Why Play the Acoustic Guitar? 

With so many options, it can be hard to decide what instrument you’d like to pick up and start learning.

One of the most popular instruments people start with is the acoustic guitar. But what makes it so appealing?

Besides being able to create beautiful music, such as this:

For starters, an acoustic guitar needs no electricity, unlike an electric guitar. So you can literally pick up and play an acoustic guitar anywhere.  A crowd pleaser is always around camp fires.

Acoustic guitars pair up perfectly with singing, which isn’t really true of a lot of other instruments. Sure you can sing to the sound of a trumpet or saxophone, but it just doesn’t have the same feel to it.

Another benefit of acoustic guitar is that you an play a wide variety of music on it. For example, you can play classical music or country music. You can even play an acoustic cover of a rock song–or even a hip-hop song. The possibilities really are endless.

It can be a bit difficult to get started with the acoustic guitar, but with enough dedication and practice, you’ll start sounding like a pro in no time! In fact, many popular songs are just a combination of 4 to 6 chords. So if you take the time to learn a handful of chords and a few scales, you’ll already be prepared to play some of your favorite music! The best way to learn is to get guitar lessons, as there’s no substitute for one on one learning at your own pace. But if you can’t get guitar lessons, the next best route is to just commit to teaching yourself.

Go download some tabs from a site like UltimateGuitar, get a metronome (or use your computer) and start strumming along! It will be very slow at first and can often be demoralizing. But just remember that everyone starts somewhere, even Jimi Hendrix, was once in your shoes!

The most important thing is to pick up a guitar and start playing. You’ll never learn if you don’t take the time to sit down and start strumming away.

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