in my pocket, but I’d like to be able to take it from room-to-room fairly easily. What else do I need to consider? So where do I start? What do I try? And why?