What about classical guitars?

Hi!
I need help with something.
Well, I am planning on buying a classical guitar because I need a guitar that won’t hurt my finger tips as much and is easier on small hands. I’ve never had a guitar before and my hands are a little bit below average size. Oh, and are regular acoustics, or classical guitars more expensive? And how much should I spend on my classical guitar? Thanks!

Chosen Answer:

You can get a nice Yamaha classical guitar for about 0.00 or even less on sale, to start with this would be just fine, my first classical costs about 5.00 and I still have it today and it still has a great sound, when I play with Cd’s the tone doesn’t sound much different then my good one, unbelieveable, considering that it’s over thirty five years old. As for having little hands or fingers, that has nothing to do with it if your holding your fingers and hand correctly you won’t have any problems, look on youtube there’s a lot of young girls on there playing classical guitar with very small fingers and hands and they sound great, one girls blind, and boy can she play well !!!!!!! Hold your thumb in the center of the back or the guitar neck, it’s awkard at first but with time and practice you’ll see that this makes it so much easier later on when your trying to make comlicated chords, don’t ever hold your thumb over the neck, that will slow you way down, go on youtube and type in Liona Boyd, she’s one of the worlds greatest women guitarist and you won’t see her thumb over the neck. If you go to the guitar center and see a guitar that you like, make sure that you play a lot of them, that they have the right action and sound that your looking for, some people don’t realize that they all may look alike but they don’t all sound or feel the same. You can get a Remirez guitar (in Spain) for about ,000 that’s my dream to own one of them, and acoustic guitars can go for the same price, depends on who makes them. I hope that you don’t think playing classical doesn’t hurt your fingers because you’d be wrong, I have very thick callouses on my fingers, after about two hours of playing your fingers hurt just as they do with acoustic, well good luck with your playing !!!!!!! bye.
by: chessmaster1018
on: 12th September 07

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3 Responses to What about classical guitars?

  1. chessmaster1018 says:

    You can get a nice Yamaha classical guitar for about $200.00 or even less on sale, to start with this would be just fine, my first classical costs about $125.00 and I still have it today and it still has a great sound, when I play with Cd’s the tone doesn’t sound much different then my good one, unbelieveable, considering that it’s over thirty five years old. As for having little hands or fingers, that has nothing to do with it if your holding your fingers and hand correctly you won’t have any problems, look on youtube there’s a lot of young girls on there playing classical guitar with very small fingers and hands and they sound great, one girls blind, and boy can she play well !!!!!!! Hold your thumb in the center of the back or the guitar neck, it’s awkard at first but with time and practice you’ll see that this makes it so much easier later on when your trying to make comlicated chords, don’t ever hold your thumb over the neck, that will slow you way down, go on youtube and type in Liona Boyd, she’s one of the worlds greatest women guitarist and you won’t see her thumb over the neck. If you go to the guitar center and see a guitar that you like, make sure that you play a lot of them, that they have the right action and sound that your looking for, some people don’t realize that they all may look alike but they don’t all sound or feel the same. You can get a Remirez guitar (in Spain) for about $10,000 that’s my dream to own one of them, and acoustic guitars can go for the same price, depends on who makes them. I hope that you don’t think playing classical doesn’t hurt your fingers because you’d be wrong, I have very thick callouses on my fingers, after about two hours of playing your fingers hurt just as they do with acoustic, well good luck with your playing !!!!!!! bye.

  2. Rachel_S165 says:

    No matter which acoustic guitar you buy, nylon-string classical or regular steel-string, your fingertips will hurt for the first few weeks until you develop callouses. So don’t buy a nylon string guitar simply because you’re afraid of sore fingertips. The soreness will go away after a few weeks with practice.

    In addition, you should know that the neck and fingerboard on a classical guitar is noticeably wider than on a regular steel-string guitar…and a lot wider than on an electric guitar. So I’m not sure I would say that a classical guitar is easier on small hands. Eventually, of course, no matter what size the fingerboard is, your hands and fingers will learn to stretch to make the chords and scales that you need — with practice. If you’re really a small person, you could consider getting a 3/4 size guitar which will have a proportionately smaller neck and fingerboard.

    Much more important in the long run, IMO is to consider what kind of sound you want and what kind of music you want to play. Classical guitars sound mellow and sweet, and are pretty much essential if you plan on learning to play classical music (duh!), but if you eventually want to play rock, or bluegrass, or country, or most kinds of folk music, you’re probably not going to get the sound you want from a nylon strung classical guitar; you’re going to want either a steel-string acoustic or an electric of some kind. So if I were you, I’d figure out what kind of music I wanted to play and get a guitar that will work with that, right from the beginning.

    You can get a decent beginner level acoustic guitar for between $200-400. Not sure about prices for entry-level classical guitars, but like I said, unless you know you’re definitely interested in playing classical music, you might be better off with either a regular steel-string acoustic or an electric.

  3. b4_999 says:

    I’m with chessmaster. I own a dozen guitars of all makes, models, and price ranges and spend most of my time playing a $150 Yamaha classical G255SII. The sound is there and it plays well.

    If you take to guitar you will want different guitars for all your applications. It’s like cans of soup. If you need chicken soup you better have a can of chicken soup on the shelf. Tomato soup is on another shelf altogether.

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