Learning Guitar – Acoustic Guitar

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In the hands of a master, the acoustic guitar is a living

breathing soul, with individuals in the audience enraptured by

the complex qualities of its six strings. An acoustic guitar is

generally used by learners because it produces a cleaner sound.

and is more portable, making it ideal to transport to private

lessons and parties.

An acoustic guitar is arguably the best to learn on, choosing the

right one is easy, once you know how. For a novice player, the

most important thing about choosing the right acoustic guitar is

to find an instrument with which they are comfortable. Acoustic

guitars come in three standard sizes, usually defined as parlor,

standard, and jumbo.

Perhaps one of the most common acoustic guitar is the classical

guitar. During the 1970’s most beginner guitar players started

with a Yamaha G-50 guitar this instrument was a high quality

full size classical nylon strung guitar for under one hundred


Today, the six-string, steel string acoustic guitar is

the most popular for beginners. Steel strung acoustic guitars are

featured on almost every pop recording as they provide a clean,

high frequency to help make the recording “sizzle”. The recent

MTV “unplugged” series featuring well known established artists

such as, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Sting brought a

revitalized interest in the acoustic guitar.

Apart from pop music, acoustic guitars are the instrument of

choice for many country and folk and bluegrass guitarists. If you

want to hear the steel string acoustic guitar in full flight I

recommend listening to guitarist Tony Rice.

Acoustic guitars almost always have six strings. In recent times

the steel string guitar has become available with optional

cutaway and electric pickups.Some solo performers prefer to use a

twelve string, steel sting acoustic guitar for it’s full rich


The type and quality of wood used to construct the acoustic

guitar is the most important factor in determining sound,

durability, and appearance. A solid wood acoustic guitar

is made from thin pieces of wood (under 1/8th of an inch thick);

and because the wood is so thin it has a great deal of surface

area and therefore it both gains and loses moisture very quickly.

The sound of an acoustic guitar is largely air, once a string is

plucked the resulting vibrations are transferred to the top of

the guitar via the bridge saddle and bridge. The acoustic guitar

top essentially acts as an air-pump moving the air inside the


Buying a first guitar is an important step for the beginner

guitarist. That’s why I encourage you to bring along someone you

know whose been playing the guitar for a while. Start with a

realistic budget, read the following information then make a trip

to your local guitar store to get an idea about the price ranges.

1. Make sure your guitar is set-up for you

A good acoustic guitar is a work of art and needs to be made with

precision.A low action acoustic guitar is advisable as it would

be easier on the hands. Of course, there is no doubt about the

fact that an acoustic guitar is a little harder to play than an

electric guitar.However with a good set-up, (commonly referred to

as the Guitar’s action adjustment) from a competent repair person

will get you off to a good start.

2. Check the frets for rough edges

Frets are the metallic bars which when pressed upon with the

strings generates a particular note. Check out for rough edges on

the frets as they are likely to leave bruised fingers with you.

3. Full body acoustic guitar or cutaway?

Unless you are going to do a lot of high note lead playing go for

the standard full body guitar, remember the top of the guitar

functions in a similar way to that of the soundboard of a piano.

The greater the total size of the guitar the richer more natural

sound of the acoustic guitar.

4. Solid top or laminate?

All other factors being equal, it is my opinion that a well made

“solid wood” acoustic guitar is almost always more tonally

appealing than a well made laminate guitar. A “solid wood” guitar

will melody as it matures with age whereas a laminate top

guitar’s tone will remain the same.

5. Nylon or steel string guitar?

This is a question of application and the style of music you want

to play. A nine year old would benefit from a 7/8 size nylon

string guitar whereas a steel string acoustic guitar is more

generally suited to music heard on the radio. The nylon sting

guitar has a wider neck which makes many of the chord shapes

difficult to reach for the beginner.

Before you front up to the salesman make sure that you are clear

on the style of music you want to play on the guitar. I would

encourage you to listen to some recordings by Andres Segovia for

a fine example of nylon string classical guitar tone. Segovia is

widely regarded as the finest exponent of this style of guitar


In contrast to the nylon string acoustic guitar sound, I would

recommend listening to a great album called “Tone Poems” this is

an entirely acoustic album featuring the sounds of vintage

acoustic guitar and mandolin. Tony Rice on acoustic steel string

guitar and David Grisman on mandolin.

6. Strings

Acoustic guitar strings come in various grades, such as heavy,

medium, light, and extra-light. I recommend string gauge

1st-.011, 2-.015, 3rd-.022, 4th-.032, 5th-.042, 6th-.052 for

acoustic steel strung guitars. The lower action and light gauge

strings on the guitar are easier for beginners to learn to play.

7. Price

Although the price may be slightly above what some might be

willing to pay for a first guitar, it should be considered an


Ultimately it comes down choosing what sounds good and is in your

price range. Try as many guitars as you want to, even if they

are outside your budget (so you get an idea of what to look for

in your price range). In other words tell the salesman (show me

your best solid top acoustic guitar) and give him/her your price

range. You can find a fine beginner acoustic guitar for under


Source by Mike P Hayes


Hello, I have been playing guitar since 2011. I review guitar as well as other music items. What you should buy for your instrument. We are a team of musical instruments lovers. We love to play with these. Like string instruments, wooden instruments, or you can say electrical. Who are in my team? I play Acoustic and Classical guitar. Sam plays an electric guitar. Watson plays Bass. Pretty plays the drum. And the Piano is played by gibbon. And in a week two new players will join our team. All are in so good in their field. That’s why all the tips and tricks are written after their guidelines. One day while playing guitar with my friends. This idea was explored. One of my friends told me why don’t we make a site and share our experience.

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