There is a big misconception that you need to begin on an acoustic guitar first. Parents and new students ask us about this all the time and you will hear it from some teachers and music store salespeople. The reason people say this is because acoustic guitars are a little more physically demanding than electric guitars. The reasoning is that the student will develop more hand strength from playing on an only slightly more demanding instrument. Then, it is supposed, switching to electric is a breeze. The truth is, it is fine to start on any type of guitar. Let us explain.
What makes a student develop into a good guitarist is not hand strength, but practice. Lots of practice! Practice on any type of guitar. In our years of experience we have seen many students begin playing the guitar. The ones that develop into good guitarists are very motivated to practice. Most students are motivated by music they hear and want to emulate. If what the student sounds like while playing the guitar doesn’t match what they love, what they want to hear, then they quickly lose interest, stop practicing and quit.
Following the acoustic-guitar-must-be-played-first mentality more often results in potentially good guitarists quitting and parents throwing away a lot of money. Let the student choose their own path. You can be assured we will teach them all the proper technique and guitar-playing concepts so that they can play both acoustic and electric guitar well.
Also used in most styles of music. A little more expensive because you need to purchase an amplifier along with it. Also has metal strings, but they are a bit easier to press down. There are many ways to alter the sound of an electric guitar with guitar pedals and effects. Can be played quietly with headphones. You may associate this guitar sound with Jimi Hendrix or Nirvana.
You can always switch to a lighter string gauge when starting out and switch to heavier strings once you get the hang of things. This is a good option if you are just getting started. Lighter gauge strings are easier to play but they don’t have as much volume as a heavier gauge strings. You can buy a set of light gauge strings at the music store and have them put them on for you. It shouldn’t cost you more than $8 to $10 to do this.
The main things to keep in mind when purchasing a guitar are: