Important Tips On Buying Your First Guitar

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It must be playable

The excitement can be great when you get your first guitar. There can even be dreams of becoming a big star. Many beginner guitarists try to learn on instruments that are nothing short of unusable and unplayable. This is a big mistake, which can basically stop their ability to advance as guitarists.

Before anyone starts playing, it is enormously important to have a decent quality guitar. Usually, bad ones have one major problem in common. The strings are set way too high off the fretboard. This makes it very difficult to play, and most people will quit after a short period of time under that circumstance. So, number one is to make sure the strings are set at a level that is comfortable for playing. This can be achieved by buying decent quality, which could cost around 300 dollars. It is also a good idea to have someone qualified make sure it is playable.

What kind of guitar should I buy?

When buying your first guitar, there are three main types to consider. First, you have the classical nylon string acoustic. Then you have the steel string acoustic, and finally, there are electric ones. Many times it is a good idea to start out acoustic. Going electric requires items such as amps, speakers, and power. With acoustic you only need a pick. Plus, it is usually better not to be so loud when you first start playing. Ultimately, the guitar you will want depends on the style of music you want to play. People play for quite a few different reasons. You will need to understand what it is you want to get out of the guitar. After you start playing for a while, you can always ask your local professionals what kind of guitar, and what other various items you will need in order to play the type of music you are interested in.

Another possibility

Your first guitar can always be a used one. It will definitely be less expensive, and it just might be the perfect way to start your playing career. It is possible you could find a really nice one, which is very expensive new, but relatively inexpensive when purchased used. It would be wise to do some research on the make and model before you take this route. I also suggest, if possible, you bring an experienced player with you to try it out. This person can also analyze the overall condition of the instrument. Remember, the guitar must be in playable condition, or you will be wasting your time trying to learn and practice on an inferior instrument.

I have been playing guitar since third grade, and it has been very rewarding. Find yourself a good quality instrument, get some lessons, and most of all, have fun!
 

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Gary E Kerkow has 2 articles online

Gary E Kerkow has been playing guitar for several decades. This includes teaching guitar, and playing in successful bands that toured the Twin Cities area. Kerkow is also an accomplished piano player.

 

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This article was published on 2013/07/06