For beginner guitar players, how to choose between starting on an acoustic or electric guitar?

Electric or Acoustic Guitar?

Are you wanting to learn how to play the guitar? Are you unsure about whether to start on an acoustic or electric guitar? Do you think they are both really cool, but don’t know which one will give you the edge in learning to play? Continue reading to find out the facts and how to choose between an acoustic or electric guitar.

The common myth about starting on the acoustic or electric guitar

electric guitar lessons

There is someone going around telling beginning guitar players about how to choose between an acoustic or electric, and I don’t know who is doing it, but it is totally misleading. So I want to first clarify the facts surrounding this myth so you can start your consideration process based on some solid facts.

“It is easier to start on the acoustic guitar, because that is a beginner guitar player’s guitar, and when you get good, then you get the electric guitar.”

Now this is completely not true, and I want to give you the facts on why.

When you first start playing any guitar, whether it’s acoustic or electric. The initial challenges you may face include building up your finger strength and the toughness on your fingers tips. Getting your wrists stronger. And also working out where all the frets and strings are on the guitar.

When you compare an acoustic to an electric guitar. Acoustic guitars have much thicker strings, where the electric guitar, the strings tend to be thinner. Thinner strings are easier for you to press down, and give you less pain when you play and practise.

Also the body of an electric guitar is much thinner. On the acoustic, you have this big body that you have to peer over to look at where all the frets are and strings are. You may find after a while of practise, your neck and back start to ache from this. On the electric, this is slightly easier as well.

What does this mean?

Starting on the electric guitar, you should be able to do longer periods of playing and practising because it will hurt your fingers less, and you will have less back ache and neck ache. And with more practise and playing, you should get better faster.

You might now think that it’s obvious that it’s better to start on an electric guitar considering these facts. But let’s look at why you may still want to start on an acoustic guitar instead.

Choosing the acoustic guitar first

acoustic guitar lessons

Learning the guitar is a really exciting adventure. So when you first learn how to play, you want to learn on the guitar that gets you really excited when you come home and you see it sitting there or hanging on the wall. It should make you excited to practise and learn to play new things on your new guitar.

So if you only ever want to play acoustic music, and you want to learn how to play campfire songs or do fingerstyle music only. If no part of you ever wants to touch an electric guitar, then you would want to start on an acoustic guitar. 

Make sure you get something that feels comfortable for you to play on, and more important, that you really love and gets you excited.

Do you want to learn how to solo?

If you love the idea of soloing and improvising, playing lead guitar, then the electric guitar has another advantage over the acoustic guitar. The electric guitar has more frets on the fretboard than acoustic, where acoustic often only goes up to the 12th fret, and the higher frets are over the body of the guitar, making it harder to play. The electric often has up to 22 or even 24 frets that are easily playable. So if you are wanting to lots of solo and improvisation, then having those extra frets will really give you more flexibility.

Getting both guitars one day

This is what I would recommend if you are really passionate about both. Is that one day, you should get both. I love the acoustic and electric guitar and I have several of both. I suggest getting your first guitar as an electric, just while you get started. And then getting acoustic later on.

Of course, we said before, if you have no interest in ever playing the electric, then get acoustic only. Remember to get the guitar that really excites you and makes you want to play all day long. It is your effort and practise that will really help you in making the most progress rather than having either an acoustic or electric guitar.

Are you wanting to learn how to play the guitar but don’t know where to start? Do you want someone to help you choose your first guitar? Are you wondering which direction you should go with your guitar playing to be able to do what you want on it?

There are so many variations to guitar playing and so many things you can do with it, it can be overwhelming. On top on that, there are so many resources as well. So if you want to make massive progress with someone helping you and making sure you definitely get to play the guitar the way you want to? Whether it’s playing your favourite songs, or being able to play at an open mic night. Then contact us to find out how we can help you. We are so confident that we can, that we even give you a free introductory lesson.

Click on the button below which will take you through to our contact form, so we can find out more about you and how best we can help. Look forward to speaking to you soon about what you want to achieve on the guitar.

How to Choose the Best Guitar Teacher Specifically for You To Learn How To Play Guitar Fast and Easily… And Have More Fun!

While having a guitar teacher will help you with your progress with your guitar playing. Having the best guitar teacher for you and your requirements will excel your results and progress. As we all have different needs and interest, let’s see what are some of the key things to look for to ensure you get a guitar teacher that you can learn from long term. 

What are you really wanting from your guitar teacher?

It may be that you want to play a certain style of music or there are guitarists that you really aspire to become. These are important questions to think about when looking for your next guitar teacher. Getting a guitar teacher that can help you with specifically the style of playing will help you advance in the direction you are interested in. Even though there is a lot of information that can be used in multiple genres of music. If you are driven to learn jazz, going to a metal player may not get you there as quickly as a jazz specialist. Likewise if you are wanting to learn how to sweep pick at 1000 notes per minute, going to a finger picking acoustic guitar teacher won’t help you as much.

Most teachers will likely be stronger in some areas than others. One of the key areas for beginners is that some teachers are a lot more practised at getting beginners past their initial levels compared to some teachers. So when you are researching your guitar teacher, see what they are offering or go meet them to make sure they can meet what are you are looking for.

guitar teachers for electric and acoustic guitar lessons london

How much do guitar lessons cost from the guitar teacher?

This is a question that is commonly asked, even if you are a parent looking for a teacher for your child. Like a lot of things, you really do get what you pay for. Generally, guitar teachers who are cheaper are less experienced and therefore cannot get you the same results as quickly as someone who may charge a bit more but actually gets you the same results more quickly and effectively. So for example, you may be with an average teacher for 5 years and get the same result that a great teacher could get you in a year. Therefore, in the long run, you actually save money and time going for a slightly more expensive guitar teacher who can get you better results faster and probably in a more enjoyable way of learning. 

