Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Classical Guitars

4. Stylistic Considerations

For many years, the classical guitar was considered the ideal instrument for all beginning guitarists. This was partly because the ‘classical’ tag conferred a degree of respectability, and also because many parents were rather scared of the prospect of noisy electric guitars and amps. This changed as baby boom children grew up with guitar-driven rock music, became parents (and then grandparents) themselves, and realised that headphones enable the electric guitar to be virtually silent to others at the same time as being extremely loud to the player.

In fact, the classical guitar is not ideal for learning to play rock music, which is inseparable from the sound of the electric guitar. Even a clean electric guitar sound is very different from that of the classical guitar, and the core rock sound (distortion) is completely different again. Rock players also make heavy use of string bending and wide vibrato, which are difficult or impossible to replicate on a nylon-strung instrument. Additionally, many lead guitar styles are based on unrestricted access right up the 22nd fret, whereas classical guitars rarely have more than 19 frets, and fast playing is impossible beyond the 12th.

The classical guitar is eminently suitable for a range of other styles though, from pure classical playing to finger-style jazz, folk, bossa nova and flamenco. The instrument also makes an important addition to the arsenal of any aspiring session player seeking to expand their sonic palette.

While many rock players are (at least initially) self-taught, the technicalities of classical guitar playing make this route less sensible - it’s very easy to get into bad habits without a teacher!

Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-20
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Question!
Question! Give the right answer and win 1x Alesis Nanoverb 2 worth €96.
Which band does not have a member named Roger Taylor?
Conditions of participation
Terms and Conditions for participation
in online competitions

Note: Participation in an online competition runs independently from any purchase at Thomann GmbH. The following Competition Rules apply when participating in any online competition run by Musikhaus Thomann:

  1. Competition

    1. The competitions are organised by Thomann GmbH, CEO: Hans Thomann, Hans-Thomann-Straße 1, 96138 Burgebrach, Germany.
  2. Participation

    1. Competitions are only open to persons of full age.
    2. To take part in the competition you must answer all questions correctly, fill in the registration form and submit your entry to Thomann GmbH by pressing the "send" button.
      By pressing the "send" button the participant accepts the aforementioned terms and conditions.
    3. The participant is responsible for entering their email and/or postal address correctly. Entries to the competition will be logged electronically.
  3. Qualifying Entrants

    1. Staff of Thomann GmbH and any cooperation partners and their dependants are excluded from participation.
    2. Should these conditions of participation be violated, especially by using illegitimate means, Thomann GmbH reserves the right to exclude persons from the competition. In case of such violations prizes can be withdrawn and claimed back subsequently.
  4. Announcing the winner

    1. The winners will be notified by Thomann GmbH by email or in writing and their names may be published on the homepage www.thomann.de. The winner accepts this form of publication explicitly.
      Should for whatever reason the winner not claim their prize, then a new winner will be drawn.
    2. The prize presented to the winner may not be identical to the item description. There can be deviances regarding the model, colour etc.
    3. The merchandise prizes will be sent by Thomann GmbH or by one of its contracting delivery companies, per freight forwarder, courier or postal service to the postal address indicated by the winner.

      The delivery is free of charge. Only extra transport costs and customs/duties must be covered by the winner. In the case that the delivery has to be made through a freight forwarding company the freight forwarding company will contact the winner to arrange delivery timings.
    4. An exchange, cash alternative or replacement prize is not possible.
    5. The claim to the prize or replacement of the prize cannot be assigned to a third party.
  5. Data protection

    1. The participant accepts explicitly that Thomann GmbH saves all necessary data for the duration of the competition and forwards them exclusively for purposes related to the winning process to the respective cooperation partner, who is also permitted to save the personal data only for the duration of the competition. The participant is free to withdraw his entry at any time. Please direct the withdrawal to:

      Thomann GmbH
      to the data protection officer
      Hans-Thomann-Straße 1
      96138 Burgebrach, Germany
    2. Thomann GmbH is obliged to consider the regulations for data protection according to the Federal Data Protection Law (BDSG) valid at the conclusion of the competition. In this context the general data protection regulations under notes regarding data protection should be noted.
  6. Liability

    1. Thomann GmbH will be released from any obligations by handing out the prize.
    2. Thomann GmbH is not liable for the insolvency of a cooperation partner and the resulting consequences for the implementation and processing of the competition.
  7. Other

