Should a beginner get a classical guitar with nylon strings or an acoustic one with steel strings?!?

Posted by Guitar Pro on 24th November 2011 in Beginners

Im new to guitars, and im going to buy one soon. Can you play a classical nylon string guitar with picks too?
which one would you recommend to a beginner?

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6 Responses to “Should a beginner get a classical guitar with nylon strings or an acoustic one with steel strings?!?”

  1. Grady says:

    You can play with either type of string, no matter what level a player you are. And yes, you can use a pick on nylon strings. I suggest you listen to the sound of each string to decide which one is more pleasing to your ear.

    The benefit of nylon strings is that they are soft and smooth and will not require much callus… the bad news is that you won’t develop the necessary calluses to play any instrument with steel strings if you are used to nylon.

    I hope this helps.

  2. Richard D says:

    In my experience I will recommend to any beginner to use the nylon strings. It helps to develop the muscle memory of your finger since they are thicker than the metal ones. Metal strings hurts more and it can discourage the beginner.

  3. Frankenstein says:

    start out with steel strings

  4. Average Mike says:

    Classical guitars are used almost exclusively for playing classical music. If you’re not interested in classical music it’s the wrong guitar for you. They are only played fingerstyle and anyone who says you can use a pick doesn’t know what they’re talking about. I’m sure there are a few people who use a pick but it’s basically just not done. There’s not enough tension on the strings for a pick to work correctly.

    Steel string flattop acoustic guitars are much more versatile. They can be used for rock, pop, country, folk, blues, and more. They can be played with a pick or fingerstyle. It’s the right choice for virtually all beginning acoustic guitarists.

    Good luck, and don’t forget to get lessons.

  5. Phil Simons says:

    Steel strings is the most common starting guitar but if you plan to be REALLY serious about a FINGER style guitar then you should buy a nylon string, it depends on the style of guitar you wanna play

    Steel string:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itv7-cbq21Q

    Nylon string:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWOw4uM9h5U&feature=related

  6. jessica d says:

    both are good for beginners. it just depends on what kind of sound you like. and you can pick on a nylon string.

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