What Are The Different Types Of Guitar Strings Available Today?
Nylon strings are generally used in classical music although some jazz players use nylon strings for their finger style techniques. Some folk guitarists use nylon strings as well. Nylon strings are great for beginners because they are easier on the fingers than steel strings. They are also cheaper than steel strings.
Steel Strings are generally used in Rock, Country and Folk music because of their twangy resonance and versatility. Steel strings come in different gauge sizes. "Gauge" is the term to describe the thickness of the string. Therefore you can have 'light gauge' strings or heavy gauge strings. Lights are recommended for beginners, as they are thin and soft.
Also available today are strings that combine both silk and steel together. The sound of these strings is very bright and clear. They are also extremely easy on your fingers. So when you are choosing your strings, keep in mind that the differences in brands are very slight. In fact, more expensive strings are not necessarily the best.
Also a good point to keep in mind is that every time your fingers touch the strings, they pick up dirt and rust. This causes your strings to loose their sound and life. So after playing your guitar, give your strings a wipe with a DRY rag but not damp one.
Your fingers will also get a little sore when first starting out. Don't worry, as this will all go away. Try to soak your fingers in a bit of vinegar before you play, or even rub them in aloe vera afterwards. This will reduce the soreness.
The aim here is to develop a hard layer of skin on the tips of your fingers so that it doesn't hurt to play after that. A friend once told me that learning to play the guitar is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Thus, if you want to become an unreal guitarist, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and PRACTICE. That's the biggest secret!
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