The Advantage and Disadvantages between Learning on an Electric and Acoustic Guitar
When it was first launched, all acoustic guitars could project sound acoustically. No amplification was necessary from outside. In fact, they were not designed to take outside amplifications. However, modern acoustic guitars are designed otherwise. They can take amplifications from outside.
Advantages of learning with an acoustic guitar
• Acoustic guitars generally have calm, nice and pleasant tones so no matter how bad you are, the tone projected from your guitar will not be so bad.
• It is more difficult to play an acoustic guitar than an electric guitar so if you learn with the former, playing the latter will be a breeze. This can be likened to learning how to drive. Acoustic guitars are like cars with manual transmission while electric guitars can be likened to cars with automatic transmission. Since manual cars are harder to drive, if you learn with them, driving an automatic car will just be as easy as ABC.
• Acoustic guitars do not require amplifiers and additional cables so it saves you some cost.
Disadvantages of learning with an acoustic guitar
• One of the things that make acoustic guitars more difficult to play is its higher gauge strings which makes it harder for users to hold barre chords. Electric guitars offer better gauge strings.
• The higher gauge strings on acoustic guitars are more likely to produce buzzing sound so they require better skills.
• Acoustic guitars usually have wider fretboards and these are more difficult for beginners to handle. Besides, they are more fragile than electric guitars.
• Beginners usually find it difficult to play the heavy strings of acoustic guitars.
Unlike acoustic guitars, electric guitars make use of electric amplification to produce sounds. They pick up string vibrations and convert them to electric signals which are sent to the amplifier.
Advantages of learning on an electric guitar
• They have headphone input for you to practice without disturbing people around with noise.
• It is easier to hold barre chords on electric guitars because they have softer strings.
• Since the pickups and amplifier project all the sound, the strings are easier to learn.
• Electric guitars have lighter gauges, thinner necks, and smaller bodies, so they are not only easier to carry around but they are also easier to play than their acoustic counterparts.
Disadvantages of learning on an electric guitar
• Being able to play an electric guitar does not mean you can automatically play an acoustic guitar.
• Being able to find a good tone is more difficult on an electric guitar.
• An electric guitar requires an amplifier and that is an additional cost.
Conclusively, whether you learn with an acoustic guitar or an electric one, you will need several years of practice and dedication to be a master of the game. Even the best guitarists around the world still continue to learn. Lastly, it is also necessary to bear in mind that newer guitars will still be produced and they will have better features than older and existing ones so you need to be abreast of the new guitars that are coming into the market.
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