Buying Your First Guitar

Buying Your First Guitar

Down to business! The next thing you need to consider: Do I want anacoustic or electric? There is no rule as to which you should start with, however, each have their pros and cons for getting started. Electric guitars tend to be a easier because the strings are lighter and easier to press down, whereas acoustics have heavier strings which can tire your fretting hand out much quicker. (With respect to strings being "lighter" vs "heavier", strings come in different thicknesses. We'll go over that in greater detail in a different post!) On the flip side, starting with an electric guitar means buying more accessories (E.g. amp, instrument cable) in addition to your basic guitar necessities (E.g. the guitar itself and a case). All that said, there's no right or wrong, it's simply a matter of preference. Play both! See which you like better and go from there. Furthermore, it's important to play the instrument to make sure it fits and feels good in your hands. So while buying online is appealing for its ease, it's a bit of a gamble and something I would avoid when you're first starting out. 

Listening Recommendations

Students often ask what I listen to, what inspires me. Here's a list of some of my favorites in no particular order! 

  1. John Vanderslice 
  2. Left Hand Does 
  3. Tears for Fears 
  4. Frank Zappa
  5. Phish
  6. Nirvana
  7. subPixel
  8. Los Doggies
  9. Gentle Giant
  10. Akron/Family
  11. Brand X
  12. Owls
  13. Joan of Arc
  14. Faraquet 
  15. Pattern is Movement
  16. Michael Jackson
  17. Prince
  18. Steely Dan
  19. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
  20. Jeffrey Lewis
  21. Morgan Delt
  22. R. Stevie Moore
  23. Phil Ochs
  24. Neil Young
  25. Mahavishnu Orchestra
  26. Pavement
  27. Wu Tang Clan 
  28. The Roots 
  29. Loot Pack 
  30. Mad Villain 
  31. MF Doom 
  32. Mad Lib 
  33. Snoop Dogg 
  34. Tupac Shakur 
  35. Notorious BIG 
  36. A Tribe Called Quest 
  37. Leaders of the New School 
  38. Busta Rhymes 

 

Film and Television Score Composers

  1. Angelo Badalamenti
  2. John Carpenter 
  3. Danny Elfman
  4. John Barry
  5. John Williams
  6. Alan Silvestri 
  7. Michael Giacciano 
  8. Jonny Greenwood
  9. Jerry Goldsmith

Los Doggies

If you were to ask me about my favourite bands and/or musicians, the list will vary depending on day, time of day, current phase of the moon, etc. As a musical hero once tangentially regarded, "There is no accounting for taste."

That being said, I do have a security council of musical inspirations that are everlastingly resonant. And while there exist members you recognize (i.e. Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson, Phish, Ween, Danny Elfman, Tears for Fears...), there are many you are yet experienced.

I would like to take this moment to share a group whom I've admired for many, many years. They are equal parts terrifying, irreverent, esoteric, singular, fantastical, psychic, syncopated, scary and scholarly. They are Onebody. They are E'erybody.

They are Los Doggies