The nylon string acoustic guitar has a softer and smoother sound than the steel string guitar. Interestingly, the modern audience can still be fascinated by the depth of feel of a nylon string guitar. It is completely up to you which one you choose to play. You could cite a list of artists who used nylon or steel strings for this or that record, and make a guess or two about why the artists made the choices they made, but the bottom line is that if you want a deep, quiet sound that Don’t compete with your singing, the nylon string guitar is the way to go.
When shopping for a guitar, stop by the music store and go to your local guitar dealer, if they have one. This way you will have a guitar expert to guide you and not a dufus playing just two and a half chords. Don’t let the guy at the store automatically guide you to high-end guitars and don’t succumb to your inner stingy, either. Pick a guitar that you like the look, sound, and feel, then go down to the price range if you really need it.
To get an idea of the range you might be looking at, the more expensive Alvarez Masterworks Series MC90 classical guitar has solid rosewood back and sides, western cedar top with precision scalloped bracing, mosaic rosette, and gold pegs. . with tortoiseshell buttons and retails for over $ 600. The Alvarez Regent, a beginner’s model, costs around $ 150. Of course, there are many grades of price and quality in between.
The types of music for which the nylon string guitar was designed are classical and flamenco music. Classical guitar music is classical music composed for other instruments but arranged for the guitar, and classical-style pieces composed specifically for the guitar or other stringed instruments. There is a vast repertoire of music composed in medieval or Renaissance times for vihuela or mandolin and arranged for guitar that can be very enjoyable and satisfying to play. Flamenco music is Spanish popular music and is usually relatively advanced from a technical point of view, simply because flamenco is a “flashy” type of music. If you are interested in exploring any of these types of music, I suggest you go to YouTube and watch the classical or flamenco guitar videos. John Williams (the British guitarist, not Starwars’s boyfriend) and Julian Bream are two obvious starting points for classical guitar. Paco De Lucia, Paco Pena and Sabicas will open your heart to flamenco.
We can’t conclude without mentioning the nylon-string guitar-driven folk music boom of the 1960s, which gave us a lot of great music that novice guitarists can easily hear. The music of Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Joan Baez or The Kingston Trio still has some interest in modern guitarists.
So this is an overview of the world of nylon string guitar. I hope you have found something that piques your interest.