After reading this blog post called Acoustic or Electric Guitar – Which Is Best For The Beginner, I decided I’d offer my own take on what beginners should consider when they are going to purchase a new instrument. Of course all guitars are different, and it is much easier to play an electric guitar then and an acoustic and it is even easier to play a nylon classical guitar then an electric. But really I don’t think you should even thing about this.
Think about this: What music do you like? What kind of music do you want to play? Who are your favorite musicains and what type of instruments do they play on?
If you want to rock out like Nirvana or Metallica or whatever then you are going to need an electric guitar with an amplifier unless you are going to be in some weird unplugged metal band or something. Electrics are designed with low action to make left had finger movement fast and efficient. A steel stringed acoustic is much more difficult to develop the same type of mobility on.
If you are going to learn classical then you have to buy a nylon stringed classical guitar – it is easier to finger pick on because it is designed with a wider neck. Same goes for flamenco.
Some guitarists will tell beginners that they should buy a particular type of guitar because it is easier to learn on. The truth is you should buy the type of guitar that is going to bring you the most enjoyment and continue to motivate you.
Same goes for instructors and teacher. It’s alot harder to keep learning if you are playing songs that you don’t even like. If you are working with an instructor or a teacher who is a total metal head and what you really want to learn is classical guitar then you need to rethink things.
Pick your guitar type based on your musical tastes and it will be easier to stick with it. Guitar is a difficult instrument no matter what type it is – so having this extra edge of motivation will more likely take you further.
So buy whatever guitar you want – just don’t forget to play it.
And if you’ve never purchased a guitar before you may want to read this.