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Beginner Guitar

Guitar ShopAlmost everyone, at some point in their lives, have the idea to learn guitar. and why not? It is an instrument of huge diversity, just depending on what you want to play. I have a few tips for a person 1) thinking about buying a guitar and 2) has a guitar but doesn't know where to start.

Which guitar is right for you??

1. Sorry to say, but when you buy a guitar you are not going to become metallica or eric clapton over night, so easiest thing is to start cheap. Maybe even used. Most big cities have some kind of music or guitar store that has a huge variety of guitars for you to choose from. Most have a WANTED board at the entrance too, full of people wanting to sell their own instruments.

2. Now that you are in the store, what do you look for? Typically there are three types of guitars, classical, electric, and acoustic. To know which of those you want, you need to know what type of music you wish to play.

Classical- A classical guitar has nylon strings which are very nice for a person who has soft fingers and needs to build up those callouses. But, at the same time, having a classical guitar limits what you can play. If you like the radio rock and pop music, dont expect to get that sound from a classical guitar. Even though you can learn to play those songs, it will not sound the same. But if you are only interested in classical music, then GO FOR IT!

Electric- The problem with an electric, is the fact you have to buy an amp and a cord, which really ups your price. Again, learning to play with an electric is easy on your fingers, but will make it harder if you ever want to transition to acoustic or classical becasue the feel of the electric guitar is very different from the others. But, if you mostly want to play rock, then GO FOR IT!

Acoustic- In my opinion, this is the most versatile of the three "types" of guitars. To begin, you can either get a straight acoustic, or an acoustic/electric which allows you to plug into an amp and even get the electric sound. (even though it would look a little strange coming from an acoustic guitar) Another thing to look for is a "cut-away" acoustic. Some regular acoustics and all acoustic/electric guitars come like this. Basically, there is an extra cut in the guitar frame, so it doesnt have the figure eight shape, but gives your left hand access to the higher frets, which is extreemely difficult to hit on a non cutaway, so it makes it nice for soloing and improvisation. So if you want to get strong fingers, good callouses right away, and play a wide variety of music, (even though it may be harder for your hands to get used to as a beginner) then, GO FOR IT!

Lessons??

Finally, after you have bought your guitar, there is the question, should I take lessons or not....

Again, in my opinion, guitar is a very personal instrument, most are built for right handed people, and instead of switching it around, some left handed peope just turn their guitar upsidedown and play it totally backwards! YOu can do anything you want to on guitar, every guitarist has their style and their technique. Yes, their are some unhealthy habits that lessons could help you stay away from, but in the end, your teacher is just teaching you THEIR OWN technique, because there is no ONE right way. IF you want to learn fast, buy a chord chart for one thing and learn how to read guitar tabs. Then find songs online that you love and look up their tab and learn it. Having it be a song you love will give you the motivation to learn. Every new song you learn will subtly give you new skills and improve your old skills.

By Joslyn Dawson -

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