Choosing Your First Guitar: Acoustic or Electric Guitar?
Are you unsure about whether to pick an acoustic or electric guitar for your first guitar? Are you wondering whether which guitar would make it easier to learn? Or which one would suit you better with what you want to play?
Choosing the right guitar is an exciting step as a beginner guitarist. So let’s see how we can help you with your dilemma.
The acoustic guitar is obviously easier to learn on
First of all, I want to clarify this common myth that the acoustic guitar is the easier guitar to learn on compared to an electric. I’m not sure where this myth comes from, maybe because the electric guitar is a newer instrument, people think it’s harder to play. Or because it has dials on it, they think it’s more complicated for beginners.
When actually the most important thing when you first start learning how to play the guitar and the struggles you will have are mainly based about your fingers and hands. You will need to build up your finger strength, and build up the toughness of your finger tips and figure out where everything is on the guitar. Where the fretboard frets and and where the strings are too.
Now with the acoustic guitar, the strings are thicker than the electric guitar which means they are harder to press down, and to bend and do other things with.
Also on the acoustic guitar, the body of the guitar is much bigger too. Which means you have to lean over the guitar more to see the frets and where the strings are, giving you more back and neck ache.
With the electric guitar, because the strings are thinner, easier to press down. Which gives time for your fingers and hands to build up strength. And the body of the guitar is much thinner, it’s much easier to see over. Both of these contribute to you being able to play it for longer periods of time. And when you are practising for longer, that means you can get better quicker.
Now that still doesn’t mean you should definitely start with an electric guitar just because it is on the face of it, easier to play. So let’s look at the big reason why you would choose an acoustic guitar over an electric.