How many different styles of guitar are there to learn?

I’m interested in learning how to play the guitar, but I want to be sure of what I want before I go out and try to find a guitar teacher. What different styles are out there, which would be more desirable to learn, and where would you suggest finding a teacher? Any other helpful tips would be appreciated 🙂

I have tried to learn by myself in the past, but I found it too hard to keep myself motivated >_>

Chosen Answer:

Depends what sort of music u want play & what u want to do with ur guitar. The easiest is basic “folk” guitar – chords and strumming as an accompaniment for u or others to sing to. This is. the one that is probably the most use. From this u can go further into folk style – fingerpicking etc; into rock/blues/jazz, whatever . Classical is the most difficult. The guitar has to held just so, the left thumb has to be screwed into the back of the guitar neck and the right hand fingers take a pounding. However, if that is the type of music that appeals, it will be worth it.
Steel strung acoustic guitars will serve for most music, but classical/spanish require nylon strings. Nylon strings are also easier on the fdingers for a beginner.
Also be aware , as u no doubt remember from before,that u cannot have long,pretty nails on ur left hand and those fingers are going to hurt for a while. Hope this helps, and happy picking.
by: SKCave
on: 19th July 07

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4 Responses to How many different styles of guitar are there to learn?

  1. Steve C says:

    You should always start by learning the basics before you worry about style. If you don’t, it won’t matter which style you choose—you’ll never play well. Take classical guitar and learn all you can before branching off.

  2. ich habe das nicht verstanden says:

    there are plenty of different styles of guitar playing. there’s jazz, blues, country, rock, heavy metal and the list goes on. what you need first is to learn the basics of guitar playing. once you have mastered the basics, you can now concentrate on a specific style. you could also listen to some records of guitar players of the style that you would concentrate on to get the feel of the style. for example you could listen to Howlin’ Wolf when you go into blues, or Wes Montgomery in jazz.

  3. chessmaster1018 says:

    Well you have classical that’s what I play, and then rock of course, and then you have lead, country, rhythm, finger style, I love this style played on acoustic guitar. Then there’s bass. I’m sure that you have a preference, right ? Or is it that you just want to play. I knew from the time I was about eight or nine that classical was my thing, and like I said I also love finger style. Go to any local music store to find a teacher or look in your phone book, or check your local colleges, their music department has a lot of undergraduates who want to earn extra money in the summer by teaching privately. If you want to make up your mind about style why not check out a few web sites and see what you like. Check these out :
    http://www.jamplay.com/
    http://www.billbrutal.com/
    http://www.guitarmasterclass.net
    http://www.justinguitar.com/
    http://www.worldguitar.com
    http://www.fretplay.com/
    http://www.learnhowtoplayguitar.com/
    http://www.guitar.about.com/
    Maybe you’ll get an idea from some of these sites, good luck, bye, hope this helps you to make up your mind.

  4. SKCave says:

    Depends what sort of music u want play & what u want to do with ur guitar. The easiest is basic “folk” guitar – chords and strumming as an accompaniment for u or others to sing to. This is. the one that is probably the most use. From this u can go further into folk style – fingerpicking etc; into rock/blues/jazz, whatever . Classical is the most difficult. The guitar has to held just so, the left thumb has to be screwed into the back of the guitar neck and the right hand fingers take a pounding. However, if that is the type of music that appeals, it will be worth it.
    Steel strung acoustic guitars will serve for most music, but classical/spanish require nylon strings. Nylon strings are also easier on the fdingers for a beginner.
    Also be aware , as u no doubt remember from before,that u cannot have long,pretty nails on ur left hand and those fingers are going to hurt for a while. Hope this helps, and happy picking.

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