Actually, I would give the opposite advice. If you have a three, four or five line kite, take the extra lines off and learn with only two. It just makes it simple. You can still relaunch after crashing without lining it up. Nevertheless, that won't be such an issue at first. You have to learn how to launch and bring it up to 12 o'clock. I can't imagine droping my bar, either. Cheap kites will do. I went to a 4.4 for which I paid less than $100, took the back lines off, and was flying it with no trouble in a few sessions. The first experience I had was with a good kite, though, a Slingshot 1 meter. It wasn't easy to learn, expecially since I started in the winter. One meters are quite fast, so it may be easier to start with a 2 or 2.5. I don't know. The more costly kites have excellent bridles, well braided and good flying lines. I bought the best, regular weight flying lines, however, for all my kites. It did make it easier. My first experience with the single meter, I crashed it on a rock and broke the thin lines provided by Slingshot. The kite came with an extra line set, but I purchased a heavier set right away. Now I can use the original thin lines which make the kite much faster. This can make it still fun to fly as the loops can be quite amazing. I didn't start with the bar either. You can use handles or just hold the end of the bridle for starters. As I remember, I used some kind of home-built handles with very short lines to start. The big kite came with cheap wound not braided lines that were extremely long. I found that by cutting them down to 5 to 10 meters, I could get a feel for flying the kite without all the complications. The same goes for the one meter, I just flew it with shortened lines to get a feeling for how the wind carried it. You shouldn't try and rush your learning experience with trainers, either. It may be boring, but the more time you spend with them, the more you'll know how to use them to your advantage.