So you’re considering taking guitar lessons in Austin, but don’t know how to get started? No worries – Lone Star School of Music is here to help. With over 20 different instructors and years of experience making music come alive for both kids and adults, Lone Star’s expertise in music lessons in the city of Austin is unparalleled. We have put together this Comprehensive Guide to Guitar Lessons Austin to help you make the right choice for your guitar lessons!
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First Things First: Acoustic or Electric … or Acoustic-Electric?
The first big question to ask is whether you want to play acoustic guitar or electric guitar! There’s also the acoustic-electric guitar, but no – it’s not a fusion of both the electric and acoustic guitars. Acoustic-electric guitars are simply a subset of acoustic guitars with electronics that make it easier to increase your volume. That being said, let’s delve into the major differences between acoustic and electric guitars:
How Do They Work?
- Acoustic guitars produce sound acoustically
- Electric guitars need an amplifier
Acoustic guitars really do not require an amplifier. They’re typically made of wood and have a hollow body with a hole in the middle. When the strings vibrate, it causes the soundboard and soundbox to vibrate, too. This vibration transfers to the air within the instrument itself, thus amplifying the sound so you can hear it. In other words, the acoustic guitar has a natural, built-in amplifier. It has a more woody tone, and the tone varies due to tonewoods; the sound of the guitar is different depending on the type of wood it is made out of.
Electric guitars don’t have sound holes. This is why they need amplifiers. Plucking the strings on an electric guitar without an amplifier is really hard to hear, so amplifiers are indeed necessary to produce loud enough sounds. Instead of the soundboard and hole, an electric guitar uses a pickup to convert string vibration into electrical signals. The amplifier sends the sound through a speaker, making it loud enough to hear. The sound can also be “distorted” through pedals or amps for a different effect if wanted.
What Are They Made Of?
- Acoustics: 6-11 pounds
- Electrics: 6-8 pounds
- Better for Travel: Acoustics
Acoustics are bulkier than electrics due to their shape and typically weigh anywhere from 6 to 11 pounds, while electrics usually weigh 6 to 8 pounds. There are exceptions, though, with some specialty guitars being much heavier or much lighter. Due to their smaller size (neck, strings, and body), electric guitars and generally easier to handle while learning to play than acoustics.
However, you should also think about where you want to play. If you desire playing outside, traveling with your guitar, and carrying it around with you a lot, an acoustic guitar is great for that. The portability of an acoustic guitar and the lack of extra equipment you have to carry around with it makes it perfect for traveling. An electric guitar, on the other hand, needs the amplifier and other equipment to produce high-quality sound.
What Type of Music do You Want to Play?
- Nylon Strings: Softer, mellow tone
- Steel Strings: Louder, brighter tone
Another point to consider is the style of music you want to play. Acoustic guitars are typically used in pop, folk, bluegrass, and country music, but are also extremely versatile and can be used in nearly any genre of music. Electric guitars are more commonly heard in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, heavy metal, and jazz, but also sometimes heard in country and pop, though less often. If you’re wanting to join a rock band, the electric is the obvious choice for you. If strumming is more your style, we recommend acoustic.
Choosing a string type can be tough, but don’t be fooled – nylon strings are not automatically easier for beginners to play. The real driving motivation behind string choice should be the type of music you wish to play. While nylon strings produce softer, calmer tones – typically used in classical and folk music – steel strings create louder, brighter tones. Steel is more commonly heard in rock and pop music, as well as country music. It’s the steel strings that people are most familiar with, being the most commonly heard version of the acoustic guitar.
How Much Do They Cost?
- Acoustic guitars: $$
- Electric guitars: $$ – $$$
Acoustic guitars cost less than electric guitars. Expect to pay anywhere from $99 to $400, though some of the fancier models can reach up to $3,000. Electric guitars, on the other hand, usually cost around $200-$400, but can run up to $5,000 – and that’s just the guitar itself. Remember that electric guitars require cords and amps, too, so that’s an added expense. In other words, if you’re worried about your budget, an acoustic guitar is the way to go. Local music stores like The Guitar Shop carry these instruments, but you may be able to find your guitar online, too. However, local shops are usually the best place to go!
Choosing the Right Guitar Lessons Austin
Choose the right type of guitar for you, and then it’s time to choose what kind of guitar lessons in Austin you want to take.
Group lessons are perfect for kids who need some socialization in a fun, educational setting. Sharing your musical journey with others is a great way to make new friends, improve social skills, and experience music with others who are interested in it. These relationships can even strengthen your child’s musical ability and potential over time. Each student is expected to build the others up and support them in their journey. Everyone grows and learns together, and everyone in the class is at the same learning level. Instructors make sure no one feels left out or behind and truly inspire a teamwork-oriented environment.
Private lessons give students one-on-one time with an instructor. This is extremely beneficial for serious musicians who want to play in a band, school group, or professionally one day. This is also great for students who are shy or have special needs. Many instructors are actually certified to work with special needs students. Another perk of private lessons is the instant feedback from your instructor. You don’t have to wait for your instructor to get to you; their focus is you! If you are struggling, your teacher can help you right then and there. In addition, you don’t have to worry about holding back the group or pushing too far ahead and getting bored. Private lessons go at your own pace, meaning it always moves at the level you’re comfortable with, never too slow or too fast.
How to Register for Guitar Lessons Austin at Lone Star School of Music
Lone Star School of Music is proud to offer guitar lessons Austin from tons of great, experienced, passionate instructors. If you’re ready to start jamming on a guitar, register for guitar lessons today! It’s easy to sign up and so much fun to get started. Your experience is entirely customizable, whether you choose acoustic or electric. Choose from a bunch of different times and dates and pick the instructor you like best as well as the most convenient location. Press the button below to see a listing of our available guitar lessons. Once you’ve found one you like, simply click the “Register” button and fill out the form that shows up in a new window. Then submit it and you’re all done! That’s it!
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