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Guitar Basics – Preparing for Your First Lesson

So. You’ve decided that you’d like to learn how to play the guitar, huh? Great decision! Guitar lessons take time and effort. It takes practice, time and patience to learn chords until you get them right. Then try to play songs by ear. When beginning to learn an instrument like guitar, one of the most important things beginners need to know is that they must be patient with themselves. It takes time for even the most talented musicians to develop their skills. You need to dedicate some time each week to practicing chords, scales, and technique for playing guitar. Even if it’s just a couple of minutes per day. Developing good habits is harder than breaking bad ones.  Once you’re comfortable with music theory, you’ll be ready to pick up the guitar and start playing! In this article, we’ll cover the basic things you’ll need to get before you’re ready to start taking guitar lessons.

Guitar – First things first

The first thing you’ll need is pretty obvious: a guitar! You should really give some serious consideration to what you want in a guitar before you buy one, though. There are three major classifications of guitars: acoustic, classical, and electric. Acoustic is pretty much the most versatile, but it may not be what you want. One of the first steps on your path to playing guitar is to set up an environment that makes you want to practice. If you’re learning guitar at home, setting up a comfortable practice space is key to wanting to sit down and play more often. Keep the room at a constant temperature. It goes without saying that playing in an airy space where there’s plenty of ventilation will help create a pleasant atmosphere for practicing guitar. You might not be as inclined to sit down for a practice session if the room feels like a hot box or if you’re too cold. Additionally, maintaining a comfortable, consistent temperature in your practice room can also help keep your guitar in tune as temperature fluctuations can impact its performance. 

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About acoustics guitars

An acoustic guitar is a steel stringed guitar with a hollow wooden body. As it’s name suggests, it can be played acoustically, meaning that you don’t need an amp to play it. You can use an amp with an acoustic guitar, though. Some come with pickups already installed inside the guitar – you just plug in a ¼” sound cord and go. These are called acoustic-electric guitars. If you choose a guitar without this feature, you can buy a soundhole pickup for your guitar for about $60, which allows you to plug your acoustic guitar into an amp.

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About classical guitars

A Classical guitar is similar to an acoustic guitar, except it has nylon strings and is designed somewhat differently. The evolution of the classical guitar and its repertoire spans more than four centuries. It has a history that was shaped by contributions from earlier instruments, such as the lute, the vihuela, and the baroque guitar. As it’s name suggests, a classical guitar is ideal for playing classical guitar. You might also want a classical guitar for finger-picking or Spanish music.

About electric guitars

An electrical guitar is usually a plastic solid body guitar with thin steel strings. It requires an amp to play it. Electrical guitars have a unique sound, and are often used with effects pedals to distort or change the sound of the guitar. Electric guitars are central to rock music, as well as being integral to many other types of modern music. Many experiments with electrically amplifying the vibrations of a string instrument were made dating back to the early part of the 20th century. Patents from the 1910s show telephone transmitters were adapted and placed inside violins and banjos to amplify the sound. Hobbyists in the 1920s used carbon button microphones attached to the bridge ; however, these detected vibrations from the bridge on top of the instrument, resulting in a weak signal.  

Think about what you want out of your new electric guitar; do you want something to learn on? Are you upgrading after having played for a few years? Are you adding to a collection of guitars? Are you playing mainly one style of music, or a few? Answering these before you part with your cash can really help find the best electric guitar for you.

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What else you will need to play a guitar

Once you get your guitar, you’ll still need a few other items. If you’re playing an acoustic or electric guitar, you’ll want some picks. I’d suggest you start with Medium picks for most music. You should also buy a capo, which is used for changing the key of your guitar. Be sure that it fits your guitar properly before you buy it though.

With these items, you should be ready for your first guitar lesson.

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