Guitar lessons start you on your way to learning one of the most widely-used instruments in the world of popular music, especially in rock, blues, jazz, soul, reggae, latin, and metal. Although the forerunners to the guitar date back to ancient times, the modern acoustic guitar as we know it came into use near the end of the 18th Century. Guitar lessons offer the student the ability to integrate themselves into many styles and genres of music.
The guitar and its predecessors were widely used in both folk and classical music throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The incorporation of the acoustic guitar into jazz bands led to the invention of the electric guitar in 1931, satisfying the need for the guitar to be audible over the other instruments. Starting with the extensive use of the guitar in blues music – being a portable instrument made it an ideal choice for traveling musicians – the guitar went on to become a central feature of rock and roll in the 1950’s.
We recommend starting guitar lessons around age 6, depending on the development of the student's dexterity in their hands and fingers. The guitar is also a great instrument for teens and adults, no matter how old!
We recommend that most young students start out with a 1/2 or 3/4 size acoustic guitar. There are two types: nylon string (classical) or steel string (folk). Nylon strings have lower tension and are a little easier on the fingers than steel string, but many people prefer the brighter sound of the folk guitar and makes the extra effort worth it.
Older students (10 and up) usually would be comfortable handling an electric guitar. Fender (Squire), Epiphone, and Ibanez are a few popular brands for beginning electric guitar students. You'll also need guitar cables, an amplifier, guitar strap, picks, and extra strings, too.
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