Cost of guitar lessons for Beginners
Determine your budget. As a beginner, try to keep your budget low. Around $0-$300 for any guitar. Used guitars are great as well, so check your local pawn shops and used dealers, some major retail stores may have great used guitars as well. Just because the guitar is expensive does not mean it is a good guitar, but also beware of guitars that are under $150 as some may be cheaply made. Cheap guitars are often poorly constructed and will have very poor sound quality
Research. Find someone close to you that has played guitar for a while. Ask them what brands and types of guitars to look for and which to avoid. For example, Fender, Taylor, Martin, and Gibson are very well-known high quality brands.
Decide if you are going to play an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. It depends on the style you play. Electric is versatile and can mimic any other guitar, while acoustic guitars have more limitations.
Shop. Always play a guitar before you buy it, so you know what you are getting. Not doing this can be a huge mistake. Have your guitar-playing friend go with you to several shops and stores to help you. As a beginner, your ear may not recognize subtle tone qualities that your friend will pick up and help you. This is probably one of the most important things you can do.
Find a guitar that fits your style. For instance if you play blues you would probably rather find a guitar from fender would suit better rather than from Ibanez. If your considering to buying a electric guitar go through all the amp channels and mess around with the tone knobs. Ask the clerk for a pick and a strap from the sales representative and ask them to show you guitars at your price range. Be sure not to feel pressured when buying a guitar if the salesperson seems pushy.
Try out several guitars. Sitting or standing, if they don't seem natural to you, they might be not for you. Try several guitars until you find one that feels good in your hands and playing.
Look for any imperfections. When buy a floor, used, or B-stocked guitar it is suggested you look for cracks, chips, scratches, etc. and listen for fret buzz. To do this pluck each string with a decent amount of force listening for buzzes, pops, or odd noises. Check the first few frets and then near the 12th, and then near the highest fret on each string. If you notice string buzz or odd noises from an acoustic guitar, don't get that guitar unless the salesperson is willing to adjust it for you. Some string buzz on an electric guitar is okay but nothing that makes that guitar unplayable. Approach that guitar with the same attitude as an acoustic.
Purchase a guitar you like. When purchasing: ask for a warranty, a new set of strings, picks, a gig bag, and a tuner. As a new guitarist, you will need a gig bag and tuner, so it is wise to buy one. Most dealers leave the factory strings on the guitars for years, robbing them of bright tone, new strings resolve the problem nicely.
Get lessons. If possible, try to get private guitar lessons. While books are great, they cannot teach you correct technique (the precise way to position fingers, hands, arms, back, and playing), only theory. If private lessons are not available, or are out of your price range, books or the internet can suffice. [[Image:Buy Your First Guitar Step 11.jpg}}
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