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Best Acoustic Guitar Lessons in Miami

Guitar Instructor Dyce Kimura

Want the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami?  Hi this is Dyce Kimura here to give you a lesson on purchasing an acoustic guitar. If you’d like to find out more about my lessons, follow the link at the bottom of the page here or check me for the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So let’s get started. Buying an acoustic guitar. This lesson is a combination of all these different comments I’ve got from teaching online. And it seems there is a real need for this lesson which is why I’m doing this. Seems like a lot of my students and past students could have used this long before they even started their lessons. I’m going to try and keep this to the simpler things. I’m not going to get in the tone-wards part, like what woods each guitar is made out of and things like that, but I am going to give you some practical advice on how to buy one, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing at all or have any idea of what you want in a guitar. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

First thing I would like to end is the notion that you should start on an acoustic guitar first. That’s not true. It’s your choice. Electric guitar, acoustic it does not really matter. The finger movements are the same. So now that we got that out of the way, if you still decide you want an acoustic because you like it better, for portability it’s no different. Check me out for the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Now a days you can get a little battery powered amp that’s no bigger than this, and it can clip right on to your belt. Very portable. And you can buy small three quarter size guitars, and that’s portable too. So you can’t use the excuse that the acoustic guitar is more portable. You’re picking the acoustic guitar because that’s what you are attracted to, and that’s the sound you love to hear, and you might want to play around the camp fire but then, don’t restrict yourself to just playing around the camp fire with just an acoustic because you can do that with an electric with one of those super cool battery powered amps I was just mentioning. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

Best Acoustic Guitar Lessons in Miami

Getting on with the story. Well, you have to find a budget. You have to have an idea of what your price range is going to be. Should a beginner buy a cheap guitar? Not necessarily, no. Should you buy one at the department store? NO! You buy one at the department store, and I’m going to come break your fingers. All of them. Don’t buy your guitar at the department store. I have the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Now, I’m not against department stores. What most people don’t understand is, the reason you don’t buy a guitar at the department store is not because the price is not good or the quality. Usually the quality is a little lower, because say for example you get a company like Yamaha, and Costco for example will sell Yamaha guitars, and they are at incredibly good price. And they come in a little it with a tuner, and a little gig bag and a guitar stand and a few other goodies. The problem with those guitars, first of all is they have a little bit lower quality, but not all the time, than what you’d buy a music store. Usually those instruments are built for a particular department store, so I don’t think the quality is quite as good. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. But the biggest issue- forget about the quality because we can fix any guitar whether it’s a real good one or a cheap one, you can get it fixed- but the problem is the storing and the handling of the guitar. Now some music stores are very good handling their guitars. I was just reading an ad on the company Sweet Water, it’s on the internet (I don’t think they really have a store front), but they store all their guitars in a humidity controlled environment. The problem with a lower priced guitar when you are buying one, if they’re not treated fairly well, they tend to change more than the expensive guitars do sometimes. The woods shift in them and can make an instrument very unpliable, or difficult to play, or stay in tune. And these are some of the issues we are going to address today as well as in my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

I would say, your best bet is to go to a local music store. When you go to the local music store, take somebody with you who knows how to play. Now, depending on the music store you go to, some music stores work through commission for their sales, and some don’t.  You can always ask the sales man right up front, “are you a commissions sales or are you paid by the hour”. I think most of the serious music stores won’t be commissioned because they don’t want their sales people to just sell you anything. They want the sales people to cater to your needs, and find you something that’s suitable for you. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Some recommendations for you would be, do you have a friend that plays? Even a little bit? Say you don’t play at all, and you want to buy a guitar, and you’re going “I don’t know what to buy, I don’t know what to do”. The first thing you do, is round up someone who does play and ask them if them to assist you by coming to music store with you. Don’t buy a guitar right away. Sit back and think about it, especially if you are going to spend a little more money. I will talk about the price of guitars in a minute and even more at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. But bring a friend. If you don’t have any friends like that, or anyone like that, go to a music store that’s used to dealing with beginners, and be honest. I have a really good story that I tell to my students. I had an older student (in his fifties), and he was going to New York on a trip and wanted to buy an acoustic guitar, but felt really out of place in this professional music store in New York (I won’t mention any names but they really treated him well and I appreciate that). But I told him you have to be honest right away. Tell them the budget you have, which he did- he wanted to spend between $1500 and $2000 on a good acoustic guitar. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It didn’t have to be new, but he wanted to hear them, and he felt really inadequate in playing them, so I told him, tell them the truth. Tell them your teacher recommended that you go the person at the counter, and tell them you don’t know much about guitars yet but you want a decent one, and you don’t feel very adequate about playing the guitar, would you play some guitars for me, and show me some guitars.

You know when you approach most professional music stores with that attitude, you’re not going to have a problem at all. You’ve given them a budget to work with, you’ve given them an idea of what you want. You’ve given them the truth as far as you don’t know much about the guitar. That will really help. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.  It will really get you off on the right foot. If you go in there being a total fool they are going to ignore you. You should at least be a little bit educated about one, your budget, two, different styles of guitar (we will talk about that in a minute), know that you are buying an acoustic guitar and not an electric or anything else, and know that you want a pickup in it and not two. That will narrow it down a little bit. Pickup or no pickup? That will be another question we will answer in this lesson and that we can further discuss in my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So what I’m saying to you is most of these people at the counters are hired because they are good players and they know a lot about instruments and they are good with people. They don’t want to sell you something that you are going to be unhappy with. They will know how to play a little bit. But like I said if you can bring along a friend that plays a little bit that will help a lot too. I also teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

