Learning to play the classical guitar has many advantages that often carry the support of the beginner musician: a natural extension of the body, the classical guitar gets carried away with no cumbersome electrical devices and can be learned any age! However, like every musical instrument – piano, violin, flute, harp – it requires motivation, training and some diligence! Rome was not made in a day and the concerto of Aranjuez or a Prelude of Villa-Lobos either!
The classical guitar before the electric guitar, why?
Its handling is the simplest and the most harmonious to start the guitar:
The acoustic guitar, in nylon thread today – in animal gut annealed until the middle of the 20 th century – is devoid of electrical connections, and only the resonance emitted by the wood of the central box directly relates the sound emitted by the vibration of the strings. It is practiced with the fingertips, with the nails or with the help of a pick.
If you are a guitarist , the manipulation of the strings on the center plate of the classical acoustic guitar allows a wide and comfortable spacing between the strings, and encourages good posture of the body as well as the positioning of the fingers, from the first courses .
A classical guitar lesson can be practiced with a home teacher:
The interest for a beginner teenager or adult learning classical guitar is to be able to evolve, from the decision taken, with a professional guitarist at home, which will obviously teach you the basics of the instrument but above all:
- Help you choose the type of guitar that “sings” to your ear, and that fits your budget before a definitive favorite purchase.
- Determine the number – the set – and the type of strings – nylon wrapped with bonze or steel, to put on and adjust on the guitar.
- You avoid bad habits of the beginner!
- Direct and regularly modify your posture and your body language
- Test your musical ear and get used to recognizing good tempos
- Learn to read the Tablature and acquire good basics in music theory
A classical guitar can test and master the sound of your chords:
Which (if any) wood (s) in which your guitar is made, its resonance differs significantly. The acoustic guitar according to the number of strings applied – 6/8 for the usual -, returns you to your personal listening as well as that of your teacher: very quickly, you recognize, from the first resonance extinguished, the agreement just or resume.
To set the set of your classical guitar is a regular ritual to adopt , almost daily, thanks to a tester, with the help of your teacher or a luthier, so that it resonates just and that the rigidity of the strings is exactly what you expect, according to your personal touch. More experienced, you will enjoy adjusting it yourself.
Quickly, you realize, with the use, if your set of 6 or 8 strings will last a day or a year: you quickly understand that it is necessary to have a set of spare strings at hand , just as for the violin!
With the classical guitar you decrypt live Tablature – the range – on the neck of your guitar.
That the neck is in maple – resonance fine and high – in rosewood – sound more rounded and better held notes – finally, for the most silvered and able to equip professionals – in ebony – to the sound very hot and to the touch Silky – you have to get used to tune, hold, and manipulate your guitar , from tablature to chords performed along the strings.
A classical guitarist pro teaches you in a few weeks – depending on the time you can devote – to read a tablature chords. In the process, you practice the 8 main agreements to tame to find yourself alone / in groups, with mature and assured gestures allowing you to move to other stages.
The classical guitar: a vocabulary to discover alongside a teacher.
Child, it does not matter, teenager, we want to show that we know and adult, we absolutely do not support not knowing!
“Do you have a Mapple, a Rosewood, an Ebony? ”
“She has good sustain! ”
“One of your frets is crushed! ”
“Your thread is flat or round? “
More involved and interested, in a few days you can master the basics of the classical language of the guitarists in love with their instrument thanks to the expertise of a professional who tells you, from sight, and after repetitions of simple gestures, all the words / the expressions, used in the Corpo des Cordes.
Then come Paco de Lucía, Antonio Lauro, or the best seventies hits of Maxime Le Forestier with real confidence, and if you opt for folk or flamenco later, you will already have all the assets in hand to diversify and expand your passion and your audience!