Start playing guitar by picking the right type for you

Jamie Guitar Photo by: Dylan McKinnon
Jamie Guitar Photo by: Dylan McKinnon

LOS ANGELES – MUSIC – It’s great every time someone decides they want to learn how to play the guitar. There are many reasons that could trigger this desire, and each individual displays different reasons for which they have become interested in the craft.  But those that are serious about learning how to play need to prepare themselves for a couple of things.

First off, no one becomes a god on the guitar from practicing one day. It is a journey that will challenge the player every step of the way and it is for each individual to decide if it’s worth it.

The benefits of learning how to play the guitar are many, including the fact that you will be able to express yourself in a whole new way. It won’t just be a way to express what you feel, but also to communicate with other people.

That being said, let’s look at how people should go about picking a guitar. You can’t just barge into a music store, demand a guitar and start playing it. Technically you can, but it’s not advised since there are slim chances that you will get what you want. The right way to go about it is to ask yourself what it is that you want to learn how to play. Here, we are talking about music genres. Many genres use the guitar but not the same type and not in the same way.

The two major types of guitars are electric guitar and acoustic guitar. Each guitar type has its place in specific songs and brings out different vibes. It’s not a matter of which is better but of which is better for whom and for what.

Let’s take a look at the kind of music styles that can be played with each guitar type. It is important to pick the guitar based on the music you play or would like to learn how to play.

  • Electric guitars- Electric guitars are generally louder but can be played at decent volume levels with smaller apartment or home amplifiers. They are usually used a lot in rock music as well as heavy metal. Blues and Jazz also make tremendous use of electric guitars.
  • Acoustic guitars- Acoustic guitars are toned down in comparison to electric guitars are see more often in folk and country music but they can play pretty much anything. Many electric guitar songs cone get an acoustic version as well, as it gives the song a totally different vibe. One of my favorite guitars is the Martin DRS1, so if you are looking to buy one for life, definitely go with that one!

It’s up to the future guitar player to decide what kind of music they’d like to play. The kind of music they listen to obviously plays a large role in the decision, as it is probably what they will like to emulate in many ways.