What do you do? Well, get your friend or the sales person to play. Ask them to play one of their favorite songs, or to strum a G or C chord on an acoustic guitar. Ask them to play something, sit back and listen to the guitar. Stand close to the guitar. Walk away from the guitar a little bit. Listen to the sound. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. When you change guitars, like when you are checking out guitars, a lot of places will have an “acoustic room” where you can go in and check them out. You might want to get them to play it in a different room. Switch the guitars around. Be polite and say, “I’m not sure about the way this guitar sounds in this room could you play it outside in the main room?” Then you can hear the guitar from a different point of view. Because what’s going to happen is your guitar is going to sound different at home than it did at the music store. I also offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And you have to kind of get a feel for the guitar. You don’t have to be as fussy with a less expensive guitar. But if you’re going to spend like $600, $700, $800 or more for a guitar, you’re allowed to be a little fussier. That is acceptable. If you are buying a $150 guitar then the main thing is going to be what I talk about in a minute, which is action, string height. Because a cheaper guitar, like some in the $300- $400 range, you will find some that just sound incredibly good, and others that don’t sound as good. A lot of that is personal preference which we can further discuss at in my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Even ask the counter people, what guitar in the price range I am looking for do you like? You can start there because that’s another good place to start. I’ve had years of retail experience too as well as travelling and touring as a guitar player. I think most musicians have had experiences like that where the gigs aren’t around, you are having a kind of down time, so work in a music store, or you work for a little while because you can’t travel for whatever reason. At one point in my life, I purchased for a very big music store. I was purchasing 500 guitars at a time, from all over the world, importing them. You really have to know what you are doing when you are buying that many guitars. I also offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. You have to inspect them very carefully. Now you are only buying guitar. And yes, some of the same model are better than others. Don’t buy by color. Don’t buy by shape or looks. Buy by the sound and the next thing is the feel which you can learn about in my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Once you’ve found a guitar that you think you like the feel of you’ll need to sit with it. You should think about things like your body size. If you are a small person in stature, you don’t want to buy a big guitar. See this is a Dreadnought and I’ll talk about this some more. It is an expensive guitar and it is my favorite acoustic I’ve got for strumming G, C, and D on it. It just sounds amazing. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Like when I strum a G on this guitar it just sounds gorgeous. I love the sound on it. That’s why I bought it. Because I love the sound of that guitar. There are other guitars that are less, I didn’t mind them. But I really loved the sound on this. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And then the very last thing I liked about the guitar was the finish. You know, the way it looks. The number one thing I like about it was the sound. I didn’t think about the tone wards, like the wood the instrument of made of because they make guitars out of many types of wood. I didn’t think about the brand name or the price, I liked the sound, so much. They very next thing I liked besides the sound was the feel of the neck, and that’s a very important thing. The feel of the neck, which you can further learn about in my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And I have a fairly big hand as you can see. My palm is big and my fingers are a little shorter. Everybody have a different type of hand. Do not buy a guitar with a real blocky neck if you have a tiny hand. So my advice, because I can’t help each and every one of you individually, I have to do a general explanation right, unless you come to my best acoustic guitar lesson in Miami. So my general advice would be, sit down with the guitar, and put your hand around the neck and ask yourself, “can I reach all the strings easily with my fingers?”, “can I picture myself playing this instrument and having my hand wrapped around it in different ways?” And don’t be shy to pick up the guitar and sit with it. The people at music stores don’t mind. You just have to be polite. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

If there’s one thing I couldn’t stand when I was selling in a music store, was somebody who didn’t know what they were doing and acted like they did know what they were doing, and tried to grind me on a price when they had no idea they didn’t check out any other prices. Don’t grind. Shop first. Then if you’ve found a guitar that you like in another store, and you found one of the same model but you like the one better in the other store, because you like the sound and feel of it, then go back to them and say, hey, you know what, I really like the guitar here, although I found the same model at such and such music store, or online or wherever, I like this one and I would like to buy this one, can you come close to that price or match it? And be nice about it. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Most music stores at least will match or get close to match. They might throw in some pics or another set of strings or there might be some other bonus that they can work out for you. So, don’t grind somebody on a price right away. When you find a guitar you like, say okay, I will think about it and go check out a few more in another store because you never know what’s out there until you check. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So the neck is really important. You have to sit with the guitar. If you are female and you have a small hand, this would not be the guitar for you, although this neck is beautiful for me, for my hand, you might have a more awkward time because it is thick this way. It is not that wide but it is thicker, but I’ve got a big hand. It’s the shape that I like of it. The roundness that I like. It’s a little bit thick for me but I like how nice and round it is so my hand sits well around the neck. I offer the best acoustics guitar lessons in Miami. So those are my reasons, so of course that’s what I can do for you, tell you that. Fair Lady, they make some beautiful, what they call parlor guitars or folk guitars, which I will get to in a minute, because as you can see over here, I brought some of my friends with me. And a guitar does not have to be expensive and we are going to talk about that in a second. The price point. But that is one of the most important things. Do not buy by color, do not buy by brand, and do not buy by looks. Buy by sound, and the feel of the neck. And how it feels when you’re sitting with guitar. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

Picking guitar that suits your stature. See the body is big back here. If you have a small arm, you are going to have a hard time. You are going to wrestle with the thing. Remember, a guitar is a grease alligator you are wrestling in a mud pit. You want to be able to sit comfortably with it. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Once you think you’ve found a guitar you might be interested in purchasing even if you don’t know how to play, sit down with it and just wrap your hand around the neck and picture yourself playing it. So that covers that part. I’m going to talk about parts of the guitar as we go along. But I want to share something with you about price. I also offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

