Easier and Cheaper Than What You May Have Thought

Ever thought about playing the guitar? Many would like to, but find their busy lives and the cost of lessons stops them from even learning their first chord. A look at the two main expenses may help in the  decision to pursue this new endeavor or not. The lessons and the guitar.

First, what type of guitar you would like to play? The 3 main classifications: are listed below.

  • Acoustic: has a narrower neck and uses steel strings.            Gibson 6 String Acoustic  Fender Acoustic Guitar      

  • Classical: comes with a fatter neck, which helps accommodates it’s nylon strings.     Classical beauty by Gibson   Classic Guitar by Gibson

  • Electric: Newest kid on the block, originated in the 1930‘s. It’s sound comes through an amplifier. The guitar of choice at concerts, especially loud ones.         Famous Fender Electric Guitar     Fender Electric 

Acoustic, classical, and electric guitar are the most widely used. There are differences one will need to keep in mind, including the amount of strings. The most common has 6. Others come with 7, 8, and even 12 strings. Bass guitars come in the 4 and 5 string species, both acoustic and electric. If these decisions seem daunting, do not worry, your instructor will provide guidance in this matter. 
The pricing of guitars vary. They can be extremely economical to purchase. Picking (no pun intended) a guitar is something best left to someone you can trust, a friend who has a lot of experience and can identity a good model. If you do not know anyone like this, go to a music store that has a good reputation. Most any model has at least some reviews online. Often, beginners choose a low cost guitar to start. Though it may not be a Fender, Martin, or a Gibson, it will probably work just fine. Though the prices may vary, spending $50 to $100 should do it.
Here are some examples:
  • Sky Enterprise: 38" Acousic. Comes with a beginners kit which includes guitar case, tuner and strap. $55.
  • Lauren LA100: Full size steel string acoustic guitar with a natural finish. $62.95.
  • Rok Stark: Full size acoustic. $127.95
  • Austin Bazaar: 39" Electric Guitar with amplifier. $89.94 
This takes us now to the cost for instruction or lessons. There’s good news. Granted, there is nothing like having a real live instructor in front of you demonstrating their skill. With the arrival of the internet and DVD player, it can cost a lot less. Guitar teachers charge anywhere between $15 - $45 for half an hour. Let's say 4 lesson per month, for at least a couple of years, well, do the math. No doubt they earn their wages as they share their expertise.
There are many fine quality guitar training courses that are on the internet and DVD s. Some of them are even free. Do a search on youtube and you will find a large variety. The price range varies greatly, starting from free (  the first few lessons ) to the $200 mark. Here are some examples.
  •  Infinite Guitar: Infinite Guitar starts at $10.95. It is a a monthly subscription based service. They offer over 1200 video lessons, anywhere from beginner, to medium, advanced, and expert.
  • Jam Play Guitar: Jam Play starts at $19.95 per month. With the help of 68 different instructors, Jam Play has over 1000 hours of video instruction. All of their videos are studio recorded and are high quality. Monthly fees apply.
  • Guitar Tricks: Guitar Tricks $14.95 per month. Memberships can move up a notch to their Full Access level, additional fees, apply. 
  • Gibson Learn and Master Guitar: Gibson sells their course for $149.95. Comes on multiple CD's. Known as one of the best courses one can buy on DVD. 
  • Probably the biggest advantage all of these courses offer is that you can take the lessons when your schedule allows it.   
By doing a little homework and research, finding a worthy guitar and lessons for a reasonible price is do-able. Having your training sessions online or on DVDs, you can learn right in your own home, whenever the time fits your busy life. Wither your genre of music is rock, country, blues, folk, bluegrass or any other type, there has not been a more convenient time to master the guitar. Strings anyone?


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