Melbourne Guitar lessons. Choosing the right guitar?
Either as a beginner or a professional we always face the hard choice of choosing the right guitar for your daily needs and for your guitar lessons. Here at my studio in Melbourne I will gladly help you select the right guitar for your budget and needs so as to be able to achieve the desired results we set fourth in our courses and lessons.
The nylon string guitar.
Let´ s start off with some basic tips that will help you make the right choice hopefully not influenced by the price or brand. In order to make an efficient decision we must compare guitars of the same price, range and make. I would suggest to go into the guitar shop, choose the guitar that suits your budget, maybe 200 dollars to start off with and ask the attendant if you may try out three guitars of the same price and manufacturer.
First of all we should check which guitar has the best tuning.
Once the open strings are in tune check if it is maintained all over the fingerboard.:
Play octave notes on various sections of the fingerboard. Do they maintain their tuning ?
Play barred chords. Do they sound in tune all over the fingerboard?
Does the 12th fret harmonic note of each string coincide in an octave lower with the 12th fret pressed note of that same string?
You will be surprised that cheap chain produced guitars may create a more efficient overall tuning than expensive ones.
Secondly it would be time to play the three guitars and create awareness of timbre, dynamics and projection.
Play a short phrase loudly , softly and listen to the difference.
Play in a sweet and aggressive manner and listen to the difference.
Try to figure out where you hear the sound of the guitar. Is it created near you or further away from you?
Play a single high note and let it ring, Does the note produce vibrations in other strings? Can you hear any other higher notes that are produced at the same time?
One you have heard these variables choose the cheapest guitar that has the best overall tuning, that can sound sweeter or harsher and where the sound comes from all around you. You might then have just chosen a 200 dollar guitar that can sound just as good as a 1000 dollar guitar.