Now this guitar is over the $3000 mark. And it took me a long time before I could afford this to be honest with you. I dreamed about one of these for a long time but I had to wait until finances were right. This is a 2005 Gibson humming bird. It’s got spruce top and mahogany sides and back. This is the sound I like on this guitar. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It’s lovely. All my open chords sound really nice. It just makes me want to play and that’s what a guitar is all about. If you like the sound of it and it makes you want to pick it up because it feels good and you can sit with it. And that’s not always true that the guitar has to be really expensive. This is the max I’ve ever paid for an acoustic guitar. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. For me personally. I mean you could always spend a lot more than that on an acoustic. You could spend $10,000, $20,000 on an acoustic guitar. That’s not saying it’s any better or not. It’s a personal thing. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

I’ve got some guitars back here. Old, new, used, cheap, and expensive. We will go over them. Just remember that rule about the neck. And I like several different shapes of neck. Not just one in particular. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. But for this guitar and the shape of the body the neck feels good. Another thing, on a cheaper guitar you can run your fingers on the edge where the frets meet the edge. The frets are these metal pieces of wire here that go across, and that what you push your strings down against, and that’s what also make your sound. But when you’re moving up and down the fret board, the edges of the frets can get sharp because when they put the frets in the can cut them a little too long or the wood shrinks over time. Because when they’re built off sure- this one is built in the USA- even a US built guitar can shrink. It can change. Wood has its own personality and sometimes, even if it was cut from the same tree, the wood will act differently. And there’s some issues and we will talk about them as we get into it and also at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This is one of them.

Frets. You see the frets are these pieces of metal they embed in the finger board- this is the finger board- of the guitar where you put your fingers and press down on them and that’s what give you sound. I can tell you even more at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So these frets can be sharp along the edges. And if you just run your fingers along the edge of the fret board you can feel if they are sharp or not. Like I said you have to picture your hand moving up and down the fret board. By the way this guitar plays nice in the upper registers too, not only open. And if you’re buying a cheaper guitar you might want to ask whoever is demoing the guitar for you, how it feels when they are playing higher up on the guitar. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. There is a thing called action. Action is the height of the string to fret board. When you press down the string onto the fret, how much distance there is there from the time you start pushing the string down on the fret and when it touches the fret. That is called the action. Now if the guitar has a fairly low action it’s easier to play but it can also cause fret buzz. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Now this guitar won’t buzz because it’s set up properly. Let me see if you can get it. Hear that? That’s fret buzz. Now this fret buzz is caused because I do not have my finger pressing on the string properly. But you can hear that kind of a noise, that’s what fret buzz sounds like. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. On a cheap guitar, if the action is too low, it plays easy but when you strum it, it starts to buzz out. Every note in the guitar is beautiful and clear. That’s what I like about this guitar. I play this guitar for a while before I bought. Probably a couple of hours and then I decided I loved it. Actually, I had been looking at it from months before and said I was going to wait and think about it. But as I tried other guitars I realized this one sounded so good to me that I had to go back and get it. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Action can be changed. That’s the other thing. We will talk about that some more in a little bit. I am going to pick up another guitar and then we can talk about the subject of action some more. Action can be changed if the guitar is adjustable or if it’s not too badly out. I have the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

It’s not so much the price. Let’s switch guitars. This is a good example of a parlor. This is a small body guitar. It will take me a while to adjust because this neck is actually narrower and it’s not as thick either. But it is a lovely sounding guitar. It’s a nice guitar. I really like it. It sounds good. It definitely sounds different than the Gibson. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This is a Hagstrom made in China. I paid less than $200 for this guitar. I bought it because I was doing some travelling and I had to take the plane. This is a good guitar for size for a carry on. You put it in a gig bag. A gig bag is a nylon bag with some padding on it and you can put your guitar in. You can take it on the plane. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. I still want a guitar that played good and sounded good. I was travelling for three months. I don’t go anywhere without my guitar. Now you will notice that the action is really low just like on my Gibson. And that’s because, I have to be a guitar mechanic. That’s my hobby. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.  I did it for a while as a living but then I decided I would much rather teach people how to play than fix their broken guitars. But my hobby is to take old guitars (as you will see in a minute), that are really a bargain but have potential to be great sounding guitars and tweak them. Like this one. Now a cheap guitar had a thing called the bellyapp. This is the bridge right here on the guitar. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And what happens is there’s a great amount of tension on the strings with the set of 10s- that’s the gag, 10 thousand- going from 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, it goes thinner to thickest. The first string is the thinnest. The tension is well over 120 pounds. I don’t know what that is in kilograms. I think it is 65 Kg. so there’s this pressure. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This bridge is glued on to the top of the guitar here, and there’s this pressure here happening because the strings are sitting in there and they are doing this. Now on a cheap guitar if you look really close, right in here, a lot of times if they don’t store it properly, you look in the light the right way, and you can see the flaw in the finish. It won’t be flat. You’ll see it from the finish. Now this one is a matte finish so it’s harder to see, but if you look into the light you will be able to see whether there is a bubble here or not. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.  What happens is the pressure of the string wants to pull this bridge up and it starts to pull the top, especially if it’s a cheaper guitar, a ply top. I prefer to go to a solid top is a little more stable. But that’s more box, right. If you don’t have the box and you’re buying a ply top guitar, some of them can still be good. I own a couple of ply top guitars. They’re not that expensive- $200. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This isn’t though. I got a deal on it. It was a one off. Hagstrom made a few of these, it was a special edition. You can’t get them anymore. You might be able to get one used online or something. It is a pretty good guitar for $200. I really like it. I think it was for about $175 and it came with a gig bag too. But under 200 bucks. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.  To read more about five mistakes beginners make while learning guitar online check out this blog.

