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Music Theory for Beginner guitar players
5 Reasons Why Learning Music Theory Is Important
Learning music theory may seem boring to some people, but it is actually very useful and it can massively increase your overall musical skills and knowledge. If you want to become an accomplished musician, it is vital to know some music theory. Below is a list of 5 benefits you will receive from learning music theory.
1. It Improves Your Knowledge And Understanding Of Music
Understanding how music has been created or why music sounds the way it does is something that learning music theory will help you with. You will be able to listen to music with a better understanding of it, and you may be able to enjoy different types of music more. Learning music theory may introduce you to styles of music that you have never heard before, and get you interested in music that you could not previously understand or relate to.
2. It Teaches You How To Analyse Music
There are many different forms of music analysis. You can learn how to analyse harmony, song structures, key changes, melodies and other musical elements. Analysing music will give you a great idea of how music is composed, and you can use the knowledge to your advantage while playing your instrument or composing your own music. Explaining or writing an analysis of music will also improve your thinking skills and creativity.
3. It Improves Your Ear
Music theory isn’t only about analysing music. It also consists of different kinds of ear training. A musician with a great ear is able to compose better music, improvise and play music with more expression.
Imagine being able to quickly learn how to play any new music that you hear. Different kinds of ear training will allow you to become good at this. Knowing how to play by ear is a skill worth having for many reasons, and it can impact your life in many positive ways. E.g. learning songs by ear can save you a lot of time, because you will not have to struggle with sheet music or video tutorials.
4. It Improves Your Music Composition Skills
Learning about different music theory concepts will hugely improve your ability to compose your own music. Knowing the theory behind how music has been composed can give you lots of ideas for your own music. You will learn how to better apply things such as chords, rhythm, harmony, melody, intervals and scales to your compositions.
5. You Will Become Better At Playing Your Instrument
Understanding music theory concepts will improve your ability to learn songs quicker. Your sight reading skills will improve and you will become familiar with lots of musical terminology and symbols, which can be found in music notation.
Knowing how to play in the right time is also a very important feature of an advanced musician. Ear training and rhythm exercises will help you improve this ability. Rhythm exercises can save you a lot of time and frustration while learning rhythmically difficult songs on your instrument.
These are just a few of the benefits that knowing music theory will give you. There are many more, so I recommend taking a few music theory courses to figure out what it can do to you!
About The Author
Matti Carter is a professional musician based in Tampere Finland. He currently teaches piano and composes music. He also writes and publishes instructional articles. If you wish to contact him with a question, feel free to get in touch.
Songwriting for beginner guitar players
Seven Unique Songwriting Methods
Whether you have written 1 or 100 songs, it's always good to familiarize yourself with new composition techniques. The following are some ideas to either get you started, or to change the way you have been doing things for years.
Where to start with songwriting?
With all the people who spend time writing songs every day, it's interesting that many probably don't often consider HOW to actually write a song. For instance, where should one begin? Do you start with the chorus, or the verses? Is it best to write on the guitar, or piano? Or should you try to write the song away from your instrument?
The ways one can write a song are seemingly endless. However, there are some out there who have been lucky enough to find a method that just works for them. Which is great, but it often leaves the not so lucky ones to feel like they don't have what it takes. And then there are the people who are convinced that there should be no method at all and that all music should only come "naturally".
What’s the right way of writing songs?
What is for certain is that there will never be any one way of writing a song that will work for everyone. On top of that, something that works for a musician one week might not work as well for them the next.
If you want to continue to believe that songwriting is nothing more than sitting and waiting for inspiration to strike, feel free to stop reading now. Not trying to burst anyones bubble. Though, if you are looking for ways to change up your writing technique the following is a great place to start.
Read through the following 7 ideas that you can take into your next writing session. These certainly are not the only 7 ways, but they just a few to give you a taste of whats possible.
