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One truly underrated aspect of guitar upkeep for beginners is the importance of high-quality strings. Similar to wheels on a vehicle, many people mistakenly believe that their mere presence is sufficient – the car will usually drive as well as the guitar can play. While this is partly true, the wheels are the components that make contact with the road, just as the strings are what you play and therefore have a significant impact on your sound. They are truly vital, and there are a few things you should be aware of.

The appropriate strings for you depend on several factors. Lighter strings are easier to play – they are easier to press down, bend, perform hammer-ons and pull-offs, and so on. However, they also produce a thinner tone. Light gauge strings are commonly used and provide a happy medium. It’s worth trying medium gauge strings, as they can enhance the sound of your instrument, and you’ll appreciate how much easier it is to handle light gauge strings. It’s akin to practicing your wrist shot in hockey using a heavier training puck. If you’re accustomed to playing on medium strings, light strings can make a world of difference. Seriously!

What often happens is that people play their guitar without realizing how gradually the quality of their sound diminishes. It doesn’t happen instantly, and the player may forget how it once sounded. When the strings are changed after months of using the same ones, the improvement in sound is noticeable even to a beginner musician! “Wow” is a very common reaction. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of changing strings every few months, or even every month if you play frequently. If you play a lot, the tone is quickly affected by dead skin (a little gross) and oxidation. Even if the guitar is stored in a case for an extended period, the strings are still affected. As long as they are under tension (i.e., strung on the neck), the stress on them is reduced, resulting in diminished tone.

You can opt for fancier strings with coatings if you like. Some players enjoy the feel of coated strings, and they also tend to last longer and sound good. They are usually twice as expensive, costing around twenty dollars, but they are not excessively priced, and many people swear by them. There are different types of coatings available. Once you determine the gauge you prefer and whether you like the standard steel feel or a coated one, try different brands to find the one that works best for you. Additionally, keep in mind that new strings need time to settle as they are not accustomed to being under tension (there’s no tension on them in the packaging!). Allow them some time to adjust and stay in tune.

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