Guitar Lessons Teach More than Music
Everyone who signs up for guitar lessons wants to learn how to make music on the guitar, but a good music store will teach more than a few tunes. Its teachers will also be sure to let their students know all about guitar maintenance so that their instruments will last for years. In fact, much of the first lesson or two may be dedicated to this part of guitar ownership.
Guitar maintenance differs slightly between electric and acoustic models, but there are also many overlapping factors. One is easy to guess, and that is that the instrument should be put into a case when it's not being played. While it may be fun to lean it against a wall, that puts it in a lot of danger of being knocked down. If it is knocked over, it can be scratched, dented, or even have its neck broken.
The guitar also needs to be dusted and polished regularly. This isn't just for looks. It also keeps the wood in good shape and can prevent cracking of the guitar body.
Guitar strings need to be changed regularly. How often this is depends on how much you play your guitar, but one music store notes that every 6 weeks is good for most people. Professionals may change them before every show.
The strings should be wiped after every playing session. This makes them last longer. Be sure to clean the pickups on an electric guitar, too.
Keep the guitar dry. Don't let water anywhere near it! This isn't just a matter of avoiding spilled drinks. Keep it out of humid areas, away from windows where rain may come in, and any other wet situations, too.
Your guitar teacher will have many other guitar maintenance tips, too. Listen carefully and follow them all. This will ensure that your guitar lasts for years, and that it will always sound its best, as well. The music store will have any hard goods, such as strings and picks, that you need.
Once you've been taught the maintenance tips, it'll be time for your guitar lessons to move onto the part you came for: learning to play the instrument! At first, you'll get simple songs and drills to teach you all of the note positions and techniques like how to pick and strum. As you progress, the music will get more complex and rewarding. Expect to spend several hours practicing if you want to sound as good as you can. Practicing on a regular basis is essential for being able to remember new and old material, and for playing smoothly enough to actually sound good.