1 The Dependable Way
If you are looking to simply write a basic tune, you are going to want to follow this procedure. Begin by finding one chord progression for your chorus, and another one for the verses. Play them over and over till you can find an interesting melody to put over top. The common format for these kinds of tunes are often Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus. At this point you will want to add a bit of intrigue with a bridge and maybe even a solo of some sort. Then play the chorus at least a couple more time, perhaps an outro as well, and you got yourself a standard song structure.
The good thing about this is that it is generally a pretty safe way to write a tune and provides you with an easy structure to follow. The bad thing is, you follow this structure too often and your music will start to get a little boring (and you will probably get bored of writing tunes this way as well). Its good to know how to write a song this way, but should not be the only way you write.
2 Make Your First Line The Biggest
Besides writing a song in terms of chord progressions, you can also consider writing in terms of dynamics. Maybe you want to blow the listener away on the opening line, or perhaps you want to begin very quiet and increase the dynamics bit by bit throughout the song.
Decide if you want the chorus to sound fuller and more intense than the verses, or if you want it the other way around. Theres no real right answer to this. Do you want each chorus to be played with the same intensity? Or do you want to save the real big chorus for the climax at the very end?
A fun way to challenge yourself is to take some paper and draw out a graph out the dynamics of your tune from start to finish before actually writing it. Next, start writing out chord progressions and melodies that fit with these dynamics. Theres various ways to build up and bring down a tune including pitch, chord qualities and instrumentation. So go ahead and experiment with these.
3 Start With The Lyrics
You'll find that most songwriters like to find a good chord progression before they figure out the lyrics. However, this doesn't mean you can't try it the other way. There are in fact many popular tunes that started with the lyrics, Elton Johns "Crocodile Rock" being one of them.
The advantage to starting with the chords is that it is easier to to find words that fit within a certain chord structure than it is to try and find a chord structure to fit around words that have already been written. Though trying to do it the other way around is a challenge that may lead to interesting results. Perhaps the lyrics you wrote only works in a time signature you have never tried before. It gets you thinking outside the box a little bit and produces a more unique sound.
If you are someone who writes metal or prog rock music, this is definitely something you should try. Its a great practice to get you used to odd time signatures.
4 Take Lyrics From The People Around You (Money For Nothing)
Can't seem to find any words or stories worth putting into a song? Then take words from other people (no, don't blatantly steal someone else lyrics). What you can do is start a conversation with someone you know (or a complete stranger is even better).
Listen closely to what they have to say and write it down. With the right mind set, any conversation or personal anecdote has the potential to become a hit song. This is precisely how Mark Knopfler went about writing his hit "Money For Nothing". He went to an appliance store and struck up a conversation with one of the clerks, carefully transcribing what they were saying.
Theres no real skill required for this other than being able to really listen to the people around you.
5 Start By Choosing The Instruments You Want
Before actually picking up an instrument, decide in your head what instruments you'd like the song to have. Once you do, be sure to write it down so you don't forget.
What you write down could look something like this…"The song will start with a soft piano intro until we get into the opening line of the song, at which point a string section will be added. At the first chorus I will include some bass drum and vocal harmonies in the back that will build up throughout the song. When the final chorus comes I will include a full drum kit and electric guitar. The outro will go back to the original soft piano."
This technique is not only easy, but its fun too! By imagining how you want the song to sound before playing it, you aren't limited to your own playing abilities and you will probably write more interesting and complex sounds than usual.
6 Get Yourself A Song Writing Buddy
When writing a tune, there's no need to do absolutely everything yourself. Try finding a friend to not only write with, but to hold you accountable for writing more often.
When writing together, you can have one person write the lyrics and the other person write the music (it's good to change up who does what once in a while). Who ever writes their section first can share it with the other person to complete.
After both parts are written, you can try recording a rough demo to check out the result. Co-writing does take a bit of getting used to, but you'll be surprised what sort of things you can come up with.
