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    Quote Originally Posted by pix.fairydust View Post
    Yeah, I'm a bit nervous about the strings too! I considered nylon but there wasn't as much choice, especially in the used market.
    Check out Cordoba. They make many "crossover" models with smaller necks but with nylon strings and are widely available. Romero Creations and Pono build several nice small nylon string guitars, albeit harder to find than Cordoba. I think La Patrie has a few as well.

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    Go for a steel stringed electro acoustic.

    Classical acoustic tend to have wide nut and hence fretboard that you may find uncomfortable.

    An electro acoustic will have a nut width of about 41 mm which is the same as most fully electric solid bodied guitars.

    Yamaha, Epiphone, Cort, Fender and Ibanez would be my suggested makes to consider.

    As for online tutorials look first at justinguitar.com

    He is the best there is with hundreds of free tutorials which is thousands if hours of videos to watch and the cover all genres.

    Checkout the Apps that he has which are also very useful in uke playing.

    Justin makes his living from the website via donations and the sale of books and Apps so not much outlay if indeed you want any at all since the books are not really hecessary.
    Col.
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    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

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    Thanks for all the help and suggestions everyone! I went with a used Simon and Patrick woodland pro parlor guitar I found for sale 10 miles away. It has a wonderful sound! I really like it. I've had a bit of a play but won't be able to get properly stuck in till the weekend now.

    Justin guitar is a great website! So much content and so accessible and easy to understand. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Congratulations on a great choice. Smart idea to buy a reputable brand that was used, save money and get a great guitar. Enjoy your new journey.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Like you I am about to take my first guitar steps... I have just picked up a nice Faith Parlour guitar. I am going to look up Justin guitar and hopefully have some face to face lessons.... good luck to us both!!
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    Good luck to you both.

    Look up on Amazon a product called Gripmaster, it is a finger strengthener so good for both Uke and Guitar.

    Face to face will help get good posture and technique
    Col.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
    Korg PA700, Korg Kross 2, Gibson LP, Fender Jazz Bass,
    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesterBlod View Post
    Like you I am about to take my first guitar steps... I have just picked up a nice Faith Parlour guitar. I am going to look up Justin guitar and hopefully have some face to face lessons.... good luck to us both!!
    Congratulations on the Faith parlor guitar. I think you will like JustinGuitar, even just the stiff off his website and or app is fabulous.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Learning a particular song or piece on guitar, requires you to sit down and actually learn. To keep on and on, until that one bar or riff is perfect! To keep going even when you make mistakes, to know that if you keep working hard you’ll eventually get it, and to know that it will be worth it!

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    Default TAC Tony's Accoustic Challenge. Guitar Geeks Unite!

    Quote Originally Posted by pix.fairydust View Post
    Hello,

    I'm taking my first tentative steps into guitar and was wondering if anyone had any tips in terms of where a good place to start might be?

    Any and all help welcome!
    Thanks in advance,
    I found Tony Polecastro online and signed up. TAC has taken my guitar playing to a new level. Tony offers a daily lesson that develops the skills to learn or improve guitar playing. The lessons are split into 5 skill areas. Monday is a warm Up activity that may focus on something like using your pinky or stretching your fingering ability. Tuesday is generally a Lick. Wednesday is a scale that may use the Lick learned on Tuesday usually with a backing track. Thursday is a rhythm related to the lesson of the week. Friday is a Major or Minor chords related to the week. It may be Barr Chords or playing up the neck. Both fingerpicking and flatpicking are explored throughout the lessons. He provides insight to music theory but has a specific course Fretboard Wizard. I have not taken that course yet but clearly see the need. Tony's Acoustic Challenge is that you check in and play at least 10 minutes on the daily lesson. Usually I spend from 30 minutes to an hour. His online community is great and helpful. He offers an Acoustic Tuesday show that is open to everyone and a monthly Guitar party were he awards a free Taylor mini to some one that completed everyday of practice. Decided by throwing a dart at a dartboard. I could go on and on but it's an experience in many levels. Try the link below and you will get a sense of his humor and great teaching.

    Good Luck on your Journey

    https://acousticlife.tv/at145/

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