A common question we get at City Music is: “Should my child start on an acoustic or an electric guitar? Shouldn’t he/she learn the basics on an acoustic, before starting electric?”
This is a valid question, and while we can’t say unequivocally ‘yes’ or ‘no’, we can give you pointers to help guide you.
Electric and acoustic guitars are essentially the same instrument: they both have six strings, they both are tuned to the same six notes. Beyond that, the electric/acoustic properties lend the two guitar types to different situations and different interests.
- do not need amplification to be heard
- can be played anywhere
- are perfect for smaller, strictly acoustic groups
- come in a variety of sizes, shapes to enhance comfort
- necks and fret-boards tend to be wider than electric – smaller hands may find chord formation more difficult
- are suitable for any kind of music, but most popular with pop and country styles Continue reading “Acoustic vs. Electric Guitar – What is best for your beginning student?”