Guitar Playing Lessons

The Guitar

Guitar Lessons in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Parkland, Coconut Creek & Lighthouse Point

Learning how to play guitar is awesome for students of any age—children as well as adults. Some take guitar playing to a professional level; others are content to play guitar as a fun hobby. The choice is yours and the sky’s the limit! There are so many genres of music that employ guitar that it’s almost ubiquitous. You’ll find guitar playing in rock, metal, jazz, reggae, pop, blues, Latin, and even orchestras! No matter your goals or intent, the guitar instructors at AlphaZebra can work with students of all ages and skill levels and help you to get where you want to go.

A little about the guitar if you’re brand new to the instrument—

Guitars typically have six strings that are played individually by plucking or together by strumming. While one hand is plucking or strumming, the other is placing fingers down on the fretboard (neck of guitar) to cause various differing notes to be played. Notes can be played one at a time, or together to produce what is called a “chord.” Most popular songs contain only a few chords and are thus significantly easy to learn how to play—even for beginners!

History of Guitar & Playing

The guitar has been around in some version for hundreds of years. Over 150 years ago, a Spanish guitar maker named Antonio Torres designed the look of the acoustic guitar that we are familiar with today. The way the strings attached to the head was redesigned and the body of the guitar was widened. This helped to bring out the best quality tone and sound.

In the 1930s, George Beauchamp came up with the electric guitar. Because this kind of guitar is not hollow, it had to rely on electric amplification rather than acoustic projection. With the advent of electric guitars, many different types of sounds were able to be created using a combination of guitar pickups and amp heads. Eventually, digital effects came along and now guitar playing can be anything you want it to be.

The great news about the two main styles of guitars (acoustic vs. electric) is that it’s easy to switch between both kinds since the notes and chords are the same.

Starting Guitar Lessons

Guitars are made in sizes for adults and children. Depending on the child, ages 5-6 are recommended for beginning guitar lessons. Dexterity can be an issue for young children, but as they progress physically, the more challenging aspects can be grasped readily if they have a base to build from. Strength will come with practice. For older students, there is no age limit. Come one, come all!

Getting Your Guitar

Younger students will benefit the best with a ½ or ¾ size acoustic or electric guitar. You can buy two types: classical (nylon strings) and folk (steel string). Steel string guitars are brighter then classical guitars, but classical guitars have 3 nylon strings that are easier on fingers. Most types of popular music today are reflected best with a steel string guitar.

Essential accessories for any guitar are picks, a strap, extra strings and, if possible, a case for safekeeping. Electric guitars require a practice amp and a guitar cable in addition to the above (buy a spare while you’re at it. Cables take a lot of abuse).

Some brands to take a look at for starting out are: Fender, Ibanez and Epiphone. These brands have inexpensive entry-level guitars as well as guitars worth thousands of dollars. Enjoy your browsing! Acquiring a guitar that sounds just right to you is a pleasurable journey!