When learning to play the guitar the most important question you can ask is also the simplest question. Which guitar should I learn to play on?
The first thing you should think about is your musical taste. Do you like mellow stuff? How about hard rock? Do you like unplugged, natural music or electric metal? What kind of music you want to make will help make the decision.
Many beginning musicians put far too much worry into their first guitar. A good musician can make beautiful music with a new guitar or an old, beat up one. If you need some tips on selecting your first guitar then here are some listed:
1. Think about what type of music you love, this is the single most important part. Chances are you chose to learn to play based on that music, so it will drive you to learn best. What do you want to hear when you strum your guitar? Soft melodies or hard rock jams? What you listen to will help you make your choice.
2. Know what you can afford. Just because a guitar is more expensive doesn’t mean it’s better for you. If you can find a guitar that sounds well for cheap then go for it. Get the best guitar you can for what you can afford, but don’t go over budget. It isn’t necessary to start with the top of the line. Sometimes it is possible to get discounts or payment plans on guitars, so if you absolutely must have a certain guitar, ask if it’s possible to make it easier to afford. Sometimes all you have to do is ask and a discount will become available.
3. Make the decision on the type of guitar and features it will have. Now that you have to resources to obtain it, it is time to claim your prize. Be sure that you have made the right decision, consult with a friend that plays, once you make the purchase you will be setting yourself down a path that will be hard to change.
4. You will have to make the choice between electric and acoustic. There are reasons to pick either one. An electric guitar is notably easier to learn to play on for a variety of reasons. But being able to play on an electric guitar does not mean you will be able to play an acoustic. There are also more accessories you need to buy with an electric that you won’t need with an acoustic.
An acoustic guitar can be harder to hold and to press down chords than an electric. You should keep in mind, though, that once you learn how to play guitar on an acoustic you will ostensibly know how to play on an electric, the same cannot be said for the opposite because you may not be able to press the chords.
The choice can be a difficult one but it is an important one all the same. Take all of the information you have and make the best decision that you can.