5535 W. LOOP 1604 N., STE. 103
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78253
210-509-4100
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2121 N.W. MILITARY HIGHWAY
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78213
210-349-2775

Guitar Lessons

Lessons

Guitar Lessons in San Antonio, TX

Private & Professional Music Lessons

So you want to start learning to play the guitar? Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a great and fulfilling journey. We’d like to give you a quick run down on your guitar options and how we can help find the best set-up for you.

In general, there are 2 different types of guitars to get started on: Acoustic or Electric. Now, within these two types, there are many sub-options to consider.

First, we’ll hit upon Acoustic Guitars & the most common types

Classical and (Steel-String) Acoustic are two types of acoustic guitars that are commonly sold at music stores. Both are Acoustic at heart (do not need an amp to be heard) but have enough differences that we’d like to bring them to your attention.

A Steel-String Acoustic Guitar is great for folk songs, bluegrass, or playing along with the radio. You can strum or finger-pick on these guitars. These are usually a less expensive beginner option to electric guitars due to not needing an amp, cord or other accessories to get started. Acoustic guitars use steel strings that can help you get a twangy, bright sound that resonates well. There are a variety of “metals” to choose from when picking out these strings that give different quality of sounds. Steel-string guitars come in a variety of body sizes and neck lengths, but are commonly larger than classical guitars.

Classical Guitars use nylon strings and are mainly played with your fingers. The nylon strings are thicker and have a softer, more mellow sound to them. Nylon strings also typically take longer to keep their tuning because most classical strings are tied-on instead of pegged into the body of
the guitar like steel strings. Classical guitars are great for Spanish/Flamenco style music as well as music specifically written for the classical guitar.

Electric Guitars are too quiet to be heard without an amp and use their own version of strings. Electric guitars have slimmer necks, solid or semi-hollow bodies, as well as lower playing action (distance between string and fretboard) than acoustic versions. An electric guitar would be better to learn as a beginner if you’re looking to play mainly rock or metal music.

Beginning ANY instrument will have its difficulties and uncomfortable parts at first, but deciding what will keep you motivated should be the determining factor of what guitar to buy. There are different theories about starting on certain instruments before others, but knowing what music you’re looking to ultimately play will help us-help you decide which guitar is best for you. 

Once you decide which guitar you’d like to get started on, we’ve got teachers at both locations who will help you on your path through lessons and guidance. We also have “Jam Packs” and starter kits for both acoustic and electric guitars available. Hopefully this guide has helped you gain some information about which guitar is best for you and your musical journey. 

Of course, if you have any questions we would love to help you in-store or over the phone!
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