It’s easy to want a specific guitar model simply for the look or sound of it. But, it’s when you jump into decisions like these that you make a mistake. Starting out as a beginner guitarist is challenging. You need to learn about the instrument and how to choose according to your style and preference. There is such a large variety of guitars out there, so be sure to do your research before you buy your first guitar.
Here are a few of the most common mistakes to avoid making:
- Choosing the wrong sounding guitar for your style
If you’ve learned how to practice on an acoustic guitar, you cannot go out and purchase an electric guitar. Each type has its own features, which you would only know if you've played on one before. When you purchase a guitar, you need to choose between a nylon string classical sound, a steel string acoustic sound and an electric sounding guitar. Most beginners assume that you start on an acoustic and as your skills progress, the more you will move onto an electric guitar which is not always the case. The type of guitar you choose to buy is greatly determined by the style of music you prefer to play.
Of course, you can always change up your guitar to achieve different sounds, for example, AC/DC versus Jack Johnson, but to start, the best possible choices will be an acoustic or classical guitar with nylon strings. The reason for this is because the strings are easier to press down and play with.
- Not knowing how the difference in guitar size impacts your playing
The size of the guitar you choose can affect your playing abilities. For example, an electric guitar has a much smaller heck and body than an acoustic or classical guitar. While these musical instruments do differ in size, they also weight different weights which can be difficult to handle for beginners. The heavier a guitar is, the more taxing it is on your fingers and arms to hold up and play. So, depending on your own height and age, make sure you’ve had some experience in holding the different guitar sizes and weights or have spoken to a professional to guide you on your purchasing decision. The more personalised the guitar is for your activity and strength, the more beneficial it will be for your passion to keep playing.
- Choosing a guitar because of its popular brand name
Forget about the brand name and the price tag attached to the guitar you want. Starting out as a beginner, the last thing you should do is commit to popular brand names, thinking it’s the best choice or option for your new-found hobby. Of course, you need to choose a guitar that is made from durable materials, but you certainly don’t need a top-of-the-range Gibson. Beginners do not require expensive options. You’re slowly starting to enjoy the instrument, and you’re still learning how to play properly. Once you’ve played an instrument for a while, only then will you be able to pick up on certain elements and understand how a change in guitar could positively impact your playing opportunities.
- Buying a guitar without a manual
If you’re new to any instrument, it can be overwhelming. Most types of music instruments don’t even include a manual, so if this is the case with the guitar you want, best you speak to someone in the music instrument shop you’re visiting. Without lessons, you can become discouraged if you don’t know how to operate your guitar, so for your own sake, make sure you buy or receive a manual.
- Paying for accessories you don’t need
As it is, buying a guitar is an expensive experience. Usually, once you’ve started a specific hobby, you can easily be convinced into purchasing add-ons to make your experience better, but be sure to do your research and have a good understanding of what you need as a beginner. There is no doubting that amps, straps, bags and more are essentials for this instrument, but in the beginning, you do not need the ultimate sound. Once you really invest your time into your new hobby and are confident in your abilities then spoil yourself with an accessory or feature that might turn your world around. Most beginners, as it is, do not have a clear understanding of the sound and style they want to play. So, again, over time, you will learn about your own sound preferences and then purchase accordingly.
It’s not worth splurging on something if you’re unsure of where the hobby or interest will take you. Before you make an impulse decision and regret your purchase at a later stage, you need to do your research, visit a number of different shops and speak to professionals who can help you. Make sure you get the best bang for your buck on your first guitar as it will become a memorable feature in your life.