The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #98298   Message #1945085
Posted By: Songster Bob
22-Jan-07 - 11:01 PM
Thread Name: Nylon Strings
Subject: RE: Nylon Strings
In general, yes. Your beginner usually has problems with sore fingers (nylon strings have less tension, hence fewer calluses) and finger placement (the wider board gives you more room between finger-tips). Then again, after a few months, you may want to switch to steel strings, based on the tone and volume you'll probably eventually want to get.

Many of us started on nylon-strung guitars (mine was a cheap Egmund guitar from Holland) before moving on to other instruments.

By the way, large fingers are not a real bar to playing small-stringed instruments. John Duffey, late lead singer for the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene, and a mandolinist of note (pun noted but ignored), had huge hands and long, thick fingers. But he played just fine, thank you.

Good luck!