Well the way i see it there are four basic intrements. The lute, the horn, the clarinet, and the drum. everything else is bascily branched off of these 4. in order to give us non mintsle musicplayers more varitiy in intrements. make atleast all four of these intrements availible to all classes and races. this will help us who like to make music but don't like the minstrel class make more varried and abuntant music.(plus it will help with the overabundance of lutes) so what do you think? anything to add? anything you would change?
Minstrels have the ability to "mentor" non-minstrels in the different instruments. Your proposal would remove the usefulness of that skill. So just find yourself a minstrel and ask if they can mentor you.
If you compare yourself with others,you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
<Max Ehrmann~ Desiderata>
so basicly a player has to find a mini of high enough level to beable to mentor them. then they have to get him to do it. i foresee a lot of players having to pay for services rendered. i see a lot of gold farming happining in this senario. i would rather just be able to play those four instrments automaticly. wouldn't you?
The minstrel only has to be level 30 for the basic skills, up to 50 for the rare Moor Cowbell mentoring, which is still not incredibly high. The hardest part is finding the mentoring skills, many of which come from dropped items, but I have seen them on the AH fairly regularly. On several occasions I've gone into Bree and sent out a general announcement invitation, offering to teach an instrument to whoever asks first. The mentoring skills have a shared 5-day cooldown, so it can't be spammed, but it doesn't cost anything to the minstrel either. I wouldn't think that the demand would be high enough to inspire gold-farming schemes.
On Landroval we even have weekly mentoring sessions at Ales & Tales every Monday, where free mentoring is offered to anyone who wants it (until we run out of minstrels, that is). On other servers, even without that kind of structure, it's hard for me to believe that all the minstrels are grumps who refuse to help anyone. :P
I'm not arguing with you, just pointing out that there are alternatives, as long as the game is the way it is now. it used to be that other classes had to gain a few levels before they could train their instrument proficiencies, and now they get them at level 1, so it's not unheard of that things could change.