What did I do to the guitar? Set it up. It needed some adjustment. Now temperature change will definitely change the guitar. For example I had to travel to Indonesia in the Philippines with this guitar, and when I did it changed. I took tools along with me because I knew it would. You see, temperature changes the instrument the way it reacts. I Offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So just because a guitar has higher action or is buzzing, doesn’t mean that it can’t be a good guitar with a little bit of adjustment. There’s several things you can do. You can sight down the neck. What I’m doing here. I use the string as a straight edge, and this part of the neck here, I compare with the string by looking into the light, I compare the string which is my straight edge. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. See how I’m holding the guitar. I’m not bumping it on the ground or anything. And you can also sight by looking up. But don’t bang the guitar when you’re buying a guitar. Be careful where you do that. But you can sight the guitar by using the string as a straight edge, and then you take a look at how straight the neck is here by using your string as the guide.  I have the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. The neck should have a little curve to it. The neck should be curved because the string is pulling on the neck, as the string is seeing over the neck it will pull a bit on the neck like that. That’s okay to have a little bit of I call concave. If it’s the other way where there is a high spot in the neck that could be a problem. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. You might want to look for a guitar that has a little, not too much, concave, or curve and too much height. That definitely affects the action. Now all these guitars needed adjustment. All the offshore guitars need adjustment. That’s another thing I’m going to talk to you about at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

Do you know how to temp the adjustment yourself? It’s better off, like equate that into your budget. Say you have a budget of $300. Look for a guitar around the $200 $225 mark and put a few bucks aside for a good instrument technician to go over the instrument. I will talk about that a little more as we get into it. Sometimes the music stores have in house technicians. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. But what I would do more than anything is, I would get a recommendation, if you are going to leave your guitar with somebody to set it up, because that’s what needs to be done. All the guitars need to be set up. The Gibson over here, the expensive one, you would think I do not need to set it up but it’s a piece of wood and it settles. I set it up myself. It didn’t need as much. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This one need more work for sure than my Gibson. But I pick that (Gibson), the best I could find. But it still needed adjustments to play the way I wanted it to play. This guitar (Hagstrom) needed more adjustments but it plays really well now. It doesn’t cost you that much more to look a good technician between $50 and $75 depending on where you are, can tweak your guitar if he/she  knows what they are doing. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. If they are a guitar builder that helps because usually people who builds acoustic guitars knows a lot about them, and if they offer to set it up, it will be a good set up because they know they instrument. If you get a guy who is just a technician who only specializes in set ups, they can be very good too. Your guitar should only be left for a week at max to be set up and it shouldn’t cost you more than $100 to get it set up and that’s if it’s really rough, unless there is something seriously wrong with it. Now sometimes you spend more money on a guitar is okay if the guitar is worth more and you purchased it at a very good price, which I will get to in a minute. But for this one I would say my labor on it was around $70. So I paid $175 for the guitar and another $75 in labor, so $250. And I’ve got a great guitar. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

Once the guitar is set up, it’s usually good, unless you store your guitar by a window where the sun is coming through it or by the window where it’s really cold and it’s a single pane, or you can feel the cold coming off the window, it’s definitely affecting your guitar. Close to a heat register, in a place where there is not a lot of air circulation like a basement where it’s really damp can affect your guitar. I can teach you how to care for your guitar at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Guitars like moderately dry, not seriously dry, but moderately dry. Too much humidity is not good for it. Not enough is hard on it. And you can buy humidifiers for instruments that are not getting enough humidity. And you ca use silicone dehumidifiers, silicone humidity absorbers in your guitar case depending on where you live. And you can also ask the advice of the mechanic that you’re going to get to set up your guitar when you buy it. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. If any of you have ever had a problem, and you’ve tried before to play say an F chord, and you can’t get it because you think you have small hands or you think you just don’t have the strength in it that’s not true. Usually the biggest problem is in the setup of the instrument. It’s in the action. Especially for the ladies. I can’t tell you about in my career how many students I’ve taken on have given me this statement “I will never play an F backwards. It’s impossible, my hand isn’t strong enough”. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. First thing I say to a person like that, and it’s usually the ladies more than the guys because they have smaller hands, I’ll ask them, can I see your guitar? Usually it’s the string height issue. Sometimes it’s down by the string nut here, this is string nut and most guitars have them. Some have different styles where they have a fret in front of it, I’ll show you something like that. But this is a string nut, and it keeps your strings spaced, and it keeps tension on the strings. And this is where your strings start to vibrate. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. From this string nut, here’s the bridge I was talking about earlier, and this is the saddle, this little piece of white bone like material. This one is called a tusk. It’s supposed to be a material that mimics bone but it is not bone. It is some kind of plastic of some sort. And it’s pretty good. Like I said I go by sound, not by the woods or anything else. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. When I bought this guitar, I looked at it, I strummed it, and I played a few chords, and decided it had a good sound to it. It just needs some adjusting, but it has a good sound and I would take it. And of course I sighted down the neck like I was talking to you about. I can teach you that as well at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. There are other things about it. The tuning pegs are machine heads. That’s where your strings are wrapped around. These are good quality, you can see on the back, these are enclosed and they also have a tension adjustment at the end. You will see a little star shaped or flat shaped screw. That’s for tension adjustment so when they come lose you can tighten them down a bit so they keep the guitar in tune better. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. These are for the good quality but that’s not to say you can’t buy an expensive acoustic guitar with open gear machine heads, because there are expensive guitars that come with a very good quality open gear machine head too. So those are some things to consider with the machine heads. So, with this guitar technician thing, a couple of things to mention.  If you know someone who is a professional player, ask them where they take their instrument for repairs. Ask them if they are happy with it. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. If you go to a guy who is repairing guitars, ask them for a recommendation. Just say, I know my guitar isn’t the most expensive guitar in the world but it’s really precious to me and it’s personal. And they will understand that if they are a good technician. They will understand how personal you guitar is. I once bought a classical guitar for $175 and I was really busy but I wanted the guitar fixed. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So I gave the guitar to somebody who was recommended to me and he wanted to prove himself to me as a guitar technician because he wanted some more of my business from my students. So I sacrificed this guitar and gave him this guitar. Well, the truth is, when I got it back I didn’t like it at all and I redid it myself. None of it was done to my expectations at all. So needless to say that technician was not going to get my work and hasn’t gotten any work from me since. I don’t know if there is a way he could ever redeem himself because I have seen work from him that I don’t like. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So I wouldn’t recommend him. So you see, it’s good to ask when you are checking out a technician, if he’s got some referrals or recommendations. You could ask the music store if they know a good guitar repair man because they have a lot of guitars and they usually have to take their guitars to somebody they could really trust, and they’d usually know somebody that’s really good. If you have to make an appointment that’s fine. It means he is probably busy. I have the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. A good technician is usually busy, and like I’ve said there’s usually a time period of a week. Two weeks max for a setup. Any more than two weeks for a setup is that’s a bit too much. Unless the guy is extremely busy and in that case, you may get an appointment with the guy and you wait, and he will say to you bring it in on this day and you will have it back the next week and that’ll be how a professional mechanic would deal with that. So definitely get a mechanic and don’t get your friends who think they know what they’re doing with guitars to adjust it. With acoustic guitar, it’s a lot more sensitive than with an electric. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

