This article has been written as guide for the beginner acoustic guitar player who feels an attraction towards the acoustic guitar but needs some more information on what the six string acoustic guitar has to offer.
So you have examined your musical tastes and now have some idea of the kind of music you want to hear yourself play, now you need to find a guitar as soon as possible. The nylon string guitar was originally devised to play folk music and the more technically demanding classical guitar repertoire. Acoustic guitars transfer the vibrations of the nylon strings directly to the soundboard. These vibrations are heard as sound in the guitar’s body. As you are finding your feet as a guitar player you will not have developed much discernment in guitar tone, but it is important to get the best guitar you possibly can. The reason for this is that the difficulties presented by a badly made guitar represent an unnecessary obstacle to your progress as a guitarist. If you are going to be a six string acoustic guitar player you should be able to regard your practice sessions as a joy, not a chore. An important feature is the “action” which is the distance between the strings and the fretboard. You really should aim for a low action that makes playing easy but not low enough to make the guitar strings buzz.
Three essentials for progress as a guitar player are money to buy an instrument, time to practice, and a good teacher. The other three big obstacles are all you. Another essential is knowing yourself. You will need to take note of how you react to the challenges that guitar offers you. Practicing the guitar is a series of opportunities to set yourself goals and to continually adjust them as reality takes its bites. If you are learning a song that uses three chords you will be learning the chords separately and ways to tackle changing the chords and turning them into a song.
You can begin your practice with about half an hour a day. The manner in which you do your practice is crucial. Your guitar teacher will probably give you the material that is appropriate to your expertise. If you feel tempted to do more than your half an hour a day, give it a try but do not stray too far from what your teacher gives you.
You need to get into the habit of keeping your guitar in tune right from the start. You can buy a tuner from your local music store or download a free one from the internet.
Practicing on your acoustic guitar for hours at a time can be tiring. Learning to sit and play your acoustic guitar needs practice in itself. You will find internet sites that show pictures of how you need to sit when you are playing, but it would be a good idea to get yourself a teacher who has been there and done that.