Don't know much about actually playing bard, so looking for some input!
One of my newer-player friends is nearing 30 and looking forward to jumping into Bard. When it happens that I befriend someone young enough in their FF career that they're still hurting for gil and trying to decide which job to play, I like to put together a 'care package' to help ease them into it and make sure they are not missing any gear or spells they didn't know existed but can't live without. I'm getting pretty good at it for melee jobs and mages, but not sure what to get her for Bard.
Quick glance at wiki, I've come up with this list of songs:
Ferdoulemiont - South Sandy - Minne
Hortense - Bastok Markets - Minuet
Hortense - Bastok Markets - Paeon
Hortense - Bastok Markets - Requiem
Boncort - North Sandy - Madrigal
Dohdjuma - Selbina - Mambo
Hortense - Bastok Markets - Paeon II
(Windy) AH - Foe Lullaby
which omits a couple (Threnodies and Herb Pastoral) but seems to have the basics through ~15. Stumped on instrument though, if I pick only one. String or Wind? I was looking at the Cornette+1 because Minuet is so common. Cornette isn't level 1 though, so they'd be on their own for a few levels. Does that instrument have a good lifespan or gets replaced in two levels? Should I eschew instruments altogether in favor of a Signa? Thoughts?