Acoustic Guitar Lessons

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Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Most of us know the differences between the various types of guitars, but what kind of guitar would you be learning if you take acoustic guitar lessons? Generally speaking, there are two main types of acoustic guitars: 1) nylon string guitars, and 2) steel string guitars. While both can be amplified, each can be played acoustically (not plugged in) in your acoustic guitar lessons. As far as sound, these string types differ mainly by their tone quality or color (timbre).

The nylon string guitar is an excellent choice for someone just starting lessons for acoustic guitar. This is due to there being less tension on the strings than on the steel string guitar. As such, the strings are a bit easier to depress (better for little fingers and for fingers that need to build up strength). Some student models also have slightly narrower necks than the classic nylon guitar. One thing to note; do not put steel strings on a nylon string guitar and vice versa.

Some of the main distinguishing characteristics of the steel string guitar are a more narrow fingerboard, a pick guard and, of course, it's steel strings. The steel helps give it a bright, brassy and forceful sound. For students just starting out in acoustic guitar lessons, the flat top model is a good choice. Also, light gauge strings may be used to make depressing the strings easier.

Regardless of what kind of acoustic guitar you're studying in lessons, both types mentioned above can be learned and applied to a wide variety of pop, rock, folk, classical, new age, and country music styles. Talk to your instructor about which kind of acoustic guitar is best for you and your goals.