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About Guitars

The guitar is undoubtedly one of the most played instruments in the world. Chances are you know at least a couple of people who can play it and you hear it on a daily basis. Whether it features in a song on the radio, or you come across a street musician jamming out on the street, guitars are everywhere. 

String instruments have been around for thousands of years, with some carvings showing them as far back as 3000-4000 years old, so it’s difficult to say when guitars first originated. Instruments that looked more like the modern day guitar, however, started appearing in Spain around the 15h and 16th centuries. 

The modern look of the guitar is credited to Antonio de Torres Jurado, a Spanish musician who created the design in the mid 1800’s.

What types of guitars are there?

Although there are many different guitars out there, typically they are divided into three main categories: acoustic, electric and bass. 

    • Acoustic guitars are usually made from wood and have hollow bodies which amplify the sound of the strings. Most models come with 6 strings. You’ll notice most street performers using this type. This is the best type of guitar to start learning on. 
    • Electric guitars have solid bodies, unlike the hollow ones of the acoustic guitars. This means that they make very little sound unless they are plugged into an amplifier. If you want to play an electric guitar you’ll also have to get an amp. Electric guitars give a bigger variety of sounds you can create and are usually seen in performances in front of bigger crowds. 
    • Bass guitars, unlike the rest, have only four strings and they have bigger/thicker strings that produce a more heavy and deep sound. 

    Is it difficult to learn to play the guitar?

    As with any instrument, the learning curve entirely depends on how committed you are and what your goal is. If you want to become the next Jimmy Hendrix, then yes, it will take a long time. However if you just want to learn how to play a few chords and relax after a hard day at work, then it can be fairly easy. 

    If you have no previous experience, you’re more than likely going to struggle in the beginning and it will take some time before you’re able to freely play some songs. As with any instrument, the more you learn the easier it will get over time. 

    Nowadays, with the internet and the countless online materials at your disposal, as long as you’re committed to learning, you’ll find it easier to learn than you think. 

    Is learning to play the guitar expensive?

    This is a commonly asked question that does not have a straightforward answer. If you’re serious about learning, apart from the cost of lessons you will also probably have to purchase your own guitar. This will give you the freedom to practice whenever you want. Luckily, you can find acoustic guitars at very affordable prices. It’s not recommendable to buy the cheapest one you can find, because they may not be the best quality. Regardless, you can easily find decent guitars for around £100 that are perfect for beginners. 

    At TutorExtra you can find private lessons starting from around £10 and going up to around £50 depending on the teacher. Browse through our website of fully qualified tutors and choose the one that suits your needs the best. 

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