Now it may be too late for this step if you have already gone out and purchased a guitar but for those who have yet to go out and buy one here are some tips. When going out to buy there first guitar and on your way to rocking it out many people... read more
I teach a lot of guitar students - the main problem is people with unplayable guitars - that is the action or height of the strings is wrong. So buy a Taylor or Baby Taylor guitar.
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Get 2 or 3 private or group lessons too.
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Good luck -it's something you really shouldn't miss out on, and most people find it fairly easy.
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A Taylor? Sure, invest THAT kind of money as a beginner!
Actually, don't. Playability can be an issue, but an Applause (crappy Ovation) or a Takamine would be more in a suitable price range. The Takamine will have a richer tone, as the aircraft polymer that the applause is made from is very mid rangy.
If the action isn't suitable, use lighter strings until you build strength. The lighter strings will have less tension, too, thus not drastically raising the action.
Personally, I only play American made guitars. Those are usually too expensive for a beginner.
Taylor makes a great acoustic, but let's be reasonable. Provided acoustic is what you want to play (the thinking that an electric player should start on acoustic is idiot's thinking). Electric and acoustic are different instruments altogether.
If you have friends that play, have them teach you a thing or two. Much of what you need to know can be self taught. When I say self taught, I don't mean not using books etc. eventually.
I was an ear player for the first fifteen years that I played. In that time, I taught guitar and played professionally. My best advice would be just give it a shot in the beginning. If you find yourself really wanting more, then you want to be a guitar player.
There are as many people with guitars in there attics as there are with treadmills as clothes hangers.
A basic chord book will give you the wares to learn some songs that you're interested in. Figure those songs out using your ear as a guide. f you lack the ability to discern tones correctly, then music may not be for you. If you're studious, dig in to the books first.
Don't forget that a knowledge of scales can help you, both in acoustic lead playing, an from a theory standpoint. Knowing the intervalic portion of theory can help you embellish your chord voicings later.
If you REALLY want to play guitar, you first need to face certain facts: 1-Do you have the time to commit to serious practice? 2-Do you have the conviction to focus and learn? 3-Are you willing to spend the money necessary to acquire an instrument that will inspire you rather than a cheapo that can only impede you? 4-Is there a good teacher available any where near you? > You MUST be honest with yourself and take the time as needed to research all of these questions. Remember, investing in junk results in a trip to the dump, but if you invest in quality, resale value can recover most of it, (should you change your mind or decide to 'move up') and sometimes return even more. Understand that ones physical make-up can be either a plus or a minus. Age, stature and dexterity all play a part, so be aware that not everyone who wants to play will be able to fulfill that desire; although dogged determination can surmount such impediments to eventually achieve ones dreams. IE: If guitar is too much for you, take up mandolin, banjo, bass, even lap or pedal steel. Take note: You aren't going to get the sounds an electric gets, so if that is what you are looking for, don't expect it from any unamplified (non-miked or unplugged in) acoustic. Also, most acoustics have deeper or thicker bodies than electrics, (especially the solid-body types), but thin-body acoustics ARE available if your arm's reach isn't that long.
I think the answer is fairly straightforward and simple. A lot of folks here have talked about quality of instrument and yada yada yada. I'm convinced that a passion for what you love and a real talent for it are what sets you apart, or permits you to achieve the end result. Musicians emulate, artists create. And having said that, I think if you would have handed a rubber band to Jimi Hendrix he could have played the hell out of it. A cane pole catches as many fish as the most expensive pole you can buy. You need only the desire to catch fish and the talent to get them onto your hook.
It goes without saying, if you want to write get yourself a pen and paper. You don't need a fancy computer or even fancier programs to get the words out. If you want to paint, get yourself colors, canvas, and tools to put the colors ON canvas. None of those things have to be the highest quality...if you can paint, you can paint, period. And if you want to play music, get yourself an instrument...
The rest is up to you.
On that note (pardon the pun) I would recommend getting some lessons (even though most of your greats were self taught, again, it's that talent and passion thing), and go with your heart. And don't be afraid to experiment. It's the very heart of creation.
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