Now I want to talk to you about different types of guitars. I’ve talked to you about this, a lower priced guitar. The body would be very good for a female, smaller in stature. Because the body is smaller. You see when I put it up against the Gibson, there’s just about half an inch on either side. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. The body is smaller. So for girls, it’s easier to handle. So for girls who are struggling with it, that’s one of the reasons, it’s the body size. The other reason is the action, the string height. Then one more thing, and that’s the technique of your bar chord, and that you would have to come and see me for at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. I don’t know what else to say to you. I would have to give you a lesson on playing the F bar chord. You can check out my site for that.

A guitar is like anything else. It’s mechanical. Do you buy a car right off the lot, and drive it off the lot the same day? No, you don’t. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. They take the car and they do a 70 or 120 point checkup if it is a brand new car. If it’s General Motors or Ford or wherever you bought your car from, they have the specific step by step process that, that mechanic has to go through. That they want the mechanic and the dealership to adhere to and to check the car before it’s ready for the road. Well, before your guitar is ready to enjoy and play, you need a really good mechanic to check it over. I don’t care whether you just spent $5000 on the guitar or not. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It depends. If I buy a guitar from a Luthier, like somebody who builds guitars, you can go back to the Luthier and say change this or that. But when you are buying like say a Gibson from the store, the store’s your representative. So if I had a problem with that guitar, and I didn’t like it, there’s warranty on it, and I would have to deal with the store. But more and likely, if the instrument settles just a bit, and it gave me some trouble, I would just repair it myself. But if it was too much of an issue, because even on an expensive guitar, you can get quirks. That’s why you don’t buy by brand or name, you buy by per guitar. Because you can get a bad one like this Hagstrom and not know if you didn’t know what you were buying. I can further educate you in my best acoustics guitar lessons in Miami.

I’ve got another guitar back here.  This one here. This is talking about spending a little more money. Now if you look at it closely it is kind of beat up. But it’s an awesome guitar. Now this one is setup and it’s tuned a whole step lower. Those are some of the reasons I have different guitars. Because they are tuned to different tunings. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. See the tension on the strings again, as I was saying, the strings’ tension affects the guitar neck, more string tension can bow you guitar neck more. It has to be adjusted. A good guitar will have a tension adjustment. See on this guitar is a cap up here, that’s the tension adjustment for the truss rod, which is the metal rod that goes through the back of the neck. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It’s sandwich between this fingerboard, and the back of your neck. So the finger board is here, the rest of the neck is there and there’s a hole or trough, like a little cut out and there’s  metal rod about the thickness of a pencil (maybe a little thicker), and it goes from this end of the neck to this end. And it compensates for the huge tension on the string. You know the string is pulling the neck like this, the rod pulls it back. I offer the best acoustic guitar results in Miami. Now you don’t want a neck too straight you want just a slight curve to it, because the string vibrates more to the center like where it’s closer to the center, so the neck should have just a slight bow to it where there is a little more room in between say the 5th and 9th frets. Because here I have a position marker for the 3rd, like 1, 2, 3. You always play the fret. 3rd fret, 5th fret, 7th fret, you know, somewhere in this area, 7th, 9th fret it should have just a little bit of a neck curve. I teach the best guitar lessons in Miami. A curve going towards the string tension like the strings pulling above it, then the curve of the neck should curve towards, picture the strings pulling on either end of this neck, so the neck’s going to do this, strings above it. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

