Choosing the right guitar

I believe once you’ve found a great instrument, you wouldn’t change it for the world. Once you decide to start guitar lessons, getting the right fit has never been more important than for beginners.

These are points to take note of when choosing a guitar:

·         Decide what type of music you want to play

If you want to play heavy metal, the sounds of a classical guitar will not be suitable


·         Choose the type of guitar that interests you the most

The approach to playing the notes, scales and chords varies among the different types of guitars, although they may look the same


·         Scrutinize the hardware

Depending on the style of music you intend to play, check out the

1.       guitar bridge—fixed bridges are easier to tune, but lacks the abilities of a tremolo bridge

2.      the wood used to make the guitar—When the guitar body feels heavy, it will most likely hold the sound better; high-end guitars use good quality wood that helps keep the tone and sustain the sound better

3.      the pickup—pickups from certain guitars work better for certain types of music; for example an Ibanez guitar will have pickups that sound good with hard rock or metal, instead of a Fender


·         Testing testing 123

A good looking guitar doesn’t always mean it plays well. At the guitar shop, try out the guitar for at least 45 minutes to ensure it is comfortable to play. But don’t just stop at the first guitar. Try out others too, before deciding on The One, as you may be able to find something better for the same price or less


·         It’s not about the money, money, money

Don’t ignore guitars just because they are cheap. Generally the sound quality is pegged to the price of the guitar, but there are also lots of inexpensive guitars that sound good


·         Quality. Repeat after me, quality

“No matter how good a guitar looks, if it’s made from cheap materials, it will just fall apart and you’ll have wasted your money” (jvdlcr125, author of How to Find the Right Guitar). Determine the quality of a guitar by playing it. Also check the hardware; reject any guitar that has pieces rattling around, or has a warped neck.


·         Choose the right size

Before guitar lessons, the need to get the guitar of the right size is incredibly important for young beginners. Over reaching, which can become uncomfortable and painful, makes it difficult for young learners to move their fingers properly on the fingerboard.


·         Don’t fall into the “major brand name” trap

Sometimes, fans of musicians looking to get the same guitar as the musician’s in a concert, forget that these musicians often get the guitars for free, and these expensive instruments share little with entry level models of guitars. Smaller brand name companies have more dealer support and knowledge, and may even specialize in entry and intermediate entry level guitars.


·         Choose your colour

Besides having the right sound and size suited to you, being aesthetically pleasing will go a long way in motivating you to play


Showing young beginners your support for their learning during guitar lessons through your encouragement, confidence, and provision of music, can have a lasting effect.

“There is no greater impedance to progress, developing proper technique and the enjoyment of learning to play than a poorly constructed instrument or one that is not correctly set up.” (FirstGuitar, 2014)

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