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Getting Started on Guitar

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by Janice Morris with Trevor Gabriel, guitar faculty

Acoustic guitar GroupCompared to other instruments, student guitars are fairly inexpensive (under $130.00), so it usually best to purchase a guitar for your child.  Here are some tips as you begin the journey:

SIZE: Make sure it is the right size: Until students are the size of a child 12 years of age or older, it is likely they will need a reduced-size instrument. the best way to determine the correct size is to visit a guitar or instrument store (see below) and have your child sized by an educated guitarist.  Once the proper size has been determined, you may feel more comfortable finding a used instrument or purchasing online.

Approximate guitar sizing:  1/4 size: ages 4-6; 1/2 size: ages 6-9; 3/4 size: ages 9-12 (NOTE: This varies by guitar and the size of the child.)

TYPE: Acoustic (non-electric) guitars with nylon strings are best for most beginners.  This is because before the callouses are developed, steel strings cause young fingers to be more tender and therefore discouraging.

NOTE: Only the three highest strings of the guitar are 100% nylon. The lower three strings are nylon wrapped with metal to help maintain the pitch.


This depends on several factors:


GUITARS: Faculty member Trevor G. suggests the Cordoba Student Guitar (about $130.00)

STORES: In the Saratoga/Sunnyvale Area

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Actual Customer Testimonials:

"We have recommended to many of our friends. We love the place. It has totally helped our daughter to not only know the notes but to truly have fun with them! We love the teacher(s) and wish them all the very best. - " -- Happy parents

"Our daughter, Melissa, loves her music class, and she looks forward to the recitals. She's made friends and become more confident. We'd recommend the Music Place to anyone. -- Melissa's parents, Kathy & Matt, Los Gatos" .

I tell everyone who will listen about the amazing introduction to music that our daughter is getting with the Music Place. People are always amazed when a 3-year old explains that she played an oboe last week and is going to play a piccolo next week! Most importantly, our daughter can't wait for music class & asks to go every day. -- The Pace Family