How Can I Choose Guitar Strings With Proper Tension?

Here are some useful tips about tension while you are choosing your guitar strings:

· You don’t have to put all Bass strings of the same tension on your guitar. The “normal” string sets have been designed for the “average” sensitive guitar with a solid wood top and 650mm string stop length. In fact, every guitar has its own acoustic parameters and abilities. You may find, for instance, that the best sounding string 4-D on your guitar is high tension, while other Bass best at normal tension.

· Your choice depends on the string length as well. If your guitar has a vibrating string length 625mm, the tension of the strings will be approximately 0.5 kg lower than indicated in the table above. A 600 mm string stop lowers the tension to 0, 5 kg more, and so on.

· Avoid using all extra high strings on your solid wood top, custom made delicate 650mm classical guitar. Take a look at the total tension of these strings and save the sound board.

· High tension strings are not better than normal tension, and extra high ones are not better than high. Higher tension strings are able to produce more sound just in case you pluck them with more energy. If you are not a performer for a big audience or in big halls, you probably will not use them.

· On the other hand, high and extra high bass strings would be very useful for your acoustic or folk guitar with its heavy design, thick or plywood soundboard, etc. Free online guitar string calculators will help to make your right choice and there is a great selection of acoustic guitar strings here.

What is the different between silver and gold Bass strings?

“Silver” strings are wounded with silver-plated copper wire,”gold” strings – with a brass/bronze wire. Copper strings have warmer tone; brass strings are a little louder and clear. If you have a sensitive classic guitar with solid wood soundboard, it probably better to use copper set. If your instrument has a less sensitive or a plywood soundboard, or smaller size, try the brass set. It’s also a matter of taste. Keep in mind that a bronze is harder than copper, and this set will stay much longer. On the other hand, if strings are as hard as fret bars, the frets will be rubbed out in a while.

Your Options for Guitar Lessons

So you want to learn to play the guitar and you’re not quite sure how to go about it.  Your options for guitar lessons are either hire a private instructor or use the internet to learn how to play.  Both have their advantages but which one is right for you?  Let’s look at your options for guitar lessons and then you can make an informed decision.

Private Instruction

This is the traditional way of learning how to play, you took lessons from a guitar teacher.  You met with them a couple of times a week and they would help you with your technique and practicing was up to you to do on your own time as well.  That is a great option and thousands of students continue to learn and improve this way.

There is also the option for group music lessons where an instructor may teach a half a dozen students or more at one time in the form of classes.  Your local community center probably offers lessons such as these.  Private instruction, while it isn’t terribly expensive will cost more than trying to learn from books or online videos.  That is probably the biggest drawback to private instruction.  That being said if you really want to improve your technique and even pursue a career in music at some point you will need private lessons.

Online Lessons

There are no shortage of websites that will teach you the fundamentals of playing an acoustic guitar.  There are tutorials for just about everything on YouTube and other website that will teach you everything from chord progression to how to restring your guitar.  There are plenty of advantages to learning guitar online.  You can learn at your own pace, if you are stuck on a particular lesson you can pause and go back to it as often as you want.  You can learn the type of music you like, don’t like classical guitar and you would rather play blues…not a problem.

One of the biggest advantages of learning online is that for the most part it is free.  Yes, there are sites that do charge a fee and they have really good comprehensive lesson plans to take you through the various skills.  On the other hand you can find a lot of that same information on YouTube and it is free.  The drawback to that is YouTube is incredibly disorganized and you can spend a lot of time searching for the information you want.  It is all about convenience and how seriously you want to learn.  If you’re committed to playing guitar, then spend some money on a comprehensive tutorial you’ll thank yourself in the end.