If your son or daughter has decided that the guitar is their thing, congratulations, but it’s time to find them one. For this, we will try to facilitate the task and clear your mind before going to a store, to avoid a wrong choice and the consequent frustrations.
Favorite music style
Once you have chosen the instrument, you should think about what kind of music your child likes to play, as he/she will have to choose a guitar that suits his/her style. Ask yourself what their favorite artist is or what they want to sound like. These are necessary questions when tuning the type of guitar.
If after these questions you are not sure which way to go, review the following points to find out which guitar is the most convenient.
Easy to play it
If we are beginning to learn the instrument, the main thing to advance is that the guitar we buy is easy to play, so the child can better develop their skills.
For example, an acoustic guitar with steel strings can require a lot of finger strength to play. If this could be a problem, you should opt for a classical guitar, which have nylon ones.
This table can help us to guide our son/daughter in their choice.
|1/8||44 cm||from 3 to 5 years old||approx. 110 cm|
|1/4||48 cm||from 5 to 7 years old||approx. 120 cm|
|1/2||53 cm||from 6 to 8 years old||approx. 133 cm|
|3/4||58 cm||from 8 to 11 years old||approx. 145 cm|
|7/8||62 cm||10 years||approx. 155 cm|
|4/4||65 cm||12 years old||approx. 163 cm|
There are three general types of guitar, the classical or flamenco guitar, the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar.
The classical guitar is designed to play classical pieces, although it can also be used for styles such as bossa-nova, jazz or flamenco, but we should rule it out for styles such as rock, pop, pop rock or funk.
Its strings are made of nylon and it is the preferred style of guitar for beginners, due to its more affordable prices, but it is not the most suitable for beginners, as the width of the neck and the spacing between the strings tend to hurt the fingers quickly.
The acoustic guitar has a thinner neck and is very versatile, making it ideal for beginners, although it is somewhat more expensive than the classical guitar. It has a much wider range than the classical guitar, adapting to styles such as folk, rock, pop, pop rock or blues.
On the other hand, as we have already mentioned, this type of guitar has metal strings, which can damage the fingers. If this trance is overcome, dexterity with both hands will be acquired.
The electric guitar is not very suitable for beginners, as it is more expensive, more difficult to transport and involves the purchase of an amplifier. Unless your child is a rock fan, you shouldn’t consider it as a way to start learning.
This type of guitar does not have a soundboard, being the microphones installed under the strings the ones that produce the sound. The strings are similar to those of the acoustic guitar, and is used for styles ranging from jazz to hard rock.
It has a very thin neck and its strings are not very taut, making it one of the easiest guitars to play.
At the time of purchase
To dispel any doubt, it is essential that you play the guitar before you buy it. Your child should try several and decide which one is right for him or her. When he has the right one in his hands, you will both realize it.
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