/EINPresswire.com/ TakeLessons explores a subject that is often overlooked by beginner guitarists: Which type of guitar strings are the best fit?

Last night the CMT honored several country music stars at their second annual Artists of the Year celebration, including Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney. As awards season continues, and with the Grammy nominations about to be announced, fans will be counting down to the biggest show of them all.

For music students hoping to get to that point of country music stardom, purchasing the perfect beginner’s guitar is the obvious first step. But TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation’s fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to explore a subject often overlooked: Which type of guitar strings are the best?

The following is an excerpt from the blog post:

“If you’re an acoustic player…

– Fade to Bleak: Since there are no pickups or amps involved in acoustic guitar playing, string composition – which affects how a string responds to being struck and the retention of tonal qualities – is particularly important for acoustic guitars. Bronze, phosphor bronze and coated strings tends to be the preferred varieties, ascending in price. Bronze strings start out the brightest, but lose their high voices relatively quickly. Phosphor bronze offers a darker tone, but still with a clear, ringing top and the phosphor allows the strings to produce their optimum sound longer. On acoustic guitars, coated strings trade a longer life for less brightness, but good warmth and presence.

– Lighten Up: Typically, heavier strings project more natural sound when struck, but for most live performers it’s practical to have an acoustic guitar with a pick-up for plug-and-play situations. Having a pickup in an acoustic guitar allows for the use of lighter gauge strings. Some acoustic guitars even respond well to slinky electric sets, like .10s, providing electric-guitar-like playability without sacrificing the chime of acoustic tones.

– Them Changes: Since the strings on acoustic guitars play a much more important role in projecting volume and clarity than strings on an amplified electric guitar, consider changing acoustic guitar strings often to keep the instrument sounding its best. Remember to wipe down the strings after playing and check for string damaging fret wear. Both can prematurely end a guitar string’s life.”

By sharing the tips with blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where fans can also learn how to plan a tour on a budget, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).

About TakeLessons
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America’s full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.

Jon Crim

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