Best acoustic guitar for beginners + self teachers?

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    So I've wanted to learn the guitar for a while now, because I love to sing. I remember buying a crap guitar when I was about 13 and never really took it seriously.

    I've read some advice online about how the strings should be close to the board etc but I'm really struggling to form an opinion on how to choose the best guitar. I don't even know where to start! I don't want anything too expensive since it'll be my first.

    Hope you guys can help.

    p.s. I'm LEFT HANDED
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    I'm a guitarist of over 10 years
    literally - your taste in guitars will grow in time, it doesn't matter at this stage - all you want is something that functions
    just get a cheap (left handed!) yamaha full size guitar (not a classical) - it's harder to play, but honestly, you'll want to play with steel strings sooner than later because being accustomed to nylon strings (on a classical) isn't good for you if you actually want to play a good sounding guitar at some stage. calluses are to be *completely* expected. that's what makes you better. if you feel basic steel string are hard, try ****ing 12 string guitars, or basses :lol: they're far worse imo
    I would say you don't need a teacher - just get an ear for the instrument and the notes and eventually you'll work your way up

    for me, I'd say the most basic thing you need to know is the tuning of the guitar (which is tricky for a beginner to get the hang of) i.e. the open note of each string. next thing is learning very elementary chords - I myself only need a few chords even as a 10 year+ guitarist: A, A minor, maybe A7, B7, C, C7, D, D minor, D7, E, E minor, "the wanderwall E", F, G and that's basically it. everything else from there is either a major powerchord, a minor power chord, or a 7 powerchord. by powerchord, I mean this (you can use that pattern and literally use it anywhere on the neck so long as you're begining from the first two thick strings):
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    also, hammer-ons and pull offs are going to be needed in your arsenal as they're pretty universal for guitar music
    and then I guess from there, just master picking itself (up-down, down-down, etc) both in terms of chords and scales
    look up a major scale, for instance, and instead of playing the notes one after another, play 2, then go back 1, then the next 2, etc - it makes you a better player with your neck hand (your right hand, as you're left handed).

    ultimately, getting good at guitar takes years. so don't get disappointed - listen to your favourite rock~ songs and you'll get the drive to keep playing. look up tabs if you want to learn a song, but eventually you're going to want to become indepdnent of tabs and you'll want to develop your ear for guitar music. some bands are great for learning next chords (or essentially the chords I've given already) - for instance, a lot of beatles songs were great for me. "you're gonna lose that girl", "yes it is", "this boy", etc.
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    (Original post by sleepysnooze)
    I'm a guitarist of over 10 years
    literally - your taste in guitars will grow in time, it doesn't matter at this stage - all you want is something that functions
    just get a cheap (left handed!) yamaha full size guitar (not a classical) - it's harder to play, but honestly, you'll want to play with steel strings sooner than later because being accustomed to nylon strings (on a classical) isn't good for you if you actually want to play a good sounding guitar at some stage. calluses are to be *completely* expected. that's what makes you better. if you feel basic steel string are hard, try ****ing 12 string guitars, or basses :lol: they're far worse imo
    I would say you don't need a teacher - just get an ear for the instrument and the notes and eventually you'll work your way up

    for me, I'd say the most basic thing you need to know is the tuning of the guitar (which is tricky for a beginner to get the hang of) i.e. the open note of each string. next thing is learning very elementary chords - I myself only need a few chords even as a 10 year+ guitarist: A, A minor, maybe A7, B7, C, C7, D, D minor, D7, E, E minor, "the wanderwall E", F, G and that's basically it. everything else from there is either a major powerchord, a minor power chord, or a 7 powerchord. by powerchord, I mean this (you can use that pattern and literally use it anywhere on the neck so long as you're begining from the first two thick strings):
    Spoiler:
    Show
    also, hammer-ons and pull offs are going to be needed in your arsenal as they're pretty universal for guitar music
    and then I guess from there, just master picking itself (up-down, down-down, etc) both in terms of chords and scales
    look up a major scale, for instance, and instead of playing the notes one after another, play 2, then go back 1, then the next 2, etc - it makes you a better player with your neck hand (your right hand, as you're left handed).

    ultimately, getting good at guitar takes years. so don't get disappointed - listen to your favourite rock~ songs and you'll get the drive to keep playing. look up tabs if you want to learn a song, but eventually you're going to want to become indepdnent of tabs and you'll want to develop your ear for guitar music. some bands are great for learning next chords (or essentially the chords I've given already) - for instance, a lot of beatles songs were great for me. "you're gonna lose that girl", "yes it is", "this boy", etc.
    Thank you SO much for such a detailed response. This is the guitar I went to go and try at my local guitar store: http://www.kennysmusic.co.uk/freshma...c-guitar-black is there anything from the description that would make you believe it's not a good beginners acoustic guitar?
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    Thank you SO much for such a detailed response. This is the guitar I went to go and try at my local guitar store: http://www.kennysmusic.co.uk/freshma...c-guitar-black is there anything from the description that would make you believe it's not a good beginners acoustic guitar?
    it's a fine guitar for a beginner, absolutely
    I guess it doesn't really matter but if you like the sound of mahogany guitars then this would be a good choice. mahogany guitars from my experience though sound a bit dull (I prefer maple) - like I said though, it's not going to matter too much - just get a full size (left handed) guitar and start getting used to playing it. you probably won't even be able ot pick up on the difference between the wood sounds if you're brand new too.
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    (Original post by sleepysnooze)
    it's a fine guitar for a beginner, absolutely
    I guess it doesn't really matter but if you like the sound of mahogany guitars then this would be a good choice. mahogany guitars from my experience though sound a bit dull (I prefer maple) - like I said though, it's not going to matter too much - just get a full size (left handed) guitar and start getting used to playing it. you probably won't even be able ot pick up on the difference between the wood sounds if you're brand new too.
    You've been of great help - honestly thanks so much. I went to the guitar store and for some reason, holding a left handed guitar felt so uncomfortable. I wasn't expecting this at all. The body felt like it was 'in the way' but the rest of it felt good e.g. having my right hand in charge of the chords. But because of the body situation, I had to end up purchasing a right handed guitar. At the moment it seems pretty good, better than expected. So I'll see how that goes
 
 
 
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