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Guitars Are Like Shoes

Guitars Are Like Shoes : A Guide To Buying Your 1st Guitar

When shopping for a guitar you will quickly notice that there is more to it than a block of wood with some strings on it.  When looking to buy a guitar either for yourself or a child, think about shoes. You want the right guitar for the occasion. 

Size: Have you ever seen a child try to wear their parent’s shoes?  My kids do that & end up tripping all over the place.  Just like it’s hard to walk in shoes that are too big, it’s also difficult to play a guitar that’s too big. 

Here is a chart that will help you match the guitarist with the right guitar.

Style: While some people prefer boots & others prefer sneakers, most people own both. That’s how I feel about acoustic guitars vs. electric guitars.  The difference is in style & tone but you don’t have to commit to just one or the other. The basic layout of the two is the same and most guitar players will hop from one to the other depending on mood or to compliment the style of a particular song.  So if the guitarist prefers to play Taylor Swift, then an acoustic guitar would be a smart purchase.  On the other hand, if AC/DC is your inspiration then look into an electric guitar.

Budget: I already mentioned that acoustic guitars are generally more affordable.  An entry level model can purchased for $100-$200.

With Electric guitars keep in mind that they are more versatile than acoustic guitars but require an amplifier & instrument cable.  This means that you will need to invest in some additional equipment & you won’t be playing it around the campfire since the amplifier will need to be plugged in.  You can find package deals & save a few bucks, but expect to pay $200-$400.

In either case you can spend less but you also can easily spend more. Be careful going too cheap as these low quality guitars can be more difficult to play resulting in the student quitting in frustration.  Of course you can buy used off or even some retail shops.  My students often email me links to what they find to get my input before they buy.  If you have an instructor, ask them if they would be willing to help you too.

So basically the guitar needs to be the right size, fit your personal style, and fit your budget.  Choose the right guitar for your situation and get with a great instructor that will walk you through the steps in learning to play it.

Are you looking for a great guitar teacher?  Click here to tell us more about you and let us help you find a teacher.

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During their lessons, kids work together as a team while never feeling like they are competing with each other for the spotlight.  Our actors develop the self confidence, sense of team work, and creativity.
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Key Music's Kids is an inovative preschool music program that sets younger students on a path of musicianship.  Basic fundamentals are presented in a fun and exciting way that encourages kids to be a participant in music rather than just a passive listener.
Students will have the opprotunity to play various instruments with a focus on piano.
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Materials: activity book
Schedule: Monday 11:30am-12:00pm
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Our students have fun!  We want your or your child to enjoy their music lessons.  For those that love music but don't know how to get started we offer a free evaluation.  Just call to speak to a lesson coordinator who will gladly offer free and professional advice about the path that would yield the best results for you or your child. Click here to leave your contact information or dial (678)770-5150

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All music teachers are professional musicians and experienced teaching all ages
Group classes are designed to offer student an opportunity to apply their skills, meet new people, and be part of a team.  Click one of our group classes below for more information.

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Private Lessons are one-on-one with the teacher and the student. Tution is based on the rate of $120/month for weekly 30 munite lessons with no registration fees. Group class rates vary and discounts are available for those that take a private lesson and a group class.

Group Classes are a great way to interact with other musicians and apply your skills. Most group classes meet weekly for one-hour.  Contact us for a full list of classes by clicking here.

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The first steps you take often determine your chances for success

Right now you're searching the internet for music lessons. Most people make the mistake of randomly picking a studio based on a few basic details and then find themselves frustrated a few months later. This often leaves the student feeling like they are just not musical or cut out to play an instrument.  The truth is that they made some very common mistakes in the beggining that if avoided could have lead them to years of enjoyment playing an instrument.

Music lessons aren't a one size fits all box that everybody fits into. Each student has their own learning style and needs that determine the path that would best work for them. This is why Key Music Center offers a free evaluation to anybody interested in music.

During the 20-minute session we look at the student’s motor skills, musical auditory skills, and comprehension. For those that aren't sure what instrument is right for them we offer the opportunity to try different instruments and gauge interest in various choices.

This gives us an opportunity to get to know the student so we can offer the best professional advice on the path that would best serve them. Starting off in the right direction will make the lessons more fun and help the student succeed at learning their instrument.

After the evaluation we will take the time to talk to you about your next step and answer questions about what and where to buy an instrument, how much time will you need to put into learning each week, and any other questions you have about music lessons.

To schedule a free evaluation call (678)770-5150 or fill out a simple online contact form by clicking here