Can i start playing electric guitar without having played an acoustic first?

i want to get a guitar and was wondering if could do electric guitar without doing acoustic first. all help appreciated

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Chosen Answer:

First, determine whether you need an acoustic or electric guitar. Note that I mentioned “need” and not “want”. Your decision would be greatly based on what type of music you wish to learn. If you lean towards rock music, an electric guitar is advisable. If your interest is on classical or folk, then an acoustic guitar would be best. Generally, acoustic guitars are more suited for beginners, it is also less expensive and portable than an electric guitar.

Here is some addition information in case you’re interested too.

An acoustic guitar is hollow, and almost always has a “sound hole” – a round hole in the face of the guitar. Acoustic guitars almost always have six strings. When you strike the strings of an acoustic guitar, the instrument produces a rather loud sound. Although acoustic guitars are often associated with folk music, and “mellow” music in general, they are in truth in all styles of music, from country to blues to heavy metal.

A “classical guitar” looks quite similar to an “acoustic guitar”, and is indeed still an acoustic instrument, but it has several distinct differences. Standard acoustic guitars have six strings made of steel, whereas classical guitars have six strings, three of which are nylon. This produces a sound quite different from an acoustic guitar. The neck of the guitar is also much broader on most classical guitars. I’ll go out on a limb and say that unless you are interested in focusing on classical music, this style of guitar probably shouldn’t be your primary choice for a first instrument.
by: Meesh
on: 23rd January 09

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6 Responses to Can i start playing electric guitar without having played an acoustic first?

  1. Willin says:

    sure but to be in tune for sure . use youtube

  2. CDUB says:

    definetly. most people start out on electric guitar.

  3. mouse111970 says:

    huh yea

  4. K L says:

    absolutely not!

  5. pantieM says:

    You can learn playing guitar any way you want. The big thing is learn your scales and play . When you get to a level you can play acoustic. Enjoy…………

  6. Michelle says:

    First, determine whether you need an acoustic or electric guitar. Note that I mentioned “need” and not “want”. Your decision would be greatly based on what type of music you wish to learn. If you lean towards rock music, an electric guitar is advisable. If your interest is on classical or folk, then an acoustic guitar would be best. Generally, acoustic guitars are more suited for beginners, it is also less expensive and portable than an electric guitar.

    Here is some addition information in case you’re interested too.

    An acoustic guitar is hollow, and almost always has a “sound hole” – a round hole in the face of the guitar. Acoustic guitars almost always have six strings. When you strike the strings of an acoustic guitar, the instrument produces a rather loud sound. Although acoustic guitars are often associated with folk music, and “mellow” music in general, they are in truth in all styles of music, from country to blues to heavy metal.

    A “classical guitar” looks quite similar to an “acoustic guitar”, and is indeed still an acoustic instrument, but it has several distinct differences. Standard acoustic guitars have six strings made of steel, whereas classical guitars have six strings, three of which are nylon. This produces a sound quite different from an acoustic guitar. The neck of the guitar is also much broader on most classical guitars. I’ll go out on a limb and say that unless you are interested in focusing on classical music, this style of guitar probably shouldn’t be your primary choice for a first instrument.

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