Can you picture your guitar teacher coaching you?

Do you think you can trust and respect your guitar teacher? To the point that you will do exactly what he says? Do you believe that what he is telling you to do is what you should be doing?

The problem comes when you are having to second guess instructions that your guitar teacher tells you. If you are researching and double checking what your guitar teacher has taught you. This can really slow down your progress and hinder your progress on the guitar. The better you can follow the instruction that your guitar teacher (as long as they are a good guitar teacher), the better your results will do. The reason why you got a guitar teacher is to save you time, and so making sure you get a teacher that you can trust so you don’t waste time researching is vital to your success in guitar playing.

Is your guitar teacher teaching you how to practise the guitar?

Practising properly will make so much difference to your result and progress on the guitar. However, a lot of guitar teachers either don’t provide any instructions for how to practise the new content that you’ve learnt, or how to actually practise effectively. This would be definitely to look out for in your guitar lessons. Are they giving you instructions for what to work on that week? Are they providing instructions on what practising should look like?

There are a lot of great teachers out there will teach you how to practise properly so you get the best results and learning out of your lessons. As you generally spend more time playing the guitar on your own, it’s important that you know how to use that time effectively.

Have they got other student’s playing results to show you?

One of the things that people do when they look for a guitar teacher is looking for someone who is a great guitar player. There are several problems with this premise and is that being a good or even a great guitarist does not translate into being a great teacher. They know why things may work for them, but everyone is different and have different challenges. You want someone who knows how to teach guitar and knows how to help you overcome these challenges. Also, advanced guitar players may have forgotten what it’s like to be a beginner, so unless they have a lot of experience with beginners, it’s easy for them to forgot all the little problems to solve when you are starting to play the guitar.

Now as a beginner, it is harder to spot what makes a great musician. It is very common. Once musicians get past a certain level, you also need to be experienced to judge their musicianship. Of course, it’s very fast to get to that stage once you have a great guitar teacher helping you progress.

Meeting your potential teacher when you are researching

As we spoke about, it’s important that you trust and are confident in whoever is going to be teaching you. Therefore, meeting them beforehand is a great way of ensuring that you are comfortable with you. Arrange to meet them preferably on a one-to-one basis and find out if he can help you with what you are looking for.

Are You Struggling With Learning Guitar From YouTube or Books? Find Out Why:

The idea of learning guitar has attracted many to learn from their bedroom from the mass amount of resources on the internet, apps, games. However, many people are giving up soon after they start, or make little progress and end up frustrated. In this article we explore some of the reasons why this might be and why it may suit you better to learn directly from a guitar teacher.

A lack of feedback for your guitar playing

When you are learning the guitar, often learning new techniques isn’t as simple as just following some instructions. There are a lot of muscles and motion involved in your body. It is not always easy to know what you are doing yourself. So when something doesn’t feel or sound great, it’s useful to have feedback straight away to know what you are doing wrong so you can correct it. This is often lacking in online guitar lessons. Often you struggle because you are unsure of what you are doing, and become hesitate at practising it, and then get frustrated at your progress.

how to improve my acoustic guitar playing

Is the teacher or the material you are looking at right for you?   

There are so many teachers out there, how do you know who is worth listening to? There are a lot of good teachers and a lot of bad ones. So it becomes difficult and can be strenuous process trying to find a teacher that you think you want to watch videos from.

Then how are you sure that the material you are watching is the right level for where you are at? Often you get to pick the material you need, but it’s hard to determine for yourself what is useful, what you should learn first, how you build on it, how you should practise it. So many students come to us from trying to learn online with lots of gaps in their knowledge.

There isn’t someone holding you accountable

It can be a struggle to motivate yourself to practise during the week or when times are busy, or you aren’t feeling well. When you meet a teacher face to face, you have someone motivating you to encourage you to practise and to progress. They can help you with any problems you may be having as well to help you get back on track. This is the biggest reason that most people love having a teacher, is someone who is there to challenge them and help them improve their guitar playing through going to guitar lessons.

learning acoustic guitar in London

Only general information is provided

Often online guitar lessons provide very general information for the general guitar player. It doesn’t provide focus nor information that is specific to your needs, wants, and challenges.

Just like a car, you need specific information for your engine, your tyres, your exhaust. General car knowledge wouldn’t help you if your tyre has blown and you need to replace it. This is the same with your playing. You need specific information for you. This way you actually progress quickly towards what you want to do on the guitar.

Getting answers to questions you have

Besides getting feedback on your playing and what your playing is like. You may also have additional questions regarding your playing or about the guitar. Some of these questions you might not even know how to describe and may be physical questions that you need to show someone. This tend to be very difficult to do with online lessons. Whereas having someone there that you can ask and someone whom you can rely on will help you improve your understanding and playing of the guitar a lot faster and easier.

Become a great bedroom guitar player only

Perhaps you only want to play in your bedroom, or on camera. Online guitar lessons tend to get you good at playing in your bedroom only. If you want to play with other people or in front of people, then you definitely need to get out there. Learn how musicians communicate with other, how to count each other in. Little things that make all the difference to your confidence and will help you become a more rounded player.

Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas of why you may be struggling with learning the guitar online. Finding a great guitar teacher will help you solve a lot of the problems and frustrations you are having.

What Should I Do Now To Improve My Guitar Playing? 

If any of the above applies to you and you are based in East London, then get in contact to see how we can help you transform your playing! Click on the button below for your free assessment lesson where we can see where you are with your guitar playing and how we can help you improve your guitar playing and understanding.