Great Advice When Buying Your First Guitar

When you buy a new guitar, most people find that it is not how they imagined. You might think you get it home, sit down with it on your lap and start playing. Ok, this is what I thought too. However you might find that once you try to hold down a chord the strings are too darn tight. I don't know why many guitar manufacturers don't set the guitar up so that you can play it right out of the box.

You want to play the guitar right, but find it difficult. After having this happen to me a number of times, I now think it is best to take the guitar too a reputable music shop and ask them to "lower the action". They will happily do this for a reasonable fee and boy is it worth it! The strings will now be closer to the fret board, easier to hold down when making a chord and the strings will stay in-tune for longer, Bargain! This is great advice for first-time guitarists especially. I don't mind telling you, I wish somebody had told me this when I was first learning to play guitar! It would have saved me a lot of time and frustration.

This is also a good suggestion if you are thinking of buying a guitar for your son or daughter. I'm sure many parents wonder why their children give up on the guitar so soon. They probably don't realise how hard it is to hold those strings down. This certainly applies to budget guitars just like the one my parents gave me. The hours of pain and toil, trying to hold those strings down and get my guitar to sound right!

Yes, if you have a new guitar that you fear playing because it hurts your fingers? Well I sympathize with you.

The easier it is to play guitar the more you will practice. The more you practice playing guitar, the better you'll get! Within no time after getting the strings lowered you'll be making great sounds come out of that guitar and will be smiling from ear to ear!

If you don't get the action lowered it will hurt your fingers when you try to play and this is the reason a lot of new guitars end up in the attic gathering dust. And we don't want that guys! So yes, It's best to take it along to your local music store and get that guitar set up properly.

by Ian Millar; Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 08:13 AM [1656]

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History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

The fame of the electric guitar started in the big band era when guitarists wanted to amplify their guitars to compete with the large brass sections in jazz orchestras. Earlier, electric guitars were mainly made up of empty acoustic bodies with electromagnetic pick ups attached, to convert the sound into electrical energy for amplifiers.

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