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Beginner Acoustic Guitar

Jun 22, 2008
It is important that you keep in mind the style of music you are wanting to play before you go shopping for a beginner acoustic guitar.If you are wanting to play country, rock, pop or folk music, then a steel-stringed guitar works best. For classical, Latin and certain types of folk or pop music, then you want to get a nylon-stringed guitar. Experts recommend that a beginning guitar player play different types to see what sound you prefer, before making your final decision.

Because nylon is gentler on the fingers, many instructors recommend going with a nylon-stringed beginner acoustic guitar. This isn't always the best recommendation, because not everyone wants to play the type of music that a nylon-string guitar produces. Some want to play like a rock star, or simply don't like the tone that comes from a nylon-stringed guitar.

If you are into rock music, then you want to learn to play music with a guitar with steel strings. Starting off with steel strings can be a bit hard on your fingers at first and they probably will hurt, but don't give up, with regular practice and over time you will develop calluses. Remember don't be enticed by a steel string guitar if you are wanting to play classical music.

Here are some pointers for you when looking for a classical nylon-string guitar. Classical guitars have the same relative dimensions. The distinct features of classical guitars are their small bodies and wide fingerboards and most importantly, their classical sound. Despite same physical features, each classical guitars still have their own feel and tone so try several to find the beginner acoustic guitar that best matches your taste. A six-string dreadnought is the most commonly purchased beginner acoustic guitar. There are only slight size variations among dreadnoughts, and they offer the kind of tone that is popular with guitarists who are just starting out.

Take some time and learn about the differences between the wood that your beginner acoustic guitar is made of, this is very significant. This will affect the tone of the sound of the instrument makes. Most beginner acoustic guitars have a spruce top and should have a solid spruce top, rather than a two piece one. A one piece spruce top will increase the durability of your guitar. The sides and back can be made from other woods like mahogany or rosewood. Then again the entire guitar could be made of spruce. Rosewood will have a heavier tone, where mahogany will produce a light tone.

The space between the neck and the strings is called the action. Low action is one thing a beginning player will want to consider in a beginner acoustic guitar. Action that is too high makes for difficult playing. This will just be another hurdle to overcome in the learning process.

While you're out purchasing a beginner acoustic guitar, you'll want to pick up a decent electronic tuner at the same time. You haven't had enough experience yet to develop the ear of an expert. If you can spend less time in tuning your new guitar, you'll have that much more time for practicing on it and actually playing.
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Looking to find more information about Beginner Acoustic Guitars but don't know where to go for good information? Author Jay Tyler has been playing for many years wants to let other people know what to look for when starting off with acoustic guitars.
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