MatthiasYoung wrote:In the long run, poor technique is poor technique, so changing the gauge is only temporary relief.
My point exactly, thank you very much.
As a guitar instructor specializing in classical and metal, it always amazes me that acoustic guitars for beginners tend to be set up with 12 gauge strings as opposed to 10s. As many entry-level guitars are not well made to begin with, heavy strings just make it even more difficult!
It does take some hand strength to manage .012s. We oldies who grew up playing cheap guitars with barbed-wire action perhaps have a slight advantage there.
However poor today's entry-level acoustics might be, they are light years ahead of my old Five Star flat-top, and they don't need to be strung that way for beginners. Let students get calluses & fretting hand strength together first, then beef up the strings (or not) as they choose.
As all my yoga teachers have told me: This should not hurt!
"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream." - Frank Zappa