My husband possesses an amazing musical gift. He can play a wide variety of instruments, is a wonderful improvisational player, and can read music easily. Consequently, I ended up with four children who each love music.
This love of music has manifested itself differently in each of them. My oldest son prefers to listen to music, though he seems to have his father’s gift for easily learning how to play new instruments. My oldest daughter loves to make music, whether it be with her voice, the piano, or the flute. My other son prefers to improvise during family jam sessions, switching from harmonica to trumpet to tambourine. And my youngest daughter prefers to dance to music, though she can sing any song she’s ever heard (and does so frequently).
Thankfully, none of my children has taken up the drums, but I have been eagerly waiting for one of them to learn to play the guitar. I tried it once myself but the acoustic guitar strings made my fingers hurt and I wasn’t willing to stick it out until the huge, unsightly callouses formed that experienced guitar players assured me would eventually save me from the pain.
My husband is now trying to sell me on an electric guitar, which he promises me is a pain-free instrument. He’s even picked one out at the Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar center. I realized this might be a great option for me for the following reasons:
- No pain! — Unlike some of my husband’s other claims, this one seems to be true.
- Smaller — Electric guitars tend to have smaller bodies and necks so they are easier for smaller people to play (e.g. women and children)
- Easy — General consensus is that the electric guitar is easier to learn to play than an acoustic guitar. Since I do not possess the musical talent that abounds in the rest of my family, this is a big plus for me.
- No Singing Required — Electric guitars are great for hammering out guitar solos and rock music. Since I can’t sing AT ALL, this is a major plus.
For everyone who isn’t like me, there are a few reasons you might opt for the acoustic guitar over an electric guitar:
- Complicated — I know, I just told you how much easier it is to learn to play an electric guitar, which is true when you are learning the basics. Apparently, when you want to start messing with the buttons and knobs that are on the electric guitar, it can be a little tricky. So, if you want to stick with the basics, you may not want to tackle the model with all the bells and whistles.
- Cheaper — Fewer bells and whistles translates to a lower cost. No need for an amplifier or cord, just the guitar.
- Highlights Your Singing Voice — Campfire strummers, this is your instrument.
Do you play the guitar? Please share your musical insights with us in the comments. I’d love some more information before I decide!