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  • First Guitar

    Posted by AlteredGoods on December 26, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Hello all sorry if this is easily found on here but I was looking for thoughts on my first guitar. I ordered a Jasmine s35 as my budget is under $200 and I was able to get that and a 3 year warranty so I can feel comfortable letting my kids play on amazon for $115. I’ve read through countless reviews but thought maybe some insight from people using the same course I will be may be best. Thanks everyone, I am very excited to be starting my journey!

    Loraine replied 1 year, 3 months ago 6 Members · 5 Replies
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  • the-old-coach

    December 26, 2022 at 11:51 am

    A-G– (love the name- sounds like a rock-band name)


    If you yourself are just starting-out on your own guitar journey— you are in the best place!!!

    At first, here in TAC, if you get the “how do I start” and/or “what do I do first” – (or “next”)- feelings– don’t worry about. There are LOTS of really helpful– REALLY excellent and knowledgeable– folks in here to get you goin’ and keep you progressing.

    Use this TAC Forum as your go-to source for answers– NO question in too small or large. The Forum here is an extremely valuable resource. Read a few threads from the recent few days to see how helpful everyone is!

    Again- welcome–


  • Kitman

    December 26, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Hi there @AlteredGoods and welcome to TAC and congratulations on beginning your guitar journey. I don’t have any experience with the Jasmine line of guitars. I had a quick look at Amazon and it seems like this guitar is getting some positive reviews. I did a little bit more “internet digging” and found a number of articles reviewing the guitar you purchased indicating is a a great beginners guitar and sounds and plays great for the money.

    Looking forward to hearing about your journey and how the guitar is working out. Again, welcome to TAC!

  • GerryB56

    December 26, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Welcome to the TAC family! Joining Tony’s program is a great move for any guitar journey. If you’re just starting out, complete the 30 days to play challenge and the 5 day guitar routine challenge, as Tony suggests. Don’t necessarily plunge into the daily challenges right away, some of them can be tough for beginners.

    A few of the Skills Courses are good starters as well, such as the Strumming Jumpstart and the Finger Stretch and Daily Stretch ones. I found it very helpful to print out and fill in Tony’s TAC Journal, too. It helps to keep focused and motivated.

    One more thing, if you find you struggle with fretting chord positions, beginner guitars are often not well setup out of the box, so having a guitar tech lower the action (bring the strings closer to the fretboard) can be a huge difference maker. It shouldn’t be terribly costly, and it’s good to become acquainted with your local guitar dealer for picking up accessories (strings, straps, picks, capo, tuners, etc) or even enrolling for a few lessons.

    Enjoy your journey and as oldcoach suggested, come back regularly to these forums for inspiration and great advice/encouragement!

  • jumpinjeff

    December 26, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Jasmine s35 was my beach/camping guitar and I found it easy to play and not having to worry about it was a bonus. I found the sound of Yamaha’s FG 800series a little more complex but it is a little more money. Scour your local craigslist: both the jasmines and yamahas show up with high frequency and can be had for a 50% or greater price reduction off of retail. Very often they are brand new guitars or barely played.

  • Loraine

    December 26, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Welcome to the TAC community @AlteredGoods ! I too was brand new to guitar when I started with TAC 2 q/2 years ago. I began with the 30 days to play challenge. Once completed I moved onto doing the daily challenges and some of the skills courses. Have fun with it and seek answers in the forums.

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