Learning guitar is an amazing experience! The popularity of the guitar has risen for the last 50 years. There is a certain romanticized association with this instrument, and rightfully so! The versatility of the Guitar shows that its a force to be reckoned with. It can go toe-to-toe with almost every instrument out there, including piano. But, why? The answer, I will try to keep short and sweet. The guitar allows you to play both chords and scales. Meaning, you can play a HUGE variety of music and also accompany yourself in musical situations without the help of other instruments. For example: instruments like flute, trumpet, trombone and other brass varieties, only offer you scales. This means that you are only allowed by the physics of that instrument to play one note at a time, which results in a melody. No chords allowed! There are other options such as: Guitar, Piano and Violin (to name a few) that offer both chords and scales to give you a wide variety of sounds and self-accompaniment. The piano is a timeless instrument that most people would say is the "best" instrument to learn on first. I don't disagree that its a great instrument and gives you a wide selection of styles and tones...but the best instrument to learn on? Debatable. Now, before you string me by my toes from the rafters...here's my reasoning: The average piano
can weigh anywhere from 400 - 800 POUNDS! Try lugging that sucker up a flight of stairs every day. You can't put it in your car and transport it anywhere you go. Yes, there are keyboards that would possibly offer the same convenience, however you have to have electricity to power them and most keyboards don't have weighted keys.
This means you aren't going to be getting the same muscle adaptation as you would have on a weighted piano. So, thats my reasoning and I'm sticking to it! I love the piano and its an amazing instrument that sounds beautiful...but not that convenient. So, back to the guitar. Sorry for the rant.....
Choosing Your First Guitar
There are a few different options when it comes to choosing your first guitar (if you don't have one already)
Option 1: Acoustic Guitar (Steel String)
Option 2: Electric Guitar
Option 3: Classical Guitar (Nylon String)
Which option is best for you? It honestly all depends on what your goals are. There is a common misconception where people assume you start on an acoustic guitar and then work your way up to an electric.
However, there really is no tier system here, it all boils down to preference and music styles. Don't get to bogged down by starting off with one instrument or the other. What do YOU want to hear from the instrument?
Electric Guitars are very easily distinguished. They have pickups and volume knobs and you can probably remember seeing a rock guitarist slinging one across his shoulders playing live.
Although there are many options when it comes to electric guitars, stick with something simple first, and work your way to more expensive models.
If you wanna play some hard rock and blast your neighbors windows out. Then I would suggest an Electric Guitar.