Electric or Acoustic Guitar?

Guitar is arguably the most versatile instrument in the world, and can be used to play almost any style of music. As well as being the dominant instrument in rock and pop music, the Guitar is used throughout jazz, classical, country, blues and folk. There is really no limit to what can be played on a Guitar.

As a guitar teacher, one of the most common questions I get asked is “what instrument would be best for my child – an Electric or Acoustic Guitar?” This article will outline the advantages of each instrument, and help you decide which one to go for.

The Electric Guitar

The Electric Guitar can be an ideal instrument for children to start on, for the following reasons:

The Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic guitars have a slightly bigger and bulkier body than electric guitars, and sound louder than unplugged electric guitars. There are two main types of acoustic guitar: Steel String and Classical (also called ‘Spanish’)

How old should children be before learning guitar?

There is no strict answer to this question, but generally speaking most younger children (aged 5-7) may find playing a full-sized acoustic or electric guitar quite difficult, due to their size. Young children find acoustic guitars particularly difficult to play as they are bulkier than electric guitars, and often have steel strings which can be harder to press down when you have small, soft fingers!

Thankfully, most guitar shops sell smaller versions of acoustic and electric guitars, and this can be a good option for younger children who are very keen on learning the guitar. A smaller scale version of the guitar they are interested in will make it much easier for them to get started with the instrument, and sounding great as soon as possible!