Changing Nylon / Classical / Spanish Guitar strings

Hi all , I have had several requests to do a video on changing guitar strings.  I’ve done this hundreds of time over the years and tried may different methods.  In this video I show how I currently string my guitars.  It is a quick and secure methods of putting on guitar strings.   The important thing is making sure that the strings do not slip – thus causing your guitar to go out of tune.  Pay close attention to the way the trebles are secured, as they are the most likely to slip.

I have sped up this video so it won’t be so long. Hopefully its still clear and understandable.  Also my camera ran out of memory before I finished the final string.  But the first string should be done just the same way as the 2nd and 3rd stings.  Then trim the ends off using fingernail clippers or scissors of or string winder tool like I’m using.  Let me know if this has been helpful to you in the comments area.

6 Replies to “Changing Nylon / Classical / Spanish Guitar strings”

    1. The average player probably only needs to change nylon strings every three months. I change my strings when I noticed that they begin to corrode and are harder to tune. New strings take a few days to settle and hold their tune, but once they do they sound great.

  1. Hi John,
    Thank you for explaining this. I have a question.
    What is the difference between the normal tension, hard tension, and extra hard tension strings? and which one do you recommend for a beginner and an intermediate guitar player?
    Thank you!

    1. The tension of the string has to do with how tight they are and how thick they are. So if they are thicker and tighter, for example extra hard tension, the strings are more difficult to press down onto the fretboard. For this reason I recommend beginners use normal tension.

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