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To start playing guitar you first need a guitar. There are three main types of guitar, acoustic, classic, and electric. You can also find an electro-acoustic guitar which is more used for jazz.
Acoustic guitars have a hollow soundboard and steel strings. They usually have a thinner neck than classic guitar, a little bit like an electric guitar, so they are more comfortable, but harder to play because the strings are close together. These types of guitars are used by the country, blues, rock n roll, and pop guitarists. Many Los Angeles artists and movie stars play this type of guitar.
Classical guitars have nylon strings, and they also have a hollow soundboard. They have a thicker neck than an acoustic guitar, so they feel bigger, but the nylon strings are very soft, so they are very easy to play. Strings tend to roll when you press multiple at the same time in comparison with acoustic metal strings. Classical guitarists use them. You can often find them in beginner music schools because they are easy to play.
Finally, electric guitars are just like acoustic ones, but they do not have a hollow soundboard. Instead, they need to be plugged into an amplifier and a speaker that transmit the sound of the guitar. They can be used by any style of guitarist, but they are mostly used by heavy-metal, rock n roll, and blues guitarists.
There are also electro-acoustic guitars or jazz guitars that are in the middle of the acoustic and electric guitar. They have metal strings and a smaller soundboard than the acoustic guitar because it is meant to be always played plugged into an amplifier. The soundboard is there to change the sound of the guitar. The electric guitar sounds drier, but the electro-acoustic has a deeper sound.
You will then need sheet music. Sheet music can be found in any music store in Los Angeles. You can choose to play only with tabs, or numbers corresponding to the fret on each string of the guitar, or you can learn to read music and be more versatile.
Tabs are generally used by beginners and sheet music is mostly used by classically trained musicians. Jazz, blues, and rock n roll musicians mostly use chords names to communicate.
You can choose the sheet book of your favorite band and start there. If you find out they are too hard, get an easier one and try again.
You will then need a guitar teacher or a tutor. You can find one online on websites like Superprof. You can also find one at your local music school or music shop. The prices between the two may vary, but in either case, you need to know how to find the right tutor for you, depending on your needs. We will cover this topic in the next section of this short guide on learning to play guitar in Los Angeles.
A guitar tutor can help you get better at the guitar, faster, more efficiently and he can also help you with your motivation.
He can help you learn guitar more efficiently because he can give the proper content for your needs. For example, if you want to play classical guitar style, your teacher and find for you guitar exercises that are appropriate to your level so that you are encouraged to improve.
They will find all the material you need for you, so that will make you save lots of time. You can also be assured that the material they provide you, is of the highest quality.
Both aspects end up making you learn guitar in Los Angeles more efficient. In other words, you get a lot back from your money.
Finally, your tutor will help you with motivation. It is motivating to know you have a schedule that you must follow. You can set up weekly or monthly meetings with your guitar tutor in Los Angeles, depending on your needs.
You can talk with your guitar teacher about why you want to start playing guitar, or maybe you already play for a while and still need some help. Knowing this, your tutor will be able to assist you better with your goals.
Not every tutor is right for everyone. You need to find one that is suited to your location, skill level, and personality. This topic will be cover in the next section of this short guide.
To find the best tutor for you in Los Angeles you first need to consider location. The place you live is going to influence what tutors are available to you because of distance. It is not recommended to travel more than one hour to meet with your tutor, either by car, bicycle, or with public transportation.
You can use a GPS to find out how long it would take you to travel to your tutor’s studio in Los Angeles.
Next, the experience your tutor has should be appropriate for your guitar skill level. For example, if you are an advanced guitarist, you probably need to find a tutor that has a lot of experience to help you. That is not required for beginner guitarists. An experienced tutor in Los Angeles can cost more and be harder to find because of lower demand, so you should be aware of that if this is your case.
You also need to find a tutor that has a personality and style compatible with yours. For example, you probably should not get a pop guitar tutor in Los Angeles when you want to learn about classical. You need to get a tutor that will go along well to have a better guitar learning experience.
Finally, whoever tutor you end up choosing, you should know that most of them offer the first lesson for free. In the case, you are not 100% satisfied you can simply get another one, free of charge.
Find a Guitar tutor in Los Angeles near you by using the Superprof search tool!
Are you looking to begin to learn the guitar?
There are currently 53 guitar tutors available to give guitar lessons in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
A messaging system is in place on the platform that lets you contact with the guitar instructors that are offering private lessons on the platform.
Once your lesson request has been approved, you can begin your first lesson with your guitar instructor.
In Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, there are 53 private guitar instructors available to give private lessons
Take a look at your teacher's personal tutoring advert and choose the guitar instructor that corresponds to your needs. On Superprof, we have guitar instructors covering all types of guitar: electric, acoustic, bass.
Did you know you can even take music lessons online?
On Superprof, many of our Guitar tutors also offer online classes and courses. About 80% of tutors across our platform offer guitar lessons via Skype.
To find available online Guitar tutors, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available tutors offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Zoom offer you more benefits in terms of flexibility and are often less expensive as the tutor does not need to travel.
On average guitar teachers charge $37 for guitar lessons per hour in Los Angeles.
The cost for guitar lessons will differ depending on:
97% of our tutors offer their 1st lesson free.
The first thing you need is obviously to purchase a guitar. Some of the most common guitar brands are Gibson, PRS, Fender and Washburn.
The price of a guitar can sometimes scare new guitarists.
If this is the case, you are able to rent a guitar to use until you feel ready to buy your own guitar.
Depending on the type of guitar you want to play, you may also buy:
Certain guitar accessories are not obligartory in order for you to learn to play the guitar. Don't hesitate to ask your guitar tutor for guidance on what accessories you should buy in order to play the music you want to.