I'd like to play a Kenku Bard in Adventurer's League, one raised by bards since a young age to hopefully become a master of the Bardic arts through copying many other skilled bards.
One thought that also came up though: Would he need an instument?
The PHB states about bard magic:
In the worlds of D&D, words and music are not just vibrations of air, but vocalizations with power all their own. The bard is a master of song, speech, and the magic they contain. Bards say that the multiverse was spoken into existence, that the words of the gods gave it shape, and that echoes of these primordial Words of Creation still resound throughout the cosmos. The music of bards is an attempt to snatch and harness those echoes, subtly woven into their spells and powers.
So, that would mean (in the words of my DM) that the musical instrument isn't a spell focus like a wizards staff, but rather an instrument to help recreate the perfect sound to touch the magical essence needed to create fire from thin air, or whatever magic you wanted.
If so, does that mean a Kenku could use Mimicry as their instrument, assuming they heard the right sounds from that specific instrument before?