If you have recently decided to learn how to play the guitar, you are
probably excited but at the same time nervous about the endeavor. Whether
you are young or old, you may have some doubts about your ability to
master the art. Practice and hard work will eventually pay off in the
long run, but to prepare yourself for the present, make sure you have
a suitable guitar and can read music before you attend your first guitar
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Most importantly you should have your own guitar. If your budget doesn't
allow you to get the one you absolutely love, get a used version of it
instead. Buying a low cost alternative is a great way to meet your present
needs. Borrowing a friend's guitar may seem like a good idea, but it
isn't very practical. As a new guitar player you are going to have to
practice again and again in order to get it right. Don't make this harder
on yourself than it has to be by depending on the availability of a friend's
instrument. When you purchase your guitar, make sure that the size fits
you well. It shouldn't be too big or too heavy for you to play comfortably
in a sitting position, so make sure to get a feel for it in your arms
at the music store before you make the purchase.
In addition to a guitar, you must be able to read music before you attend
your first guitar lessons. While you can opt to have a portion
of your guitar lessons spent having your instructor help you to learn
to read the music, this is not a wise way to spend your money. Reading
music is a fairly simple task that an average person can teach themselves.
Don't pay a person to teach you something you can master on your
own. Pay them instead for what you can't teach yourself. Knowing how
to read sheet music will make it so that all of your guitar lessons are
spent learning the guitar, not going over rudimentary skills.