History and Information about the Acoustic Guitar
The guitar originated in Europe, most likely in what is now Spain. It is a direct descendent of the lute, which was used frequently in the Renaissance period. There are two general types of guitars in use today: electric and acoustic. Acoustic guitars have a hollow body which serves as a resonance chamber, and a fretted fingerboard (also know as a fretboard). When you learn how to play the acoustic guitar, all styles of music will be open to you, including rock, blues, jazz, and classical.
When to Start on the Acoustic Guitar
You can start guitar lessons as young as age 6, depending on a student’s dexterity and fine motor skills. However, we recommend starting very young students on an electric guitar, since the strings are somewhat easier to handle for smaller fingers.
Getting an Acoustic Guitar
Please call us for a recommendation of a store from which you can purchase or rent an acoustic guitar. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most stores will provide repair services for instruments that they rent out.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Acoustic Guitar
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for a local store recommendation. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help you find the best stores or dealers in your area and provide you with additional resources.