Choosing the right guitar model
The choice of a classical guitar model is an important moment, even capital, for the novice who will soon begin his guitar lessons. The aspiring or confirmed artist will however be confronted with various proposals: according to his age, his morphology, his learning credo, the guitar chosen at the beginning will have to be tested and its adaptation verified by a professional or fine connoisseur. For the child, his body evolves … the guitar will have to evolve with him! For the adult, 1.55 m to 1.90, it will be equally attentive and receptive to a model in perfect harmony with the morphology. The different models of classical guitars – or flamenco, folk – vary considerably.
A guitar at its size
Size: 5 basic sizes in all styles and brands, including the music table, the depth of the case, the length of the neck and the quality of the strings. Classical guitar (7/8 or 4/4) light, wide and flat handle is one of the most often recommended choices to start learning the guitar .
It is a versatile instrument that allows you to apprehend access to music cheaply and therefore, to change when it’s time. In addition, the nylon strings of the classical guitar are more accessible by their flexibility to beginners – children and adults – who struggle to experience the first burns and the painful tension of the strings and the holding of the instrument in the early days.
If your teen is tempted by the folk guitar , some chords on the steel strings and callosities that can lead to a first access to the learning of the guitar, will make him make the difference himself. For a child as well as an adult who starts, except the size of the guitar, its aesthetics too – playing on a model noticed in friends, at a concert – will necessarily motivate much more than being confronted with a guitar type “Standard” –
Depending on the chosen classical guitar model , it will be important to check before a final purchase, if the width of the neck is adapted and if the handling of the guitar, as a whole, is appreciated by the future guitarist, comfortable to take in hands, according to his age, his measurements. The ideal is to go directly into the specialty shops and try different models . The salesmen will help you and advise you for your choice.
The different dimensions of the guitar models
The size of the guitar , whatever the brand, the wood, the number of strings, comes in 5 different formats : each has its own specificities and is adapted to different morphologies.
- 4/4 guitar
- Guitar 7/8
- 3/4 Guitar
- Guitar 1/2
- 1/4 guitar
The 4/4 guitar, the standard
The 4/4 guitars – the most common – correspond to standard guitar sizes for adults and teenagers . They provide a more powerful and warm sound than smaller guitars.
The ideal of small jigs
The 7/8 guitars are suitable for children from 11 to 12 years old, a model rarely found in most brands, for the benefit of the 3/4 guitar because it makes little difference before moving to the 4/4 adult size. They represent a costly investment for a very short period of time. In contrast, the 7/8 guitar will be very suitable for women of small size (less than 1m55).
Best Guitar Types for our Little Apprentices
3/4 guitars, learning guitar by excellence in music class, are often used by children between 8 and 10 years.
The 1/2 guitars , the smaller ones, are particularly suitable for the youngest 6 to 7 years old. The sound is closer to a traditional guitar than the 1/4 guitar.
1/4 guitars are between the toy and the real musical instrument. They are especially intended for very young children between 5 and 6 years old and frequently offered for an anniversary or to satisfy a child’s crush before enrolling in music lessons. However, these mini-guitars are often highly sought after by travelers for convenience.
The dreaded / dreaded question faced by many parents when buying a first guitar will often be:
“Will I be able to play folk, blues, country with?”
If it is a question of taking guitar lessons to awaken the taste of string music, nothing will be done without a real desire and a physical adaptation, almost fusion with the chosen instrument: the choice of a classical guitar allows actually adapt to most of the musical styles that may appeal to the guitarist apprentice: Brazilian music, blues, pop or rock. If he is offered to play – after learning to handle his soundboard – his first chords on a piece of guitar determined, it will adopt without hesitation the classical guitar proposed good size and good grip.
We note, in passing, that the size of a classical guitar for adult can very often be chosen a model below : for a musician who travels, we often notice the wearing of a 3/4 classical guitar for reasons for convenience, and clearly as accessible to apprehend – smaller, easier to handle – during rehearsals during trips.
Between the choice of brands and resonances, most teachers often offer to start the first lessons with guitars at moderate prices – depending on the interest, the motivation that will emerge over time – Over the months and progress noted, encouraging for the guitarist of any age, we can then think of moving towards a more expensive classical guitar, allowing increased performances , with a solid wood music table rather than laminated wood, and depending on the musical path envisaged.
Choose cedar – with a warm sound, conducive to a calm game and a solo course – or spruce – for a very dynamic and percussive resonance often appreciated for a Rock, Country or Funk orientation, in a group.