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Playing The Electric Guitar Versus An Acoustic Guitar
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Choosing a guitar to play may come down to a choice between musical styles, but not always. Many people dream of picking up and electric guitar, plugging in that amp and wailing out a rocking tune to the thrill of a screaming crowd.

Others may only want to strum a guitar around a fire at gatherings and cookouts. For them, the acoustic guitar is perfectly fine. There are similarities between the electric and acoustic guitar, but there are differences as well.

First, and this one is the really obvious one: an electric guitar is plugged into an amp for all play and an acoustic is not. Simple, right? An acoustic guitar is plugged in during concert performances of course, but that does not change the sound of the instrument, merely makes it louder.

The sounds that are created by the electric guitar versus the acoustic are very different. You know you are listening to an electric guitar as soon as you hear that first wailing note and feel the electrical buzz in the air. From first note to last, the electrical guitarist can make his instrument do things un-thought of by the layperson.

Electric guitars can “talk”, wail or blast. An acoustic guitar can rock it out sometimes too, but that is not generally its role. The acoustic provides romantic background for a moonlit serenade, or a gentle accompaniment to a softly sung lullaby. The acoustic makes an appearance in nearly every genre of music and can be one of the first choices when people choose to learn an instrument.

Appearance wise, the two guitar styles can be miles apart. The acoustic guitar generally is the same honey brown, and with some slight variations in size, are generally of the same shape. (Acoustic guitars do vary by shape depending on the musical style being played.) Electric guitars, on the other hand, are seen in a variety of shapes, styles and colors and can also be custom ordered. Special guitars ordered and played by rock stars can later be auctioned off for huge amounts of money.

The size, weight and material of a guitar can have an effect on the type of music that is played. A beginner’s acoustic guitar can be fairly light, and not all that big, while the Spanish style guitars are fairly large and can be pretty heavy, especially if played for long periods of time.

Electric guitars vary from very lightweight to mid-range, again depending on their style and the extras that are added. If you become proficient with one and want to learn the other style, then by all means do so. In music as in life it is always good to explore all of your options and expand your horizons as you grow.


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