“Is Classical Guitar Good For Beginners?”
I was asked this question the other day by one of my students mothers and my immediate answer was yes, I think it would be great for a beginner… I basically said “I wish I had of started with Classical Guitar”. Afterwards however, I’ve been thinking it through a bit and I think there is a little bit more to it.
From one perspective – starting out with the classical guitar is obviously no different than starting with any other instrument. There are certain fundamentals and concepts that you have to learn just like any other instrument which will allow you to progress to more complicated and (hopefully) beautiful playing.
On the other hand, when it comes to the guitar, there are obviously many other more popular styles than the classical guitar and having a child start on classical just because he or she is a beginner may not be the best approach. As I mentioned earlier I often say that I wish I had of started on the classical guitar and while this is true now, my 11 year old self probably would’ve felt very different! At that point I was far more interested in playing Nirvana and Black Sabbath riffs than I was learning how to read music so it may have actually stifled my introduction to the guitar in general.
Therefore in the case of children, I would say it’s best to look at it on a case by case basis to decide whether or not the child would really appreciate and want to learn classical guitar. It can always be introduced down the road…
In the case of adults however – If you are so inclined, then there is definitely no doubt that classical guitar is one of the best ways to start out learning the instrument as a beginner! You’ll get a proper foundation of technique, musicality and theory that will apply to almost any other style you want to play in the future. It is also very rewarding to start out with because the “completeness” of the pieces that you will be playing are far more fun to play alone while you work up the chops (and courage) to play with others!
Hope that helps and thanks for checking out the blog!