There are different kinds of guitars?!

The family of the “guitar-like instruments” contains numerous instruments which emerged in the course of history and were often only established in specific countries or regions. In the western world, we’re mainly talking about three kinds of the guitar: The classical guitar, the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar. The classical guitar is the origin of the other two types.

Which kind of guitar is the right one for me?

In most cases, the classical guitar will be the best choice: It’s the “real guitar”, it’s the easiest to play, the player gets the the greatest possibilities in varying the tone etc. and has the biggest musical repertoire to choose from. In case you’re not entirely sure yet, or you already have a guitar and don’t know what kind it is, of you just want to inform yourself, here you go:

Gitarre lernen in Nürnberg - Klassik oder Rock/Pop

Classical guitar

Learn to play the guitar in Nuremberg - Classical guitar

  • Synthetic strings (usually carbon or nylon, three of them metal-wound)
  • Usually played by using the fingers, plectrum is possible as well
  • Due to the sound box, electrical amplification usually isn’t necessary but in many cases possible due to built-in pickups or microphones.
  • Usually played using classical music scores, but tabs and chords are available as well
  • Determinable by the twice-opened headstock and three translucent strings
  • Mostly used for classical music, many times for pop music, sometimes for everything else

Acoustic guitar

Learn to play the guitar in Nuremberg - Acoustic guitar

  • Metal strings (Steel strings, three or four of them wound). High tension
  • Usually played by using a plectrum, fingers are possible when needed
  • Due to the sound box, electrical amplification usually isn’t necessary but in many cases possible due to built-in pickups or microphones.
  • Usually played using tabs or chords, playing from musical notes is uncommon but possible
  • Determinable by the solid headstock and six metal strings combined with the sound box
  • Usually used for song accompaniment and pop music, sometimes for rock and blues, rarely for Metal etc.

E-Gitarre

Learn to play the guitar in Nuremberg - Electric guitar

  • Metal strings (Steel strings, three or four of them wound). Low tension
  • Usually played by using a plectrum, fingers are possible when needed
  • Body is usually solid and bears special pickups. Always played through an amplifier which is essential for the sound
  • Usually played using tabs, playing from chords or musical notes is uncommon but possible
  • Determinable by the solid headstock and six metal strings combined with the solid body
  • Usage varies according to the equipment: Pop, Rock, Metal, Blues etc., sometimes song accompaniment
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