This guitar review video will provide recommendations for the best guitars for beginners and kids as well as providing advice for those buying a guitar as a gift for someone else. In both cases, this guitar review will provide advice on how to buy a guitar without actually knowing how to play one to properly test it out.
Acoustic guitars can be classified into two categories: steel-string acoustics and nylon-string acoustics. For most guitarists, a steel-string guitar is the best acoustic model to learn with due to its versatility. Most strumming or ‘sing-along’ songs are played on steel-string acoustics, ranging in styles from folk, to country, to rock. Many popular fingerstyle songs also feature steel-string acoustics as well. Though some would suggest to initially learn on nylon-string (aka ‘classical’) guitar, which has softer strings that are ‘easier on the fingers’, the objective for every beginning guitarist should be
developing proper finger strength. Learning on a steel-string acoustic will develop enough finger strength so that switching over to play an electric or nylon-string guitar will not be so challenging, while initially learning on an electric or nylon-string guitar will not develop enough finger strength to later play a steel-string acoustic effectively.
Buying your first guitar can be a very intimidating experience. Not only are there many factors involved in evaluating the quality of a guitar, there is also the nerve-racking experience for the beginner to actually have to play the guitar in front of someone (usually the seller) in order to test the playability of the guitar. This guitar lesson video offers a general overview of how to go about the process of purchasing a guitar, with the primary focus being on purchasing acoustic guitars.
The more playing experience one has, the better judge one will be in choosing which particular guitar works best for oneself. Having the ability to apply various playing techniques (strumming, fingerstyle, and rhythm) is essential in testing the versatility and overall playability of a guitar. Other personal preference factors, such as determining the right ‘fit’ or model size, or comparing tone between guitars, can only be done by picking up and playing the guitar rather than relying on someone else’s opinion. The less playing experience one has, the more of a priority it will be to bring along someone with more playing experience to try out guitars.
Like anything else, purchasing a new guitar from a reputable dealer is a much safer bet than buying used from an individual. Most of the time, those ‘great deals’ from craigslist, garage sales, and pawn shops are guitars with serious flaws. Only those guitarists with years of playing and buying experience usually do well in the used market, because regardless of price, there are many ‘spec’s’ or details that need to be checked in order to determine the playability and actual value of a guitar.
Some of recommended guitar models featured in this video are: Yamaha Jr 3/4 size model, Yamaha FG series models, Seagull brand guitars, Seagull S6 series guitars, Martin guitars, Taylor guitars.
When buying new, some stores offer 30 and 60-day return policies, which gives the beginner guitarist a chance to purchase a guitar and then have it ‘checked-out’ by a friend or guitar instructor for any flaws.
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There really isn’t any one particular playing style or technique required in order to classify someone as a guitarist. For example, Andres Segovia, Bob Dylan, and Carlos Santana are all considered legendary performing guitarists, but each has his own particular style or technique (fingerstyle, strumming, and soloing) for playing. Every guitarist will have their own personal preferences when it comes to what style of music they would initially like to learn. Some may have a more-specific goal (singer/songwriter, soloist, etc.), while others may prefer a more general or overall approach to learning various playing styles and techniques. This series of books and videos are designed with a ‘pick and choose’ topic format (songwriting, soloing, etc.) so that once the Guitar Basics are completed, the guitarist can decide to focus on whatever topic he or she wishes study.