7 Choose A Specific Story Or Feeling To Write About
For this technique, come up with a specific feeling or situation first. The more detail you can think of the better. For example "anger" is a little too broad. "Angry at a cheating lover" is okay. While "My lover of 5 years cheated on me with my best friend the day after our anniversary and I found out by smelling his scent on her summer dress" is way better.
After you've come up with the story line or idea, then go on to figure out the musical elements of the song. Will this song be best represented acoustic or electronically? Should it be predominantly major or minor? What kind of time signature do you want it to have? How complex do you want the instrumentation to have? Is it going to have one singer, or more?
Figuring out the details for your new song
Figure out all these details before you actually play anything. After you get all the small details figured out, the actually song will start flowing naturally. And with an idea as detailed as this, you cut down on the amount of wasted time with your instrument thinking "hmm what should I write about". Just remember to actually write everything down. Don't try to go off a vague idea in your head or else its easier to forget about the whole thing all together.
To see this method in action, watch the following video linked.
Write A Song
At this point you should hopefully feel inspired to start the actual writing process. What you are going to want to do is…
1. Pick from one of the above methods (which ever one you liked the most)
2. Shut down your computer and remove any possible distractions
3. Begin writing a song
Set a time limit and give yourself a couple hours tops to write a full tune beginning to end (the world doesn't need more half written songs). Continue this process once a day for at least a week and then you will have 7 new songs to enjoy. If you find you enjoy one of them enough, post it to YouTube and send me the link. I'm interested in hearing what you create!
About the Author
A professional prog rock musician, Tommaso Zillio is a regular writer of columns about music composition.
Learning Music Theory Will Make You A Better Guitar Player In Three Ways
There are hundreds of reasons to learn music theory, but for this article, we will focus on just three main reasons to get started on this journey today.
Why Music Theory?
Will Music Theory stunt your creativity, or will it set you free on the path of musical enlightenment? Is it worth finding out? And are you better off staying away from it completely? The answers to this are surprisingly simple — keep reading to find out more!
Everyone on the Internet likes to talk about their tips for learning Music Theory, and there's always at least one commenter who doesn't believe it's worth it ("you just gotta feel and go along with the vibe"), or that other person who says Theory "is the only way to get good." But one thing neither of these people get into is what tangible benefits does learning Music Theory actually give you.
It's always a good practice to know what you're getting into before expending energy on it, right?
Like any good debate, experts land on either side of the fence when it comes to Music Theory. And there is a solid reason why you can find many articles about people who have had a bad experience with it: They've learned Music Theory the wrong way. But how can you be sure you're on the right path? The best way it to learn with a competent teacher.
In the end, once you start learning Music Theory using the "real" method, you will start gaining the following skills (and these are just the beginning) much quicker than you might think.
You'll Have The Ability To Write Songs Like A Breeze
Have you ever had a sudden rush of inspiration for a great riff, but then start to have trouble breaking it into a whole song? This is a common issue that happens to every musician — the good news it's a temporary condition caused by a limited knowledge of composition and creative stimulation.
I know, I know, you've never heard that learning music theory can actually stimulate creativity; but it's absolutely true. And that's because, contrary to popular belief, Music Theory actually doesn't contain a single rule, but is actually a set of tools to be used when they're needed.
There is also a large study of Music Theory dedicated to the exact problem of completing songs from a single melody, riff, or chord progression. The best part is that there are many ways to do this — and learning theory will help you find multiple different ways for the darkest of nights.
Think about it, Elton John isn't the only musician out there who won't work on a song for more than 30 minutes, realizing that taking any longer only results in a boring composition; but have you ever composed a song of that quality in less than 30 minutes? Would you like to make it to that level? The answer lies in music theory, and that ability comes much faster than you would believe.
Your Fingers Will Become And Extension Of Your Ears
Have you ever listened to Steve Vai and wondered how he can easily sing exactly the same melody as is coming from his guitar - and vice versa? It's actually a simple technique called transcribing, and he can do it in the moment: and with a little bit of practice, a complete amateur will be able to as well.
