New Video Makes Buying a Guitar Easier This Holiday Season

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Swan Music School's new downloadable video, available for pre-sale now, comes with an e-book and is the ultimate guide for buying a first guitar. It explains the instrument’s various forms, provides shopping tips and includes post-purchase support.

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Many customers believe that the cheapest guitar is sufficient to see if they like playing. While a low-end guitar is better than no guitar, a cheap instrument is often discouraging and detrimental to learning.

Learning to play the guitar is hard, but buying one shouldn’t be: Swan Music School, along with Emmy-nominated video journalist Michele Monteleone, is proud to announce its new video guide, aptly titled “How to Buy a Guitar.” The video will be available November 25 for $14.99, with a $9.99 pre-sale running until then.

The downloadable video will turn musical novices into guitar-savvy consumers by providing an inside peek at how guitars are built. Viewers will be exposed to different guitars on the market, and will learn the real difference between a $100 and $1000 guitar. They’ll be able to walk confidently into a music store, ask the right questions and choose the best guitar for themselves or for a gift.

“How to Buy a Guitar” doesn’t skimp on the details, either. It shows how the strings and wood type can affect a guitar’s sound, lists the right accessories to purchase and describes proper care and cleaning for the instrument. The video also comes with a supplemental e-book, which gives advice on guitar teachers, practicing and fostering a good relationship with the local music store. Additionally, the e-book includes a first guitar lesson for new players.

Viewers will learn from the best: the video is full of guitar makers, musicians, teachers and technicians, all of whom are passionate about the instrument.

“A guitar isn’t just something you hang on the wall. It isn’t just something you stand in the corner,” says Chris Martin IV, sixth-generation owner of The Martin Guitar Company, the oldest American acoustic guitar manufacturer. “It’s something you hold in your body and make music with.”

The video was created by Shaheed & Laura Shabazz, a husband and wife teaching team and owners of Swan Music School in New York City. For years, they saw students using guitars that just weren’t right for them, so they decided to create a product to help first-time guitar buyers be more informed before spending hundreds, and potentially thousands, of dollars on instruments they would end up hating.

“Many customers believe that the cheapest guitar is sufficient to see if they like playing. While a low-end guitar is better than no guitar, a cheap instrument is often discouraging and detrimental to learning,” says Shaheed. “Not only does it sound like rubber bands on a cardboard box, there can be several structural problems that actually can lead to injuries.”

Stan Jay, owner of the iconic music shop Mandolin Brothers, echoes this sentiment in the video. “It is a given that the better the guitar, the better the guitarist has the capability of becoming,” he says.

Swan Music School is offering additional support and guidance to those who purchase the video. They will enjoy a year’s membership to Swan Music School’s online forum, where they can discuss all things guitar and view additional downloads as they become available.

To buy the video or find out more about Swan Music School, please visit http://swanmusicschool.com/

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