This guitar I bought in a pawn shop. This is a 1972 or ’74 somewhere in that age, Framus guitar made in Germany. It didn’t look this nice when I bought. This is a big body guitar. It’s heavy. For a small person, it may not be the best. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. But the neck on it is very thin, and it’s not very wide. So if you have a small hand this might be just the solution for you. I liked it because the neck felt good and when I strum the chords on it, it wasn’t playing very good but I could hear the tone of the guitar. Which you can hear right now. All my guitars have good sound and they’re easy to play. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Reason being getting a mechanic, when I bought this guitar it took me a year because I just tinkered with it during my spare time. The finish was rough on it but this guitar is old and I didn’t want to mess with it too much. I cleaned it up. It was pretty rough when I bought it at the pawn shop. I paid $250 for it, and spent another $150 on it, in my time and my labor. No real parts. I put a new set of bridge pins in here. That’s the only thing. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. These little pins right here are the bridge pins. They come in blocks, wood, some are plastic. These are just plain plastic. Black bridge pins. Nothing special. They fit real well on this guitar. And they hold the ball end of the string. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. When you look at a set of strings it has this brass, with a hole in it kind of a ball pin. The string is wrapped around the ball and that’s what stopped the strings from coming through. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And then of course you wrap the other end of the string around the machine head. Now you will notice on this guitar, we have open gears. It is not enclosed like on the Hagstrom. But you know what, these are fairly good quality machine head, and they can be adjusted and lubricated with a little bit of Vaseline, then turn the machine heads but don’t do that with the strings on. Usually the job of a mechanic if you have a good mechanic who knows what he’s doing. They will tighten the machine heads for you. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. But I’m real particular so I get all the little details, but it takes longer. So you see, it’s not necessarily a quality guitar that has fully enclosed machine heads. Some of them like this one has open gear and they’re actually not a bad machine head at all. They keeps the guitar in tune, but they do have a tension adjustment on it. At the top of the gear, the screw that holds it in place is a bit of a tension adjustment. This guitar to replace would be close to $1000 or more, for a guitar this quality. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It is beautiful spruce and maple. It’s got marks on the back but there’s no serious damage. There was one spot that was damaged here on the side, but there’s been a repair. I didn’t do that repair, it was there. But it wasn’t bad, it was still a fairly decent repair on it. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Someone else had worked on the guitar. I did mostly fret work and cleaning it up, and the set up. But this is, a beautiful guitar. And don’t refinish an old guitar if the finish is still on it. Even if it looks a little worn and tattered, you’re better to leave the old finish on it. I offer the best acoustic guitar lesson in Miami. Sometimes when you take the old finish off you ruin the guitar, and you take away from its vintage value if there’s any. I don’t know if there’s a lot of vintage value. I’ve seen these on the internet for $350 and $400. They’re nice guitars, they’re a little quirky, they’re a little on the big side, some people don’t like the sound of it at all. I like the sound of this guitar. I give the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. I have another Framus which is has a different neck than this. This is the one piece neck, which is why it has this big piece of chrome here, this is called a string T and the reason why it has a string T there is because this neck was made out of one piece of wood here. And it’s flat. A lot of the other acoustic guitars the neck’s here and then the headstock is tilted. And the reason why the headstock is tilted on the guitar is to keep the string tension on the string. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This headstock is pretty much flat. This string tensioner here actually presses down on the nut and keeps the tension on the string nut so you don’t get any rowels. Some people like these guitars, some don’t. I didn’t buy it because I’m a Framus fan or anything, I bought it because I liked the sound of the guitar and knew I could do something with it. When I was playing with the guitar, I knew from experience that this guitar would sound great tuned out a whole step. I give the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. A whole step means everything is tuned out one tone, two notes lower. So the E that used to be an E is a D. The A is now a G, this used to be a D it’s now a C, this used to be a G now it’s F, this used to be a B string now it’s an A, and this is another D. But it’s still standard D string. And the reason why this guitar is setup, it does not sound very good when it’s tuned back up. As you tune the tension back up on, the neck starts to bow so I would have to readjust the whole thing. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And I don’t want to do that. I want guitars ready to play in different tunings and that’s what professional guitar players will do. I can teach you this at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Each guitar is setup for a particular need or use, and that’s why I have this one. On this guitar, there is no bowl in it and it’s like 40 years old. And there’s no bowl in the top. It’s really solid. And an old guitar like this once it’s settled, it’s not going anywhere. And a guitar mechanic can fix it just as well. I give the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And this one has a truss rod adjustment on it. Some old guitars don’t have a truss rod adjustment. That can be a problem. Like I was saying you can easily spot the truss rod adjustment. It has a cap on the top of the guitar. Or you can look through the sound hole, at the end right here where my finger is pointed to inside, you will see a little hole. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Not in this one but on some of the newer guitars you will see a little hole and there will be an L and head adjustment in there, and that’s the truss rod. Some adjust from this end, some adjust from this one. All my Gibson at from the top and the Hagstrom adjust from the inside. So you see they are all a little different. But there again, I bought this guitar because I like the feel of the neck and the body sat well with me. I’ve got one more guitar to discuss and a little bit of educating. You can get way more information at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This is about the pickup thing.

The reason I left that till the end is because I feel like when you are buying an acoustic guitar, which is the least of importance especially if you are a beginner. I have the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Everybody see this guitar thinks this is an expensive guitar because they see this inlay, but it’s just ornamental. It makes the guitar looks good. You’ll notice that most guitars have position markers or dots at the 3rd fret, the 5th, 7th, 9th and the 12th usually have a double dot. Well, on this guitar we have a little leaf. Like a little vine but for the first fret is a little leaf, and at the 3rd fret where the position marker should be you have another leaf but in between you just have the stem. So that’s how you tell where I am. There’s the leaf again, and again, and again, so that’s 3rd fret, 5thfret, 7th fret, and 9th fret. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This guitar has a pickup that’s built in it. You can see it at the top. Some have it built around the sound hole, some don’t have any controls but they have a jack out, and you have to either control it with an amplifier or a monitor. That depends on what you are using it for, whether that’s good or bad. I don’t buy a guitar per model. This is an Ibanez made in China. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. I got a deal on it because there are some imperfections on the guitar and they didn’t want to send it back, so I got a deal on it. There are a couple marks on it from shipping and I fixed it. But it was new when I bought it. There’s nothing wrong with buying a Chinese guitar. This one is a solid top guitar and I think they go for around now. When I bought it I got deal on it for around $700 with a hard shell case. I offer the best guitar lessons in Miami. Buy a case with your guitar. It is so hard on the instrument and you’ll look amateur and no one will respect you. You are going to go to the guitar technician and take your guitar and spend your $60 or $70 to set it up. If you don’t have a case that’s like the dumbest thing I have ever heard. That’s like buying a brand new car and putting worn out tires on it. Figure it out into your budget. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. A gig bag is even better than no case. Don’t buy a guitar and then not buy a case. How many times have I seen people that don’t know what they are doing go in a music store and they ask about a nice guitar and they don’t want to shell out

the extra $50, or $75 or $80 for a hard shell case to protect their investment. Absolute stupidity. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Don’t let me catch you doing that. You have to move your instrument around if you’re going to take lessons or jam at a camp fire or just move it around, it’s got to be in a case. You have to take it out of the store, you have to take it home, so it has to be in a case. And I teach you tis at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

