“Guitar is the best form of self-expression I know. Everything else, and I’m just sort of tripping around, trying to figure my way through life.” – Slash
There was a time, when the ability to play a musical instrument was considered an essential part of anindividual’s basic education. But in the last decade, electronic diversions like music-playback machines and video games have taken over this wonderful ability. Many times we still think of learning musical instrument but sadly most often they stay hidden.
But it’s never late to start anything, so if you had planned in the past or if you are planning then implement that plan today. And if you are wondering which musical instrument to choose, then I would suggest you start learning an acoustic guitar.
So you ask why I recommend you to play guitar! Well, first I’m a guitarist so that’s the first instrument I would suggest and secondly there are other benefits too! Apart from the apparent fact that you want to be heard and admired along with your own interest of playing the instrument, playing guitar can have a positive effect in your life, your attitude and boost you with confidence.
If you are a total beginner, I suggest learning on an acoustic guitar. That’s because if you can play on a steel string acoustic guitar, you’ll be able to play any guitar without problems, which won’t be true for an electric guitar. If you learn on an electric guitar, you may or may not be able to play an acoustic guitar comfortable. If you like it quite and soft then you will love the naturally soothing, calmer tone of the acoustic over the distorted, amplified electric guitar. And then you would not need to buy any cables, or an amplifier to start playing, so it saves your pocket.
Most importantly in the very beginning of your guitar journey, your only aim should be to learn the basic guitar techniques, that you will be building on later on, regardless of the fact that you’ll be playing the acoustic or electric guitar.
Acoustic guitars have their own way of mesmerising the crowd. The sound this guitar produces is bright, brassy, deep and forceful which gives sheer pleasure to everyone’s ear. The guitar’s body is made of wood and the sound is produced from the vibration of the strings while the hollow wooden body acts like an echo chamber. These guitars are available in two variants, one is the steel-string and the other is the classical. The steel-strings guitars produce a metallic sound that is a constituent of several trendy music styles while the classical guitars have a wide neck and utilize nylon strings. But know that steel-string guitar will be louder than the classical guitar. Whether steel-string or classical, playing acoustic guitars will strengthen your fingers as you press down on the strings to make chord shapes. So, it is one of the best guitars to start your guitar learning process. Music style acoustic guitar supports are folk, country, ragtime, blues, and pop.
From my personal experience, I learnt to play guitar on an acoustic guitar and once I was thorough with it I played electric guitar. I am very comfortable with the fact that someone like me, with years of experience as an instructor and as a guitarist can play an acoustic guitar with ease because of the fact that I began with acoustic first.
If you want to add guitar to your life by learning to play, then just visit my website guitarconfidence.com and give me a call. I’m Rex Bell and I have been doing mobile guitar lessons for many years. I will come to your home and give you private guitar lessons at your home. Guitar Confidence covers over 30 cities in the East Bay and South Bay areas; including Danville, San Ramon, Dublin & Pleasanton.