Make sure to practice this technique for a little bit, and if it isn't as simple as I think it is, let me know in the comments below.
You'll Learn How To Solo Over Every Chord Progression
Many players new to the guitar know of only two methods to solo or make a melody over a chord progression: using "patterns" or going by "ear"; meaning they either listen for notes and melodies that sound good, or by learning and playing a number of unique patterns to use on top of fast or complex progressions.
You'll be forgiven if it sounds a little backwards — because it absolutely is. When you start to learn theory, you'll see that using patterns and playing by ear are actually the same for two reasons:
1. You'll know the patterns before the notes are played.
2. When you hear a note, you'll know what patterns it works with.
Playing with patterns and by ear will mesh into the same thing once you start picking up theory the correct way. Once this happens, your fingers will become an extension of your heart — even when you're faced with complicated progressions.
It sounds tough, but once you start practicing, you'll see how simple it really is.
Now that you're ready to begin working on these skills, it's time to hit the books. There are thousands of resources on different sites throughout the Internet. And while there are good ones out there, finding them means you have to think critically as outlined in my article about Real Vs. Fake Music Theory; I have many more resources that can be found in the link below, as well — such as a map to help navigate Music Theory, and guides for beginners. Remember to grab your guitar, and practice along with all of the readings!
About The Author
A professional guitarist, teacher, and composer, Tommaso Zillio enjoys particularly writing about guitar music theory and its application to guitar playing
How to Make A Lot More Progress In Your Guitar Playing
In this article I am going to give you few tips on how to accelerate the improvement of your guitar playing. This are not going to be lessons or licks, but mindset and work ethics.
What causes improvements in guitar playing?
First of all, we have to know what causes the improvement, or even more important, what causes lack of improvement. When we start learning an instrument, there are just so many things to learn and we often don't even know where to start.
On the other hand, we usually have our guitar heroes and we want to play like them. This is the first problem, that occurs even with more advanced players. For example, you want to play solos like Satriani, Slash, Vai,... and you want to play rhythm guitar like James Hetfield, on the other hand you might want to play acoustic guitar like Tommy Emmanuel and so on.
The first obstacle is, that you want to play solos like three amazing players, all at once. First thing you have to acknowledge is, that Slash plays only like Slash, and Vai plays only like Vai. They've spent their entire careers becoming who they are, and they play only things they are comfortable with.
So if you try to play like many guitar players, it's like as if you were trying to beat some of the best basketball players at what they're best, all at once. Impossible, right? What you should do instead is, try to learn the things that you like about them and make them sound like you.
Sure, I've jumped over many levels of learning, I know.
Back to the beginning
To learn and improve faster, the first step is to find yourself the best guitar teacher you can find. But often getting the best guitar teacher comes with unrealistic expectations. Some (many, in fact) students think, that the better the teacher is, less they'll have to practice. Do I really need to mention how wrong that is?
Having a great teacher
Great teacher can teach you how to practice the right way, he can show you what to practice, what are the important things for you, he can fix some of your problems, but the actual work - practice - has to be done by you!
How to use your teacher
That being said, let's see what you can do to use your teacher the best way.
Do everything exactly as your teacher told you.
Do not look for shortcuts when something is difficult. Do not look away and practice something you're more comfortable with. This as if you'd intentionally be trying to slow down your progress. If your teacher tells you to repeat the same thing over and over again, you should probably do it, right?
Write everything down.
Every lesson, every tip, every mistake that your teacher tells you you're doing. This are very important things. Your teacher has probably struggled for a long time to find the solutions for your problems.
He once probably had the same problems as you. You can walk the path he's laid for you, straight to success.
If you don't remember what he's told you, it's like you don't see the path and walk everywhere around.
On the other hand, if you write everything down, you'll have your little million dollar book of secrets, of ways how to fix problems etc. And whenever you'll feel like you don't know what to practice you'll be able to open that book, find something you're not good enough at, and know exactly what to do.