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Best Acoustic Guitar Lessons in Miami

Guitar Instructor Dyce Kimura

All my guitar has cases for them. And a lot of the more expensive guitars, they won’t even sell them to you without a case, they won’t warranty it without buying that case that was built for that guitar. You can buy a generic gig bag fro like $30 and $35, a fairly decent one. Sometimes I carry my expensive guitars in a gig bag because I have like 3 or 4 guitars to carry, and the acoustic is easiest because it’s lighter. And I can throw it on my back and carry all the heavy electrics in my hands. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This guitar has a cut away. A cut away is an area that allows you to reach up to the higher frets. For a beginner, that’s not exactly important. I can go into details about this at my best acoustic guitar lesson in Miami. And even though I have been playing for a long time. A lot of my acoustics don’t have cut a ways. I didn’t buy them to play lead guitar. I bought them because they had a certain sound that I liked. This guitar I consider to be my go-to guitar. This is why it has a pickup in it. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. My Gibson Hummingbird, is a guitar I would use in a recording studio with like an $8000 Neumann Mic sitting in front of it in an isolation booth. This guitar I’d use working in a band. It’s great working in a band. It’s got a really good pick up in it, it sounds really good. The neck of it is similar to that of my Gibson. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Slightly narrower this way but about the same width. It’s a solid top with a mahogany back and sides. I bought this one with reason of wanting one with a pickup. It sounds good unplugged, but it really sounds good plugged in. And that’s what this guitar’s job is. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. As long as I’m doing a gig, this is my gig guitar for live performance. And it’s been a great guitar. Again it needed set up because I got a deal on it, but look, if you are buying a guitar and paying $700 that you would normally pay $950 for, to $75 or $80 or even $100 it takes to have it set up, and you still got yourself a deal. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Because no matter what, If you buy the $900 guitar, and it’s got no blemishes in it or, mechanical issues, you still have to get it setup and spend money to set it up and all that. So if you can get a deal and it’s fixable, by all means. The cut a way is not that important but the pickup is. If you want to buy a guitar and put a pickup in it, unless it’s a really expensive guitar, it’s cheaper to buy a guitar already done up with a pickup in it. Because if you buy a pickup separately, you have to pay the technician to put the pickup in. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. The thing with it done at the factory, they buy thousands of these pickups, and they get a deal from the manufacturer on the pickup. This is a very good pickup in here. It’s a Fishman made for Ibanez but it’s a Fishman. It’s a great sounding pickup and the guitar was built with that in mind. Right at the manufacturers. No modifications had to be done. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. They constructed the guitar around the fact that it was going to have a pickup in it to begin with. Which is a good point. So it’s actually cheaper to buy the guitar with the pickup built in it. So that’s why you must know what you want when you go to the store to buy. And that’s why you are watching this, to make an educated decision. And so you won’t be a burden to the people at the music store, and so they will help you out. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. This has fully enclosed machine heads, and they are gold. Gold doesn’t matter or make it any better. It is just for looks. They are fully enclosed with tension adjustments at the end like I was talking about. The fingerboard is fancy. You pay a little more for this in lace abalone. It’s like a shell. An abalone shell. This is done on a computer. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Some of the old stuff was done by hand and it is more expensive now with laser technology and CNC machines, they can build it as very affordable.

I would never put a pickup in my Gibson. Defeated the purpose. That guitar is for studio recordings only.  In the Hagstrom over there, one of my students bought one on my recommendation and he put a pickup in it and that sounded great. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And it was still a good deal, because the guitar was good quality for a good deal and he got a good deal on the pickup and he put it in himself. So it was worth it for him to do that. So there are times when you can buy an acoustic guitar and it’s worth it to put a pickup in it. If you find a really expensive guitar that you like and you want a pickup in it, again take it to a Luthier. I highly recommend that at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Action is really important for you people who struggle with bar chords, or for you people who will be struggling with bar chords, because if the action is slow enough and the guitar is set up really well you’ll have an easier time with it.

Another recommendation for steel string guitars- I haven’t spoken about nylon string guitars-, when you go to a guitar technician, if you’ve got a weak hand and you’ve never played before, and you tried to play before but you find them hard to press down, ask the guitar technician if he can get the action as low as possible and to put on the lightest gage string he can. The lightest gage strings I know of are the Martin Studio Specials, and they’re 10. It starts at a ten. Decibal is important. The high strings kind of decide what the rest of strings’ thickness is going to be. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So you can say to a guitar technician, I would like a 10 gage acoustic string as low in the action as I can. Some technician will be opinionated and say no, you cannot put a set of 10s on your guitar, but I will do that for young girls or boys who are learning to play acoustic guitar. I will get my technician and tell him, this is for a child, she is 11 years old, and she has small hands so I want a really thin, light gage set of strings as we can and really low action. And he will do that for me, only at the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.

