Acoustic Guitar Lessons

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When looking for acoustic guitar lessons you have to determine what style you’re interested in. Acoustic guitar lessons can cover a wide variety of styles and genres. Acoustic guitar lessons can be for rock, blues, country, folk, Spanish, classical, new age, indi, to name a few.

Acoustic guitar lessons can be taken on a steel 6 string guitar, a steel 12 string guitar, a 6 string nylon (gut) string guitar, a steel guitar (Dobro), or a tenor guitar.

Acoustic guitar lessons can focus on playing with a guitar pick, finger picks, or just finger style (finger picking), and using a pick and fingers together in a technique called “hybrid picking”.

With acoustic guitar lessons you can learn to play in what is called an “open tuning”. This is where the strings on the guitar are tuned so that when they are strummed open, without fingering any frets, it’s the notes of a chord. Examples are open D, G, and A. Playing with an open tuning is used widely with blues guitar to make playing with a guitar slide easier. Many country guitar players will also use open tunings to be able to play the guitar like a banjo.

The following styles and genres could be covered in acoustic guitar lessons.

*Spanish guitar: Usually played on a nylon string (gut string) guitar, finger style.
*Classical guitar: Also generally played on a nylon (gut) string guitar with fingers.

The above styles could cover learning to read musical notation, but not necessarily, chords, arpeggios and major & minor scales.

*Country guitar: Usually played on a steel string guitar, but not always, Willie Nelson uses a nylon string guitar, with finger style or a guitar pick, or both (hybrid picking). Could cover open chords, bar chords, major & minor pentatonic scales. Country guitar can also be played on a tenor guitar which is a four string guitar that is tuned like a tenor banjo.

*Blues guitar: Usually played on a steel string guitar, with a pick, but sometimes finger style as well. Could cover open chords, bar chords, and major and minor pentatonic scales. Using a guitar slide and open tunings may also be covered.

*Folk guitar: Played on both steel string and nylon string (gut string) guitars, with finger style and/or guitar pick. Could cover using standard or open tunings, open chords, bar chords, major scales (seven tone), and major and minor pentatonic scales.

As you can see acoustic guitar lessons can cover a very broad spectrum of styles and techniques that could take a lifetime to learn.

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