Choosing a Guitar
Choosing a guitar is one of the first things every beginning guitarist has to do or more correctly wants to do. Choosing the right guitar can make all the difference in the world with how well you learn to play.
There are several things that you have to consider when you are choosing a guitar. It is not quite as simple as walking into the music shop and grabbing that awesome looking guitar. You want to make the right choice so that playing is fun and easy.
Choose the Type of Guitar You Want to Play
Acoustic and electric guitars look the same but they are played differently. A lot of beginners make the mistake of thinking that you have to start on the acoustic guitar and work your way up to the electric guitar. Learn to play the instrument that you want to play and buy the instrument that you want to play.
Guitars range in price from under $100 to thousands of dollars. Your first guitar should be somewhere in the middle. Don’t choose by least expensive but also don’t go out and spend an exorbitant amount of money either. What you are looking for is a “value”. The value is a well made guitar that is offered at a fair price.
Don’t be swayed by brand names. Big brand name companies are not likely to offer the best value. Do not exclude un known brands. Talk to the counter person at the music instrument store they can advise you as to which brand is entry level friendly.
Your guitar or your child’s guitar has to fit them. Guitars are made in different sizes to meet the needs of different heights. If the guitar is too large than strumming will be very difficult. When shopping for your guitar, try them out for fit just like you would a pair of pants. If the guitar is comfortable and easily manageable than its a good fit. If the reach on the guitar is too long than it is not a good fit.
Choose One You Love
Choose a guitar that you love the look of. You should be happy with the look. If you are going to be enjoying playing and paying for a guitar you might as well opt for one that you love the look of.
Don’t Forget the Electric Tuner
A tuner is a very important part of getting the right sound out of your guitar. When you make the choice for your first guitar don’t leave the shop without picking up an electric tuner. The tuner is also important for ear training.