Written by Metro Music Makers instructor Dr. Victor Ezquerra
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Music instruments are popular gifts during the holiday season and, we believe, the best gifts anyone could receive. The gift of a guitar or keyboard can spark creativity and lead to life-long inspiration. Each Christmas, parents put instruments under the tree in hopes that their children will develop a love for playing music. It's important to remember that the quality of an instrument can make all the difference in the initial stages of learning. A good quality instrument can motivate and inspire; whereas, an instrument of poor quality can limit a student's progress and eventually lead to frustration. We receive many calls and emails each holiday season asking for our advice in selecting an instrument. The 2 most popular instruments are keyboard and guitar, and we're sharing our recommendations and considerations for purchasing either one as a gift. Don't forget to complete your holiday gift with private, in-home lessons to start the New Year!
Purchasing a new guitar can be intimidating, especially for a new player. There are so many guitars to choose from it can get confusing and quite overwhelming. On top of that, there is always the risk of running into the “eager” salesmen, known to push either expensive guitars and gear or cheap guitars that you can’t even play. As a guitar instructor, I've had a chance to see a variety of different students with a variety of different guitars. I've witnessed countless students show up to their first lesson with a guitar that is either inappropriate for them and their level of playing, or is simply nothing more than an over-sized toy. I've decided to share some simple tips for new players on what they should consider when purchasing a guitar. There are many things to think about, from price to hardware, types of wood to the types of pickups. But for me, there are only three main things a new guitarist should consider when purchasing a guitar; how it sounds, how it plays, and how it looks.