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Electric or Acoustic Guitar: Which is Best for Learning?

Electric or Acoustic Guitar: Which is Best for Learning?Learning guitar is a skill, something that you will truly be proud of especially when you can play the song you like on your instrument. But as with any talent and skill, you need to learn and keep on practicing to be really good at it. For beginners, the very first thing to do is to buy a guitar.

Should you go for electric or acoustic guitar? At first, it can be quite overwhelming. Using either an acoustic or electric guitar has its share of advantages and disadvantages. So just keep on reading and we will help you find which one is the better choice to learn how to play guitar.

Advantages of Acoustic Guitar

Guitar experts would always recommend that you choose a guitar that suit your personal guitar playing goals. And most of them would suggest that you start with an acoustic guitar. One of the main advantages of using acoustic guitar is that it offers you flexibility and convenience. You can just pick it up anytime whenever you want to play the instrument. If you want to learn the basics of guitar playing and songwriting, using an acoustic guitar is the better choice.

Advantages of Electric Guitar

The downside in using an acoustic guitar is that it has thicker strings so it requires pressure for you to get a fuller sound. For some, using an electric guitar is a much better choice. The fact that you get to plug in your instrument to an amplifier can generate you a fuller and constructed sound without exerting too much effort. This may not be a big deal. But having an amplifier to create sound can be a big help. So if you are playing the guitar to enter the band scene, you should opt for an electric guitar.

Things to Consider

For beginners who have not yet decided which type of guitar to purchase, it is important to take the time to weigh choices. The very first thing for you to do is to determine your personal guitar goals. If you want to be in the band scene or you want to be a rock music artist, you should definitely go for an electric guitar. But if you want to be a songwriter and you want to play folk music or pop, acoustic guitar is a good choice.

Another factor that you should also take into consideration is the price. Although you can get a good electric guitar at a reasonable price, acoustic guitars are way cheaper. If this is one of your main considerations, you might as well opt for an acoustic guitar. Getting started using an acoustic guitar does not have to cost you much compared to using an electric guitar.

At the end of the day, you should go for with what you desire and what gives you more flexibility and convenience. Every guitar player has different needs, preferences and goals. And when it comes to choosing a guitar, even if you are a beginner, it still boils down to what you think is the more suitable choice.

Here’s the top 5 guitarists of all time

Here at Dircksons we are huge music fans, but the word “fan” doesn’t describe how we fill about the Rock genre. We really admire all of these 5 music professionals, so here are the 5 best guitarists of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine. The positioning of these guitarists is based on technique, influence and impact, among other factors that resulted in their huge success in the music world.

  1. Jeff Beck

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Jeff Beck was born in England in 1944 and began his musical career as a studio musician. In 1965, Jeff joined Yardbirds, which was Eric Clapton’s old band. A few years later, he started his own band, The Jeff Beck Group, and in 1967 they came out with the recording of their first album, The GTO’s.

  1. Keith Richards

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Keith Richards was born in England in 1943, one of the best known in the Rock genre with Mick Jagger forming the great Rolling Stones.

  1. Jimmy Page

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Jimmy Page was also born in England in 1944, just like Jeff Beck, Jimmy was a studio musician and member of the Yardbirds band between 1966 and 1968, at which time the remaining members decided to leave the band. He then invites Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham to form Led Zeppelin, the band that would transform the history of pop rock world. They recorded their first album in 1969.

  1. Eric Clapton

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Eric Clapton was born in England in 1945. When he was 13 years old he received from his grandmother Rose, his first guitar and began studying alone. In the late 1960s, Eric started his solo career having launched about 30 albums over the last 50 years.

  1. Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix was born in the United States in 1942. In 1966 he founded Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, but his first album just arrived one year later with the collaboration of the drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding.

Soon after the album’s release, the group moved to England, and Hendrix’s career finally took off, where he started to get noticed by the big names in English Rock, like The Beatles and The Who.

In 1969 he joined the Woodstock, delighting more than 500,000 people that were present. The death of this great guitarist occurred in 1970, victim of asphyxiation by drowning in his own vomit.

How to tune an electric guitar for beginners?

Tuning an electric guitar is one of the most tedious tasks for beginners, this is because it is necessary to have a musical ear to tune the guitar properly. It is just a matter of time and practice, this is a skill that you’ll be training as you do it more and more often.

The reason for tuning the electric guitar is to make each string have the appropriate frequency, thus play the correct note. The strings have to be tuned with respect to musical standards, otherwise you won’t be able to play with other instruments.

A normal electric guitar will be tuned to the following musical notes 1st to 6th string:

1-E 2-B 3-G 4-D 5-A 6-E

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Using an electric tuner

If you’re a beginner, this is the method that you should be using. This is because you don’t need to have that “musical ear” we talked about. The electronic device does pretty much everything for you.

It’s very simple to use an electric tuner… You start by turning it on and then you touch one of the strings. At this point the tuner will give you a letter (which represents the note that it’s currently playing). If the letter that shows up isn’t the correct one (refer to image on the top), you have to adjust the string’s strength until the tuner receives the right frequency.

And that’s it. You just have to repeat that process for all 6 strings, and you’re good to go.

So, if you’re a beginner, this is the best way to go about it. You don’t have to use complicated technology or “musical ear”. You’ll get there with time and practice and I mentioned above.

I hope this short guide helps you guys out in any way. See you next time.