Thursday, December 14

Questions For a New Guitarist

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Before starting out on the guitar, you need to ask yourself what you want out of the instrument. In fact, there are several key questions that every potential guitarist needs to ask himself before getting started.

How much do you really know about guitar?

Many prospective guitarists do a lot of research before buying their first instrument, and they may think they already know a lot about the guitar, but usually that’s not the case.

How important do you think equipment is?

Many people become guitar snobs before they even learn how to play. Instead of buying an inexpensive electric, they will overextend themselves. Remember, if you hand Steve Vai the cheapest electric guitar in the world, he will make it do amazing things. Don’t be the kind of person who wouldn’t be caught dead with high quality Les Paul copies and other excellent inexpensive instruments. These people don’t understand that playing guitar is about the player, and not about the kind of equipment you own. Thinking this way is a sign that you don’t really have a profound understanding of your instrument. The best guitar for beginners is always going to be something that you can afford that will let you learn to play without making you poor.

Are you ready for the challenge?

This is often the most important question that guitarists need to ask themselves. Learning guitar is pretty tough and if you aren’t dedicated, you won’t get very far. You need to prepare yourself for years of dedicated study, and you can’t expect things to come easy.  

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