I bought a classical guitar!

hey everyone,

So I bought a guitar today.

I just wanted the cheapest thing I could find since I'm just learning and I'm living in another country for a year and will have to sell it before I leave.

I had no idea what the difference between a classical and steel string guitar was. So I spent an hour in the place talking to one of the people there and he told me the nylon and steel strings didn't make a difference, one was just quieter.

Anyway, I ended up with a classical guitar (because it was quite a bit cheaper). Now I'm home and doing some research and a lot of websites are telling me pretty much I should have bought a steel string.

I'm looking to play a lot of Feist, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Dispatch and similar stuff.. and hopefully pick it up quickly enough to write some of my own stuff.

Did I completely screw myself over by buying a classical guitar? I'm starting to really regret it... :(

thanks!

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You did the right thing buying a classical guitar, your first problem is learning it, put thoughts of John Mayer out of your head for a few years!!
Nylon strings which is what you have on your guitar and are a lot easier on the fingers, the neck on a classical guitar is wider, which means you get bigger gaps between the strings, easier to play.

Steel strings cut into the fingers which until you grow hardened skin on your finger tips, makes playing a bit uncomftable.
Steel string guitars have narrower necks too.

So concentrate on learning the basics and then in a year or 2 progress on to the steel string or electric.

I agree, nothing wrong with buying a classical to begin with. I got my son one for many of the reasons Lee gives, and it's nice to play. I just visited a friend whose young kid has had an electric for a while but is now trying a classical using proper classical technique. I was very impressed by his versatility, which is no bad thing to have.

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