When you're just starting out with a new instrument, it can be a real chore to shop around for everything you need. A value package will eliminate all that legwork for you, giving you all the essentials to get up and running with the classical or nylon guitar all in one handy set. That means you'll be in that much faster on the ground floor of blues, country, classical or whichever genre you plan to break into with your new nylon 6-string. Each of these packages comes with a different batch of accessories, so you can get as much or as little as you need to go along with the guitar itself. The simplest packages are the Yamaha C40 set, which includes the guitar, an instructional DVD and a digital tuner; and the Dean pack, with a travel bag, footstool and pitch pipe along with the instrument itself. If you're just starting from scratch, the eMedia Teach Tourself Classical Guitar Pack is definitely worth checking out. With this pack, you get the guitar, strap, pick, gig bag and even an extra set of strings. Best of all for a learning guitarist, the pack includes an instructional CD-ROM and DVD to give you step-by-step guidance as you learn tuning, simple chords and other basics at your own pace.
When you're ready, you'll move on to advanced strumming styles and fingerpicking techniques, as well as learning how to read tablature and standard music notation. To get the most complete assortment of gear, the Caballero 10 pack from Manuel Rodriguez is a solid choice. This pack comes with a laundry list of classical guitar goodies, including a strap, gig bag, clip-on digital tuner, footrest, method book, high-tension strings and polishing cloth. MR has also kindly packed an excellent guitar, with a Canadian cedar top, mahogany back, sides and neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. Whether you're buying a nylon-stringed guitar for the first time or you're looking for a spare instrument with some accessories to boot, these classical guitar value packages are worth a close look. They'll save you the trouble of looking for individual pieces, and if you're a beginner, you can take advantage of the packs that include method books or instructional multimedia to get on the right track to learning this timeless instrument.