If you are an entertainment enthusiast, a creative soul, a serious trades-person or a downright junkie, Dubai is the place to be. Dubai has been a trade hub for a long time but it is also becoming one of the major entertainment destinations. During the last decade, music bands as well as solo artists deem it an honor to be able to perform here. It is no wonder then the youth in UAE are also taking up this passion more enthusiastically than ever before. That is the reason that an acclaimed music producer such as Joshua F Williams, moved to Dubai about a decade back to help the local talent rise to the surface.
In the bigger picture, the last few decades have seen a revolutionary change in almost everything, every walk of life there is. Lifestyles have significantly changed as a result of an intense advance in technology. Music industry is no different. From being a form of entertainment to becoming an important commercial activity, the music industry has come a long way. It will actually not be wrong to say that the demand for musicians is almost as much outside the strictly entertainment realm of music as inside it.
Now for Guitar Lovers …
But coming back to Dubai, if you have a passion for music, particularly guitars, there is no shortage of different brands and range you can find in Dubai. Not just because they are the focus of the day, but because they are one of the most popular musical instruments among the youth as well as adult players. There are many reasons that make guitars a popular choice for most people.
For starters, guitars have a distinctively appealing sound. The music, indeed the range of music they can generate is equally attractive to both teenage and adult players. Apart from that there is something awesomely natural and stylish about the way a guitar is held when one is posed to play it. Together, the music, the physical ease of it and the passion, build a comfort cocoon for both the players and the onlookers. Lastly, but not least, guitar is one of the most convenient portable instruments, unlike say drums, which also adds to their demand especially for the youth who like to have their favorite toy on hand wherever they feel like they need it or they can find an audience.
Buying Advice for Beginners
There are a few things you need to keep in mind when buying any kind of guitar. Naturally, the first step is to decide what kind of guitar you would like to play. Depending on what kind of music you would like, you normally have to make the choice between opting for a nylon-stringed guitar or a steel stringed one. And then there is an endless range available between these two varieties. If you are more into classical music, nylon-stringed guitar is the one for you. But if you are into folk or country music, you should go for a steel string. For jazz lovers, it is hollow body electric. For rock and roll, a solid body electric. Although, a classical guitar is preferred for someone just starting out to learn. It gives the novice player the ease of a wider fingerboard which makes it easier to work the strings as well as the comfort of soft strings to learn string control.
A bass guitar has just four strings compared to the six of a guitar. And the two are pretty much similar in terms of the technique and string control but the bass guitar has a different tone of music and a different scale length. Indeed it requires a different conceptual approach. So really, it is a personal choice for a beginner if they want to start off with this instrument.
Usually it is advisable to buy a new guitar rather than a used one. Some brands offer a 15-day or even a 30-day price back guarantee. If you can get your hands on one of these, that means you have ample time to try your new gadget, assess your comfort level with it and see if it is the natural choice for you. If it is not, you can easily go for an exchange. Getting a new guitar also means not having to worry about any issues with the used guitars. Although, the beginner guitars do not have a good resale value, but you have to keep in mind the amount of practice you will be getting out of them so you want to invest wisely.
Hanging upon the brand, quality, size and professional level, classical guitars are available from AED 250 to AED 14,000, the average price for a good vintage classic guitar being round AED 650. The price range for an acoustic guitar is from AED 300 to AED 24,000, the average price being round AED 1,500. For an electric guitar, the range is between AED 600 to AED 20,000+. But you can easily get a good quality electric guitar round AED 1,500 in Dubai. If you were to look at prices for a bass guitar, you are looking at anywhere between AED 900 to 9,000, averaging round AED 2000+ for a quality. All in all, if you are a beginner and looking for an affordable good quality and sturdy instrument, you can easily get a Yamaha guitar, a F310 Natural acoustic guitar around AED 500. There are many providers in and around Dubai UAE, were you to go searching for guitar shops.