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Electric or Acoustic Guitar? A Short Guide

For the past weeks, we have covered the guitar in great detail. We have learnt that this instrument features various different parts that can be confusing for beginners, hence it is important for every beginner to learn all of them before even playing it!

The guitar is a powerful and popular instrument. It is not just about the sound, it also has an emotional impact on many people who play them - myself included when I tried playing it! But when you are deciding which type of acoustic or electric guitars to learn how to shred with (or even if this will be your first time picking up any kinds), there are several things that should factor into your decision: body shape or size; ease versus difficulty in terms of playability; tone quality, and other aspects. The Ensiklomusika Music School team’s advice is to not decide right away on the first store visit, take some time finding out what suits you best before diving headfirst into learning the instrument.

The reason why I said this is because the type of guitar you learn to play will have a huge effect on your chances for success. For example, guitars that are well-suited to the player, of course, have a lower tendency to be replaced in the long run. Additionally, the right instrument makes learning much less daunting, because not only it is satisfying to find everything clicking together (which might take up half of nearly the lives of everyone I knew), you will also get comfortable with it and improve much faster.

The perfect guitar depends on your body shape and size, but there are many guitars to choose from which can make a profound difference. You should treat this decision seriously!

The acoustic guitar

The acoustic guitars, or known as classical as well, are built to produce rich, decadent sounds without the help of electric amplification. They are most typically utilized in multiple genres, for instance, folk, country, and bluegrass, although they are also occasionally used in rock, blues, and R&B.

A lot of parents ask about the difference between starting on acoustic guitar versus electric guitar. At the core, they are the same instrument, and concepts learned from an acoustic are immediately transferable to electric. How cool is that? Learning one instrument in a music class, then you come home with the capability of playing two!

Acoustics can be a great way to start because they're easy and fun. It also bears the fundamental lessons of the instrument from scratch, the classical way. Trust us, most of our students will never be able to forget the first memory of the tones they produce themselves in a private music class. What changes will be when you transfer your skills to the electric ones, then the memory will, of course, improve!


  1. Does not need an electric amplifier.

  2. Bright sound to play different chords.

  3. Beginners can get higher quality guitars, as an amp is not needed.


  1. Sounds produced tend to be in lower volume when played in a band.

  2. Limited range of sounds and tones.

  3. Thicker strings, which require more consistent practice for beginners to get used to.

Converting to electric guitar

Electric guitars are popular because of their ability to produce a wider range of sounds, in comparison to acoustic guitars. They are best known for being used in rock and metal, but they also come with other styles like pop music or jazz that depend on subtle nuances not possible through another instrument alone.

Electric guitars were originally designed to emulate acoustic instruments like, of course, the acoustic guitars, with the range of sounds like the pianos. Meanwhile, the amplifiers allow them some additional versatility by adding more depth which makes electric guitar styles evolve into many different types over time including rock 'n' roll, country, blues, jazz, smooth pop, and even R&B!


  1. Easier to play than acoustic or classical guitars.

  2. Available in multiple sizes to even children.

  3. Versatile in sounds produced.

  4. Amplifiers can help in setting the sound volume.


  1. Requires an amplifier and other accessories, which can be pricey.

  2. Starting with an electric guitar does not mean it’s automatically transferable to acoustic ones, you need a little bit of time to get used to it.

Learning to play an instrument is a very rewarding experience. Although you need to consistently practice and attend your music class diligently, learning a musical instrument can open so many doors in life!

There are certain things every aspiring guitar player needs before they start; patience, (lots of) dedication, comprehension skills, and creativity- all ingredients needed by any master guitarist or any musicians alike.

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