Ah, the age old question. Should I start with an acoustic or electric guitar? Opinions on this vary greatly and there’s really no clear winner in the debate. Each type has its own unique advantages and every guitar player will likely play both eventually.
by asking yourself: what style of music do I want to learn to play? If
you’re 15 years old and you want to learn to play some Linkin Park, well
then, your best bet would be to start with an electric guitar. If
you’re into Mumford and Sons, go the acoustic
route. Acoustic guitars are best for folk, country and
bluegrass while electric guitars lend themselves to rock and metal.
Adults seem to migrate to the acoustic in the beginning, but before long
they’re hooked and go out and buy an electric as well. If you pick a
guitar that’s in line with the type of music you’re interested in,
you’ll likely practice more often and thus progress quickly.
are a few more points to consider. If you buy an electric, you're
going to need an amplifier. So, you're adding
expenses onto your initial investment. If you buy an acoustic, all you
have to do is start playing. You can easily bring your acoustic guitar
along on a road trip or camping weekend - there’s no need to worry about
electricity or an amplifier. An electric is a bit easier on the fingers
in the beginning. An acoustic guitar will be a bit harder on your
fingers in the beginning, but your hand strength will develop more
its an acoustic or electric guitar you’re buying, it is important to
find a quality instrument. That does not mean you have to go and spend
hundreds of dollars on a guitar. You can find plenty of new guitars and
all in one guitar sets for under $200. They have everything you
need in one box. Craigslist is full of used instruments too. (Hint:
always check Craigslist towards the end of the month, that’s when
you’ll find more guitars go on sale.) Check out a used guitar before you buy
it--take an experienced guitarist with you if you're a beginner or unsure about the instrument.
There is no right or wrong answer to the acoustic vs. electric debate; it really just depends on what you want to play and personal preference. Go to a music store and try both to see which one you like. The chords and notes that you start off with will be exactly the same. Remember, guitar is the easiest instrument to learn. So, go get yourself a guitar, find a teacher, and start playing.
Matt Brechbiel has been teaching students of all ages and levels to play the guitar for over 20 years. Book an online guitar lesson with him or visit him at mattbmusic.com.