I’ve been playing guitar for over 20 years. I started off playing the electric guitar and then moved on to the acoustic guitar. However, it wasn’t until I discovered the nylon string guitar that I fully fell in love with playing the guitar.
In this blog post, I’m going to explain why I use a nylon string guitar and why it’s the perfect guitar for me.
I’m going to cover a lot so you might want to grab a cup of coffee or tea before you start reading… or if it’s late at night, perhaps a cup of warm milk!
The Perfect Guitar For Me
I’ve been playing the guitar for about twenty years now and have used both steel string and nylon string guitars. However, I exclusively use nylon string guitars now (called “classical” guitars). I love the sound of nylon strings and prefer them over steel strings. Here are some reasons why I use nylon string guitars:
Most people start out playing electric or steel string acoustic guitar but I did the opposite and started playing a classical guitar. I think that starting out with a nylon string guitar is a great way to begin playing, and it’s what I recommend to beginners all the time.
I play my nylon string guitar 95% of the time, so I get asked all the time why I don’t switch to an electric or steel string acoustic guitar. There are some reasons for why I do this, but the most important reason is that it expresses my musical ideas in the best way possible.
The number one reason why I play a nylon string guitar is because it sounds better than any other type of guitar. The sound of a nylon string guitar is different from any other type of guitar. It’s softer, more mellow and lusher than a steel string acoustic or electric guitar. It has a warm sound that goes well with almost any genre and style of music you can think of.
Another reason for why I like playing a nylon string guitar is because it’s more comfortable to play than an electric or steel-string acoustic. The neck on a classical or flamenco guitar is wider and flatter than on other types of guitars, which makes it easier to reach higher notes on the
I did not suddenly convert to classical guitar. I did not switch from electric guitar to acoustic guitar. I have never been into electric guitars. I have always played the acoustic guitar and always will, but the reasons for playing a nylon string guitar are what I would like to explain here.
First off, let me be clear that a nylon string guitar is not just a classical guitar. The “classical” term was used because of the style of play: finger picking instead of using a pick, and because it was mostly used for playing classical music (not just any music). So calling it a classical guitar has nothing to do with the type of strings or body shape.
Today more people are using nylon strings on their acoustic guitars because they love the sound. The tone is warmer and sweeter to some ears than steel strings, which could sound too harsh at times. Some people find them much easier on their fingers as well; although I don’t feel that way, others do so it’s an advantage for many players. Actually, there are many advantages in my opinion if you can get past the adaptation period.
I’ve heard some say nylon strings hurt their fingers at first as if it’s an excuse not to play them anymore; it’s all about getting used to
Since I started playing guitar around age 12. I have been through a lot of different guitar phases and types, but one guitar has stuck with me through all of these years, a nylon string guitar.
I have been playing the classical nylon string guitar for over a decade now and there are many reasons why I still use it as my main instrument. These reasons include it’s playability, sound quality and overall tone.
My Nylon String Guitar Story:
When I was 11 years old my father bought me a cheap Squier Stratocaster from a friend of his. Back then I didn’t know what I was doing when looking at guitars so I really had no idea of the quality of my new instrument that he just purchased for me. All I knew is that this is what all the rock stars were playing on stage, so it must be good right?
When I got home with my new guitar and amp, the first thing that struck me was how hard it was to play compared to the acoustic guitars that we had around the house. For some reason every time I played it my fingertips would hurt like crazy! Of course being an 11 year old kid at the time, that pain wasn’t going to stop me from learning this new
I am a big fan of the nylon string guitar. It has been my main instrument for most of my life.
I was born in Madrid and started playing the guitar at age seven. I fell in love with the nylon string guitar almost immediately.
It’s what they call in Spanish “la guitarra clasica.” It’s a classical guitar, or as we say here, simply “la guitarra.”
I got my first nylon string at age nine. It was a handmade instrument made by my father’s friend who was a luthier, an instrument maker, in Madrid.
My father had bought it for me as a birthday present.
I took lessons from Antonio Toledo, a classical guitarist who had studied with Andres Segovia. Segovia is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical guitarists of all time.
I played the guitar with passion and discipline until age 17 when I moved to Los Angeles with my family.
I play the guitar. I’ve played for about seventeen years and have been playing on and off for twenty-one years.
It wasn’t until I was in college that I started playing the guitar. My father plays classical guitar, so there were always guitars around our house growing up.
I was drawn to the guitar from an early age, but it took me a while to get one and start learning, mostly because of my own insecurities and inactivity.
In college, those feelings largely went away and I decided I needed to pursue music.