CHOOSING A GUITAR
There are many good, affordable guitars to choose from. Students may start on an acoustic or electric guitar. For playing non-classical music, the guitar should have steel strings.
Students should also have picks, an electronic tuner and a capo at home.
Kids younger than 10 may be more comfortable on a 3/4 size guitar. When purchasing a 3/4 size, keep in mind that the student will eventually outgrow it and need to upgrade to a full-size guitar! We like the Yamaha FG JR 1 for kids and have regularly used them in our classrooms. The kit below includes picks, an electronic tuner, a case and some extra strings!
Kids ages 10 and up should start playing a full-size guitar. A good full-size guitar will last a very long time if you take care of it! The Yamaha F-335 is a great first guitar that we have in all our classrooms! It’s affordable and user-friendly for a beginner.
An electronic tuner is recommended for keeping your guitar in tune at home. Our favorite is the Snark tuner. It’s affordable, easy to use and clips on to your guitar!
A capo changes the pitch of the guitar by clipping onto the strings. This will help you play along with songs at home, or make the song easier to sing along with!