Always ask if you didn't understand something!
Your teacher can't help you if he doesn't know that you don't understand. You have to communicate with him.
Do not learn same thing from different sources.
YouTube can be very dangerous for your progress. Only few YouTube "instructors" provide relevant information, and until you don't know how to do the thing they're teaching the right way, you can't tell if they're right.
So don't do something different, because you saw it on YouTube. It's like you have a solution for your problem, and you could move to another problem, but you try to find different solution for a problem you've already solved.
If I haven't convinced you yet, think of it this way - if they're so good, why aren't they professional teachers? Do you think they chose not to be, so they could spend their time making free videos instead? I don't think so.
If you follow these tips, you'll definitely progress a lot faster. But, in the first place, find yourself the best guitar teacher you can find around you, so you'll get the most relevant information and won't learn things the wrong way in the beginning.
This article was written by Nejc Vidmar, a professional guitar teacher and musician from Slovenia. All what you've read in the article above is a result of observing many students over many years and seeing actual difference in progress between those who followed this and those who didn't.
Understand why you are getting stuck with online guitar lessons
As more and more guitar resources, apps, games are appearing, we are seeing more and more frustrated guitar players who have attempted to learn online. Whether it’s through YouTube or specific online guitar lessons/programs. They often leave people struggling rather than succeeding at what they love to do. In this article, we look at the main issues and why you may be struggling to learn guitar online. These are very common and problems that we’ve seen from lots of students who have come to us asking for help.
One of the problems with online guitar lessons is that you aren’t getting feedback, so even though you think you know exactly what they are doing on the videos, you can’t see certain things about yourself. And because you don’t have feedback, you aren’t sure why you aren’t sounding right and know what is actually going on and what the problems are that needs fixing.
You don’t know if the person is good or if the material is right for you
So the first problem is, is the person teaching you actually a good teacher? So for online guitar lessons, its very easy for people to access the internet and start teaching the teacher. They may be a good player, but that doesn’t always translate into being a good teacher. So there are a lot of YouTubers, and teachers online. There are a lot of good teachers, I’m not saying all of them are bad. There are lots of good and also a lot of bad teachers out there.
The problem is that the material that you are watching, how do you know they are the right level for where your guitar playing is at? It’s often up to you to select which materials are right for you, so how do you know that the materials are definitely right for where you are at right now?
And what the problems or areas you need more teaching in to overcome? Often our students come to us with big blind spots that they didn’t even know they had, and they are busy focusing on something else. And once we start working on the blind spots with them, that’s when the real results come.
No Real Accountability
There is no one to hold you accountable. When you are meeting with a teacher face to face, there is someone to encourage you to do the practise, to help you if you are struggling to practise. There is someone who if you don’t do your practise, is there to encourage you to do so and challenge you when needed. With online lessons, it’s very easy to let things slide, or ignore the lessons. And when you don’t understand something to abandon it, which can leave holes in your playing.
Online lessons use a lot of generalised information when actually you need specialised information. For example, you and your guitar learning is like a car. So when going online, they say yes you need good tyres, and make sure your engine is running well. But actually when you and your car have problems, you need to specific manual with your engine and your tyres and your exhaust. And that is what happens online. You need specific information to help you with guitar playing. You don’t generalised information that may help general people. Generalised information will help you in a long term to a certain extent, but the real key is in specialised information that will really help you right now to make progress and continue in the long term to get you the results a lot quicker.
Getting Your Questions Answered
Generally, you will have questions at some point about your playing, and about the guitar. And someone students even have problems that they don’t even know how to put into words and they need to show someone by playing the guitar to them. Sometimes writing down the questions may work, but sometimes you do need to show them what the issues are. With most guitar lessons online, it’s hard to be able to get those specific questions you may have answered. So getting feedback in person can definitely help a lot with that.