    1. Legal proceedings are barred.
    2. The law of the Federal Republic of Germany applies exclusively.

Classical Guitars overview

Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0 Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Gibson Les Paul M2 Citron Green C.Giant LP-6210C Black Vic Firth SIH2 Roland TM-6 Pro Drum Trigger Module Steinberg UR-RT2 Stairville Wild Wash Pro 648 LED RGB DMX Positive Grid Bias Mini Guitar Harley Benton TE-7 FanFret FBB 2018 DLX Marshall PEDL-91016 Footswitch Ampeg Opto Comp Compressor
Recommended
Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0

Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0; converts analog audio line signals to feed any Dante-connected system; 96 kHz / 24 Bit; fully-functional Dante interface; adjustable signal levels: +24dBu / +4dBu / 0dBu/ 0dBV /-10dBV (through Dante Controller); frequency Response: 20Hz...

to the product
€163
Recommended
Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb

Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb, effects pedal, 11 different reverb types: HALL, SPRING, PLATE, REVRS, ECHO, TREM, MOD, DYNA, AUTO-INF, SHIM and POLY, Tails switch: Select whether the reverb fades out naturally or stops immediately when the pedal is switched...

to the product
€149
Recommended
Gibson Les Paul M2 Citron Green

Electric Guitar Poplar body, Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia latifolia), Slim Taper neck profile - .800"-. 875", 22 Frets, Pickups: 2 Gibson Pro-Bucker humbuckers, Volume and tone controls, 1 Toggle switch, Chrome hardware, Wraparound bridge, Mini Button machine heads,...

to the product
€398
Recommended
C.Giant LP-6210C Black

Keyboard 61 Keys with touch dynamics, 162 Sounds, 200 Rhythms, 61 Percussion effects, 50 Demo songs, Fill-in, sync and rhythms variations, Split function, Chord, Recording, Pitch bend wheel, Microphone input, Line out sockets, Headphone output, Sustain pedal connection, USB...

to the product
€66
(2)
Recommended
Vic Firth SIH2

Vic Firth SIH2 isolation headphones, (reduces overall noise levels by 25 dB). successor of the legendary Vic Firth SIH-1 headphones, features redesigned larger driver in the ear cups that deliver a more powerful low end, cleaner mids and clear highs...

to the product
€79
(1)
Recommended
Roland TM-6 Pro Drum Trigger Module

Trigger Module For acoustic drummers who want to extend the sound possibilities of their drums with electronic sounds, 500 one-shot sounds, 268 V-Drum sounds, 80 Drum kits, SDHC card slot for importing your own samples, 6x 6.3 mm stereo...

to the product
€789
(1)
Recommended
Steinberg UR-RT2

4x 2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface Up to 24-bit/192 kHz, 2 Class-A D-PRE microphone preamps with + 48 V phantom power, Rupert Neve Designs transformer switchable on each front input channel, 2 Analog XLR/jack combo inputs plus 2 line...

to the product
€311
Recommended
Stairville Wild Wash Pro 648 LED RGB DMX

Multi-Functional LED Spotlight with 4 Effects in One DeviceWith its SMD LED equipment, the Wild Wash series is a magic box for events and shows of all kinds. Whether on small to large stages, in clubs of all sizes, exhibitions,...

to the product
€243
Recommended
Positive Grid Bias Mini Guitar

Positive Grid Bias Mini Guitar, electric guitar head, 300 Watt RMS @ 4 Ohms, component emulation engine, BIAS AMP 2 inklusive, 16 Custom-Amp Presets, 300 watts RMS @ 4 Ohms, Groundbreaking component emulation engine, BIAS AMP 2 inclusive, 16 preloaded...

to the product
€821
Recommended
Harley Benton TE-7 FanFret FBB 2018 DLX

7-String Electric Guitar Build: Fanned Fret TE style with reversed headstock, Body: Ash, Top: Flamed maple, Bolt-on 5-piece neck: Maple/Nato, Fretboard: Roseacer, Neck profile: Modern C, Offset DOT inlays, 24 Fanned jumbo frets, Black graphite nut, Nut width: 48...

to the product
€298
(1)
Recommended
Marshall PEDL-91016 Footswitch

Footswitch Marshall 6-way footswitch with LED, Programmable for DSL40CR & DSL100HR

to the product
€119
Recommended
Ampeg Opto Comp Compressor

Effects pedal Analog bass compressor, Controllers for compression, release and output levels, True bypass, Power supply with 9 V battery or 9 V power supply (both not included, suitable battery available under Art. 132579 , suitable power supply under...

to the product
€99
Feedback Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.

Please leave a comment. Please enter your e-mail address.