The acoustic guitar is one of the most versatile and commonplace instruments. It can be used and played for almost any genre of music. It is also portable and can be carried to be played, anywhere and anytime where you can practice, jam with friends, or perform at a concert or recording.
On account of this, it is one of the most popular and usually staple instruments. Being used by amateur musicians and artists in the music industry. Its usage and popularity have even spawned a new genre of music entitled acoustic music. Where romantic love songs are usually sung with the serene and simple tenor and music that it produces.
Before we can learn to play the acoustic guitar. Let us first learn what it is made of and how it produces the musical sound it produces. As its name implies, the guitar utilizes acoustic means to produce sound from its strings.
In contrast to electric guitars, the acoustic guitar does not need an amplifier or electronic amplification for it to produce sound. In other words, there is no need to attach it to an amplifier and speaker as it can produce music on its own. Its own body is its own amplifier, so to speak, its parts producing or amplifying the music for the guitar.
To achieve this, the acoustic guitar is usually made with a soundboard, a resonant cavity, and a soundbox. As you notice in the guitar, there is a circular hole or hollow in the middle. Which produces music when the strings vibrate.
However, for live performances, the sound can be projected by the use of microphones or pickups. It is usually placed in the bottom side of the guitar which can be inserted into a mixer or amplifier. Other parts of the acoustic guitar to be noted and remembered are the strings, which usually number to six in most cases.
Their strings have different sizes and width. Their thickness or thinness affecting the quality and pitch of the sound it produces. The strings also have their corresponding notes, where the lowest and thickest string has the lowest tone. This gradually increases, as the highest and thinnest string has the highest pitch.
- Everything you need to start playing straight out of the box
- Full-size dreadnought body for full and vibrant tone, suited for all styles of music
- 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
- Rosewood bridge with compensated synthetic bone saddle
- Laminated spruce top
The second part which an acoustic guitarist or student must consider is the frets. They are usually seen to be the lines in the guitar which divides the guitar into several sections.
The placing of the hands or fingers for the corresponding chords require. That a guitarist must master the frets of the acoustic guitar. When playing the acoustic guitar, notice that when you move your hands closer to your body, the higher the sounds become. As you progress through a fret, one fret usually means you are higher than the previous fret.
After learning of the basic parts of the acoustic guitar which you need to consider playing the acoustic guitar. You also need to be acquainted with proper positioning and tuning your guitar to reach the perfect tone.
Playing the acoustic guitar can either be standing or while sitting down. While standing, one can wear the guitar around a shoulder with a strap. To be able to play properly, one hand must be in the position of the frets of the guitar.
While the other hand, used for strumming and plucking should be in the hollow portion of the guitar. For tuning or reaching the right tones of all the strings, it can be through hearing. Which comes naturally when you adapt to the respective tones of the strings or through the piano, or nowadays, through an instrument known as the tuner.
After learning the acoustic guitar and its basics in a music school, or even through the internet. Learning to play the acoustic guitar requires a lot of practice. It usually takes minutes, or hours every day to practice.
Without training, learning the acoustic guitar would usually take years to learn. Whereas, constant practice and finally learning to play the acoustic guitar is a very rewarding experience for personal fulfillment or even a career in a band or as a recording artist.
Source by Gaylene Slater