YouTube and Online Lessons Can Make You Good at Playing in Your Bedroom
However, they often lead to be less confident when playing in front of other people or playing with other people. Those are big skills that you really need to experience, to learn how to communicate musically, learning how to count and play with other people. Online lessons often make you struggle to experience these things, so then it’s easy to lack confidence and make it a struggle to play at parties or in front of other people.
We hope this guide has helped you understand a bit more about the reasons why you may be struggling online and know that these are very common problems. To resolve these problems quickly, the best way is to find a great guitar teacher.
If you are based in East London, and you are struggling with learning guitar online, we would love to hear from you. In our lessons, you can get specialised coaching and training in person. Get in contact with us by clicking the button below, we offer a free meeting with a guitar teacher so we can see where your playing is at, and how we can help you reach your goals. Look forward to hearing from you.
How To Break Out Of The Pentatonic Scale And Really Start Sounding Like A Pro With Your Blues Guitar Soloing
If you have improvised a solo over the 12 bar blues progression before you will no doubt be familiar with the pentatonic scale.
While this scale is a great starting point for your guitar solo and improvisation, it is just that, a starting point. Before too long you are going to become bored with this scale and be looking for something more to bring to the table.
Don’t get me wrong, using the pentatonic scale to solo and improvise with is just fine, and it sounds great, but there is so much more you can do.
One approach you can take that will definitely elevate your playing to a whole new level is to use arpeggio’s in your solo’s.
What are arpeggio’s?
Put simply, an arpeggio is when you play the notes of a chord separately. So for example, when a C chord is being played, you can play an arpeggio shape over the top of it and be playing/targeting all the notes that make up a C chord. When the chord changes, you change to an arpeggio shape for that specific chord, and in turn play/target the notes of that chord.
This is a very melodic way to play guitar and sounds awesome! It’s the difference between an amateur soloing and a pro soloing.
Do I really need to ask which you’d prefer to be/sound like :)
Before we get stuck into some arpeggio shapes and their application, be sure you are familiar with the following 12 bar blues chord progression in C:
It’s more important than ever if you are going to be using arpeggios in your solos to know the chord progression you will be using them over.
To begin using arpeggios in your solos, you must first get some arpeggio shapes down on your guitar.
The following two arpeggios shapes that we will work with in this article come from chords I am sure you know.
The first is what’s known as a Major arpeggio and relates directly to the root 6 major bar chord form:
The second is also a major arpeggio only this time relating to the root 5 major bar chord form:
Take some time to get these arpeggios into your fingers. You must be somewhat familiar with them if you are to then use them to solo with.
Soloing With Arpeggios
Now you have a couple of arpeggio shapes down in your fingers, it’s time to apply them to our 12 bar blues in C.
Even if you have dominant 7 chords in your blues, which you often do, you will still be fine applying these major arpeggio shapes. This is because the base of a dominant chord is a major triad. We could add the 7th note into our arpeggio and make them dominant 7th arpeggio’s, however we will keep that for another article.
For now just know the major arpeggios will serve you just fine for a blues.
So here now is an example of applying our arpeggio shapes over a 12 bar blues in C.
Notice how I need to change to the appropriate arpeggio as the chord changes in the progression I am soloing over. I start out with the C arpeggio, using the major 6 pattern, over the C chord, but need to change to the root 5 F arpeggio pattern when the chord changes to F.
We are following the chord change and the result is a very melodic solo.
The above example is a little exercise like, but an important step in getting arpeggios into your guitar playing.
Watch the video below where you will see myself explain and demonstrate these arpeggio shapes over the blues.
You can also hear me improvise a little more with these arpeggio shapes to give you a glimpse of what’s possible, including two guitars arpeggiating through the blues at the same time.
Even though there are no chords being played at this point you will still here the outline of the 12 bar blues progression as each chord is implied through the arpeggio being used at the time.
As always experiment and have fun with these arpeggio shapes in your guitar solos. You can use them anytime you have major chords backing your solos. They are not exclusive to the blues, so use them as much as possible so they become a natural part of what you do when playing lead guitar.
