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Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

In the past six months I've really enjoyed learning a couple of
classical pieces. They are more challenging than the type of pop
rock stuff I usually play, so there's not that 'instant gratification'
of being able to quickly learn a cover song and jam out to it the
same day, but they sound really good when mastered. They're
also good discipline as they do wonders for your technique, and
they're songs that don't go out of 'fashion' and you can play
them for the rest of your life.

I'm considering buying a cheap classical as a second guitar.
Right now my only guitar is a Martin OOO body steel string
guitar. I don't mind playing classical on this guitar, but now that
I've spent some time with classical pieces - I can see how the
close proximity of the strings on the fretboard are not ideal for
classical. I'm also thinking of enrolling in an online classical
guitar course on delcamp.us. They have a lot of resources for
online instruction - except that they require that all students
must submit recordings made with nylon stringed instruments.

So I'm on the fence about whether I should buy a classical guitar
as a second guitar. The cons would be the cost, the extra space
(we have a small apartment and a lot of clutter, another guitar
will just add to it). Also I'm not really sure how deep I want to go
with classical - I know there are at least 4-5 classical pieces I
want to master (they're really famous ones that are instantly
recognizable), but I'm not sure if I want to spend a lot of time
getting deeply involved with the works of composers like Sor or
Tarrega. Mainly because I don't have a lot of time as it is, and
my main musical focus at this point in my life is writing original
music (which learning the occasional classical piece should
enhance).

Anyways, I'm just looking for feedback or comments. Thanks
again!
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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 6:20 AM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

Every guitarist needs a nylon string guitar for personal playing and suppression of GAS. Yes get one Red.

Classical music does sound better on a nylon.

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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 9:46 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Whether you use it to play classical pieces or other type of pieces, a nylon string guitar will give you different tones that is very warm sounding. You could even take pop pieces and rearrange it and approach it from a classical technique perspective. If I were you, I would look into one.

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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 10:51 AM

Rick Payman (10061) wrote:

I would heartily recommend your investment in a classical guitar.

You have already identified several advantages.

Learning classical guitar pieces and music demand a classical guitar.
Learning classical guitar will help achieve your main focus, in providing the discpline and inspiration required to allow spontaneous creative thought.
Learning classical guitar neither necessitates nor requires deep study of Sor and Tarrega; that you know of their importance is sufficient in itself (although I would not be surprised to hear that your chosen pieces included one or more of their works).

I could not however recommend a 'cheap' classical model. Look instead for an inexpensive, well-crafted instrument, as these should not be difficult to find these days.

Good Luck!

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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 11:07 AM

Redmond Militante (957) wrote:

Well I decided to bite the bullet and got me an el cheapo Yamaha
C40, it gets good reviews and is cheap enough anyway if it gets
neglected after a while. I don't think it will, though. My other
reservation about getting deep into classical is that I'd have to get
used to things like, using a footrest when playing and getting used
to the wider fretboard - all of which will set me back a little until I
get used to it. Hopefully it won't take too long to get used to it.

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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 11:11 AM

Rick Payman (10061) wrote:

"Hopefully it won't take too long to get used to it."

A lifetime is generally considered sufficient! ;-)

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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 12:06 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I have played a few budget Yamaha acoustics - steel string, that are pretty good for the money.

I would guess the C40 is decent ... would be fun to have a nylon string... have fun!! Post a lesson about "getting started on nylon string guitar" once you get cozy with it.



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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 1:09 PM

Redmond Militante (957) wrote:

Yeah I actually owned a Red Label FG 180 acoustic at one point
thatI loved. I shouldn't have sold it. Yamahas are great guitars.



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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 1:09 PM

Michael Laurance (4040) wrote:

Yes, you should buy a nylon, for sure. I think you' really enjoy it. They seem to inspire me, I write well on a nylon, and then take that song to an electric later.

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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 2:42 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

The footstool? Yes only if you want to approach it for classical technique. Even though I have one, I have used a sitting stool and put my left leg on one of the braces of the stool. I have also used a block of wood and/or a guitar case. I sometimes just like to use it as guitar without any classical technique - well my right hand still naturally falls into place but the left hand changes. Have fun with it dude!

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Re: Should I buy a nylon string guitar?

7/22/2011 9:35 PM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

The Yamaha C40 is a fairly good guitar imho Red. A student of mine has one and it looks like a $1000 guitar and plays well.

Looking forward to hearing some nylon from you.