Choosing The Correct Guitar For Your Guitar Lessons

When thinking about choosing the “right guitar” to take lessons on, there’s always the question of what kind of instrument should I have to take lessons on. We at Lessons In Your Home are always happy to help and the following breaks choices down into 3 categories. Guitars for younger beginners (ages 4-7), guitars for children (ages 8-11), and guitars for everyone else (ages 12 and up).
We have a “what to look for” when buying a guitar list in each category and some guitars that we like if you feel like clicking and buying one right online.
We break down our referrals by age because the size of the guitar can really assist in how easy it is to learn to play. If you’re unsure which guitar to choose or want to talk about sizes or types further, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you.

Guitars For Younger Beginners -1/2 Size Guitars

  • 1/2 guitars for students aged 4-7 are the prefect size this age group
  • These guitars are not toys, they are usually purchased at a music store or an online retailer and not at a toy or department store.
  • Small sized with nylon string, the string type is important and smaller hands need a string they can press down and be successful at.
  • Nice-to-have accessories in addition to the guitar are a: guitar stand, music stand, case, and tuner, etc. Although at a basic level all you need is the guitar.

Best Guitar Choice For Children’s Guitar Lessons

  • 3/4 sized guitar. These perfect for most 8-11 year olds
  • What we like about 3/4 scaled guitars is they can be in your family forever. Often you’ll find adults traveling with these guitars because they smaller in size but still sound really good.
  • Steel string and nylon string acoustics are typical and well as some electric guitar choices too.
  • Nice-to-have accessories in addition to the guitar are a: guitar stand, music stand, case, and tuner, etc. Although at a basic level all you need is the guitar.


Guitars For Everyone Else – Students ages 12 -Adult

And for everyone else, meaning anyone 12 or older but really anyone with a body size large enough to hold a full sized guitar comfortably, here are some choices. As with all the choices in the article these are affordably priced guitars that make a lot of sense to begin lessons on since the instrument will last forever with proper care and serve as a good guitar to learn on.
After a student has played for a while they start to develop a feel for what they like in a guitar. They come to this conclusion exploring what they want their guitar to sound or play like, it’s usually a combination of both.
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3 thoughts on “Choosing The Correct Guitar For Your Guitar Lessons

  1. It’s interesting that 3/4 sized guitars can also be good for travel. I have been looking for a guitar for my son, because he will be starting lessons soon. I can see how the smaller size, would help him bring it with him wherever he wants.

  2. my granddaughter is 13, she has a electric guitar, never played before and needs lessons, can you help her?
    we leave in Windermere, Florida 35786

    1. Hi Elizabeth, yes, we teach a lot of lessons in Windermere. If you hit the contact us button on the top of the website, we’ll reach out by phone or email and give you all the info. We teach beginners all the time.

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