I am going to switch guitar one more time. This is a nylon guitar and it’s an Ovation. I can use this to demonstrate at my best acoustics guitar lesson in Miami. If you have never heard of the ovation before, the ovation has (for lack of a better word) a plastic rounded back. It has a wood neck, wood top, everything else is wood on it, but it has this plastic bowl on the back. Some people don’t like Ovations at all. They figure their wood guitar is the only way to go. Again I have never bought a guitar by name or style or anything, I buy a guitar because it does a certain job for me. I teach the best acoustic guitar lesson in Miami. Now if you are looking for advice on classical guitars, I am not really the guy to go to, because I’m not a purist as far as classical guitarist goes. That’s a specialty. But if you are think of buying a Nylon string guitar, and that’s what this is. A nylon string guitar with a pickup in it. Yes, it does have a pickup in it. It’s an old one. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It’s from the eighties and it’s got the pickup adjustment up here in one spot. This is one of the earliest guitars with a pickup in it. The ovation. Glen Campbell used them a lot, Richie Sambora from Bon Jovii used them. There is a lot of great guitar players that use ovations over the years. I give the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So they have proven they are very good quality guitars. This is like definitely close to the $3000. I bought it used because this was not a part of the guitar, and the reason it was not a part of it is because it’s a nylon string guitar, and it’s electric, and it’s an ovation round back, and it’s got a truss rod in it. All the pers, nylon string pers like classical guitar will tell you that is not a real classical guitar because it had a truss rod in it. They will also tell you not to play your guitar with a pic. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. And I’ve got nails, so I do play my guitar with my fingers like this. You don’t finger pic it. Now you hear this guitar has a lot different of a sound. You can strum it with your fingers or with a pic. I use a pic too. Now again the pers will tell you that’s a total no, no. That’s blasphemy. Musical blasphemy is disrespectful to their craft. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Hopefully my classical guitar teacher from way past doesn’t see me doing this because he will cringe. He would be upset at me. But the truth is that there’s lots of players who use pics on nylon string guitars, and get nice sounds, and whatever sounds good is okay as far as I’m concerned. But that’s not always true for the people that are wrapped up in tradition. So, what I’m saying here is, if you are thinking of a nylon string guitar, the tension is less because even though these top strings look like they do have metal wrapped around them, and they do have a thin strip of metal wrapped around them, underneath them is a nylon core. I give the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It is not steel strings. You don’t want to put steel strings on a guitar that was made for nylon strings. It will wreck the guitar. It will definitely pull the top up. You don’t want to put nylon strings on an acoustic guitar that was made for steel strings because it won’t sound very good, it would not project very well. This guitar was designed for nylon strings. I give the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It’s got a wider neck, like a classical neck. That’s the down fall to the nylon string. Easier to press down. Less pain from your fingers, develop callouses. Softer setting. So some of you with small hands that just want to strum. I nylon string guitar works for Willie Nelson it works for Earl Klugh. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It still sounds good even with a pic. I use a pic and my fingers. But the downfall to a nylon string guitar is, first of all, they are real temperamental when you first string them up, and these strings can go out of tune quite a bit. Because they stretch a lot more than steel strings. Two, they have a very wide neck so if you have a small hand you might struggle with that. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Bar chords are definitely more difficult on a nylon string guitar. Again there is no law that says you cannot get yourself a nylon string guitar. This one I really love. This one I bought for $450 and put about $250 in labor to it, because it was in rough shape. It came with a case. The sound is really nice though, and I can teach you this at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. It plays really great. But I use it for certain styles of music right. This was tuned down, this was D. A whole step lower, D standard. All acoustic guitars have a unique sound to them. This you can learn in depth at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami.  All have their own personality. Again I didn’t pick this guitar because it was an ovation or because it wasn’t or whatever. I clicked it because I was looking for a nylon string like this with a pickup in it. It had a good feel and sound, and when I saw this one I was like I have seen Glen Campbell play these and he had a good sound, let’s check it out. And I really liked it a lot but it needed some work. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So I bargained. It was a private deal and I got it for $400 and then put a couple more bucks in there maybe $200 or $250. Somewhere around there. This guitar when it was new was $2500, so I still got a really good quality guitar at a very reasonable price and it came with a nice hard shell case. And I’ve had this guitar probably or close to ten years now. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. So you see, price isn’t an issue, style isn’t an issue. It’s a nice looking guitar. I think it looks nice. Some people don’t like the rounded back but the rounded back was designed by an engineer who studied sound waves. These guitars sound great plugged in and they are used in a live situation. I still think one of the best sounding acoustics electric is an Ovation. Again that’s my opinion. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. You can make that decision for yourself. If you’re buying an electric acoustic, ask to plug it in, because eventually you are going to have to buy an amp for it, of some sort. For a lot of the church players, they will plug straight in using a direct box. You still want to hear what the guitar sounds like so plug it in and get somebody to play it, and then compare guitars. Some pickups are, or some guitars have more adjustments than others. I offer the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. On the Ibanez which is to my right, behind me right now, that has a lot of EQ adjustment. This one has very little. It only has a volume, treble bass one way goes to treble, but this is an old guitar. And actually the pickup is really good and I can get a good sound out of it anyways. But it depends on what you want out of your guitar. Either way though, the ovation is a good guitar. I give the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Even the lower priced ones that are made in Korea and some that are made in China is fairly good. If you like that style of guitar, they’re actually a fairly decent instrument. I got over here, an Ovation Applause which is Korean, and that is the bass, and it’s got the round back on it too. So for you bass players out there I’ve got an acoustic. And that one has a pickup in it too. I teach the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. But most times I use it at the beach or on a camping trip where you want a bass player there, it’s a good choice for you. And who could think to bring an acoustic bass player to play at a camp fire.  Anyway, I hope that this has informed you and given you an idea on how to buy a guitar. You can learn more at my best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. I truly want this to help you make a good educated decision. If you like the way I have taught this, and you like how I have been teaching, why don’t you come and check out some more at www.dycekimura.com.  Come and check it out. Once you get your guitar come and see me for the best acoustic guitar lessons in Miami. Come back and see me. And have fun.