Playing guitar is a great hobby for just about anyone. You can play alone to occupy yourself or you can get together with others to play music. You can make a lot of friends that way! A guitar is portable so you can take it with you to a friends house or on a trip. You can learn how to play your favorite songs or you can write your own. Who knows, the next Bob Dylan is out there somewhere…
Sometimes, though, its hard to get started playing guitar. Your fingers don’t go where they’re supposed to and the sound you’re hearing is not the sound you where expecting. Of course playing guitar takes a lot of practice. No one learns to play the guitar over night.
There are things you can do to make the learning experience a little easier though. Probably the most important thing is to start out playing a good guitar. If someone starts off with a guitar that is hard to play chances are they will not stick with it and the guitar will not be used and enjoyed. You can find some really nice guitars here that play well and are very affordable. Choosing the wrong guitar can be a costly mistake. Take your time to find the right one.
When you’re thinking about buying a guitar there are some choices you will need to make. One of the more obvious choice is whether you want to buy and acoustic or electric guitar. This choice will usually be influenced by the type of music you want to play. Generally electric guitars are easier to form chords on. Acoustic guitars usually have thicker strings and it takes more effort to press the strings down against the fret board. One obvious benefit of acoustic guitars is that they don’t require an amplifier and are very portable.
Almost all guitars are made out of some type of wood and the type of wood can influence how a guitar sounds. We have a handy article that covers some of the more common woods found in guitars and explains how they differ in sound.
Another choice you will need to make, if you’re buying an electric guitar is the type of pickup it uses. The pickup is the small device under the strings of an electric guitar that converts the vibration of the string to an electrical impulse that a guitar amplifier can amplify. We also have an article that looks at the differences between humbucking pickups and single coil pickups, the two type usually found in electric guitars.
So look around and you’ll probably find the right guitar for you or a budding musician in your life.