A Newbies Guide To Learning The Guitar – Lessons

by Jacob Babel

First of all you must enjoy the guitar if you are considering taking guitar lessons. Secondly, don’t be deceived into thinking you are just going to pick up a guitar and within a few hours you going to be strumming out the perfect tune. It won’t work quite that way.

Now if you have decided you are going to take lessons then obviously you are going to need something to learn on right? Its probably not a good idea to run out and buy the most expensive guitar that you can at this point. Also it really isn’t necessary either. You will learn quite nicely on a sensibly priced guitar. Once you are well into your lessons and know for sure you are going to stick with it then you may want to consider a little higher priced better sounding one. Often individuals taking guitar lessons figure that if they buy a higher priced one that they are going to learn faster. That is not true.

Then there is the decision between learning to play on acoustic or electric. Many people believe that if you take guitar lessons on one, then you have to start all over again if you choose to play the other. This is not factual, but an electric guitar is considered by most guitarists to be the easiest to play, so therefore easier to learn on.. The main difference between the acoustic and electric guitar simply comes down to amplification. An electric guitar needs an amplifier. For this reason they are far more expensive. Not only do you have the cost of the guitar, but you have to buy the amplifier as well. You will have noticed that the electric guitars are much thinner and have a different variety of shapes. Acoustic ones are much thicker and more limited in shape. It’s the size and shape that primarily makes the difference in the sound that the guitar will produce.

Another point to keep in mind is that with the electric guitar you are more limited as to the types of music you can play on it, so if you are really serious about learning then you may want to consider the acoustic to learn on and start out with.

Then there will a matter of choosing the types of strings that you are going to put on your guitar. It may be steel, or nylon for example, and each will give you a different sound. These are things that you can discuss with your instructor. You will be in a position to make this choice now that you know what type of guitar you are going to be learning on.

Next you will need to decide whether you are going to take a home course, or an online course for that matter. Of course you have the choice of also signing up for guitar lessons at one of the local music academies. Both of these options have advantages and disadvantages. One of the major factors will be your time constraints. Learning at home gives you more flexibility. Learning at an academy allows you the feedback of the instructor.

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