If you signed up for guitar lessons, you're probably very excited. Here are some budgeting tips to keep in mind if you're new to taking care of an instrument.
1. Stick with affordable guitar strings at the start
Whilst you might have enough musical ability to recognise how much better a guitar sounds when it has high-quality strings, it is still best to stick to cheaper ones at the start. To create dynamics when playing pieces of music on your guitar, your teacher will probably encourage you to strum the strings gently when you need to play some notes quietly and to strike them more forcefully when you need to make a melody sound louder and more dramatic.
It takes lots of practise to determine how forcefully you can strike your guitar strings without breaking them and you may break some strings before you work this out. As such, if you buy expensive guitar strings at the outset and stubbornly refuse to use cheaper ones because of how much better the former sounds, you will burn through whatever spare money you have very quickly and might then have to make do with the absolute cheapest (and, therefore, worst-sounding) strings for several lessons.
2. Look for free or low-cost ways to obtain sheet music
Your guitar teacher will probably provide you with quite a bit of sheet music for easy guitar songs. However, after each lesson, you'll become a bit more confident in your guitar-playing skills and may find yourself yearning to try your hand at performing more interesting musical pieces. Whilst you might be able to figure out a few chords for each song you're interested in by ear, you'll need the official sheet music for these pieces if you want to do this properly.
Although it can be expensive to buy new books of sheet music (especially for the music produced by popular modern musicians), there are some low-cost alternatives to buying these books. You can, for example, borrow books of sheet music from a library or from other students that your guitar teacher also gives lessons to. Additionally, you could browse auction sites and op-shops for secondhand books of music so that you can expand your guitar-playing repertoire for no more than a few dollars. There are also websites that sell sheet music for individual songs, which is likely to be much cheaper than buying a whole book of them at once.