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I want to Learn to Play the Guitar...

Playing the guitar is a very special experience that will change your life in so many ways. But where to start?

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Advice for Buying Your First Guitar
Like to learn how to play the guitar? Well the first thing you'll be needing is a guitar to learn to play on. But if you are like most aspiring guitarists you'll be somewhat confused about which guitar to buy...

What Kind of Music DO You Want to Play?
Before you pick out your new guitar, you should first decide what kind of music you will want to play. For folk and blues music, check into a steel-stringed acoustic guitar. There are so many choices for electric guitars. If you plan on country music, a Telecaster would be a good choice. For rock, most agree to dive into a Stratocaster. And don’t forget that you will also need an amplifier.

Decide your budget
A good guitar can be bought for around $200 and if you are just starting out, you might want to stay under the $500 range just to test the waters. When you can call yourself a guitarist, check into the higher priced models.

But the best advice is to physically pick up a few guitars and try them on. Then select the one that feels the best. There are so many models available to try and comfort is incredibly important. Try the neck out and make sure you can fit your hand comfortably around it.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need if you’re serious about playing:
Confidence, every guitarist starts at the beginning; just know that passion and confidence will get you where you want to be.
Techniques, bends, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs will make your playing impressive and expressive.
Scales, these are the foundation if guitar playing.
Practice, nuff said.
A System . . . find a “step by step” plan. Use a teacher or buy a book.

Types of Guitar

More detailed information about Acoustic and Electric Guitars

New or Second Hand?
You can pick up a new guitar from eBay or one of the musical instrument stores listed here for $100-$200. If you want a slightly better sound, then spend $200-$300. Remember that if you choose an electric guitar you will need a practise amplifier, 10-20 watts is heaps. This will be more than adequate for you to start learning. Most stores will have beginners packs that will include the accessories you need to get started. 

Quite often a second hand instrument will be as good as or better than a new one. You can pick up a bargain this way if you shop around. You may even be able to pick up a few extra things in the purchase like a carry case, amplifier, sheet music or whatever as part of the deal...I would expect to pay between $100-$150 for a good second hand learners acoustic guitar and $150-$250 for a good second hand learners electric guitar (including an amp). 

Once you have weighed the pros and cons of each type of instrument, spend as much as you can afford. But remember to leave a little in the budget for a learning package and other resources like sheet music to practice with. 

Of course you will play better and develop quicker on a good quality guitar so don't buy too cheap...but my advice is dive in, buy yourself a guitar and get playing you gonna love it!!!

Choosing Your Guitar:
When you have narrowed down your choices here are some final things to consider:

  • Comfort: does it feel comfortable when playing the instrument?
  • Tone: When you are playing the guitar does it sound good to YOU? Doe s it produce the sound you were after?
  • Does it have a Guarantee?: Most of the music stores have a generous satisfaction guarantee. (Musicians Friend offers a 45 day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee)
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