Naperville Guitar Lessons
Before buying a guitar, you should know the basics. The strings are tuned to the notes E, A, D, G B, and E, where the C (1st fret) on the B string is the same note as the Middle C on the piano. Next, you will want to decide which style of music you are most interested in playing and taking lessons in. If you like rock-and-roll, acoustic or electric guitar lessons would be a good choice. If you enjoy flamenco or Spanish music you would take classical guitar lessons. Your teacher will be well versed in the style, or at least the techniques required for that playing style. An acoustic guitar provides a healthy balance between the electric and the classical guitar as it is used both for finger-picking and can be plugged into an effects pedal and amp.
Do not worry if you cannot read music before your first music lesson. If you have that inner spark of musical talent, you will make great note reading progress in no time. In fact, this method of learning music is the most common for the rock instruments including the guitar, just look at the bio of some of the world's most accomplished musicians and you will discover what I mean.
The technique to play each style varies greatly. The classical guitar takes after a long tradition of guitar playing, and almost certainly will require extensive training in order to perform the advanced pieces. What you will notice is that there is not much of a guitar school or method for learning how to play rock guitar, and in some ways that makes it a highly adventurous instrument to take lessons on. Again, I must stress the importance of the teacher's background, because you will rarely learn how to play the guitar better than your teacher unless they have studied music or were once highly advanced on the guitar.
-Naperville Lessons, August 2010