Tips On Learning To Play Classical Guitar

While the traditional steel string acoustic gets plenty of love in modern music, you can't discount the unique and beautiful tone that is unique to the nylon classical guitar. And speaking of nylon, strings aren't the only differences between these two type of guitars. Learning how to play the classical guitar is very similar to starting off with a steel string acoustic, but there are enough differences that they should be tackled in slightly different ways. Below, we take a look at a few key tips that will help you properly learn to play a classical guitar.



Start From Scratch

Those who have previously played acoustic or electric guitars will have a minor advantage while learning to play classical guitar. However, it won't be of much help. In fact, it can be a disadvantage as well because you will have to get rid of your previous habits. The necks of classical guitars are completely different from those of electric guitars. Hence, you won't be able to apply the skills which you have learned while playing the acoustic or electric guitar.


Pick The Right Classical Guitar

It is also very important to buy a guitar which suits you the best. The sound which you produce will depend largely on the wood, string tension and the construction of the guitar. While buying a classical guitar, you should always go for one which has a solid top. In order to save money, you can buy one with laminated sides, but a solid top is very important. When it comes to tonewood, you should always go for cedar and spruce. Cedar has a very warm and soothing sound and spruce also has a very clear sound. Apart from your skills and the strings which you are using, the type of tonewood will have a significant impact on the sound. You should always go for nylon strings. It's not a true classical guitar if it doesn't have nylon strings!

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Make Sure You Are Always In Tune

When you are just starting out, it is very important to have an in-tune guitar. In your early training days, if you get used to hearing out of tune notes, then you will have trouble later on. Buying a guitar tuner is the best option to make sure that the tuning is always perfect. And if you are going to frequently perform live in low light environments, then buy one which has a bright and clear display.


Pay Attention To Your Posture

Your seating position is also very important. First, you will have to a find a chair according to your height, so that there is a 90-degree angle between your thighs and shin. You should sit straight. Your shoulders should also be straight and your left arm should always be able to reach the fretboard. You may also need a footstool to reach this position. This is considered as the ideal position. However, you may make some adjustments if you are feeling uncomfortable.


Rename Your Fingers

In classical guitars, all your fingers have been assigned a Spanish name. Unless you are comfortable with Spanish, you won't be able to remember the names. Hence, you should consider renaming them. Finger strength is required to play classical guitar. Hence, you may have some pain initially. However, with time, you will get used to it and your techniques will also improve. You can also consider having long nails on your right hand, as it will help you to strum properly and get the perfect sound.


Final Thoughts ...

The classical guitar is a beautiful instrument, unique from its steel string brother. Do yourself a huge favor and use the tips above to learn it the proper way! Click here to browse our entire selection of classical guitars.



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