Musical Instrument Sales and Software Downloads Rise During Coronavirus Lockdown

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is both a health and economic crisis, but it seems the musical instrument industry is holding up better than most. In fact, it turns out that it can experience significant growth.

Rolling stone reports that several US retailers see more sales as guitars, synths, MIDI keyboards, drum machines and other products, while Apple has confirmed that there have been nearly 13 million downloads of GarageBand sound libraries since early February. Logic Pro X’s user base, meanwhile, was bolstered by Apple’s decision to offer a 90-day free trial of the DAW.

Retailers are noting a particular increase in sales of studio and professional audio equipment, with guitarists and drummers buying their first audio interface Where microphone for the purpose of making music at home using a computer. With free time, players and performers also turn into producers.

This all aligns with the MusicRadar experience: We’ve seen a massive increase in year-over-year traffic to our product buying guides, with people eager to research the best deals on the best products.

Interest in our guide to Online piano lessons has also increased during the pandemic, as keyboardists replace face-to-face lessons with digital alternatives. If you want to start playing or recording at home, here are some of our most useful guides.

Learn to play guitar

Your first acoustic guitar lesson
Familiarize yourself with chords and strumming

Guitar Basics: Learn to Play Powerchords
Nail the fundamental rock guitar chord with this tablature and audio lesson

Guitar Basics: Learn Thousands of Songs Using the Three Chord Trick
Master the most important chord progression in music

Get Better Barre Chords In 20 Minutes With This Easy Guitar Lesson
Pass the bar and improve your pace while playing

Learn 60 Guitar Chords in 20 Minutes with This Easy Lesson
Master the barre chords and open the neck

Learn to play the keyboard

How to position your right hand when playing the keyboard
Want to learn how to play the keyboard well? Let’s start from the very beginning …

How to recognize notes on a keyboard
If you have mastered the first letters of the alphabet, you are ready to master the piano …

How to play a C major scale on a keyboard
For your first steps in mastering the keyboard, you’ll want to stick to white notes …

How to play major and minor chords on a keyboard
Once you’ve mastered the scales, it’s time to start stacking the notes on top of each other. Now we are getting really compositional!

How to develop finger independence on a keyboard
With two hands and ten fingers to consider, learning to play keyboards takes a lot of dexterity. This exercise will help you develop your own.


What do I need to record on a computer?
Explore audio interfaces, DAWs, mics and more

How to connect mics and instruments to your audio interface
Make sure you are properly configured for recording

How to adjust the preamp gain on your audio interface
Follow these four steps to make sure you’re setting your preamp gain correctly every time.

A step-by-step guide to recording drums
How to Record and Mix a Complete Kit Setup

How to get the right acoustics in your recording space
Treat your part for the best possible recording results

How to set up a single microphone for recording
Get the right mic in the right position

How to set up stereo microphones for recording
Sometimes two are better than one

20 quick and dirty check-in tips
Advanced techniques to get the most out of your live performances, vocals and sampled sounds

How to record an acoustic guitar
Learn how to use a single mic to capture an acoustic guitar

How to record vocals
Follow these three steps to get a great voice recording every time

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