For aspiring musicians trying to decide between the acoustic, electric and bass guitar, there are many factors to consider. What are the types of songs and styles of music you would like to play? Are you interested in the technical aspect and sounds you can produce or do you prefer to just strum? Does rhythm move you more than melody? Do you want to be in the limelight or are you comfortable with just taking the backseat?
The most basic way to learn how to play the guitar is to start out by playing simple chords on an acoustic. Even if you only know a few chords, there are many songs you can learn to play on the acoustic guitar.
If you do not wish to be in a band, or think it may be difficult for you to find band members to jam with in the foreseeable future, you may prefer to pick up the acoustic guitar as it gives you the flexibility to play solo or with other instrument players.
Its portability also allows you to practice while you are on the couch when watching TV without having to plug into an amplifier.
An acoustic guitar generally costs less than an electric guitar as a first instrument as there is no need to get an amplifier and other accessories.
Consider picking up the acoustic guitar if you:
- Are thinking of starting simply and just concentrating on the basics of guitar playing
- Wish to play alone or think you may not be able to find band members to jam with in the future
- Prefer an instrument that requires minimal set-up and does not need to be plugged in to play
- Do not have alot to spend on getting your first instrument
- Are interested in the following styles of music: Alternative, Blues, Country, Folk, Emo, Pop, Rock
If you always had a burning passion to play electric guitar like your favourite guitar hero, go for it! Do not think that you have to start out on the acoustic guitar first — our instructors can help you learn the basics on the electric guitar just as easily as you can with an acoustic.
Choosing an instrument that inspires you is important as you you will want to maintain your enthusiasm instead of forcing yourself to learn something that is not what you want. You are more likely to end up quitting any instrument that way!
Learning how to play on the electric guitar gives you the freedom to explore your musical direction as you can set it up for both clean sounds, as well as jazz, rock or metal. You will have many choices when it comes to the sound of your guitar, your amplifier and even which effects you choose.
Consider picking up the electric guitar if you:
- Have an electric guitar hero you look up to and wish to emulate
- Desire to learn how to play solos like a pro as soon as you can
- Are interested in the technical side of gear
- Get excited by the different types of sounds and effects you can get from an electric guitar
- Are interested in the following styles of music:
Alternative, Blues, Country, Dance-Rock, Emo, Funk, Grunge, Jazz, Metal, Pop, Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Soul
Many of the people listening to bands performing have little to no idea of the importance of the bass. Some of them do not hear it well or even notice that they exist most of the time — but take the bassist away and listeners will find that something just does not feel "quite right" or as good with the song.
The bass serves two crucial roles in music — it provides the rhythmic and harmonic foundation (that is 2 out of the 3 basic aspects of music: Melody, Harmony and Rhythm). The percussive sound of the bass connects with the drums to form the rhythmic backbone of the band, while the notes of the bass connects to the notes of the other instruments. What this means is that as a bassist, you are essentially marrying the pure rhythm of the drums to the notes of other instruments! What an important role that is!
Consider picking up the bass guitar if you:
- Find that you typically notice and are drawn to the bassline of the songs that you listen to
- Enjoy rhythm and groove
- Want to contribute to the "feel" of the music
- Want to understand musical composition better and work with other instrument players to produce the best overall sound
- Are content with just working in the background (your role as a bassist is important, but does not usually get you the credit you deserve)
Why learn it at Ritmo Music Studio?
At Ritmo Music Studio, we believe that music is for everyone: we offer lessons tailor-made to suit different age groups and competency levels for comfortable and enjoyable learning
You are welcome to choose songs you wish to learn to make your lessons more fun and meaningful for you
Wish to learn as a hobby or thinking of taking graded exams? Our instructors are able to personalize your lessons to suit your pace and objectives
We take pride in performance-ready learning: not only do our instructors have the qualifications to teach music, but are also active performers in our local music industry — expect to be imparted with invaluable knowledge that only comes with experience!
We have performance opportunities available for all our students. You can also choose to jam with our teachers! Click here to find out more