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Is an electric or an acoustic guitar easier to learn on?

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I think, considering the idea of calluses and the tension on your fingers, I will say that acoustic guitar strings are thicker so often if you learn everything on an acoustic and then you switch to an electric, you're gonna be surprised at how much easier everything seems because the gauge of the strings is much smaller and electric right.

It's dinner strength, so playing a D, which is a pretty standard but pretty easy quarter on acoustic. Even if you struggle with it, then you move to the electric and will be nothing for you.

So I think sometimes that's what people say to start in acoustic. Another thing is, I think, uh, depending on what style of music you listen to, we have this kind of tendency to really like gadgets.

And if you're playing with an electric guitar, gadgets are one of the main things. I mean, I mainly an electric guitarist. I love electric guitar, and I love using distortion all these weird effects and whatnot.

But I mean, when you're playing acoustic guitar, you have to make it sound good without those effects. So sometimes people say learn on acoustic because if you could make an acoustic guitar sound good, then you move over to electric, and you have all these kind of like, I don't know, like hacks that can help you to sound even better.

Uh, I see that I see the logic in that, and I think it makes sense. I still would contend that it depends on what kind of music you like. I've had students who their parents brought them in acoustic guitar.

They didn't practice. They weren't into it at all these air kids. But then they asked for electric for their birthday and within like, six months, they were soaring. They were playing everything they just needed that that sound.

And once they heard that sound, it really gave them enthusiasm about the instrument. So that's why I still contend that. But yeah, definitely. If you're playing acoustic first, when when you move over to electric things will feel a bit easier for you if you dio Yeah, if you to your earlier point like ifit's.

If you consider too hard, you might not get there. Yeah, good point. Oh, sorry. I'm just one other thing that if you're an acoustic player and you're you want to move beyond just strumming on your getting into finger picking some of that stuff is much harder than some of the electric techniques that you'll be involved in.

Like I mean, if you're doing shredding or tapping or any of that kind of stuff. You could do that kind of stuff on an acoustic as well. But, uh, sort of complex finger picking doesn't even really necessarily sound good on an electric.

So if you learn that it will be great and you'll sound awesome on acoustic. But that wouldn't necessarily transfer over to the electric. That's the only one case that I would say sort of more like two instruments are very different, Um, things that you'd be playing on it.

Nice. That's good advice. Um, I'm going to go to a question from our friend Maria Maria. She's back. Um, Maria M v p of last chord bank live. I could not let another one go by without, so she Her question from this week is, um, as an advanced beginner.