#1
So basically its my sister's birthday soon, shes going to be 15 and she's a complete beginner (and i'm not). Shes leaning towards an acoustic guitar, but i say that a classical will advance her better. Which should she choose?
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#4
acoustic(steelstring) would be more diverse than a classical guitar and would be better for playing more popular music the classical guitar isnt as suited for that kind of music as the acoustic guitar although the nylon strings on the classical would be easier on her fingers
also its her birthday get her what she wants but warn her that it will hurt
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#5
If you're not playing classical guitar music, there's seriously no point at all in getting a classical guitar. Especially when we're talking about a 15 year old girl who probably has relatively small hands.
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#6
Steel strung Acoustic.

They sound better for the kind of stuff she'll most likely be playing, and the higher string tension and harder steel strings will "break in" her fingers faster to build up callouses.

Why would a classical advance her any better than an acoustic.
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Steel strung Acoustic.

They sound better for the kind of stuff she'll most likely be playing, and the higher string tension and harder steel strings will "break in" her fingers faster to build up callouses.

Why would a classical advance her any better than an acoustic.

Fingerstyle, thats why.
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Fingerstyle, thats why.

Bad idea. Way too many people in this world start guitar on a nylon classical and give up out of frustration because the things are so dang hard to play.
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Fingerstyle, thats why.


I play fingerstyle all the time on my acoustic. No problems whatsoever.
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#10
Many fingerstylists like the wide necks of classical guitars. Many steel-string guitars made for fingerstyle playing have wider-than-standard necks for this purpose as well.
However, as Joeval notes, many people have no difficulty at all playing fingerstyle on very standard steel-string guitars.
I would recommend the steel string as well, if only for it's versatility. The best thing is to have the instrument set up properly from the beginning; this will eliminate a lot of the frustration the beginner often experiences with an instrument delivered with too-high an action from the factory.
Although it's perfectly possible to use a classic guitar for all sorts of playing (look at Willie Nelson...) they are designed and intended for a specific purpose.
#11
I'll plug the nylon. It's a more versatile instrument by a long margin, suits music from baroque to romantic to the avante gard and serial music, from flamenco to calypso, solo performance to accompaniment. Hands down winner in respect to widest range of style in its repertoire.

But ultimately its up to her, her choice.

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