Nearly every guitarist start to play with acoustic guitars. This guide contains
information, tips and advice for your search of this kind of instrument.
In spite of some modern learning tendencies, I insist on recommending
the use of acoustic guitars as the greatest starting point to learn to play.
From this point of view the best option could be the classical guitar (nylon strings)
This is the most portable and the easiest to tune up, very good for new musicians
to get accustomed to the sound of the notes produced by a guitar that is in tune.
Acoustic Guitars Highlights
Acoustic guitars are lighter and more portable than the majority of electric guitars
It is perfect for the people who plan to take it everywhere.
Acoustic guitars have one hollow body usually larger and wider than most electric
guitars. They posses a large hole placed near the center of its body
The sound of an acoustic guitar depends on the design, on the combination of woods and on an extreme care in its construction. Be sure that the body does not produce any strange noises and check carefully that each of its parts is perfectly joined to the others
If you are a picking guitarist (you play with a pick), try acoustic guitars with metal strings|
(folk guitars). If you're a fingering player (you don’t use
one pick), a good option would be a nylon stringed guitar.
Very few guitarists are good with both picking and
fingering techniques. I suggest you to concentrate
only in one of them, for a long period of time, this
way you could understand easily how the music works
... then, you'll be able to expand your horizons.
For the optimum acoustic guitar sound, use strings with measures starting at 0.11 or 0.12, with a thinner pick than the used in electric guitars and a smoother playing…to obtain more uniform chords & arpeggios.
Acoustic Guitars Types
Vary according to the size and shape of the box. Jumbo, Super
Jumbo or Dreadnought acoustic guitars are terms commonly used in the industry
Martin, Gibson, Alvarez and Yamaha are leaders in this category
Flamenco or Classical. The body of the classical guitar is larger, wider and with a lower sound than the flamenco guitar.
In both types (metal or nylon strings). Excellent for solos because they have a
cut in its body (near the beginning of the neck) that let a better access to the
last 5-6 frets. It's not a recommended option if you play an acoustic - rhythmic style,
because the smaller body brings less resonance resulting in a 'thinner' sound.
|12 STRING ACOUSTIC GUITARS|
12 metal strings tuned up in pairs-at unison or in
octaves. Use the 12 - string only if your
style requires this kind of guitar, because these acoustic guitars are very
difficult to tune up and to maintain the strings free
of oxide. But, if your love is a 12 - string guitar, I
recommend you to test Guild, Gibson and Taylor.
ELECTRO - ACOUSTIC
The 4 types of acoustic guitars previously mentioned:
metal strings, nylon strings, cutaway body and
12-string, can be found in an electro - acoustic
version. Ovation was the pioneer in the design
and construction of the electro - acoustic guitars
They are extremely useful for playing alive because they might be amplified just by
connecting a cable to the output in the same way that in electric guitars
These useful acoustic guitars come equipped with transducer type pickups, like Martin or Fishman; installed
with a pre - amplification system with controls for the volume, treble,
mid and low, bringing autonomy to the acoustic guitar player onstage
Acoustic Guitars Accessories
Hard Case; being light and hollow, they may be break easily
Guitar Stand; I recommend it strongly for your acoustic guitars health.
Guitar Tuner and Metronome; help you to discipline yourself to play in tune and in time
Strap; if you have to play standing, you better get a Strap.
A cloth and a cleaning liquid for acoustic guitars strings, metallic parts and wood surfaces. To
avoid the damage caused by oxide and the accumulation of your hands’ sweat
Pick Holder; to keep the picks in one place always at your reach
If you own an electro acoustic guitar you will need a cable and amplification
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