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Do you have to know how to play the acoustic guitar before you play an electric guitar?


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September 30, 2015 2:19PM

No, you don't. It's perfectly fine to start with the electric guitar. My first guitar was electric, and my guitar teacher says that it makes no difference either way. Just get what you like. There is one factor to consider though. You don't want the strings to be too far from the frets, or after a while it will end up slicing through your fingers and making them bleed. I suggest you go to a local music store where you are allowed to try the guitars before you buy one. As a beginner, you obviously don't know how to play, but you can still see how hard you have to press your fingers on the strings to get the strings to touch the frets (frets are the metal bars on the guitar neck). Pick a guitar that doesn't make you press your fingers too hard. But remember, it still makes no difference whether it's acoustic or electric; that is your preferance. If you need additional help in choosing a guitar, ask an employee at the music store. Most music stores have employees that are musicians themselves, so you'll probably be able to get some good advice from a guitarist who works there. All the music stores in my area have some very helpful guitarists working in the stores. Don't be afraid to ask them for advice.

I've found that, no, you don't have to know acoustic to learn electric, but it sure helps to start out on an acoustic. The strings are fatter and usually the action is higher relative to an electric. Yes it's true, your fingers are going to hurt, and they probably will bleed, but things will only get easier with persistence. Starting on an acoustic guitar will help strengthen your fingers (ESPECIALLY for string bends) and build the callouses up on the tips of the fingers on your fretting hand a lot faster. You'll need those, or else every time you pick up the guitar it will feel like you're just starting out, and it'll take you longer to get used to it.

Pain in your wrists and other joints can be a sign of poor technique and you can hurt yourself this way, but it's going to hurt a bit regardless if you're just starting out and you're talking about developing your fingers, and the muscles in your hands that you probably never used in that way before. Once you get proficient enough on the acoustic, you'll be flying on an electric when you make the switch. Trust me it works.
well it all depends on whether you can actually play it and you may need lessons and who knows how long it will take you to pick it up some people have natural talent.