This simple guide will clear all misconceptions about guitar types and makes your choice easy in selecting a beginner guitar.
The rookies journey is not ease for one has to play all musical instruments in discovering his preference and liking towards one. Or maybe all of them!
But seriously, try to get your hands on all guitars, pianos and flutes to find the one that suits you. It doesn’t even matter if your are left-handed, right-handed or middle-handed, they way you start playing an instrument is how you will learn. Once you get this experience, you can start putting money towards your instruments, yes it may be more then one!
Put your money were your guitar is!
I am going to go with the assumption that you haven’t picked up a guitar yet. So what I recommend for starting out is the acoustic guitar. Prices can be very affordable, you can even get a nice beginner guitar kit with all the accessories. And with an acoustic you can easily transition to other guitar types. Once you have learned how to play guitar, I definitely recommend exploring and going through all guitar types. It can be a fun journey and you can end up with a wealthy collection of musical instruments. Might even make a buck for it!
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Classical guitar, Acoustic, Electro-Acoustic, Twelve-string, Electric, Acoustic-Bass, Bass guitar and even Ukulele.
The Classical Guitar has a hollow wooden body for resonance because it doesn’t get plugged into any amplifier and can produce a nice sound on its own. Its not ideal for beginner because it has a wider neck then the other guitar types and the nylon strings are harder to learn, even though one might think that nylon is easier on the fingers then steel strings. The Flamenco sound is what a classical guitar sounds like and its also known as the Spanish guitar because it comes from Spain. The sound is of a woody type that makes it more suitable for classical music and is often found in a solo classical repertoire.
The acoustic guitar is known under many names like the Western or the Dreadnought, the folk guitar but a more suited name would be the beginners guitar. Famous names like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chris Cornell, Dallas Green and Ed Sheeran have started with an acoustic guitar and still delight our ears with the resonating metallic sound of their music. Its also a popular tool for songwriters due to its ease of transportation. It has a larger body then the Classical guitar but the neck is not that wide and therefore a better choice for the rookie guitar player.
I’m sure the electric is everyone’s favorite guitar but its darn hard to play, let me tell you! There are multiple guitar scales that show the notes on the guitar neck and how to play them. Its not impossible but might be a bit overwhelming for the rookie guitar player. The body of the electric is solid and smaller in size then the acoustic or the classical guitar. The sound made by the strumming of the strings is picked up by electronic devices directly underneath the strings called pickups and run through an amplifier that can overwhelm a residential home and have your neighbors complain. The electronic asset of the electric guitar makes it possible to add effect units like wah-wahs and distortion pedals that can alter the output sound slightly or drastically. Also, you have to familiarize yourself with the controls of these effects that are even present on the amplifier of the electric guitar. Otherwise you will overwhelm yourself and might discourage the beginning guitar player in you.
This adds an essential part to the band. It helps establish the beat, the low frequencies that you don’t notice right away in a song but definitely know when they’re missing. Low quality speakers miss this quality and good musical ears want this in their sound output. On the bass guitar the strings are thicker and even strummed differently or slapped, plucked or picked. It resembles the electric guitar in size and that it needs an amplifier. So more correctly its an electric-bass guitar but it also stands aside with lesser strings, from 4 to 6 strings but the 4-string bass is more popular.