Simon Candy is a professional musician and guitar instructor from Melbourne, Australia. Running his own guitar school, Simon teaches and trains guitarist’s in the styles of rock, blues, jazz, and fingerstyle. Simon particularly specialises in the acoustic guitar and also offers online acoustic guitar lessons
Should you start with acoustic or electric guitar as a beginner guitarist?
Are you wondering whether you should start with an acoustic or electric guitar? Are you heard people say various things to you but you aren’t sure? I hope this article will help you make the best decision for you when it comes to playing the guitar as a beginner and choosing the right guitar for you, whether it’s an acoustic or electric guitar.
Let’s clarify the common myth
I hear a lot of beginner guitar players say this and it’s completely not true. It’s actually really misleading and so it is worth clarifying the facts surrounding this myth so you know the facts when it comes to making a decision.
“It’s better to play the acoustic guitar as a beginner because it’s easier to learn on. Once you get good, then you get an electric guitar.”
Not this is definitely not true based on a common of main reasons, let’s discuss what these are.
Reasons why acoustic guitars are not easier to play than electric guitars
As a beginner guitar play learning to play the guitar, when you start on either the acoustic or electric guitar, you will have some initial challenges. These include getting your finger strength up, toughening up your finger tips, and getting your wrist stronger. Along side this, there is working where the frets and the string of your guitar are.
Comparing the acoustic guitar to the electric guitar, acoustic guitar have thicker strings which are harder to play for your fretting hand because they are harder to press down, and harder to bend. They are also a lot more work for your finger tips as well.
Also on the acoustic guitar, you have a big body on it that you have to couch over to see your fretboard and your strings to see what you are playing. Because of this, it tends to create more tension in your back and actually make it harder to play it for longer periods of time.
Because of these reasons which have so many consequential effects on your guitar playing when you first start. With an electric guitar, you will find easier to play with the thinner strings and thinner body, which means you can practise for longer, getting your technique more precise, and building up your finger strength and finger tip strength gradually. You will be in less pain, so you can play for longer which means you can make more progress.
Now that doesn’t mean you should definitely start with an electric guitar, even though there are some good reasons to. So let’s see why.
Why would you start on an acoustic guitar rather than electric guitar?
The main reason why you would start on an acoustic guitar instead of an electric is because you similar have no interest in the electric guitar. You only ever want to play finger style guitar or you only like campfire style songs. And no part of you ever wants to touch an electric guitar. Maybe you don’t like electric guitar music, or you just solely only ever want to play acoustic style music. Then getting an acoustic guitar is a great idea.
When you get your first guitar, you want it to be something you get really excited about. You want to come home from work and see it and get excited about playing it.
So if an acoustic guitar is what gets you really excited, then get an acoustic. Get one that is easier and comfortable to start on.
Why an electric guitar would suit you better?
If you ever want to play rock music or pop or anything that might touch an electric guitar, then getting an electric guitar first is a great idea. Also if you are ever interested in wanting to do solos, playing lead guitar or improvisation as well. Then getting an electric guitar will be really helpful. This is because comparing the fretboard of the electric guitar to the acoustic, the acoustic guitar normally goes up to around 12 frets, and then the remaining frets are over the body of the guitar, making it harder to play. On the other hand, for electric guitars, they go up to a much higher fret number giving you a lot more flexibility when it comes to soloing and improvising.
Final piece of advice
I would recommend that one day in the future that you get both guitars. If you are really passionate about guitar music and want to play either at one point, then having at least one of each is a great idea. I would suggest starting off on the electric guitar, and then once you get some milestones, get yourself an acoustic guitar as well.
The key thing to remember is that whatever you do, get something that till excite you. Make you want to practise your guitar more. Remember, it’s your effort and hard work and persistence at keeping going playing the guitar that will make the biggest difference in your guitar playing. Not the type of guitar that you have initially.
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