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Here’s the first part in our new blog series which will answer many frequently asked questions from beginners, or “pre-beginners” – i.e. people who are thinking about starting to play the Guitar.
For FAQ specific to our Guitar lessons please visit our Guitar Lesson FAQ.
Ok, here goes:
“Should I Learn Electric or Acoustic Guitar?”
The short answer is: Whichever one you want to learn! There are a lot of reasons new why players usually choose one or the other, but often these are the wrong reasons, or not valid reasons altogether. Here is the most common misconception, followed by the truth!
MYTH – Acoustic Guitar Is Easier
TRUTH – Well, yes it is if you’re playing something easy. Ok, so objectively Jimi Hendrix is harder to play than Oasis, but then Chet Atkins is objectively harder to play than The Cribs. There is almost infinite repertoire on both instruments, ranging from the beginner strum-alongs, to the virtuoso solos. The difficulty is determined by the song, your level, your practice, and certainly by how easy to play the guitar itself is, but this means how high the strings are from the fretboard (“the action”), how bulky the body is, what size (or “gauge”) the strings are, and so on. But not on whether the guitar is made the be amplified or not – That is a stylistic concern. And so should your decision be.
ANSWER – Think about these things –
– Who are your favourite guitarists/bands?
– What music do you want to play?
– What are your aims for your playing?
If you love Bob Dylan or Ed Sheeran and you want to be able to play an open mic night or get hold of the guitar at a party, then the answer is Acoustic.
If you’re into the Foo Fighters or Red Hot Chili Peppers and you want to start a band, it’s electric all the way.
So think about what and how you want to play, and follow that route. Ultimately, the instruments work in exactly the same way, so you’re not too far committed down one road, it’s just that each type lends itself slightly better to different styles of music. So consider the styles!
And if you’re still confused, buy both and enjoy!
We have a special announcement to make! We have revamped and relaunched our website this week. You can find the brand spanking new site at www.brucemusic.co.uk
Rest assured, our ethos, locations, teachers and everything remains the same, it’s just a new look. Like a haircut (and being guitarists, it’s preferable to a haircut too!)
To celebrate this relaunch, we’re going to make you a special offer…
When enquiring or booking with us any time in June – quote the code “RELAUNCH” to receive your first Guitar, Bass, Ukulele or Piano lesson completely free of charge, without being tied down to any further commitment.
Here’s part 2 of our new daily blog series offering you a quick practice tip each day, to improve your Guitar or Piano playing.
Tip 2 – Little & Often
2 hours per week, split into 6 sessions of 20 minutes, is infinitely more valuable than 1 long 2 hour session.
Breaks are important to process the practice that you’ve done.
Over a period of 2 hours straight your concentration, focus and technique will drop off very heavily, your playing could become quite sloppy and you are unlikely to take onboard the benefits of regular, shorter practice sessions.
If you currently do long practice sessions, try splitting them into shorter, more frequent sessions. The results will be obvious!
Tip 3 coming tomorrow.
Hi everyone and welcome to our new series of daily blog posts offering you professional practice trips to maximise your Guitar or Piano practice time.
Each day we’ll offer you a professional, insightful tip that will help you notice an improvement in your playing, fast.
Tip 1: Stop Practising What You Already Know!
Don’t stop playing what you already know – but that’s “playing” not “practice”. If you want to improve as a guitarist, focus your practice time on what you don’t know, not what you do.
A short burst of dedicated focus on whatever it may be – A hard chord change, improving your speed, learning a new scale or solo, will pay huge dividends on your all round playing and knowledge. Then when your practice is done, it’s play time! This is when you play what you already know, for fun!
So separate your practice time and your play time.
See you tomorrow for tip 2.